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Bono suggests comedy should be used in the fight against global terrorism

WASHINGTON, DC - APRIL 12: Bono, lead singer of the rock band U2 and co-founder of ONE, a non-profit, non-partisan advocacy organization, testifies during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on Capitol Hill, April 12, 2016 in Washington, DC. The hearing focused on causes and consequences of violent extremism, and the role of foreign assistance. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
U2’s Bono, co-founder of the ONE not-for-profit organisation, testifies during a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing in Washington DC yesterday (April 12). (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

U2 FRONTMAN Bono has suggested to the United States Congress that comedy could be a valuable tool in the fight against terrorism. 

Testifying to members of a Senate Appropriations committee, a group that allocates spending in the governmental house, Bono said that foreign aid in 2016 is “not charity but rather national security”.

One of the singer’s main points was to suggest that comedy should be used as a tool in the fight against global terrorism.

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To do this he suggested that congress should send comedians Chris Rock, Sascha Baron Cohen and Amy Schumer to fight international terror groups.

Bono stated: “Don’t laugh. I think comedy should be deployed. It’s like you speak violence, you speak their language. But you laugh at them, when they’re goose-stepping down the street, and it takes away their power.”

In response to his comments, Democratic Senator Jeanne Shaheen stated: “It’s not the first time I’ve heard experts on how do we counter violent extremism talk about that.”

During his speech, Bono also spoke in detail about the refugee crisis that currently exists within Europe, linking it to past European divisions.

“In 1989, the wall that divided Europe came down, a remarkable movement to live through. Who could imagine another set of walls being built,” he said.

According to figures compiled by the United Nations Refugee Agency, the United States currently houses 1057 Syrian refugees. Ireland has welcomed 53 to date.

Bono is also a co-founder of the One campaign, an international non-profit campaigning organisation that fights poverty and disease.

He recently arrived back from an humanitarian trip to Africa and the Middle East where he visited Kenya, Jordan, Egypt and Turkey.




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One comment on “Bono suggests comedy should be used in the fight against global terrorism”

  1. Boston, USA

    It must be great to think that you know all. Is Bono opening up any of his vast land parcels to the "refugees"?


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