The rock band U2, as we all know, is thematically engaged in defending human and civil rights. In quality of a self-appointed amateur ambassador of peace against Isis, the leader of the historic Band declared what he considers to be the right way to fight and defeat the Daesh: With the power of laughter. “Sending comedians, such as Amy Schumer, Chris Rock, and Sacha Baron Cohen would be a viable alternative to air strikes,” – he said, speaking as a representative in a British Senate Subcommittee, chaired by Sen. Lindsey Graham, at yesterday’s meeting on the crisis in the Middle East, Islamic extremism, and the refugee question.
“Make ‘em laugh” – Bono said. “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.” Thus, his “military” suggestion is to send the American humorist and actress Schumer together with the actor and playwright Rock, as well as the British comedian and screenwriter Baron Cohen.
“It is not the first time such a proposal is being made, even by experts. And we are considering it seriously” – said Senator Jeanne Shaheen.
It is first of all a cultural battle. You fight fanaticism and ideology with irony, which is mature criticism and self-criticism, but also with concrete actions to overcome poverty, isolation, and all the other causes of the conflicts. “The fight against poverty and an effective international governance are the best bulwark against extremism,” Bono said among other things. The social spike in Africa has three points, according to his analysis: fanaticism, poverty, and climate. “They’re the evil trinity of the enemy, and foreign policy should focus on the solution of this danger”. If we do not do it now, “we will all pay the price later on.”
“There is an existential threat to Europe, one people have not experienced since the Second World War,” – the band’s singer said, wearing rose-tinted glasses that only help him to see real world better. The same glasses do not prevent him from watching with fear the hypothesis of the Brexit, that is, Britain’s exit from the European Union. As to the refugee crisis, his opinion is that “humanitarian investments and aid to refugees are not charity; they concern national security.”
Bono founded One Company, a pressure group committed to fighting poverty and disease prevention.