Sure. Who knew Bono was an international terrorism expert? I wonder how many Hollywood comedians are ready to “humiliate” ISIS in order to help defeat them?

Actually, I do have a good laugh when we blow up terrorists. Now that’s my kind of comedy! But here’s what I really want to know: Why in God’s name is the GOP-controlled Senate inviting this guy to speak to them about the existential threat we all face?

Video via WSJ.

Via The Wrap.

“I think comedy should be deployed,” before comparing ISIS to “show businesses.”
The Senate Appropriations Subcommittee brought in the rock star during yesterday’s hearing to discuss what role foreign aid should play in stopping violent extremism. Bono’s suggestion was quite interesting.

“The first people that Adolf Hitler threw out of Germany were the Dadaists and surrealists. 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,” Bono said. “So I’m suggesting that the Senate send in Amy Schumer and Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen. Thank you.”

Bono was dead serious, and even said, “don’t laugh,” before explaining his plan, which drew chuckles from the audience.


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  1. Pat_S says:

    Bono doesn’t know history. This article was written when The Interview, a comedy about Kim Jong Un’s assassination, was being pulled from theaters under threat of 9/11 style reprisals.

    Satirizing Dictators Is Nothing New — Just Ask Charlie Chaplin

    In 1918, Charlie Chaplin wrote, directed and starred in a World War I comedy lampooning Germany’s Emperor Kaiser Wilhelm II; Shoulder Arms was released just after Armistice Day. Decades later, on the eve of World War II, Chaplin made an even more ambitious film — his first “talkie” — about Adolph Hitler. In The Great Dictator, Chaplin parodies Hitler as a ruthless dictator named Adenoid Hynkel.

    By some accounts, Chaplin was already on a Nazi extermination list, though Hitler was a great admirer of Chaplin and is said to have watched the movie — and wept.

    Bugs Bunny and Donald Duck cartoons mocked Hitler and Stalin in the early 1940’s. Can’t say it had any influence.

    • Maynard says:

      Mockery is an important tool in maintaining morale and deflating the morale of the other side. In the end, any warfare that isn’t total genocide must be psychological warfare. The purpose of the atom bombs over Japan wasn’t so much to blow up cities as to adjust the Japanese attitude. So, sure, Bugs and Donald couldn’t prosecute or win the war; brave men with guns and bombs had to roll up their sleeves and do that job. But I wouldn’t rule out the possibility that Bugs and Donald were an essential component of the foundation that kept the war machine going. (By the way, this is part of my concern about Obama’s social engineering of the military machine; I get the sense there’s a lot of morale destruction going on, just as the nation’s morale goes into the sewer as our Commander in Chief runs around the world apologizing for bad, evil America. We can’t confront evil when we’re thinking that we’re no better and we don’t deserve to prevail.)

  2. Alain41 says:

    Artistes thinking can be confusing. Going with his suggestion, I thought art was in part supposed to question. Can the comedy make fun of Islam? If not, they will notice and conclude that that is because you are scared of their power. If yes, all indications are that will cause fatwas. Everyone gets a prize, no winner or loser doesn’t work in the real world.

  3. ancientwrrior says:

    I guess that persons about to get their heads cut off by ISIS should just laugh in their faces (that ought to work, NOT).

  4. Dave says:

    Hey Bono write a hit song mocking Islam and Allah then see what happens.

  5. Shifra says:

    Too bad Bono wasn’t around during WWII, to offer his sage advice. The inmates at Auschwitz could have tried out their new comedy material with the SS guards…

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