Monday, November 05, 2007


More Praise for Bono

I praised U2 frontman and singer Bono for his 'performance' in Across the Universe. Then I saw that Glenn Reynolds praised him for this:

...I understand and agree with the analysis of the problem. There is an imminent threat. It manifested itself on 9/11. It's real and grave. It is as serious a threat as Stalinism and National Socialism were. Let's not pretend it isn't.

I think people as reasoned as Tony Blair looked at the world and didn't want to be Neville Chamberlain, who came back from meeting with Hitler with a piece of paper saying "peace in our time," while Hitler was planning to cross the channel from France.

Here's more to praise from Bono's interview with Rolling Stone:

Thirteen hundred campuses have signed on to our One Campaign - as part of our Millennium Development Goals, getting the world's wealthiest nations to cut extreme poverty in half by 2015. Those college kids are redefining their country through the prism of the fight against poverty. Issues like that afford a chance to America to redescribe itself to the world. But they also afford America a chance to redescribe itself to its citizens. That's what's going on.


People are nauseous about being perceived as the enemy. After Abu Ghraib, reasonable, rational people were saying the most despicable things about America. Imagine that. The country that not only liberated Europe but rebuilt Europe with the Marshall Plan. The country of Omaha Beach. The heroism of people who gave their lives for people like my dad. I mean, this is the United States of America.

And, by the way, whoever fixes that problem gets elected. People say, "Oh, it's all about the economy." This is the first time it's not. It's about turning that idea around. We're the United States of America, and we do not like being seen as the enemy.

I don't agree with what he's saying here, but I sure appreciate his grasp of history. As soon as Bono realizes that we haven't really changed since 1941 in our foreign policy, he'll be one of us right wingers.


Your last sentence was a flight of fancy reminescent of Otto Lillianthal.

As soon as Bono realizes that we haven't really changed since 1941 in our foreign policy, he'll be one of us right wingers.


Nice one.

I didn't realize we tortured random people in 1941. Thans for the heads up.
We don't torture random people now but we did torture some during WWII, for a purpose other than some sort of twisted Sadism. Who are you talking about, Mike?
Good one, Tony, and I'm sure I would appreciate it even more if I knew who Otto Lillianthal was. Do you have any interest in bar triva sometime after Thanksgiving?
Roger, Roger, Roger.

As much as you would like to blame it on rouge subordinates, what happened at Abu Grahib was tantamount to torture. And if "we" didn't do it, who did?

And you think that Saddam tortured people only for fun? Again, come on man, maybe Udaj did it for fun, but Saddam was sending a message.
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