U2’s Bono suggests laughter to take out ISIS

By Cheryl Chumley

U2's Bono, a.k.a. Paul Hewson
U2’s Bono, a.k.a. Paul Hewson

U2 frontman Bono told a Senate subcommittee on Capitol Hill the way to reel in ISIS and weaken their ranks was to crack jokes at their expense.

“Don’t laugh. I think comedy should be deployed [to counter ISIS]. It’s like, you speak violence, you speak their language,” he said, the Guardian reported. “But you laugh at them when they are goose-stepping down the street and it takes away their power.”

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So his big idea?

“I’m suggesting that the Senate send in Amy Schumer and Chris Rock and Sacha Baron Cohen, thank you,” said Bono, whose real name Paul Hewson.

The singer doubled down on his thought, telling the hearing attendees he was “actually being serious,” the Guardian reported.

One senator, Jeanne Shaheen, responded, Sky News reported: “Actually, that’s not the first time I’ve heard experts on how we counter violent extremism talk about that.”

Schumer, meanwhile, tweeted out her response: “Holy sh–,” she wrote.

“House of War: Islam’s Jihad Against the World” conveys what the West needs to know about Islam and the violent, expansionary ideology that seeks the subjugation and destruction of other faiths, cultures and systems of government

Bono also spoke of the need for congressional leaders to face down the “existential threat” to Europe in the form of a flood of refugees, and said foreign aid should be viewed as a national security issue, rather than act of charity.

“When aid is structured properly, with a focus on fighting poverty and improving governance, it could just be the best bulwark we have against the extremism of our age,” he said, Sky News reported.

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