Some common sense from Bono:

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.

Bonus points for calling it “National Socialism”. The rest of the interview weaves around a little, but we’ve got to grab these moments of celebrity sanity when we can.

UPDATE. Some problems here; new posts aren’t going up. More later.

Posted by Tim B. on 11/03/2007 at 08:54 AM
  1. A great article by Ruth Ritchie in the SMH about pontificating popstars such as that teacosy wearing mong, John Butler.

    I won’t talk about Adil Horin’s latest whine.

    Posted by Nic on 2007 11 03 at 09:08 AM • permalink

  2. I haven’t read the article yet, but after doing a quick word search on all four pages I can testify that the words “climate” and “warming” do not appear. Not. Once.

    I may be in love.

    Posted by fidens on 2007 11 03 at 09:35 AM • permalink

  3. The man is not a complete idiot, he is also doing the right thing to end poverty in the Third World by setting up sweatshops to provide local employment and cashflow from western T-shirt buyers.

    Posted by Rafe on 2007 11 03 at 09:37 AM • permalink

  4. The author of this piece is described at Dunlop’s as “a genuine neo-con nutter”. It made very good sense to me, does that make me a genuin neo-con nutter?

    Posted by Richard Sharpe on 2007 11 03 at 09:44 AM • permalink

  5. I kind of assumed Bono was an average run-of-the-mill hippie-type who would ‘dig’ on national socialism of a sort.  Glad to be wrong!

    Posted by blogagog on 2007 11 03 at 09:48 AM • permalink

  6. #5 I hear National Socialism never set up a charity concert, so that makes the Liberal Party evil (despite the family connection).

    Of course, let’s not mention that Bono and the rest of the U2/Me2 supporters could donate far more money than they already do.

    Nor the fact that Tim Costello, who is very high in World Vision, is Peter Costello’s brother. Timmah, just keep saying atrocious things about your brother and then act stunned if he wins re-election and agrees to meet with you, discussing foreign aid. If I was him, if you badmouthed me, you’d be somewhere at the bottom of the list.

    Timmah, ignore the fact that Peter agreed to meet Bono while John Howard didn’t, there’s absolutely no indication there, ie, that Peter would meet someone tied in with helping poverty while John doesn’t. It’s got to be a sign that Peter will be the same as John. Liberal are all evil!

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 03 at 10:02 AM • permalink

  7. There’s quite a lot in that article I agree with, which is unsettling as I’d be more comfortable with my preconceptions of celebrity
    pontificators left undisturbed, thank you very much.

    (I can still refer to him as Knobbo for buying first class plane tickets for his hat can’t I?)

    Posted by eeniemeenie on 2007 11 03 at 10:19 AM • permalink

  8. Have you voted for Tim today?

    Remember, we don’t want him to win by some Allende-like 34% plurality; I’m talkin’ landslide.

    Posted by paco on 2007 11 03 at 10:42 AM • permalink

  9. "When I was 16 my head exploded.”

    Bono, at least you recognise the problem.

    Posted by mareeS on 2007 11 03 at 10:44 AM • permalink

  10. Uck ‘im. Until he donates 50%+ of his earnings to a worthy charity that will do all it can to lift the poor, downtrodden and oppressed out of misery, he can smoke the proverbial. The proverbial sounds like ‘my c*#k’.

    That charity, btw, has my name on it.

    Posted by CB on 2007 11 03 at 10:52 AM • permalink

  11. Tim, I hope new posts go up!

    Posted by Ash_ on 2007 11 03 at 11:22 AM • permalink

  12. I suppose even celebrities can learn.  However, I couldn’t care less about their sex lives, family lives, or political philosophies.  I only require entertainers to be adequately entertaining.

    #4, Richard Sharpe, I guess I’m a genuine neocon nutter, too.  Good article.

    #8, Paco, done.

    Posted by RebeccaH on 2007 11 03 at 11:23 AM • permalink

  13. CB: simply throwing money at the poor doesn’t work. He’s better off doing what he’s doing.

    Posted by Andrea Harris, Administrator on 2007 11 03 at 12:14 PM • permalink

  14. His solution to this imminent threat is ‘talking to al-Qaeda’. That shows you how serious he is. Next step - a sternly-worded letter.

    Posted by Crispytoast on 2007 11 03 at 01:28 PM • permalink

  15. Gotta say, Bono acknowledges the depth and scope of the threat we face, but is looking at solutions through rose-coloured glasses (excuse the pun).

    Yes, part of the solution is development aid to the those destitute to lift them out of poverty. (But how do u do that with corrupt dictators running most of the least developed countries in the world?) Been reading Phillip Bobbit’s Shield of Achilles recently, and he argues that the battle between Fascism and Parliamentarianism only ended when it was completed discredited (ie. late 1940s) and the battle between National Socialism/Communism and parliamentarianism ended in 1990 when the Russians lost the cold war and had their approach completely discredited. I tend to agree with his high-level analysis (if not on the detail): for us to win this war against Islamism, we need to thoroughly discredit it: at an ideological and militaristic level. And that is going to take time.

    In that regard, i think Bono may be right. The Bush admin has had their head stuck up their proverbial a**es believing that there is such a thing as moderate islam. there are moderate muslims (although they appear to be far and few between), but they are not engaged. chasing the minds of a crowd that don’t exist (moderate islam) is losing the ideological war. Islam can not be moderated. It is inherently violent. What Islam needs are moderate muslims, not apostates, who can lead the masses out of the hateful cesspool that millions live in. We may win the kinetics in Iraq, Afghanistan (if the europeans send more troops), but we are losing the ideological war in Pakistan, in Egypt and yes in Saudi Arabia (although the latter is the hardest nut to break).

    Posted by MannyC on 2007 11 03 at 03:56 PM • permalink

  16. #6
    You know how there’s some people you work with that you wouldn’t spend your free time with?
    You know how there’s some family members that you avoid like the plague?


    Posted by kae on 2007 11 03 at 04:24 PM • permalink

  17. "Let’s not pretend it isn’t.”

    There would be nothing left for the left to do.

    Posted by Hucbald on 2007 11 03 at 06:03 PM • permalink

  18. Let the pious mick bastard pay some taxes, then he can talk to us…

    Posted by richard mcenroe on 2007 11 03 at 06:17 PM • permalink

  19. I tried to read it but just couldn’t get past the 1st page. bono has always done that for me....

    Posted by Junia on 2007 11 03 at 11:47 PM • permalink

  20. #4 Richar Sharpe,

    In a world where a writer of good sense is described as a “nutter” why would one wish to be anything else?

    Norman Podhoretz is one of the original Neocons, the real ones who moved from the left to support Reagan in the 80s over the failures of the welfare state and the foreign policy failures of the 70s.  He’s tough minded, unlike so many modern day lefties.  One reason is that he spent a lot of time in his younger days fighting the Stalinists at places like New York University and in the media, and later the New Left too.  He was the very influential editor of “Commentary” for 35 years.  He recently published a book about the War on the Jihaist Terrorists entitled “World War IV”.

    OT: The Arabic translation of the phrase “Mein Kampf” is Jihadi.

    Posted by Michael Lonie on 2007 11 04 at 12:36 AM • permalink

  21. Ash_, what are you trying to say? You know that Bono wanted to met with John Howard, but only if his requirements are meant.

    Posted by Old school on 2007 11 04 at 12:47 AM • permalink

  22. This is just damage control on Bono’s part in a futile attempt to counter the devastating expose on his shameful past on South Park last month.

    Posted by Larry on 2007 11 05 at 10:11 PM • permalink

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