November 9, 2006, - 9:12 am
By Debbie Schlussel
It’s unfortunate that pseudo-conservatives and Republicans alike continue to pimp us on aging liberal pop star, Bono. Talk show host Laura Ingraham repeatedly slobbered over the guy on several occasions, which she brags about on her site–more than once (even though she wrote, “Shut Up & Sing,” she apparently thinks it’s okay if Bono Doesn’t Shut Up & Sing). President Bush and Chief of Staff Josh Bolten did the same.
But not me. I’ve never bought his emperor-wears-no-clothing-but-does-wear-expensive-ugly-tinted-sunglasses-act.
While they saw a guy who wanted us to forgive the debts of poor countries afflicted by AIDS, I saw him for what he is: a guy who wants us to forgive money owed to us by terror-host states like Sudan. While they see a charitable guy (with our tax money, not his money), we see a guy who doesn’t spend a dime of his own on the poor, but spent $1,700 on a first-class airplane ticket for his favorite hat. He wants to spend your American taxes, but just relocated U2’s publishing company from Ireland so he doesn’t have to pay his taxes. Americans comprise the most generous nation in the world, yet that’s not enough for stingy, personal penny-pincher Bono.
Just after 9/11, Bono told New Yorkers to have compassion for Muslims because “they go to church, too.” Uh, no, Dude. They go to extremist mosques that preach hate.
But, now, we hope Bono’s latest action will finally free the blind from their blinders and see this left-wing punk for what he really is: yet another Susan Tim Sarandon-Robbins Jolie-Pitt Sheehan.
At a Tuesday Night U2 concert in Brisbane, Australia, Bono brought a kid on stage
during Sunday Bloody Sunday, joining in the “no more” chant after Bono had called for David Hicks to be brought back to Australia “to face fair trial here”.
U2, who will be in Sydney at the weekend, opened their Australian tour in Brisbane on Tuesday night with Bono lecturing the crowd. He called for the return of Guantanamo Bay prisoner David Hicks to “face fair trial here”.
David Hicks is Australia’s John Walker Lindh, an Australian convert to Islam and Al-Qaeda terrorist who is being held at Guantanamo Bay. He trained at an Al-Qaeda terrorist training camp in Afghanistan for at least six months. Hicks guarded a Taliban tank at Kandahar airport and traveled to Konduz in northern Afghanistan to join Taliban engaged in combat against US-led forces. He intended to kill coalition combatants in Afghanistan between September and December 2001, and aided al-Qaeda and the Taliban in the context of armed conflict.
This is the kind of guy Bono has taken up as a cause. One wonders, given that, where the money he is raising–through his “Red” campaign at the Gap–will be going. Don’t buy any Gap Red and risk playing Russian roulette with your clothing dollars.
Fortunately, Australian Prime Minister John Howard has the cojones that Bush lacks with Bono–on both Gitmo Terrorist Hicks and debt forgiveness to Islamist African despots. He told Bono to “talk to the hand”:
JOHN Howard isn’t going to be told what to do, even by “high grade” Irish entertainers.
That was the Prime Minister’s warning yesterday to U2 frontman Bono, who had suggested the two should have a meeting to talk about foreign aid.
Mr Howard objected to “preconditions” set by Bono before talks could go ahead.
“I’m happy to see anybody but I notice in something he said there was a precondition attached. I don’t accept preconditions from anybody,” Mr Howard said.
“I thought I heard him say that unless I am prepared to commit in advance to certain things there was no point in seeing me,” he said.
“Well, I don’t commit in advance to businessmen and I certainly don’t do it to, much and all that he is high grade, Irish entertainers.” . . .
[Bono’s] prime project is getting aid for struggling nations and Bono said he would only meet Mr Howard if he was serious about bringing Australia’s contribution from 0.3 per cent of GDP to 0.7 per cent.
If only Howard could come here and run our country. Or give some private tutoring to the one who’s “running” it, now.
Thanks to reader Linda P. for the tip.
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