Bono: Deploy the Comedians to Fight ISIS

U2 frontman mentioned Amy Schumer, Chris Rock specifically
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 13, 2016 10:47 AM CDT

Bono has an idea for fighting ISIS: Deploy the comedians. "The first people that ... Adolf Hitler threw out of Germany were the Dadaists and the Surrealists," the U2 frontman explained during an appearance before the US Senate on Tuesday on the subject of foreign aid to fight terrorism. "It’s like, 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. So, I’m suggesting that the Senate send in Amy Schumer, and Chris Rock, and Sacha Baron Cohen."

He also offered more traditional ideas, USA Today reports, including quickly working to solve the Syrian refugee crisis and the extremism that has led to it: "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." As for concerns about whether our budget allows for foreign aid? "If you don’t do it now, it’s going to cost a lot more later. I do know that." (More Bono stories.)

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