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Old 03-13-2002, 08:17 PM   #1
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Some meaningful words in favour of Bono

I loved the letter below. Itīs a readerīs response to an article about Bono and his work to Drop the Debt organization. I remember having read the article in the beginning of the month, and I thought the author was kinda mocking him, it was a bit of sarcastic. I think this woman hit the nail on the head with her words. What do you think?

The Irish Times
March 12, 2002

HEADLINE: Bono's Campaign On World Debt


Sir, - It is difficult to know what prompts an article such as Brian Boyd's "It's too late now to stop him from saving the world" (News Features, March 2nd), which outlines Bono's rise to fame as a negotiator for the future well-being of Africa.

Granted, the article does give a fair and comprehensive account of Bono's involvement with DATA (Debt, Aid, Trade for Africa) and his ability to bend the ear of the global movers and shakers of our future.

However, I think it is less than gracious in its attempt to satirise Bono. Are we Irish intent on dragging down everyone who has the nerve to raise her or his head above our greasy tills, no matter what the reason? Does it matter what kind of internal, personal satisfaction Bono gets from this line of work, or that he may be "stoking the furnace of his own ego so that we may love him more for his boundless philanthropy?" I'm sure the African parents of dying children will not worry about Bono's ego if they are able to feed and educate their families as a result of his intervention.

It is worth noting that while on September 11th, 2001, when about 7,000 people died in the US as a result of terrorist attacks, 24,000 people died of hunger, 6,020 children were killed by diarrhoea and 2,700 children by measles. These atrocities have been described by the source of this information, New Internationalist, (November 2001), as "enduring terrors". The list of enduring global terrors is endless.

How clever of Bono to appeal to the expedient US nature in emphasising the notion that unless something serious is done about global debt, there could be more atrocities where Americans are the victims.

On a personal note, I am proud to have chosen Bono's alma mater for my son's education. If Mount Temple has had any influence on Bono's actions, I hope the same will apply to my son. May he leave the world a little better than he found it - no matter what kind of personal satisfaction he may get as a result. - Is mise,

Mary Ryan, Haven View, Malahide, Co Dublin.

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That is a fantastic letter. Thanks for posting it.

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Old 03-13-2002, 09:22 PM   #3
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Bono is indeed a good man.
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Old 03-13-2002, 11:52 PM   #4
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Fantastic - thanks a lot!
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Beautiful to read. I don't understand why people have to be so critical, maybe subconsiously they are just jealous.

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bravo!
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Right on Mrs. Mary Ryan!!!

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What a lovely and well-written letter. Thanks for posting it.
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Wonderful letter. It almsot brings tears to my eyes.
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Old 03-15-2002, 11:26 PM   #12
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Youīre welcome.

The last paragraph of Mrs. Ryanīs letter is perfect IMO. Thatīs what Bono wants for his children as well, a better world to live in. For all of us.

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That was so well written! Thanks!
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