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Old 02-28-2003, 11:45 AM   #1
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Bono speaks out against war in Iraq. Thoughts?

Bono was being pretty quiet about the possibility of a war in Iraq, but recently MTV (Germany) has featured video on their website of Bono & Edge speaking out against the war and just yesterday Bono commented that he believes Tony Blair to be "sincerely wrong" in his stance on Iraq.

Anyone have ideas as to why Bono has suddenly begun discussing the issue of a possible war in Iraq?

On another note:
YAY BONO, right on!!!
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Old 02-28-2003, 12:21 PM   #2
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I don't know. I'm surprised he hasn't said anything sooner...but maybe he's been preoccupied with promoting Hands and his for Africa. I'm glad he's finally saying something though!
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This is soooo going to get moved to FYM...
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Good for Bono. I'd like to see that interview..
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It hasn't yet!

I'm glad he spoke out. He doesn't have to make a speech about it, but I'm happy he at least admitted his feelings.

People look up to him, he should say what he feels no matter which way he goes with his beliefs.
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at last! I thought he was starting to sleep with the enemy, you know, the end justifies the means. Still I really hope the money comes through for Africa.

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Bono blasts Blair over Iraq

Bono speaks out aginst Tony Blairs stance on Iraq

Bono Blasts Blair
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Good for Bono. I'd like to see that interview..
I think it is somewhere here: http://www.mtv.de
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Could somebody translate the exact quote? I'd love to put it in my AIM profile.
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Maybe he hasn't been asked yet or been given the oppourtunity yet. He's been in the studio and doing his DATA work and not out and about so maybe this is just the first time he's really been able to say what he thinks.

No he doesn't need an invitation to express his views and he, like other celebrities who have spoken out, could have made his views public at anytime.

I pay close attention to Bono and what his world views are because I truly find him fascinating. He is a man for peace. Make love not war seems to fit well with him. For me, even without Bono saying how he feels about any war, it was clear what his beliefs about this particular war would be.
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Hyperbole headline of the year. Included in this "blast" is the following comment from Bono - "Tony Blair is not going to war for oil," he said.
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What a joke. Bono Blasts Blair. Give me a break.
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Not quite a blast, but not the support many here had hoped for, either.
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I pay close attention to Bono and what his world views are because I truly find him fascinating. He is a man for peace. Make love not war seems to fit well with him. For me, even without Bono saying how he feels about any war, it was clear what his beliefs about this particular war would be.
You just made Bono sound completely like a hippie...

My opinion on the thing, as much as love not war sounds great and would be nice in a perfect world, it's really not realistic in the times we're living in. I dont want war, or like it, but I personally HATE the thought of a regime like Hussein's having weapons of mass destruction.

I personally dont care what someone from Europe has to say about Iraq or terrorism, and what policies the US are taking towards them, whether it's Bono or not. They werent the ones who losts thousands of lives in one day.

He can feel free to say all he wants about Tony Blair though.
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The headline is a bit sensationalist, but then again I'd expect nothing less from Sky News. (It's owned by Murdoch, the same guy who I believe owns Fox News in the US?)

That said, I'm glad to hear Bono speaking out against what Tony Blair is proposing. I liked that he said Blair is sincere in his beliefs about Iraq, but that those beliefs are wrong anyway. I'm very cynical about Bush's reasons for war on Iraq, but slightly less so about Blair, partly because of the argument that Blair is supporting Bush in order to try to "restrain" him and persuade him to go through the UN.

I'm not trying to turn this thread into a big debate on the difference between Bush and Blair though so I'll shut up here.
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I personally dont care what someone from Europe has to say about Iraq or terrorism, and what policies the US are taking towards them, whether it's Bono or not. They werent the ones who losts thousands of lives in one day.

He can feel free to say all he wants about Tony Blair though.
I may be being really dumb here, but is your argument that Bono shouldn't comment on Bush and the US because he's not an American?

Because in that case, how does it make sense for him to comment on Blair, being as he's Irish, not British?

Again, sorry if I've completely misinterpreted you!
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As always, the press puts a liberal spin on everything... check out U2Log.com for a video of what Bono actually said. Yes, he said that he disagrees with Blair, and "who wouldn't want peace?" But he also said that he doesn't believe Blair and Bush would go to war over just oil, and that there are complicated issues to deal with here, and those who think that the war is over oil are dead wrong. But alas, he still does disagree with the war. I can respect Bono's opinion on this, even though I do support the war myself. He said that he understands that this is not over oil, he just disagrees with it. That's fine, unlike the likes of Sheryl Crow, the huge anti-war protester, who openly supported US action in Kosovo, and actually traveled with Hillary Clinton to Kosovo. Hypocrits like that, i just don't have the time for.
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Bono's full quote to the press, upon being asked for his opinion on Iraq...

"How can you not be for peace? What I don't agree with are those who make this out to be simple or conspiratorial, like it's all about oil. I don't believe that, OK? I just don't buy the conspiracy. Tony Blair is not going to war for oil. Tony Blair to me is a great politcian. He is sincere about his convictions in Iraq, but in my opinion he is sincerly wrong.

Bono's quote as printed in the French media...

After receiving the Legion of Honor medal from French President Jacque Chirac, Bono addressed journalists outside the Elysee Palace in Paris. When asked for his opinion on British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s position on Iraq, Bono replied, “Tony Blair is to me a great politician. He is sincere in his convictions about Iraq, but in my opinion he is sincerely wrong.”

Asked if he approved of Chirac’s policy of urging more time for UN weapons inspectors in Iraq, Bono said, “How can you not be for peace?” (Source: Agence France Presse)


Just a simple job of cut and paste by Agence France Presse to make the quote sound completely on the side of the French, rather than just kinda on their side. Obviously Bono's going to be for peace. If he came out and said yes, we should have war, the liberal press would blast him for being a hypocrit. But at least he understands that this is a very complicated issue, and that both sides have valid points. He just happens to agree with the side that doesn't want to go to war right now. But he obviously understands the reasoing behing the US and the UK wanting to strike.
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I think it's interesting what he has to say about Saddam, martyrdom, and propaganda. Do we really need to give Saddam more propaganda? Should we turn a rogue into a martyr, which would make him a hero to people? Heaven forbid. How can we be so sure that a war will take Saddam out? In the words of another great musician, Georgie Gershwin, "It ain't necessarily so". Interesting perspective.
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The whole Saddam is a martyr thing is highly over-rated. The man is not overly religous. He's about as devout a Muslim as Mike Tyson is. Look at the press coverage durring the first Gulf War. When the reporters were inside Iraq, they reported that the people "loved Saddam" and were going to fight with him till the end. The war came, the people waved the white flag faster than you could say boo, and when the reporters came out they gave stories on how the people actually hated Saddam, but as long as they were inside of Iraq, they were not allowed to report that. Even UBL does not like Saddam for not being a devout Muslim. That's not to say he won't deal with him, and it's clear that he has, to some extent, dealt with him in the past. If the enemy of my enemy is my enemy, then the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
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