Bono spoke about the Middle East and extremism at the Senate on Tuesday, because everyone knows when you want an expert on a complicated foreign conflict, you call Bono.
At the Senate, the U2 frontman proposed an innovative way to fight ISIS. He said,
Don't laugh. I think comedy should be deployed.
He went on to say,
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, thank you.
Bono explained extremists are vain show-business people, remarking the first people Hitler threw out of Germany were artists.
Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire chuckled, but said it's not the first time she heard this suggestion. In fact, Shaheen said,
It is one of the things that I know we're looking at.
Senator Lindsey Graham invited Bono to come speak to the senators.
Bono also urged the senators to help refugees. Rather than think of the refugee crisis as humanitarian, Bono suggested the lawmakers see it as a matter of national security. That way, they may be more willing to act. Bono said,
As hard as it is to truly imagine what life as a refugee is like, we have a chance to reimagine that reality -- and reinvent our relationship with the people and countries consumed now by conflict, or hosting those who have fled it.
Bono urged the Senate to recognize the refugee crisis is a global issue that affects not just the Middle East and Europe, but also the United States.
He said the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the UN refugee agency, is "chronically underfunded" and unable to help the ongoing refugee crisis without more aid.
Citations: Bono Suggests Sending Amy Schumer to Help Crush ISIS (The Daily Beast), Bono: send Amy Schumer and Chris Rock to fight Islamic State (The Guardian), Bono outlines three-point plan to tackle refugee crisis that 'affects us all' (Independent)