In recent Rolling Stone interview, Bono, the lead singer of U2, had some things to say about Islamofascism:
I want to be very, very clear, however: I understand and agree with the analysis of the problem. There is an imminent threat. It manifested itself on 9/11. It’s real and grave. It is as serious a threat as Stalinism and National Socialism were. Let’s not pretend it isn’t.
I think people as reasoned as Tony Blair looked at the world and didn’t want to be Neville Chamberlain, who came back from meeting with Hitler with a piece of paper saying “peace in our time,” while Hitler was planning to cross the channel from France.
At least one popular entertainer recognizes the threat.
On President Bush:
There was a plan there, you know. I think the president genuinely felt that if we could prove a model of democracy and broad prosperity in the Middle East, it might defuse the situation.
We’re doing more than that, we’re diffusing the ability of the Islamic terrorists to maintain a foothold in Iraq and Afghanistan. We’re fighting them on their own turf and killing them. We are also helping the people who want no part of repressive Islamofascism, to reform their governments and infrastructures into entities that provide a better future.
……Clinton did exactly the right thing in talking to the Provisional IRA and other extremist elements. Now they have to do the same, in my opinion, with Hamas, and they have to do the same with Al Qaeda. You have to involve them in dialogue.
But then you’ve also got to try to cut off the oxygen supply of hatred, which is false ideas about who you are as an American, who you are in the West. I know that sounds like limp liberalism, but it’s really not.
Clinton fucked up. All the way around. His foreign policy consisted of ignoring the increasing terrorist attacks against Americans overseas and in the U.S. The IRA/British conflict in Ireland has been at best tenuously resolved. The Provisional IRA ostensibly ‘decommissoned’ their weapons in accordance with the 1998 Belfast Agreement, but the Loyalists remain skeptical and many have not relinquished any of their cache. Clinton had nothing to do with that.
‘Dialogue’ is the last thing on the minds of rabid Islamic fundamentalists.
We’re letting our weapons do the talking.
The ‘oxygen supply of hatred’ is being fueled by radical imams in the mosques, madrases, and the multitude of Islamic hate websites and organizations.
……People are nauseous about being perceived as the enemy. After Abu Ghraib, reasonable, rational people were saying the most despicable things about America. Imagine that. The country that not only liberated Europe but rebuilt Europe with the Marshall Plan. The country of Omaha Beach. The heroism of people who gave their lives for people like my dad. I mean, this is the United States of America.
A sane, realistic member of the entertainment industry? I am not a big fan of U2, but Bono’s comments are a breath of fresh air. Watch out for the ensuing wrath of the liberal/left crowd.