- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 13, 2016

U2 singer Bono was on Capitol Hill on Tuesday to testify during a Senate subcommittee hearing on violent extremism, and offered lawmakers a peculiar proposal with regards to eliminating the Islamic State: take down the terror group with laughter.

After asking lawmakers to take him seriously, the multi-Grammy Award winning singer told the Senate that “comedy should be deployed” against terrorists.

“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,” Bono suggested.

“If you look at National Socialism, and Daesh and ISIL, this is the same thing, we’ve seen this before, we’ve seen these people before. They’re very vain, they’ve got all the signs … it’s show business,” said Bono, using alternative names for Islamic State. “And the first people that Adolf Hitler threw out of Germany were the Dadaists and the Surrealists. It’s like, you speak violence, you speak their language.”

Senator Jeanne Shaheen, New Hampshire Democrat, didn’t find Bono’s proposal all too out of the ordinary.

“Actually, that’s not the first time I’ve heard experts on how do we counter violent extremism talk about that,” said said in response. “It’s one of the things that we’re looking at.”

For her part, Ms. Schumer, the 34-year-old comedienne name-checked by Bono, responded by tweeting “Holy [expletive].”

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