Originally posted by Slip-On
Was thinking the exact same thing as you, but didn't want to say anything.
I think that Bono is going to wait for mostly everyone to stop donating, and when they do, he's going to donate 10 times what they did and make a huge media frenzy about it. I despise that man with a passion.
I never knew much about Bono and am not sure I have ever even heard his music so it's safe to say I'm not a fan. On the other hand, what I do know of him came from a few interviews on shows like Charlie Rose and Paul O'Neill's story of his trip with Bono to Southern Africa. It was a challenge made, of sorts, by Bono and accepted by O'Neill, to visit and see the conditions first hand. Before it was over O'Neill had a whole new respect for Bono's knowledge and understanding of the problems, needs, and solutions of the region. He apparently has lived the deal, his efforts are very real and unselfish, and he invests real time and effort into what he does. O'Neill admitted he thought
he knew what was going on there and that Bono was just another mouthy rock star until Bono dragged him around the countryside and gave him a set of brains about the realities and how little it would really take to make a MAJOR difference in those folks lives. One of the main ones was as simple as safe drinking water. O'Neill, as Sec. of Treasury, overstepped his authority by agreeing that for the small amounts needed, it was a no-brainer and that he would get right on it when he got back to Washington. Well.... that was probably involved in his demise with the apple of my eye, fruit of my loom,
GW Bush and Company. GOD, I hate that man. He strains my Christian belief in forgiveness and tolerance, something I may have to beg for as a result of those emotions.
It is a shame when hardships like that are used for grandstanding but I'm not always sure who gets the blame, them or the media. In different instances it can be both. Also, it IS a chance to get some attention for causes that aren't as spectacular but just as devastating to millions of people in the world. What about the folks of the region who are living in abject poverty while working every day, making products that we buy, especially clothing, and unable to properly feed or get medical attention for their own kids? What about the folks in THIS country, suffering the same problems because their jobs were sent over there, to exploit them? A good opportunity for this country to do some soul searching on many levels. Exhibit some of those Christian values we are so willing to cry out from the mountaintop, for all to see.