Bono’s latest speech about spreading love to terrorists has angered former Oasis man Noel Gallagher, who has stressed he’d “prefer to kill them all” instead.
The U2 frontman Bono has often been accused of harboring a messiah complex the size of a small country, but his Christ-like stance to love terrorists until they give up has unsettled street-fighting man Noel Gallagher, who believes the best way to fight fire is with more fire.
Speaking to Spanish newspaper El Mundo, the grumpy songbird from darkest Manchester snapped that big-hearted Bono was misguided before admitting on a personal level he wold happily kill all terrorists.
“They will try to finish with us all only because of some twisted logic supposedly sent by their God.
“How can you reason with someone like that?
“I’m worried the solution of people like my good friend Bono is to love them until they give up. I prefer to kill them all before they kill us.”
Following on from the tragic terrorist attack in Paris last November, Bono implored people to ensure that Europe keeps its “heart open.”
Noel Gallagher, on the other, hand isn’t one for turning the other cheek and is angry that our leaders only response to the terror threat has been to seemingly hold endless meetings and talk.
“The most important thing is that our leaders do nothing, they just talk.”
Gallagher is equally as damning in regard to Bono’s plea to view the migrant crisis overwhelming European Union countries with a “heart open” to “compassion and mercy.”
“Too many people are going to die because of the freedom of movement in Europe: in Brussels, in Paris, in London or in any other place where they carry a bomb under their coat.”
Bono and U2 performed before a packed venue in Paris just three weeks after a series of Islamic terror attacks in the French capital killed 130 people.
Bono yelled “Viv la France” as U2 took to the stage at AccorHotels Arena. The venue is not far from the Bataclan concert hall, where 89 people were killed by terrorists during a concert by Eagles of Death Metal.
During the set, Bono’s key messages between songs were “You don’t have to become a monster to defeat a monster” and “Love over fear.”
Some may argue that such lofty sentiments might all be well and good in an ideal world, but we don’t live in an ideal world, and as they say, it takes a wolf to catch a wolf.
Other commentators have argued, “I wonder if Bono would be saying that if it was his lot who were playing that night in Paris as the bullets flew past his head.”
Of course, Bono is no stranger to controversy. The extremely vocal vocalist and his band of global poverty-fighting rockers faced a very public and very humiliating ear-bashing at the 2011 Glastonbury Music Festival after activists interrupted U2’s long-awaited performance with a protest accusing the Irish band of dodging taxes.
Placards and banners labeling Brave Bono as a “tax dodger” and demanding him to “pay up” were unfurled by the anti-capitalist group Art Uncut for the benefit of the numerous TV cameras who filmed the middle-aged musicians as they frantically rocked the house like a bunch of crazed dads high on life.
It’s worth noting that at the time, Bono’s home country of Ireland was on the brink of bankruptcy and being forced to accept an international bailout.
The crusading rock star was accused by Art Uncut member Charlie Dewar of hoarding taxes in the band’s piggy bank, which should be used to help keep open Ireland’s hospitals, schools, and libraries.
The seasoned show-biz veterans are one of the Emerald Isle’s most successful exports, but Bono and the boys also came under heavy fire in 2006 from transferring their corporate base from Ireland to the Netherlands.
The Netherlands offers virtually complete tax exemption on all of the royalties, which keeps the band in the lifestyle they have become accustomed to.
It was estimated in 2010 that the band netted a whopping $195 million, and according to the Times, Bono, Adam Clayton, Larry Mullen, and, of course, The Edge were the world’s highest-earning musicians.
The accusations all came as something of a surprise to most die-hard U2 fans, considering Bono’s well-documented and all-consuming passion to eradicate poverty on a global basis and not just in his own backyard.
Although Noel Gallagher has criticized Bono’s plea to keep our hearts open in regard to the migrant crisis, perhaps he would’ve been better advised to ask his old multi-millionaire mate to keep the doors to his property empire open too. After all, there’s lot of families fleeing war-torn countries who need a roof over their head and a big-hearted landlord who’s willing to provide rent-free accommodation.
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