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September 18th, 2003

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Bono's AIDS Plan Turned Down By Bush

Irish rocker Bono has met American President George W. Bush to discuss the Aids crisis facing Africa, but had his demands for more US help rejected. The pair had a summit at the White House in Washington DC, where Bono tried to insist that the superpower increase its financial support - but Bush declined to agree with the U2 singer's requests. Bono admits, "We had a good old row. What I just can't agree with him on is the numbers." While Bush has instigated a five-year $15 billion plan to combat the spread of the epidemic in Africa, activists argue that this is simply not enough. Bono, there to push for a $3 billion initial investment, was forced to content himself with the US's original $2 billion offer. He told waiting journalists after the meeting, "I'm not here peddling a cause. Seven thousand people dying a day is not a cause - it's an emergency." While "depressed" with his failure to up America's contribution to dealing with AIDS in Africa, Bono believes the world leader is "sincere" in his commitment.
 
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From:stateless
Date:September 18th, 2003 01:46 pm (UTC)

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(but he can spend how many effing billions of dollars on the "war"?!?!?!?!)
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From:sune70
Date:September 18th, 2003 02:33 pm (UTC)
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AMEN!

Apparently we can let millions die, suffering slowly, from AIDS and spreading it to their families so that THEY can die, suffering slowly, but the chance that "terrrrerists" (heh, my Dubya impersonation) MAY, SOMEDAY, POSSIBLY, IF THEY HAVE ANY ACTUAL WMD'S strike somewhere is worth more money than God's ever seen.

*throws hands up in air and manages to direct one particular finger in Mr. Bush's direction whilst doing so*
From:ex_clusterfu848
Date:September 18th, 2003 04:28 pm (UTC)
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Yeah, i'd say my vote in 2004 will be related to Africa. The AIDS Intiative (y'know, a historical measure headed by the Bush administration) should make do for the moment, though i'm sure Bono won't let the issue be dimished in either the public's or administration's eye...

(views comments) I swear, if this community goes uni-ideological...*sigh*
From:melst
Date:September 19th, 2003 05:32 am (UTC)

"We had a good old row."

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I'd like to see Bono take Bush down with a good old punch in the face.

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