The Jerusalem Post reports: WASHINTON – U2 lead singer Bono appealed to Congress on Tuesday for a “Marshall Plan” to provide aid to the Middle East much like the massive relief the United States provided to rebuild Europe and counter extremism after World War Two.
“When aid is structured properly, with a focus on fighting poverty and improving governance, it could just be the best bulwark we have against the extremism of our age,” the rock star and anti-poverty campaigner testified to the Senate Appropriations subcommittee that oversees foreign aid.
Bono urged US lawmakers to act quickly to counteract “an existential crisis” in Europe, with nationalist parties rising in several countries and even Britain considering leaving the European Union.
The hearing took place as lawmakers put the final touches on a new spending plan that may include steep international aid cuts.
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