updated 06/03/2008 AT 9:20 AM ET
•originally published 06/03/2008 AT 11:00 AM ET
If Bono has his way, there would be two U.S.A.s.
The U2 frontman says the second U.S.A. – a United States of Africa – could help end the strife which afflict much of the continent, according to Agence France-Presse, citing a special Africa edition of Japan’s Asahi Shimbun newspaper that Bono guest-edited over the weekend.
“[It] would be the dream,” said the singer. “I think a kind of broader African identity is going to be very important to deal with tribal tensions.”
Though a United States of Africa may seem more “poetic” and symbolic than a legitimate solution to conflict, Bono says the American USA is an inspiration that has proven otherwise.
“Irish people used to always have a little giggle when they would see Americans saluting their flags in schools … singing the flag thing,” Bono, who recently rang in his 48th birthday in Monaco with Brad Pitt, a fellow activist for Africa.
But, he says, “there’s so many different tribal groups in the United States, that to create a national identity of that size, they had to really work at this kind of patriotism.”
Africa already has a continent-spanning organization: The African Union, created in 2002, which it has since become more of a joint peace-keeping force with the United Nations.