Here are some bytes from or about Bono with regard to the crisis in Burma:
"Rock star Bono praying for people of Myanmar," Sep 26, 2007
Irish rocker and activist Bono said Wednesday he was praying that the peaceful campaign against Myanmar's military junta would finally triumph and expressed concern over the deteriorating situation.
"Bono appeals for prayers for Burma," Sep 27, 2007
Bono said the situation did not belong to the 21st century. The singer, speaking at the London premiere of movie Across the Universe, said he had met and corresponded with Aung San Suu Kyi, the pro-democracy leader of the opposition the National League for Democracy Party.
He said: "I have a little bit of a relationship with Aung San Suu Kyi. I've met her family and corresponded with her. U2 actually wrote a song - Walk On - for her.
"I've always followed her progress and that of the Burmese people."
He added: "She is a study in grace and they are a study in patience."
Bono said everyone should offer their support to the Burmese people.
"Bono Gets Medal for His Work in Africa," Sep 27, 2007
"When you are trapped by poverty, you are not free. When trade laws prevent you from selling the food you grew, you are not free," said Bono, wearing his trademark sunglasses even at night as he stood just steps away from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.
"When you are a monk in Burma this very week, barred from entering a temple because of your gospel of peace ... well, then none of us are truly free," he said.
It's hard not to become a monster when you are trying to defeat one. Aung San Suu Kyi is the moral leader of Myanmar, the country more correctly known as Burma. She has been, in effect, under house arrest since 1989.
Suu Kyi is a real hero in an age of phony phone-in celebrity, which hands out that title freely to the most spoiled and underqualified. Her quiet voice of reason makes the world look noisy, mad; it is a low mantra of grace in an age of terror, a reminder of everything we take for granted and just what it can take to get it. Thinking of her, you can't help but use anachronistic language of duty and personal sacrifice.
Bono brings us a good reminder to pray for the Burmese people. See "Can Christians Support Buddhist Monks?" for more on this.
For one week I have just been commenting on the crisis in Burma. I began on October 4, International Bloggers Day for Burma. I'll continue to comment but will also return to issues of the missional church, church and North American culture and, of course, U2 & theology.