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Bono: US must learn from the Troubles.

Byline: PAT FLANAGAN

BONO has slammed US plans to wage war on Iraq comparing it to British "mishandling" of IRA terrorism in Northern Ireland.

The singer is likely to attract the wrath of George Bush after he warned the President: "There are some screw-ups to learn from."

However, Bono is worried that any fall-out with the Bush administration will affect US funding of Aids relief in Africa and support for his debt relief campaign.

But this weekend he said: "People often say you first have to learn lessons from history, but history is just a bunch of screw-ups.

"But there are some screw-ups to learn from. The way terrorism in Ireland was encouraged by a very over-the-top British response is a good example.

"You had 300 active members of the Provisional IRA and they sent in 30,000 troops.

"They also interned everybody who was suspicious without fair access to trial lawyers. Internment was the thing that grew the IRA.

"It would be wise to think about the mistakes that were made.

"Irish people have experience with terrorism, and the US has none."

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Date:Feb 24, 2003
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