While Bono's entire acceptance speech was quite good, I was particularly moved when he spoke out against the use of torture. He said, "You do not have to become a monster to defeat a monster."
Indeed. Very well put.
And I wrote those words down right after I heard them, because I was so impressed and wanted to share the wisdom.
Not being a conspiracy theorist, I began to question whether I had heard it all correctly the first time.
Fortunately, I discovered that Will Bunch of the Philadelphia Daily News heard the same speech that I heard, and he wrote about it in his blog at www.attytood.com. Bunch's blog entry about Bono's speech fills in some of the gaps that are missing from the official video, including the context surrounding Bono's "monster" comment.
Today I read in the Economist an article reporting that over 38 percent of Americans support some type of torture in exceptional circumstances. My country? No. Your country? Tell me no. Today, when I receive this great honor, I ask you, I implore you as an Irishman who has seen some of these things close up, I ask you to remember, you do not have to become a monster to defeat a monster. Your America's better than that.Yes, that is exactly what I heard.
But, in the official video, all is missing except the last two sentences.
Yes, this is America, land of the free. Or so it once appeared to be.
Let's face it: When you feel you must censor the acceptance speech of a Liberty Medal recipient, something is seriously wrong.