What you'll find is that Geldof has deliberately stayed away from the big names.
People like The Stones, Queen, The Who, Page/Plant and the other "NAMES" that made Live Aid such a spectacle. Simply because he knows that the artists he HAS chosen are *surrent* and seen by today's audiences as being into this kind of cause.
The fact is that Bono, Geldof, Mcartney and Madonna all have an unbelieveable amount of money sitting int heir bank accounts - you don't see them donating all their money to save Africa, do you? Why the fuck should ANY government cancel a countrie's overseas debt just because they either can't control their government's spending and / or can't stay away from cival wars / conflict and / or can't stop screwing long enough to prevent AIDS from spreading throughout the population?
Is my bank going to cancel out the money I owe on a credit card? I don't create wars or give people AIDS - surely I should be rewarded for that? Or perhaps the solution IS for me to spread disease or start a cival war.......
"It's all so fucking predictable".
1) While I totally agree with every point you made, I do agree that there are millions of innocent people in Africa who don't start the civil wars or spread AIDS, many infants and children..so why should they suffer?
But I think cancelling the debt is only a temporary salve for now...and the people of Africa just never try to progress out of their own dictatorship run nations, and AIDS actually..BEGAN in Africa...from the filth there as did a far more dangerous plague...
...Ebola..which if that ever gets to any nation outside of Africa, it would wipe out the world's population.
I think Geldof and company should use this to riase awareness, not just to Africa's plight...
(I was originally under the impresion that this was about GLOBAL poverty)...
..but yes..poverty everywhere. Here in the USA, the richest nation in the world, you have what they now call the working homeless and impoverished. People and families working full time jobs, sometimes 2 & 3 jobs, with NO health care, no home, living on the streets, eating at churches and shelters, or with children going to bed hungry and the homeless dying/freezing on the streets here in the winter months...and it's the same in western nations in Europe like the U.K.
2) Geldof should revise this to be about that NO human on this planet that is not a war mongerer or terrorist, but responsible, everyday people worldwide...no one ahould ever have to worry about as you said debt, no food, no shelter, no healthcare. It's a scandal. And I want to help the people of Africa...but..what's the old saying?
Give a man a fish, he has food for a day or a meal for a day.
TEACH a man to fish...and he will go hunger free for all the days of his life.
The initiative should be to TEACH the people of Africa how to develop and progress their agriculture, technolgy, healthcare, and downright common sense education...to take care of themselves.
The USA...and the U.K and Western world was made up..of immigrants from thousands of years ago. Who the heck taught us how to farm, develop agriculture/crops and food, invent technology and advanced heathcare...NO-ONE!!!!
We all did it ourselves, with motivation, trial & error. We lived with horrifying diseases that killed millions like polio, diptheria, whooping cough, scarlet fever,....so WE INVENTED vaccines to cure them.
We had cholera and typhus that killed people due to filthy conditions. We LEARNED to use clean living conditions and treated water systems, and sewage treatment sytems, etc.
We had people running amuck when the pilgrims and settlers first came to the USA killing each other...rememeber the lawless old west..where there were no laws..or when the USA had slavery?
We came up to speed and LEARNED those things were WRONG! No one taught us..we taught ourselves