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Bono's Dream: A United States of Africa

06/03/2008 at 11:00 AM EDT

Bono's Dream: A United States of Africa
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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.

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