Surprise, Surprise. It turns out that David Hick’s tell-all book doesn’t quite tell the whole story, particularly when it comes to the training he undertook with al-Qaeda or the anti-Semitic views he adopted at the time:
While questions remain over whether Hicks stands to profit from the book, journalist and author Sally Neighbour calls his account “deceptive and disappointing”.
“The problem with Hicks’s book is that out of the 456 pages he spends less than one page talking about his training with Al Qaeda,” she said.
“The significant thing about David Hicks, among other things, is that he was probably the most highly trained of all of the Australian Al Qaeda graduates.
“He did very extensive training over a number of weeks or months which is why he was of such interest to the authorities.
“And the fact that he skates over this and provides virtually no detail of it and claims he never did any terrorist training, never went to a terrorist training camp, wasn’t aware of any terrorist activity, is just beyond belief because there are now enough reliable sources so that we know that this is simply not true.”
This account by Hicks seems to be extremely self-serving. Rather than discuss why and how he joined the terrorist organisation which supported the Taliban and committed the murderous attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001, Hicks instead seems keen to present himself as some adventure-loving backpacker who ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time.
The truth is of course very different to what Hicks and his progressive supporters would have us believe. Hicks was for all intents and purposes a member of al-Qaeda, who was willing to fight for them and accepted their most vile anti-Semitic views. That’s why in 2007 he pleaded guilty to one charge of materially supporting terrorism. His own confessions shortly after his capture provide all the evidence one needs to be satisfied of his guilt.
All this is not to say that Hicks shouldn’t be a free man allowed to start over. He has paid for his crime with several years incarceration. Like all convicted criminals who are not likely to re-offend, Hicks deserves a second chance. But when he tells his story, he should be held to account for a self-serving account which fails to be honest and candid about his journey into Islamism and his support for terrorists.
I’d personally have more respect for Hicks if he admitted that he made a huge mistake and apologised for it. This account would indicate that like his left-wing supporters, he thinks he shouldn’t have to own up to his misdeeds.