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Hicks not a hero

I suppose it should have been expected that the darling of the Latte Sippers™ would front up on the Q&A program last night , after all he is trying to promote his memoir, No I’m not talking about John Howard I’m talking about the hero of our friends with the milky residue on their top lips…

The wide-ranging interview focused heavily on the more controversial aspects of Mr Howard's tenure. (ABC)

He … received a video question from former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks, who asked him if he stood by his support of the system that saw Mr Hicks imprisoned for over five years.

A video question from David Hicks in Five Dock, NSW: Hi, I’m David Hicks. When you were Prime Minister you left me in Guantanamo Bay for five and a half years. During that time I was detained without charge for a long time. I was denied a fair trial. I was tortured. Do you believe that I was treated humanely and that the military commission was a fair system? Thank you.

But as with many of his answers the former prime minister held firm on his actions regarding Mr Hicks.

In relation to the military commissions, we put a lot of pressure on the Americans to accelerate the charges being brought against David Hicks, and I remind the people watching this program that David Hicks did plead guilty to a series of offences,” he said.

“David Hicks trained with Taliban, David Hicks was associated with groups that were behaving in a manner that was completely opposed to the interests of this country, and the idea that we should see him as a hero is very misplaced.”

What our Latte sodden friends seem to forget is that Hicks willingly supported one of the vilest regimes in the history of the world, they deeply misogynistic, and Anti Semitic Talliban regime in Afghanistan.On top of that as a captured irregular combatant he was no civil criminal to whom the concept of habeas corpus ever applied. His status was at best problematical, and he should thank is lucky stars that he did not face summary execution.

I was willing to suggest that Hicks have an opportunity to live out the rest of his life in quiet obscurity on the assumption that he was truly contrite about his crimes and gross errors of judgement but for him to come on to the Q& A program and omit any suggestion that he was the author of his own fate in his question suggests that maybe he does not deserve the benefit of any doubt after all.
Cheers Comrades


  1. Ray Dixon says:

    It works like this Iain: In Australia we have a right to free speech and even someone like David Hicks (who has served his time and owes nothing in return) has a right to ask questions of our politicians and ex-Prime Ministers. At least he was polite and didn’t throw his shoes.

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  3. Leon Bertrand says:

    I don’t think Iain is disputing Hick’s right to ask Howard a question in public. Rather, Iain is pointing out that many of Hick’s supporters are willingly ignoring Hick’s “colourful past” viz a viz the Taliban, Al-Qaeda and terrorism which got him into trouble in the first place.

  4. Indi Warrior says:

    Unlike so many people who like to live in the past I have moved on.
    In fact I am now Moving Forward.

    John Howard is old news. Bitter, twisted and simply trying to sell a book.

    He will be judged.

  5. Iain Hall says:


    My impression of John Howard since he left office is that he is anything but “bitter and twisted” in fact I think “relaxed and comfortable” is more apt when describing the man.

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