Monday, June 14, 2004


David Hicks: Jihadi tryhard

David Hicks has recently been charged by the US. In some ways, charging him is a mistake, as it gives credibility to the notion that the US is required to either charge the detainees at Guantanamo bay with an offence or release them.

The US is under no such obligation. They are entitled to keep David and the rest until the Taliban and Al Qaeda either surrender or the US makes peace with them.

I'm not certain what to make of the charges, or reports that he decided to return to the front lines after seeing footage of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the side of the terrorists and the regime protecting the murderers.

But I will comment on reports of one of his new names being "Abu Muslim al Austraili". It reeks of him being a wannabe. "Abu X" means "father of X", and is a popular choice for Nom de Guerres. For example, Abu Mazen, Abu Bakar Bashir, Abu Jihad. "Al X" means something like "the person from X", for example Muqtada al-Sadr, Saddam Hussein al-Tikriti. So his name translates roughly as "Father of Muslim from Australia".

Really. Is this the best Osama could recruit from here?


BTW, congrats on your new blog. You may not be getting an Instalanche (yet), but you're getting a Blairlanche. :-p

Barbara Skolaut
It's David Tiley.

Welcome. You have just discovered a time eating vortex at your fingertips. Fun though.

The US thinks it has a reason to hold Hicks. Shouldn't that reason be tested in some sort of court? I don't think that officials of governments anywhere on earth have the right to arrest people and cart them across the world without submitting to some legal system which articulates the reason.

Otherwise, the stealing of Japanese by North Koreans would be fine.

Personally I think David Hicks falls into one of three categories. He is a criminal. He is an innocent civilian. Or he is a prisoner of war. In each of these, there is a code of behaviour which any government should adhere to. And the government should have to show the evidence for its classification.
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