Saturday, January 20, 2007

Astounding headline of the week

From The Age (and from memory):

"Hicks's mental state not an issue: Downer"

So, after letting the guy rot in Guantanamo Bay for five years you can confidently say, from your Canberra air-conditioned bunker, that David Hicks is as happy as Larry.

Since when is Australia's foreign minister a psychiatrist? How many sessions on the couch (or, more likely, the waterboard) did they have together?

Even assuming that "due process" would apply to any trial, which is now demonstrated not to be the case, wouldn't his mental state be a, if not the, crucial issue?

And I thought the government might just have been trying to come to terms with its appalling handling of this appalling matter. Not so: still the dissembling continues.