ABCÂ Insiders’ Talking Pictures segment mocked Tony Abbott for “throwing arms into the area” of the Middle East, but criticised Bill Leak for using “shock” and attacking the Greens with this cartoon, saying we had to ”be careful we’re not just helping to stoke an aggressive cycle”:
Last week Greens senator Peter Whish-Wilson presented his theory that Islamic State terrorists are not, in fact, terrorists.
“I think we need to find better words than ‘terrorist’ and ‘terrorism’ because, to me, this implies a very one-sided view of the world,” Whish-Wilson told the senate. Well, yes. On one side you have people being beheaded. On the other you have people beheading them. Pick a side. Whishy continued: “We use that word because it is a very simple word to use and it demonises people.”
The poor guys. All they’re doing is murdering and raping and here we are demonising them for it. As for Whish-Wilson’s plea that we “find better words than terrorism and terrorism”, old newspaper folk used to have a rule: don’t criticise a proposed headline unless you can come up with an improvement. In his case, Whish-Wilson declined to do so, echoing the Greens’ energy policy: “Let’s replace coal with something that hasn’t been invented.”
In the absence of any new Greens terror terms, a poll at my Daily Telegraph site approved several popular options. With 5500 votes counted, “future Q & A panellists” was the overall winner. “Sustainable population activists” and “traditional lifestyle practitioners” also received solid support. These are available for the Greens to use as they wish. Or Whish.