The left would put this A-sole on a pedestal with Ned Kelly.
Update: David Hicks’s book is heavy on his ordeal at Guantanamo Bay, but critics are attacking the lack of detail about his terrorism training. Hicks’s book ‘deceptive, disappointing’ (ABC)
Mahmud Dawoud aka David Hicks: “I reluctantly signed up.”
Hicks is doing what the left does best – re-writing history. The fact that Brigadier McDade thinks so highly of Hicks should preclude her from judging any of our ADF personnel on the basis of a conflict of interest. That’s it’s being condoned by this Australian Government is nothing short of disgraceful. No wonder the soldiers in Afghanistan are so angry.
- Army top brass just too eager to prosecute frontline diggers (Islam Monitor)
Miranda Devine gags at the evasions and deceits in convicted terrorism supporter David Hicks’ autobiography, now being touted by publishers and reporters who should know better:
Then he just happened to go to Pakistan. A new mosque mate happened to give him some addresses. One thing led to another and he ended up in Peshawar on the Afghan border where he just “came upon” members of the terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba.
He met Osama bin Laden, a wealthy man, and it was all a boy’s own adventure.
Hicks skips over his extensive LeT training in a couple of pages, mentioning only that he did “lots of walks”, befriended a goat and that the training was mostly “sport-oriented”.
Pull the other one.
The paragraph that most perfectly captures his attempt to suspend reality has him firing on Kashmir.
“I participated in this exchange (of gunfire) under the orders and supervision of Captain Ali. We did not fire upon Indian soldiers or any other people. We only participated in the symbolic exchange of fire.”
The consequences of this “symbolic exchange of fire”? Two dead children.
Perhaps Hicks’ book is a symbolic telling of the truth.
Our accidental terrorist next finds himself on the wrong bus, and happens to arrive in Kandahar where he mingles with the Taliban.
Somehow he decided to do an eight-week “mountain warfare” course. Then he applied for the “urban warfare” course.
Then, in August, 2001, he took a mysterious course in Kabul. All he says about that is, “Kabul was an interesting and intriguing place”.
He is at pains to draw a distinction between himself and “actual terrorists”, who were trained at “very small and highly secretive” camps.
Hicks, by contrast, says he was at “big, very public mainstream camps” receiving “very casual basic military training”. He had no choice. “I reluctantly signed up.”
Coulda happened to anyone.