Dominic Knight, host of ABC 702's evening program - Al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria are like Aussie diggers in WW1
Pro-"Syria" sentiment is a fashionable cause at the ABC, which recently dedicated 3 hours of nationwide radio network time to a fundraising radiothon for the "Syria" issue.
Civilised elements of Australian society rightly condemn any Australian who breaks the law by travelling to Syria to fight in that country's internecine armed conflict.
But that is not the position adopted by the ABC's Dominic Knight, who appeared on Paul Murray Live on Sky News on Sunday evening. I happened to watch the program live on Sunday and could not believe the following exchange as it happened.
Here's reader J with the details taken from her email to me earlier today.
Michael. I haven't seen any coverage of this anywhere yet.
MORRISON: Well that might be your romantic view of things but I'll point out that many of the people you say are heading home, their home is here. They were born here. Bankstown, Liverpool, Westmead hospitals. Yeah sure have passions about what's going on over there but it's a very different thing - a very worrying thing for Australia that they choose to fly to the other side of planet, pick up an AK47 and fight with Al-Qaeda in somebody else's war...
KNIGHT : ...Somebody else's war you say? Plenty of Australians historically have fought in other people's wars. Are you as outraged about say Australian soldiers dying in Britain's wars? In George Bush's war?
MORRISON : are you serious?
MORRISON : you see no difference between Australians fighting with the sanction of their country in declared wars like the First World War and those fighting with the terrorists today in Syria? They're just like the diggers are they?
MORRISON : ...Oh yeah everything is excusable isn't it. That is a ridiculous comparison actually. Actually let's call it what is is really - utter bullshit.