March 15, 2004


The Sydney Morning Herald spins like crazy for Taliban Dundee:

The Australian Guantanamo Bay captive David Hicks occupied himself in jail by killing mice, it has been reported.

Mr Hicks, 28, who is awaiting a US military commission, reportedly went to desperate measures to maintain his sanity.

The word “Taliban” appears nowhere in the SMH’s report. Nor do the details of exactly how Hicks dealt with those mice. Here’s an earlier piece on the heroic mouse-torturer.

Posted by Tim Blair at March 15, 2004 02:58 AM

Pigs are filty, forbidden animals... but mice are okay as playthings?

Posted by: nofixedabode at March 15, 2004 at 03:40 AM

Um, they're saying that killing mice helps maintain sanity?

Do they even read what they write?

Posted by: ushie at March 15, 2004 at 03:51 AM

Of course, running off to join the Taliban is sane right?

Posted by: Andrew Ian Dodge at March 15, 2004 at 05:03 AM

I think it's a typo -- someone dropped the "in" from in front of "sanity."

Posted by: Andrea Harris at March 15, 2004 at 07:45 AM

What craps me off with all of this nonsense is those saying he should be sent home. Well pardon me, but I thought he'd adopted Afganistan as his home. Maybe they should send him there and see what type of reception he gets.

Posted by: Jimi at March 15, 2004 at 08:22 AM

`kicking mice': aw, shucks, he's missing the good ol' days as a hero of the Taliban, kicking Afghanistanis then killling them.

Posted by: d at March 15, 2004 at 08:54 AM

Timbo, I have forgotten hust what has Hicks been charged with and what is the evidence to support that charge?

Posted by: Homer Paxton at March 15, 2004 at 09:21 AM

Homer, boy are you stupid! He was caught in a war zone, carrying arms, not wearing a uniform and quite apparently on the side of those who routinely commit war crimes. He's a non-entity as far as rights go; there's not a law in the universe that applies to him or regulates his treatment.

I'm sure you'd rather have him back at home, planning to detonate a friend of his at some soccer match. Personally, I think he's best off dead, but so long as he's alive, he should be in custody and under adult supervision.

Posted by: Robert Crawford at March 15, 2004 at 09:39 AM

Congratulations robert for avoiding to answer both my questions.

Posted by: Homer Paxton at March 15, 2004 at 01:03 PM

Uh -- he did answer you, you stupid fathead. Can't you even fucking read? God, sometimes I wish that I could make a tire iron come out of some person's computer monitors.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at March 15, 2004 at 01:26 PM

Prisoners of war aren't criminals to be tried, Homer. Even your bald-headed namesake would know that.

Posted by: Big Dog at March 15, 2004 at 02:42 PM

'Hicks Flick Sick' - not a bad title, Tim. But can you top this?

Schmick Hicks Pic. Is Pick of Flicks

Local Yokel Vocal in Support of Quranic Manic Hicks

Posted by: TimT at March 15, 2004 at 03:33 PM

Homer, what are you doing in this comments board? Reasonable people like you really shouldn't be here, not when there's the likes of Andrea "can't you even fucking stupid fathead" Harris in here.

Love the comments on Hicks, folks. Very measured. Very sensible.

By the way, what's he been charged with? And what evidence, outside of Googled news reports, do you have that he's guilty?

Posted by: Jonas at March 15, 2004 at 03:43 PM

And did you know that Osama has not been found guilty in a court of law?

Posted by: Sortelli at March 15, 2004 at 04:38 PM

You're welcome to leave too, Jonas. We have enough idiots here.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at March 15, 2004 at 08:30 PM

Where is PETA?

Posted by: dzd at March 16, 2004 at 02:29 AM

DZD, PETA is probably too busy fuming over "International Eat an Animal for PETA Day" to be bothered worrying about David Hicks...

Posted by: TimT at March 16, 2004 at 10:27 AM