David Hicks will soon be heading home, but matters are not over. Hicks has agreed not to speak to the media for one year. Good idea. It will save him some embarrassment – or delay it, anyhow.  Hicks has received treatment that shames the United States, but the minute he opens his mouth he’ll lose his martyr’s status. RMIT marketing expert Con Stavos has told AAP Hicks could break chequebook records, netting up to $4 million for a multi-media tell-all.

Harry M Miller says: “There’s no doubt in my mind that Hicks has got a story to tell that will singe people’s ears off.”

But if anyone’s going to get burnt, it will be Hicks himself. Forget the millions. When he opens his mouth, Hicks’ words will cost him the support he has.

David Hicks is our own little piece of trailer-trash Taliban. And that can only mean that he is also one of two things – a fool or a fanatic.

It will be interesting to see how he deals with questions such as:

Why do you hate women so much you think they should cover themselves from head to toe?

So, David, just how do you think gays should be put to death?

Why do you think Israel should be wiped off the face of the earth?

Can you please fill us in on the upside of Iran’s nuclear weapons program, David?

Illusions will be shattered when our own little bit of Talitrash talks.

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