Of course this particularly Small Minded TightRsed mob can't be allowed to go unchecked. However, our Defence Minister is stupid to say they'll be defeated. At best perhaps they might be contained but only with capable troops on the ground with Turkey and Iran actively involved as well.
Making it a daily domestic issue is simply Abbott playing to our local (non-muslim) SMTAs whilst stroking his own Churchillian ambition.
I don't think they can be defeated easily either. Yet again, it's blow-back from the unbelievably stupid decision to remove Saddam in 2003. Assad (like Saddam) had the wrong kind of friends with Iran and Russia so Obama was reluctant to get involved and try and get a decisive outcome when the insurrection first started to happen in Syria; it's also blow-back from that chain of events too.
They should have damn well left a secular Saddam where he was - it would have saved 1.6 million Iraqi lives and we wouldn't be involved in this never-ending war (11 years and counting) the only apparent beneficiary of which is a Prime Minister seeking to distract an electorate from his lack of action at home. I find it incredible that Abbott has barely said a word about our increasing unemployment rate; its an enormous social disaster in the making.
For Operation Turn-Around-Opinion-Polls - no cost is too small How many emergencies can this guy's ego handle!
As opposed to Operation Eliminate-Boat-People, no media grandstanding opportunity is to be missed. Surely after dealing with those "illegal migrants", Morrison should have no problem with stopping terrorist plane people. After all haven't our authorities been doing that for two decades now
The really stupid thing with Team Abbott is the crowing about removing revenue-raising measures (carbon tax, the ineffective resource tax) while continuing to have a blank cheque on boat people and overseas military interventions. We're headed for a real budgetary emergency soon... it will be interesting to see how they handle it. My bet is that they thrash around blaming everyone else but themselves.