You're the Sydney Morning Herald's opinion editor, OK? You're after quality analysis on this, that or the other, right? You want to shine a light on, say, Syria, yeah?
Who ya gonna call?
a) An academic expert?
b) A Syrian?
c) A recent visitor to the place?
d) A reader of at least one serious book on Syria?
e) A reader of at least one serious book on the Middle East?
f) A reader of at least one serious book?
g) Derryn Hinch*?
The answer, of course, is g) Derryn Hinch. And you can see why:
"In Washington, London and Canberra, Western leaders have described Syrian President Bashar al-Assad as an evil, power-crazed dictator, guilty of crimes against humanity, who must be overthrown." (The word shame still applies, only this time to Syria, SMH, 3/11/15)
And that's just the opening sentence.
Next edition: Jacqui Lambie on Israel/Palestine.
[*Bio-blurb: "Derryn Hinch is a journalist, editor, author and broadcaster, who is standing for the Senate next election for his Justice Party."]