There wasn’t much to be surprised about when The Australian published the results of a recent Newspoll yesterday; three in five Australians support their government’s drops of humanitarian and military aid to fighters in Iraq. Prime Minister Tony Abbott is just the latest in a line of politicians to enjoy surging support because of hawkish behaviour. What may have made them drop their toast was the next line, however;

“The Prime Minister said no specific request had been made but Australia was talking to its partners and allies about helping to provide “military advisers” and “air capability”.”

That’s right. As US President Barack Obama releases his “game plan” for Iraq and Syria, the Australian government is openly musing about joining in.

But after a decade at war, why do the public support more adventurism? And is charging once more into the breach any sort of tactic against these hydra-esque terrorists groups? To answer these questions I had a chat with Professor Greg Barton, Director at the Global Terrorism Research Centre at Monash University:



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