Our esteemed government, of course, cautiously welcomed the news. The ever-eloquent and concise Minister for Foreign Affairs had this to say:
"First of all there was the view that Hicks clearly couldn't have done anything wrong, and we hate the Americans and all of that," he said.Umm, gosh, that's insightful.
"There were people who thought David Hicks should just be strung up, he was obviously a horror.
"And there were people in the middle, which is where I was, really. My view was always that the legal process had just taken far too long."
Then Ratzinger, sorry Pope Benedict, decided to pull Catholicism back into the Dark Ages, stating that hell is, in fact, a real and terrifying place awaiting all those who "shut their hearts to [God's] love."
I had thought Catholics were getting better, but it seems I was wrong. Ratzinger is leading his (ever reducing) global congregation to new lows of simplistic doctrine, promoting division between religions and preaching hellfire and brimstone for all who flout "God's laws".
Being the only bona fide representative of the Catholic God here on earth, I can't imagine what Ratzinger has to gain from all this...
And lastly, 3rd Pea seems to have come down with her first cold.
Her nose is blocked, her eyes are gunky, and she's not at all at peace with the world this evening.
We managed to clear her nose, somewhat at least, by dripping saline into her nostrils and sucking it (and the muck) out with an aspirator. Not a process that any of us enjoyed, but judging by the volume of (the usually placid) 3rd Pea's screams, she had the least fun of all.
We finally managed to get her to sleep and she's snuggled semi-peacefully in C's arms in bed while I'm polishing off the remnants of a long-cold dinner.
Hopefully her nose stays clear, otherwise it's going to be a long night.