I actually share Prime Minister Abbott's aborrence that young Australian men have been sucked into this conflict and barbaric Jihardist ideology. However, PM Abbott''s notion of "Team Australia" is one I find difficult to relate to as well. For me the concept of "Team Australia" conjurs images of loud fanatical flag wavers, who like any fanatical idealogues will follow their team blindly, led by peer hysteria, rather than due consideration.
Hysteria, at this point in world history, is about the last thing we need. Afterall, isn't this what the ISIS followers are driven by?
Nationalism based on jingoistic ideals has never served Australia well. Historically, it led us into The White Australia Policy at the time of federation. Not long after, such ideals were used to coerce young men into joining in the forces in World War 1 as "Team Australia" was called to fo into bat for Britain.
For a man who was a recipient of a Rhodes Scholarship, PM Abbott has demonstrated poor aptitude when it comes to his choice of terms and words. His choice unfortunate terms and language, are amongst factors that led him to be deemed a "misogynist" by former Prime Minister Gillard.
At this point in time Abbott could be reitterating that Australian citizens who join the ISIS forces are demonstrating unAustralian values. I would have no problems with identifying with that. But this "Team Australia" thing, I presume, is meant to hark back to our sporting prowess and values of a "fair go" and compassion. Instead, all Team Australia conjures up for me is "blind faith"; the very thing that has so far led these unfortunate, disengaged and alinated young Australian men, down an ignorant path to perpetuate barbaric acts against humanity.
As I said, I actually share PM Abbot's dismay and abhorrence that any Australian would be involved in ISIS, or whatever they are now calling themselves. I just wish he'd leave sporting terminology with his lycra bicycle gear, budgie smugglers and alliances to cricket and football teams where it belongs!