Does the fact that international alarm has flared up so quickly mean that the lividity of concern will fade just as quickly? What would a stance toward the Middle East that is at once informed, realistic and ethically defensible look like?
If there are indeed White House officials actively impeding the wishes of a democratically-elected president, on what grounds can they do so? Is there any other way of classifying such behaviour than as a 'coup d'etat'?
Is the way that Australia practices parliamentary democracy broken? Or is there something more perfidious about the fracturing of the political parties themselves that leaves little motivation for anything other than naked ambition?
Was the publication of the allegations against the federal Labor MP Emma Husar in 'the public interest'? Or has its haste to scoop its rivals caused BuzzFeed to abandon the temperance and care with which personal lives should be handled — even those of politicians?