What was supposed to be significant in a democracy was not the hundreds or thousands in a political party but the millions in society they represented.
This has the making of being a regional diplomatic disaster.
Why should community leaders be as responsible as anyone else for these jihadists and why would they be able to do anything about it?
The last few weeks have reminded that in recent years something rather unpleasant has entered politics.
The last six years have shown that what asylum seekers have more to be concerned about is an insecure, out of control political class that targets the most vulnerable to make itself look in command.
The left have been portraying Indonesia as the victim and Australia as the bully but the reality is more the reverse.
“We will decide” was a phoney bit of Australian unilateralism made possible at a time of that phoney bit of US unilateralism, the War on Terror.
The Great Destabiliser has moved up a notch.
It would seem whatever happens internationally, it would have to accompany dealing with the baby boomer psychodrama at home.
If the EU-appointed technocrat governments have no legitimacy, neither do the Parliaments that voted them in.