The ABC's plan: confront Attorney-General George Brandis with an audience stacked with "moderate" Muslims and make him hop.

It took precautions. It did not select extremists to ask questions — no jihadists who'd illustrate the danger the Abbott Government is battling. Despite that, last Monday's Q&A backfired spectacularly.

It simply confirmed concerns that too many Muslims have a group loyalty and inflamed sense of victimhood that made them the sea in which jihadists swim.

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