Tuesday, December 1, 2020

Soldier Depiction Angers Australia

I didn't know Australia is sensitive.
A depiction of an Australian SAS soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan child has angered Australia. 

The image accompanied a tweet by Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian (right) on Monday:

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (right) is already clamoring for an apology and that the Chinese Government expunge the "repugnant" tweet attacking the Australian Defence Force in the wake of a landmark war crimes inquiry. 

This refers to the 531-page Brereton report released on November 19, 2020 – the result of interviews with 423 witnesses and the review of more than 20,000 documents and 25,000 images – which found Australian special forces had wilfully committed at least 39 unlawful killings between 2009 and 2013 in Afghanistan. None of the killings took place in the heat of battle and the victims were all non-combatants or were no longer combatants.

Evidence suggests junior soldiers were instructed by their superiors to execute prisoners in cold blood as part of a “blooding” process to give them their first kill. 

In other cases, the elite Aussie soldiers allegedly slit throats, gloated about the slayings, kept kill counts, and photographed bodies with planted phones and weapons to justify their murders.

The inquiry was triggered by work done by military sociologist Samantha Crompvoets (left), tasked with examining special forces culture and who began to hear disturbing allegations of war crimes. 

One soldier told her: “Guys just had this blood lust. Psychos. Absolute psychos. And we bred them”. 

She even heard one alleged incident in which two 14-year-old boys were stopped by SAS, who simply decided they might be Taliban sympathisers. Their throats were slit.

The Australian ire is, therefore, understandable because it deeply embarrasses the country. Besides, Australia-China relations have been steadily deteriorating – and so this is another pretext to lambast China. 

Er, I thought Australia embraces freedom of speech  no?

In any case, the truth is the truth.

Now you know why the US government had blocked the International Criminal Court from investigating alleged war crimes by American soldiers in Afghanistan.

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