abul, December 2 The Australian edition of the British “Guardian” revealed a photo on December 1, showing an Australian special soldier drinking beer with the prosthesis of a killed Taliban. “Hammer” the Australian army’s evil deeds in Afghanistan.
However, at a time when the Australian army’s atrocities in Afghanistan are constantly being exposed and aroused criticism from international public opinion, the Australian side has recently accused Chinese officials of citing cartoons on social media as “fake photos”, which is a hype.
In this regard, the Afghan public opinion pointed out that Australia’s behavior has exposed its double standards on human rights issues. What it should do is not to divert its attention by attacking China, but to sincerely apologize to the Afghan people.
Australia China more evidence
In fact, some media have long reported that the Australian army has used prostheses as “trophies” in Afghanistan. Today, the “Guardian” published relevant photos confirming these appalling behaviors of the Australian Army. In addition to the above photo of drinking with a prosthesis, there is also a photo showing two Australian soldiers posing with the prosthesis.
This is the latest development of the Australian army’s brutality scandal in Afghanistan. Two weeks ago, the Australian military announced the investigation report of the country’s troops in Afghanistan. This four-year investigation confirmed that the Australian Army in Afghanistan was involved in war crimes. 25 Australian soldiers were suspected of participating in 23 killings of Afghan prisoners and civilians. In these incidents, 39 people were killed and 2 others were killed. Be abused.
The Australian army’s brutality shocked the world and received widespread criticism and condemnation from the international community. In Afghanistan, the victimized country, people have condemned this. From experts and scholars to ordinary people, they expressed indignation at the atrocities committed by the Australian army.
Afghan political analyst Khan Mohamed Danishju told reporters: “No matter under any international law or international norms, killing civilians is a war crime. There is no doubt that Australian soldiers have committed war crimes in Afghanistan.”
Hassan Samedi, the owner of a store in Kabul, said: “The United States and its allies came to Afghanistan under the banner of fighting terrorism, but they continue to commit war crimes and kill innocent people in Afghanistan.”
Like the international community, China has also condemned the brutality of the Australian army. However, the Australian government has recently publicly accused the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian’s personal Twitter of “fake photos.”
Analysts pointed out that Australia’s accusation of an apparently created cartoon as a “fake photo” is totally absurd. Moreover, this cartoon drawn by a Chinese netizen on a computer is based on the facts revealed by the Australian military report. This move by the Australian side is obviously a diversion of attention, an attempt to divert the focus of public opinion from the brutality of the Australian army to the issue of so-called “fake photos” and to reduce the pressure on public opinion.
In this regard, the Afghan public opinion is very clear. “Afghanistan Times” published an editorial on December 1, saying: “The suffering Afghans welcome China’s condemnation of (foreign military) illegal killings in Afghanistan, and we also welcome other countries to support the murderers who will kill innocent Afghans. It’s the position of law.”
Afghan political analyst Zabihullah Zamaray told reporters that China is speaking out for the Afghan people and calling on Australian soldiers for war crimes to be sanctioned.
Danish Zhu also said that the Australian government’s request for an apology from China is ridiculous. What Australia should do is to sincerely apologize to the Afghan people for the war crimes committed by its soldiers.
Reproduce the “double standard”
It is worth noting that Western countries, including Australia, have long criticized and even aggressively attacked developing countries, including China, on human rights issues. However, after China condemned the Australian army’s human rights violations this time, Australia has criticized it. China’s release of “fake photos” has also received support from some Western countries. Analysts believe that this reflects the hypocrisy and double standards of Australia and other Western countries on human rights issues.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying pointed out on December 1st: “This kind of mentality of’I can, you can’t’ reflects the inexplicable and unreasonable arrogance and hypocrisy of some people. Their true purpose is to deprive them. China has the right to tell the truth.”
In fact, the Australian government’s “double standards” are also reflected in its attitude towards the exposers of Australian military brutality. Former Australian military lawyer David McBride, who exposed the Australian army’s atrocities in Afghanistan to the media, has been regarded as a military “traitor” for several years and has been accused of leaking classified documents. Although the Australian army’s atrocities have been confirmed and calls for the withdrawal of the accusations against McBride have been increasing in Australia, the Australian government remains unmoved.
In addition to Australia, other NATO troops stationed in Afghanistan have had war crimes exposed, but related investigations often ended unscathed due to political intervention, and the soldiers involved were ultimately impunity. Because of this, the Afghan people have no expectations for the war crimes investigation in Australia.
Faruh Shah, a resident of Kabul, said on social media recently: “The war crimes committed by the Australian soldiers cannot be forgiven. This exposes the Australian government’s double standards for human rights.” He believes that if there is no pressure from the international community, it is very It is hard to believe that those Australian soldiers who commit crimes will be truly sanctioned. (Participating reporter: Bai Xu)