On November 19 the Australian military admitted that the Australian special forces had killed 39 Afghan civilians by “cutting their throats” in a “non-combat state”. However, when reporting on such a frenzied incident, an Australian media made an incredible statement.
“Aren’t soldiers going to kill people? Why are we investigating the deeds of our special forces in Afghanistan?” On November 19, many Twitter netizens reposted a picture. In the picture, the Australian “Sydney Morning Herald” reported about Australia. In the military war crime investigation report, such a serious impropriety was used as a lead.
According to the author’s review before publishing, the original link of this forwarding has been deleted by the “Sydney Morning Herald”, but the author found through the web page review function that the newspaper did such a forwarding on the 19th.
This highly controversial lead forwarded report mainly introduced the concept of war crimes and the rules of engagement on the battlefield, and mentioned the difficulties in identifying war crimes during the war.
Perhaps it is to highlight the fact that the cruel battlefield is not an “outside the law”, and the original text of the report does include the expression “soldiers trained for killing”, so the editor of the “Sydney Morning Herald” deduced this An introduction full of “anti-humanity” atmosphere.
On Twitter, many people, including Australian netizens, condemned in unison that “soldiers are going to kill people.” Most of them emphasized that “terrorists and civilians, how can they use “people” vaguely.
In general?” Some people are unbelievable that the Australian mainstream media, the Sydney Morning Herald, can make such a statement.
Other comments pointed out that many Australians were angry at the beheading of their soldiers by the Japanese during World War II. If the saying that “soldiers were meant to kill” is used, what position does Australia have to condemn the Japanese?
When reading relevant information, the author found an old article in the Sydney Morning Herald in 2014. This report mentioned that the Australian army had repeatedly “beheaded” enemies that had surrendered during World War II.
The author of the report called on Australia. When all sectors of society are concerned about the atrocities committed by extremist organizations, they should reflect on similar actions by their own military.
The comparison between the two reports makes people feel that the three views of the “Sydney Morning Herald” are actually a lot worse than 6 years ago.
In addition to deleting this lead, currently, the “Sydney Morning Herald” Twitter has also removed this report.
However, the report forwarded by the Australian “Times” has not deleted the article so far, so we can still see many improprieties in this article itself.
In addition to the violent argument that “soldiers are trained to kill”, this article has repeatedly emphasized that there are many very complicated situations in war that make it difficult to distinguish between “war crimes” and “normal operations.”
For example, a person wearing civilian clothing and using a phone appears in a war zone.
Soldiers may kill him because he suspects that he is a terrorist using a mobile phone to operate a time bomb. In the legal profession, some experts have suggested that such manslaughter should not be classified as a “war crime.”
However, there are several well-known felony crimes of the Australian Special Forces.
One is shooting prisoners due to limited space in the aircraft, and the other is cutting the throats of civilians and even minors during non-combating periods to “practice their hands.” These factual crimes are clearly incomparable with the above “vaguely defined” example.
Therefore, this article is based on the recent survey of the Australian Army as an introduction. It is somewhat of a “washing ground” and sophistication for the Australian Army.