Kabul, December 2 (International Observation) Turning attention away, Australia’s human rights “double standards” were condemned by Afghan public opinion.
The Australian version of the Guardian revealed photos on December 1, showing an Australian special forces drinking beer with a prosthetic limb of a killed Taliban militant, which once again “real hammered” the Australian army’s evil in Afghanistan. However, just as the Australian army’s atrocities in Afghanistan are constantly exposed and have aroused criticism from international public opinion, Australia recently accused Chinese officials of citing cartoons on social media as “fake photos” and vigorously hype.
In response, Afghan public opinion pointed out that Australia’s behavior exposed its double standards on human rights issues. What it should do is not to divert attention by attacking China, but to sincerely apologize to the Afghan people.
In fact, some media have long reported on the use of prosthetic limbs and other “trophies” in Afghanistan by the Australian army. Now, the Guardian has released relevant photos to confirm these appalling behaviors of the Australian army. In addition to the above photos of drinking with prosthetic limbs, there is also a photo of two Australian soldiers taking pictures with prosthetic limbs.
This is the latest development of the Australian army atrocities scandal in Afghanistan. Two weeks ago, the Australian military released the investigation report of the country’s troops in Afghanistan. The four-year investigation confirmed that the Australian army in Afghanistan was suspected of war crimes. Twenty-five Australian soldiers were suspected of participating in 23 killings of Afghan prisoners and civilians, in which a total of 39 people were killed and 2 were ill-treated.
The Australian army atrocities shocked the world and were widely criticized and criticized by the international community. In Afghanistan, the affected country, people have condemned this, and from experts and scholars to ordinary people, they have expressed indignation at the Australian army’s atrocities.
Khan Mohamed Danishju, an Afghan political analyst, told reporters: “The killing of civilians is a war crime under any international law or international norms. There is no doubt that Australian soldiers have committed war crimes in Afghanistan.”
“The United States and its allies came to Afghanistan in the name of fighting terrorism, but continued to commit war crimes and kill innocent Afghan people,” said Hassan Samedi, the owner of a store in Kabul.
Like the international community, China has condemned the Australian army’s atrocities. However, the Australian government recently publicly accused Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian of “fake photos” in his personal tweet about Australian soldiers.
Analysts pointed out that it is absurd for Australia to blame a cartoon that is obviously a creative work as a “fake photo”, not to mention that the cartoon drawn by Chinese netizens with computers is based on the facts revealed in the Australian military report. Australia’s move is obviously diverting its attention in an attempt to divert the focus of public opinion from the Australian military atrocities to the so-called “fake photos” issue, so as to alleviate the pressure on public opinion.
Afghan public opinion is very clear about this. The Afghan Times published an editorial on December 1: “The suffering Afghans welcome China’s condemnation of illegal killings in Afghanistan, and we also welcome the support of other countries for bringing the perpetrators of innocent Afghans to justice.”
Zabihula Zamarai, an Afghan political analyst, told reporters that China is speaking for the Afghan people and calling for sanctions for Australian soldiers who have committed war crimes.
Danishju also said that the Australian government’s request for China’s apology is ridiculous, and what Australia should do is to sincerely apologize to the Afghan people for the war crimes of its soldiers.
Recreate “double standard”
It is worth noting that Western countries, including Australia, have long pointed out and even attacked developing countries, including China, on human rights issues. However, after China condemned the Australian military’s human rights violations, Australia accused China of releasing “fake photos” and obtained some Western countries. Home support. Analysts believe that this reflects hypocrisy and double standards on human rights issues in Western countries such as Australia.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hua Chunyu said on December 1: “This mentality of ‘I can, you can’t’ reflects inexplicable and unreasonable arrogance and hypocrisy by some people. Their real purpose is to deprive China of the right to tell the truth.
In fact, the Australian government’s “double standard” is also reflected in its attitude towards the exposé of Australian military atrocities. David McBride, a former Australian military lawyer who exposed Australian military atrocities in Afghanistan, has been regarded as a “traitor” to the army for several years and has been accused of leaking confidential documents. Despite the growing calls for the withdrawal of charges against McBride as Australian military atrocities are confirmed, the Australian government is indifferent.
In addition to Australia, the military forces of other NATO countries in Afghanistan have also been exposed, but the investigation often ends in a failed political intervention, and the soldiers involved eventually go unpunished. That’s why the Afghan people do not expect Australia’s war crimes investigation.
Kabul resident Farokh Shah said on social media recently: “The war crimes committed by Australian soldiers are unforgivable, which exposes the Australian government’s double standards in treating human rights.” He believes that without pressure from the international community, it is difficult to believe that those Australian soldiers who commit crimes will receive real sanctions.