“Unarmed civilians and prisoners are shot or cut in the throats by some Australian soldiers who often feel ‘gloating’ over ‘a large number of unlawful killings’.” Recently, the Australian Ministry of Defense released an investigation report detailing the indiscriminate killing of innocent people in Afghanistan by Australian soldiers. Cruel details such as cutting two 14-year-old boys’ throats and throwing them into the river are creepy and strongly condemned by the international community.
However, instead of apologizing for serious crimes committed by his own military personnel, Australian Prime Minister Morrison expressed dissatisfaction with the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman for retweeting a cartoon condemning the Australian military atrocities on social media, shamelessly demanding that China “apology”, which really refreshed the outside world’s awareness of his moral standards. . It was only because of the fierce public opinion and the denouncement of the murderers that Morrison asked himself to say that the matter was “over here” and other self-made words.
Anyone with basic conscience can see that the pictures released by Chinese officials are based on cartoons based on the content of the Australian report. Although it is not a scene photo, the content is true. As Prime Minister of Australia, Morrison should have deeply reflected and brought the murderers to justice and gave an explanation to the Afghan people and the international community. But the truth is that he ignored the blood of innocent civilians stained by his own soldiers, and instead became angry with the voice of justice of others, which was extremely despised.
Did Morrison do this just because of a cartoon that states the facts? Of course not. As the British scholar Martin Jacques pointedly pointed out, “What really annoys him is not the photos, but that he believes that the Chinese have no right to comment on the murders of Australian special forces in Afghanistan”.
Indeed, for a long time, Western politicians, represented by some Australian politicians, have been used to playing the role of “human rights teacher”, only allowing themselves to point out arrogantly, and even fabricate one human rights lie after another to slander other countries, but not allow other countries to beak their own human rights. Morrison’s performance in the “comic incident” can be said to fully expose the hegemony, hypocrisy and double standards of the “human rights teacher”, as well as the dark psychology of trying to divert attention and the guiltyness of facing the truth.
In order to cover up the scandal, Australia has done everything it can. David McBride, who was first to expose Australian military atrocities, reportedly faces charges and trials from the Australian judiciary for five counts. A soldier who dares to reveal the truth and has served in Afghanistan twice has been retaliated against! Is this the “human rights” flaunted by Australia? No wonder the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs commented that “Australia’s credibility on the international stage has been completely shattered”.
It is worth noting that after the cartoon incident, Australia’s individual allies indiscriminately blamed China for no reason. This can’t help but wonder whether they have lost their international justice and moral conscience and openly support war criminals. How come countries that talk about freedom of speech all day can’t tolerate a cartoon reflecting the real situation? It seems that under the double standard of “asking only about position, not right and wrong”, justice and conscience are worthless in their eyes.
In fact, what the Western world should reflect more is: Why has the security situation on the ground still not improved after nearly 20 years of military missions in Afghanistan? A large part of this is attributed to the atrocities of some Western armies in Afghanistan. The conniance of war crimes and contempt for justice are making some Western armies in the name of peace accomplices to terrorists and tramples on peace and justice.
“Australia is quickly becoming a sad joke” – a warning from Tony Kevin, Australia’s former ambassador to Poland and Cambodia. Indeed, if Australian authorities do not concentrate on purging the army, bringing criminals to justice, and apologizing to the Afghan people, they will continue to mess around, not only smash Australia’s national reputation, but also the “values” that the Western world is proud of. Morrisons, don’t be too self-righteous!