Il tanto atteso rapporto sui potenziali crimini di guerra da parte dell'Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Afghanistan è stato pubblicato, raccomandando che 19 soldati attuali o ex siano indagati per 39 omicidi.
Non uccisioni in combattimento. Non uccisioni accidentali. Non uccisioni di non combattenti per decisioni discutibili prese nel pieno di una battaglia. Non civili uccisi a causa di incoscienza o disattenzione da parte delle forze australiane. Omicidi. Di non combattenti morti per nessun altro motivo se non quello di vivere in una regione in cui l'alleanza statunitense ha visto il valore geostrategico nel mantenerla occupata militarmente per 19 anni.
The information about atrocities perpetrated by Australian forces in
Afghanistan has taken many years to emerge, was fought tooth and claw
with attacks on whistleblowers and journalists,
and surely only touches on a tiny fraction of the war crimes which have
been perpetrated and covered up with the investigation finding
that “the criminal behaviour of a few was commenced, committed,
continued and concealed at the patrol commander level”.
According to the Sydney Morning Herald,
ADF Chief Angus Campbell describes a “self-centred warrior culture” in
Australia’s Special Air Service which “was embraced and amplified by
some experienced, charismatic and influential non-commissioned officers
and their proteges, who sought to fuse military excellence with ego,
elitism and entitlement,” leading to acts of horrific brutality.
this context it is alleged that some patrols took the law into their
own hands: rules were broken, stories concocted, lies told and prisoners
killed,” says Campbell.
“The Brereton report also found evidence
that junior soldiers were required by their patrol commanders to shoot a
prisoner to achieve their first kill, in a practice known as
‘blooding’,” SMH reports.
Troops “carried ‘throwdowns’ – foreign
weapons and equipment such as pistols, small hand-held radios and
grenades to be placed with the bodies of enemies killed in action for
the purpose of taking photos,” reports SMH. “This practice eventually
was used for the purpose of concealing deliberate unlawful killings.”
The Guardian’s Christopher Knaus writes the following:
of the more disturbing alleged incidents canvassed in the documents
released on Thursday comes from prior work by military
sociologist Samantha Crompvoets, who had the job of examining special
forces culture and 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.”
heard one allegation that two 14-year-old boys were stopped by SAS, who
decided they might be Taliban sympathisers. Their throats were slit.
rest of the troop then had to ‘clean up the mess’ by finding others to
help dispose of the bodies,” Crompvoets reported. “In the end, the
bodies were bagged and thrown in a nearby river.”
Her work eventually triggered the Brereton report.
are unforgivable atrocities which cry out to the heavens for vengeance.
Nothing can undo them. Nothing can set them right. And any grown adult
looking at the situation with clear eyes knows that nothing can be done
to prevent them from continuing to happen going forward.
you train teenagers to kill, deliberately warping their minds so as to
normalize the entirely abnormal act of killing their fellow human
beings, and then leave them to their own devices in an unfamiliar land
full of unfamiliar people over whom they hold the power of life and
death, these things will happen. They cannot but happen. They have
happened many, many times in ways we will never know about, not just at
the hands of Australian forces but of the entire occupying coalition.
is on top of the massive pile of corpses the US power alliance has
already heaped upon Afghanistan by the Trump administration’s record-shattering bombing campaigns and corresponding civilian casualties, and by the nearly two full eight-year presidential administrations previous to it.
Afghanistan is a military occupation which we know for a fact we were deceived about from the very beginning and deceived into allowing to continue,
every step of the way. Knowing that we were deceived into it and
knowing what its grave consequences are, there is no excuse for it to
There is no legitimacy in babbling about “power vacuums”
and what political system Afghanistan will have after brutalizing that
nation in the way that we have. At this point such arguments are like a
rapist saying he can’t stop raping a woman because some other rapist
might come along and rape her if he stops. The most depraved and
murderous force in the nation, which has already been killing far more civilians than the Taliban and ISIS, has no business concerning itself with what might happen after it leaves.
out of Afghanistan. Get the ***** out. Now. Not just Australia, but the
entire murderous occupying coalition. It’s not your country and you’re
making it worse. Get. The *****. Out.
Do not concern yourself with
what might happen when you leave. What will happen when you leave is
that you will not be there murdering human beings. There are no
“conditions” which need to be met first. You are the violent extremists
in Afghanistan doing the killing and destroying. You are the terrorists.
There is no more destructive force on this earth than the
tight alliance of nations loosely centralized around the United States
which functions as a single empire on foreign policy. The only
beneficial thing such a blood-soaked empire can do for the world is to
cease its behavior and cease to exist. It is not the benevolent good guy
staving off the bad guys, it is the bad guy, and its depravity must come to an end.
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the world sort out its own affairs without the “help” of the
psychopathic force which unleashes such horrors upon our species.