With the release of what is known as the Brereton Report Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has gone on record saying that some of those within the Australian SAS are responsible for some “disturbing and distressing” war crimes. It is also reported that Morrison has already apologized to the Afghan government and is ready to pay compensation to Afghan families for these alleged war crimes all before any trial has even been set!
The fighting in Afghanistan has been the longest of any Australia has ever participated in. Why Australia or the USA is really there no one truly knows! I believe this conflict exists ONLY because it makes a LOT of money for some while costing the lives of others.
Why is it, if Islam is such a religion of peace, there are so many wars going on in those nations dominated by Islam!? Also, why do Western nations poke their noses into Islamic wars that are not theirs and that they cannot or will not win? As I said earlier these conflicts make a LOT of MONEY for some while taking the lives of many others!
In spite of the fact that many Australians have lost their lives in a conflict that has nothing to do with their everyday life back here in Australia it comes as no real surprise that many Australian Muslims are pleased with Morrison and his confession of these supposed war crimes and the promise that compensation will be paid and those Australians responsible will be punished.
Yes, the Religion of Peace through the Islamic Council of Victoria ‘…welcomes the release of the long-awaited Brereton Report and urges timely prosecution of the alleged perpetrators.
It has taken many years to get to this point, a watershed moment no doubt in Australia’s military history, but justice for the families of the victims will only be fulfilled when those accused of these heinous crimes are prosecuted.
The ICV has consulted the leaders of its Afghan member societies and whilst having confidence in the Australian justice system, they were anxious that every effort must be made, and no expense spared, to bring the accused to trial in the shortest possible timeframe.
Sharing those concerns, ICV President Mohamed Mohideen said “It is true that justice delayed is justice denied. The victims have families that have lost their son, husband or father. They are still grieving.”
Beyond the horrific findings of the 39 alleged murders at the hands of Australian soldiers, we must ask why the warning signs were ignored. We must ask how the culture of covering up such behaviour was allowed to fester, where was the accountability? How did the chain of command break down so badly?
“How can we be sure that other abuses have not taken place in Afghanistan or other locations where Australian forces have served?” asks Mr Mohideen. “The Australian Government has an obligation to ensure that there are mechanisms to properly handle and investigate complaints and adequate protection is provided for whistle-blowers” continued Mohideen.
The leaders of the Afghan member societies believe that the families of the victims should be consulted regarding compensation, and that this process should commence immediately. And like many in the community, they are angered that some of the accused have been allowed to continue serving.
When compared with the callous refusal by the Americans and British and others to investigate potential war crimes committed by their forces in Afghanistan, Australia’s response stands out.
The Australian Government should strongly encourage our allies to do as we have done. This will go some way to repairing Australia’s international reputation.’https://www.icv.org.au/media-release-justice-must-be-served-for-the-people-of-afghanistan/