Opinion

It's too late now to weigh the costs of war

By Paul Barratt
November 12 2020 - 5:30pm
With the federal government appointing a special war crimes prosecutor into Australian special forces' actions in Afghanistan, its time to confront broader questions about our armed interventions. Picture: Department of Defence

With his four-year investigation of alleged crimes by Australian special forces in Afghanistan now complete, Justice Paul Brereton has handed his findings to the Chief of the Australian Defence Force, Angus Campbell, and Defence Minister Linda Reynolds. The judge is believed to have recommended criminal prosecutions, military sanctions and other responses to around 10 incidents involving between 15 and 20 people. Thursday's announcement of a special war crimes prosecutor appears to confirm that sufficient evidence exists for cases to go to trial.

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