Opinion

When it comes to war crimes, to understand is not to forgive

Nicholas Stuart
By Nicholas Stuart
Updated July 1 2021 - 3:36pm, first published November 22 2020 - 5:30pm
It's important to realise not all of Australia's special forces fell into corrupt practices. Picture: Department of Defence

All war is terrible. Nothing, however, can excuse what Australian troops are alleged to have done in Afghanistan. Killing a civilian is never forgivable but, in this case, what made them (if possible) worse was these executions fed the Taliban narrative. They worked, immediately and directly, against the very mission the forces were deployed to achieve by proving the international forces were terrorists, just like the insurgents.

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Nicholas Stuart

Nicholas Stuart is a Canberra writer.