How do we come to terms with Australian war crimes?

By John Warhurst
Updated July 1 2021 - 3:33pm, first published November 25 2020 - 6:35pm
Australian Defence Force Chief General Angus Campbell. Picture: Getty Images

As the Australian community and its government comes to terms with the extremely serious allegations against members of the SAS for their alleged criminal misconduct during the war in Afghanistan, deeper questions must be asked and broader context provided. To restrict the focus just to those servicemen accused of war crimes would be a mistake, as would too narrow a focus on the military itself.