U.S. is slowly losing the battle to cover up Afghan war crimes
Australia did something extremely unusual today. It took an honest look at what it's elite troops did in Afghanistan, and then told the public.
Australian elite forces allegedly killed 39 Afghans civilians and prisoners unlawfully in an environment where "blood lust" and "competition killings" were reportedly a norm, according to a long-awaited official report.
The Australian Defense Force's (ADF) four-year inquiry into alleged war crimes in Afghanistan alleges that some patrol commanders, who were treated as "demigods," required junior soldiers to shoot prisoners to achieve their first kill, in a process known as "blooding." The report presents what it says is "credible information" that weapons or handheld radios were then sometimes allegedly placed by a body to make it seem like the person had been killed in action.
There has been a similar probe in Britain, but they were so horrified by what they found that they buried their own investigation.
While CNN reported the Australian war crimes they failed to mention how the report mentions U.S. troops.
“It’s important to understand that the elite Australian special forces were not alone in committing these atrocities,” said Patricia Gossman, senior researcher on Afghanistan for Human Rights Watch.
“Their soldiers have even said it was widely known that U.K. and U.S. special forces had carried out similar crimes,” she said. “It was part of a sick culture that essentially treated Afghans living in these contested areas as if they were all dangerous criminals — even the children — or simply as not human.”
Gossman said that at about the same time as some of the alleged Australian offences took place, there was a case of “alleged involvement of U.S. special forces in the forced disappearance, murder and torture of Afghan civilians in the Nerkh district of Wardak (province) in 2012-2013
There is no question that the United States committed war crimes in Afghanistan. Trump just recently pardoned two soldiers convicted of war crimes. The only question is how how pervasive were the war crimes and what steps were taken to cover them up?
For instance president Obama famously admitted to "torturing some folks", and then quietly forbade any further investigation into the torture.
Obviously no one in the US government wants our war crimes exposed. No one wants justice for the Afghan people nor to pay the price for committing those war crimes.
If the Afghan people are ever to see justice it must come from somewhere else. Somewhere external.
On March 5, judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) gave the prosecutor authority to investigate possible war crimes in Afghanistan.
More than 70 nations voiced strong opposition Monday to what they consider threats to the International Criminal Court and decried sanctions on its top officials, issuing a statement that did not name any country but was clearly aimed at the U.S.
They declared that "any attempt to undermine the independence of the court should not be tolerated."
...The statement by ICC members from every region, "including nearly all of the U.S. government's allies, says loud and clear to the U.S. administration: This is our court, back off," Dicker said.
Among the signatories were Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Nigeria, South Korea, South Africa, Spain and the United Kingdom.
If Trump really wanted to pull our troops out of Afghanistan one of the best ways he could do that is to allow our war crimes to be exposed.