At Monday press conference Prime Minister Scott Morrison strongly condemned a falsified and repugnant image of an Australian soldier posted on Twitter by a Chinese diplomat Zhao Lijian. The image, which depicts an Australian soldier carrying out an act of violence against a child.
Scott Morrison demands apology for the image posted by Lijian Zhao on his Twitter account
The image was created by an artist Mr. Fu Yu who often makes politically-charged statements and shared on social media. Mr Fu, who was upfront about his identity as a patriotic artist, made his most known works copyright-free since June, and encouraged netizens to use them on any occasion. I created this CG illustration based on my anger and shuddering. The artwork was simply created out of a sense of humanitarianism, What I have produced looks like an absurd scene, but it is that really happened, Mr Fu wrote. He said he had a sense of “fury and trembling” after reading news articles about Australian soldiers – the brutal killing of 39 civilians in Afghanistan, including the public information that described how soldiers cut the throat of two 14-year-old Afghan teenagers with knives.
Scott Morrison says he is seeking an apology from China’s ministry of foreign affairs and said, the Chinese Government should be totally ashamed of this post. The incident comes weeks after an inquiry into the alleged conduct of Australian special forces in Afghanistan found war crimes were committed.
Should Lijian Zhao Chinese diplomat apologize to Scott Morrison?
I do not see any particular reason for the apology. It happened it is the fact that some Australian soldiers committed War crimes in Afghanistan against the civilians. From the report available for public that picture just reflect that really happened in the Afghanistan
Meanwhile,Lijian Zhao Chinese diplomat pinned the tweet at his Twitter account, he said “Shocked by murder of Afghan civilians & prisoners by Australian soldiers. We strongly condemn such acts, &call for holding them accountable.”
That means he strongly stands behind the words he said, otherwise he will not pin it at Twitter. The picture actually reflects the facts from the report, that it really happened. Photoshopped or not, used for illustrative purposes that Australian Soldiers committed War Crimes in Afghanistan. The worse is that many Australian Soldiers and probably commanders of Australian Army forces tried to cover the War Crimes for so many years.
It is a shame for Australia with such a small amount of active soldiers and army was involved in War Crimes against civilians in Afghanistan.
I find it hilarious that the girl’s face was blurred out on the Australian news even though it’s already covered by a sheet. The lamb holding was a hilarious touch. But let’s face facts this photo isn’t far from the truth, the only thing different is the choice of weapon.
Will Scott Morrisson demands apology from millions of people around the world that are posting similar or worse pictures. It’s time to prosecute by the law everyone that committed War crimes against civilians instead of demanding an apology.
Australian Soldiers – US Warrior culture endorsed by the commanders
The Australian Army is Australia’s military land force. Formed in 1901 through the amalgamation of the Australian colonial forces following federation, it is part of the Australian Defence Force along with the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Australian Air Force.
Size: 29,511 soldiers and 18,738 (Active Reserve)
The Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force inquiry undertaken by NSW Supreme Court judge Paul Brereton found the alleged murders involving 25 current or former ADF personnel did not take place in the heat of battle and were instead the result of a perverted US warrior culture.
While there was no credible information that troops, squadron and task group commanders knew or suspected that a particular alleged war crime was occurring, Justice Brereton concluded they should bear moral command responsibility and accountability for what happened under their command and control.
The report notes that some domestic commanders of the SASR bear significant responsibility for contributing to the environment in which war crimes were committed by allowing a US warrior culture to develop.
At least 30 senior officers occupied command roles over the course of the war either in Afghanistan or in Australia as SOCAUST or SASR commanders. The Brereton report found responsible for the alleged war crimes he identified does not extend to higher headquarters, including the position of Middle East commander held by General Campbell from 2011-12. The defence last week issued show-cause notices to 13 SASR soldiers implicated in alleged war crimes identified in the Brereton report — a right of reply before they are sacked.
Chief of the Defence Force Angus Campbell is working through a list
of dozens of senior officers who led special forces, soldiers, at the centre of war crimes allegations to determine which commanders should be held accountable and how they will be punished.
It includes former army chiefs, special operations commanders, task group leaders, Special Air Service Regiment commanding officers, and troop and squadron commanders.
Those on the list received command medals and other awards, including Orders of Australia, for their leadership of special forces soldiers allegedly involved in the murders of 39 Afghan civilians and prisoners identified in the Brereton war crimes inquiry.
The defence declined to comment on the document, saying it was working on “a comprehensive implementation plan” to act on the Brereton inquiry’s recommendations. But it has left open the possibility of demotions, sackings and the stripping of honours.
There is growing urgency to the process, amid a backlash over the stripping of Meritorious Unit Citations from 3000 special forces soldiers, and a warning from Scott Morrison that he expects senior officers to be held to account.