How will the Taliban’s bullshit stories be recorded now?
Like the gallows of Nuremberg prevented Germans reporting the ‘war crimes’ of the Allies…
Australia’s decision to close its embassy in Afghanistan by the end of this week could impede investigations into alleged war crimes by ADF troops who served there, the Office of the Special Investigator has warned…
OSI director-general Chris Moraitis told a Senate estimates hearing on Tuesday that closing the embassy could make it more difficult to prepare briefs of evidence into the alleged unlawful killing of 39 Afghan prisoners and civilians by Special Forces soldiers between 2005 and 2016.
“Clearly having access to Afghanistan and witnesses in Afghanistan is important, therefore the closure of an embassy would not be ideal. However, we have contingencies to deal with and we look forward to what comes in the future,” Mr Moraitis said.
Meanwhile, Endless Warrior Greg Sheridan Stan Grants the withdrawal’s historical meaning:
The decision to withdraw Australia’s embassy from Afghanistan, and operate on a fly-in, fly-out basis, is one of the most depressing and telling signs of the utter, abject failure of 20 years of Australian, and Western, policy in Afghanistan. It is contemptible and pathetic, and a massive indictment of everything that is wrong with the Western strategic personality.
How do civilisations fail? It is often said they lose resolve and confidence, a sense of self belief, of purpose. They also lose the ability to do complex things in moral and operational grey zones, which requires steadiness and low-key, agile and sustained engagement.
I’ve read St Augustine, Gibbon and Shirer – and many other chroniclers of collapse besides – and have never encountered this “often said” PowerPoint presentation. The ‘civilisation’ that has failed is the Afghani one – clearly – and, more broadly, the Islamic world that allowed that country and many others to become unsalvageable toilets. As for the West and lessons learned, history shows that civilisations not only fail because they don’t know when to fight. Some fail because they don’t know when to quit.
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