EDITORIAL: The doctored image purporting to show an Australian soldier holding a bloodied knife to the throat of an Afghan child is in itself a squalid piece of Chinese propaganda. But as propaganda sometimes does, it has seized upon a discomforting measure of truth to inflate and contort to its own ends. Australia’s military and government have accepted a mortifying inquiry finding that 39 Afghan prisoners and civilians were executed as part of a grotesque “blooding’’ exercise for junior soldiers in rogue special forces. Some 19 Special Air Service troops could face murder prosecutions and a further 13 soldiers have been sent notice of their likely dismissal. It is a shaming exercise for Australia, but potentially an honourable one too. The gratuitous provocation from a senior Chinese official who tweeted the fake image has deliberately inflamed tensions between the two countries. Yet that is not all. READ MORE:Jacinda Ardern: New Zealand has raised concerns with China over falsified image of Australian soldierChina fires back at Australia’s PM, doubles down on war crimes accusation’Why keep silent?’: China to target Australia’s human rights recordAustralian Forces unlawfully killed 39 Afghans, inquiry alleges’If you make China the enemy, China will be the enemy’: Beijing’s… Read full this story
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