What kind of world do we live in where the attacker is portrayed as the victim? Wait, don’t answer that. A week doesn’t go by without some newspaper defending some rapist against the predatory urges of their victim.
But now the focus is on Australian soldiers who’ve been part of the occupation of Afghanistan. They killed a group of women and children. White men with machine guns killed unarmed women and children as part of an invasion into a country that is in ruins.
I seem to be missing the link that makes these soldiers the victim. The media seems to know what this mysterious link is because they continue to run story after story quoting soldiers at length about how unfair it is that they’re being charged for killing people.
There is barely a mention of the people killed, there is barely a word broadcast from Afghan people, and what they feel about their families and their people being killed in cold blood. Their views, their wishes don’t seem to matter. The sovereignty over their country means fuck all. The Australian army never got visas. They more than just jumped a so-called queue. When you come to a shore in a giant Navy destroyer instead of a leaky boat, there’s no talk about coming here legally or illegally.
The only thing they cite as why these troops fired was the so-called insurgent. An ‘insurgent’ in your own country? This man was most likely defending these people against the invasion. You really can’t blame him or any Afghan person who takes up weapons when they’re being invaded. Do people expect that they just lay down and take it?
The majority are against the invasion so it makes even more sense now to call for the removal of all troops – immediately – from Afghanistan. But the only alternate view being put forth is from the coalition calling for more troops. Abbott might as well be saying we need more killing of women and children.
And then we wonder why they come here on boats to seek a better life…