14 Oct 2010


David Johnston opposition defence spokesman has mouth like foot.

Three soldiers facing prosecution.

Johnston has suggested that these men are being railroaded, and this is before any trial has taken place. The have attacked the Army judiciary for even considering action against a soldier.

The Army sits at the top of all professions as far as we are concerned in Australia so why suddenly is the Coalition denigrating the command for doing their job.

Scoring political points by using our soldiers is about as low as politics can get.

The judicial system in the forces was instigated with the support of all parties.

As Australians we hold our troops in high regard, so when a situation like this arises we should have confidence in that our military is competent enough to deal with it's own people.

The high standards of the Australian Military dictate that if an action could have caused unnecessary loss of life there should be an investigation.

In this case some soldiers will face charges.
Three Australian soldiers will face charges including manslaughter over a raid in Afghanistan that left five children dead.
The court action follows an operation in February last year to clear a compound in Uruzgan province where Australian forces believed a TTaliban leader was hiding.
Director of Military Prosecutions Brigadier Lyn McDade said the three “will be charged with various service offences, including manslaughter, dangerous conduct, failing to comply with a lawful general order and prejudicial conduct”.
A suspected insurgent was also killed in the night raid together with women and children, while four people were wounded.

Two of the servicemen said they would vigorously fight the charges, which are being laid after an Australian military investigation.
“We will strenuously defend the charges and we look forward to the opportunity of publicly clearing our reputations, as well as the reputation of the Australian Defence Force,”they said through their lawyers".

Surely letting the system do their job is all we ask, I believe the men will be exonerated after a fair hearing.

Or do we want it all to be swept under carpet as some disreputable countries would do.

No we are Australian's and we're proud of our troops.

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