Australia is in for a shock as war crimes investigation brings reality of war to the Anzac myth | Paul Daley

It’s time we think hard about the heavy burden of our fairytale on those we entrust to kill in the wars of our politicians

The long-awaited report into the alleged war crimes of Australian special forces soldiers will be out next week and will expose the gaping chasm between the myth of the exceptional, idealised Anzac troop and the dirty realities of war.

The prime minister, Scott Morrison, and his defence minister, Linda Reynolds, have forewarned Australians they will be shocked and disturbed by the report of Paul Brereton, the inspector general of the Australian Defence Force, when his redacted version is released.

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