Australia has prostrated itself for too long at the altar of Anzac mythology at the expense of other national foundation truths
As the wheels of justice begin a glacial grind along the dusty tracks of Australia’s alleged Special Air Service war criminals, it is time to stop, to look inwards as a nation, and to contemplate just how the hell it has come to this.
How did the so-called “best of the best” Australian troops, the “elite” revered the world over, come to be (allegedly) torturing defenceless prisoners, cutting the throats of children (alleged), and shooting handcuffed men and adolescents for battlefield initiation or “blooding” (also alleged)?
What has just happened is a potential watershed. A crossroads. A chance to alter direction