I’m not even sure how to explain this…
An SAS commander claims he wrongly said allegations of civilian casualties were cleared because he misunderstood an acronym.
But this “tangle” of an explanation for the Defence Force’s repeated and outright denial of possible civilian deaths has been picked apart by the Operation Burnham inquiry.
…so the NZDF are now claiming that Brigadier Chris Parsons, a highly-educated SAS commander, mistook an acronym from a ISAF report that apparently cleared the SAS for any responsibility in killing and wounding 21 Afghan civilians.
The pure grade A bullshit of this defence ignores that the SAS would have had their own internal reports of what happened that night, so pretending to rely on a secret ISAF report that was apparently mis-interpreted and only turned up 3 years later after being found in a secret safe is beyond any credibility.
The NZDF have had 9 years to cobble together a convincing lie to gloss over their falsehoods and deception in attempting to hide this massacre, and the best they’ve got is one of their Officers misreading a report they had hid in a safe???
If the Inquiry doesn’t find them all guilty of war crimes I will be shocked.