'The more we kill, the better we do' - Chris Masters

Long Lunch 11/06/2018
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Award winning Australian journalist Chris Masters discusses his revealing book No Front Line: Australian Special Forces in Afghanistan that claims Australian soldiers have been guilty of war crimes while serving in the troubled Islamic State.

He shares the ideals maintained by a soldier, and that there is frequently an indented view that "the more we kill, the better we do".

However, although violence and killing is an essential part of the soldier’s world, there is a fine line before desensitisation and dehumanisation occurs.

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Mr Masters believes that this point was reached after Australian soldiers were stationed in Afghanistan for too long, without purpose.

The pair discuss the drastic jump from self-preservation to competition killing, loss of strategy and how body count is not an indication of success in a counter terrorism missions.

Mr Masters discusses that it was not all soldiers, and was simply a rogue faction that chose to act with unrequited violence.

A prosthetic leg gets used as a drinking vessel, they cut off the hands of a dead insurgent

He believes to this day that the “great majority of them are good people”.

He also believes that “the army needs to know what happened” and deal with the heart ache and hardship that remains, stating that "the healing light of truth needs to be poured in there'. 

Listen to the full interview with Chris Masters above. 

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