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 The gladiators: destruction of a soldier in public!

11.06.21.  A fine thing it must have been in the courtroom when the legal jackals for the defence watched with glee as their prey, Australia’s decorated soldier, a hero, buckles under their savagery and cowardice by breaking down—a scene not seen on the madness of a battlefield. How the jackals must be. How to finish him off is now the topic in their poisonous huddle!
All day, Ben Roberts-Smith’s ­descriptions in courtroom 18D of battlefield encounters – machine gun fire from insurgents, clearing Taliban compounds, crawling up cliffs with the barest of cover – had been clinical and precise. But shortly after 4pm, the former Special Air Service Regiment soldier finally broke down in tears. Folded into his chair in the witness box, the 202cm-tall veteran described the battle at Tizak, in Afghanistan’s Kandahar province, for which he received the Victoria Cross.

Source: Nicola Berkovic, News Corp

The bloodless battle that finally overpowered Victoria Cross hero Ben Roberts-Smith

One of his comrades had stood in front of three machine guns to provide him cover while he rushed towards a small mud-brick outhouse. Another soldier, his face covered in soil, was also taking significant fire just 30cm from his head.
“When you see that, you have to make a decision,” he said. That was all he could get out before emotions overwhelmed him.
Mr Roberts-Smith was the first witness to give evidence at his defamation case against Nine newspapers and journalists Chris Masters, Nick McKenzie and David Wroe over a series of articles published in 2018 that he says painted him as a murderer and war criminal.
On Thursday, in the Federal Court in Sydney, the former soldier was no longer carrying the 70kg backpack he had described dragging through the Afghan desert, but he was prepped for the fight of his life.
Every now and then his barrister, Bruce McClintock SC, would stop to ask him how particular ­allegations from Nine’s legal team had made him feel.
It was “devastating” to be ­accused of multiple murders, he said, it made him “very angry” to be told he had been complicit in a murder ordered by one of his comrades. Domestic violence, he said, was “deplorable”.
Parents Len and Sue Roberts-Smith leave Federal court on Thursday. Picture: Nikki Short
Parents Len and Sue Roberts-Smith leave Federal court on Thursday. Picture: Nikki Short
“I spent my life fighting for my country and I did everything I possibly could to ensure I did it with honour,” he said.
“It breaks my heart actually.”
Mr Roberts-Smith’s lawyers have argued he has been the target of a “poisonous campaign” by bitter and jealous soldiers. Any killings he carried out were in the heat of battle, they maintain.
But Nicholas Owens SC, for Nine, told the court on Thursday that 21 current and former SASR members would testify that Mr Roberts-Smith was responsible for six unlawful killings of “PUCs” – or persons who had been under the control of the Australian armed services. It was “inherently implausible” they were all lying or motivated by jealousy or trauma, he said.
On that day in 2010 in Tizak, the five members of Mr Roberts-Smith’s team had walked in a straight line, spread 5m apart, through a fig orchard, trying to engage an insurgent who had been firing at them with a machine gun. It was “eerie”, he said, to walk through the trees, with shards of light coming through the canopy, when you could no longer see or hear the enemy but had to keep moving forward.
Soon, they were crawling on the ground through machine gun fire. But the second instalment of the battle would have to wait. At 4.15pm, it was a “convenient time” to adjourn for the day.
After the judge left the courtroom, Mr Roberts-Smith’s parents moved towards their crumpled son, still seated where he had been giving evidence. His father, Len Roberts-Smith, a former judge advocate general in the Australian Defence Force, placed a hand on his shoulder.
But the 42-year-old strode out the other side of the witness box. He may have briefly lost his composure, but he was not about to accept their comfort in a room packed with court watchers and journalists.

{ 15 comments… add one }
  • seadogger 11/06/2021, 6:28 am

    Stay strong L/Cpl Roberts Smith. We are with you all the way . Don’t let these arse holes get you down.

  • Cotter Pin 11/06/2021, 6:51 am

    The tone from the defence seems to have changed. I understood from reports that he had actually killed them or gave orders to kill them.
    Now I hear that he was “responsible” – a corporal is “responsible” ?

  • Penguinite 11/06/2021, 7:34 am

    The toughest decision these interrogators faced was what to have soft or hard-boiled eggs for breakfast. How can soldiers be accused of murder in a war. With no way to distinguish between the enemy and civilians, everyone is a potential armed aggressor and therefore a target. In the blink of an eye the soldier can die. If the defence trio succeeds in destroying BRS they will be destroying the ADF.

    • Neville 12/06/2021, 2:39 am

      Simple, Peng. If a soldier kills an enemy but OUTside of the Rules of Engagement, it’s “murder”.
      (well, is anyway to all those neo-marxists trying to break down the fabric of western society)

  • Ian_A 11/06/2021, 7:37 am

    I recall back in the mid-2000s there was a moment where even the cultural elite Left were behind the action in Afghanistan, on the basis that the Taliban were toxic to women and girls. Later, the Left gathered behind the “islamophobia” slogan, and abandoned those women and girls on the basis that all Muslims are good, and if they do bad things sometimes, it’s because evil westerners triggered them with colonialism.

    But back to that brief moment … if you want to protect women and girls from murderous fanatical religious arseholes, things can get ugly. You need the people prepared to do the wet work. Enter the SAS. The elites should be happy — women and girls were saved. But now as the years have gone on, our cultural elites have become more and more woke, to the point they now deny there’s any such thing as a “woman” or a “girl”. All they can think of is that the Afghanistan campaign was a racist colonialist war, and now Roberts-Smith is their scapegoat, made to pay the price.

  • jaded 11/06/2021, 8:53 am

    It would have been very hard for him to sit there and describe what happened because he would have been reliving it. However, this is a water-shed process for him. I tell you now this will harden his resolve. I would like to bet it made his opponents in the court room uncomfortable. This is no longer about their words in newspapers on war and there commentary on what happened and what he should and shouldn’t have done. This was reality. This man received the Victoria Cross because he went above and beyond in the field of battle. Every Australian should stop and pause for just a few seconds thank with all their heart men like Ben Robert Smith and also every soldier that we send to defend us, our sovereignty, our democracy and our way of life. Quote from Winston Churchill: This was their Finest Hour”.

  • Albert 11/06/2021, 9:27 am

    Twenty odd ex-SASR soldiers will testify against him and the lawyers for the defence would have you believe that those 20 soldiers had not discussed the matter between them. I wouldn’t believe that if you paid me.

    • Penguinite 11/06/2021, 10:58 am

      Quite likely the 20 who think they should be awarded a VC? Let’s see if they have the guts to testify that their platoon commander is a murderer and be prepared to be cross examined as to why they are not? No doubt these scurrilous rat bags will want to be heard in Camera. We will, however, uncover and publish your names! My bet is that most if not all will fail to front-up when they see how the Defense has tried to disparage a fine upstanding ADF Soldier! A Mate! A bloke that probably saved thier miserable lives!

  • Tom 11/06/2021, 9:46 am

    I’m with you Albert. As someone who served in the military and has some experience of soldiers ‘closing ranks’, I’m waiting with bated breath for these 21 ex- and still serving SAS troopers to take their turn in the witness box to ‘shop’ a fellow soldier.

    Two, or even five, but 21?

    • PW 11/06/2021, 10:51 am

      It’s all sounding like a clash of personalities. Hmmm. But he did his job and I’m wondering how many of those against him are still here because of his very actions.

  • davey street 11/06/2021, 1:20 pm

    It would be interesting to look at the politics of the majority shareholders in hedge funds Apollo Global Management, Oaktree Capital and Goldman Sachs who own most of Nine Entertainment Inc which owns Channel Nine, The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald, and formerly, The Canberra Times, who, together with the CCP sympathetic, taxpayer funded ABC, seek to wipe the floor with V.C. winner Ben Roberts Smith. What under the table funding is being provided to the Australian military “witnesses” in Afghanistan, together with Roberts Smith’s ex-wife, who are appearing on the giant corporates’ behalf ? Such hedge fund shareholders and managers are way above the law (think, George Soros) and generally trade for massively wealthy globalist and faceless individuals and entities, residing in the US because they can, but pay little if any tax. This mega cabal see the Chinese Communist party political model operating in China, with 95% of the population down here and 5% up there with permanent political and financial control, as ideal for their obsession with control of all money, and power over the entire world. If you control big media, which they do now, and they can destroy the loyalty of democratic national military forces, which they are doing through the take-down of Ben Roberts Smith, then they own the planet, given their connections with the world wide web of banks, bankers and banking, who have successfully driven deposit interest rates to almost zero the world over. Money and power, get it anyway you can, is their MO.

    • Tony+H 11/06/2021, 10:23 pm

      The scumbags behind this will not be satisfied until he too becomes a statistic like about ( at last count) over 700 ex and current ADF members have committed suicide since 2001.

  • Ken 11/06/2021, 1:44 pm

    Ben’s breakdown in court was PTSD !! Diagnosed or not. Reliving those experiences was an obvious trigger, apart from all else. The “Tall Poppy” syndrome is always alive and well in Oz. One wonders how much payments the “soldiers” (and I use the term loosely) are going to receive from the media “hiring” them to be witnesses against. Great work fellas, you’d have to be proud doing this to a guy that probably saved your lives at some point.
    Even during training the idea is to instill info. into your obvious thick skulls that, one day, may save your life.

  • Bh 11/06/2021, 5:00 pm

    How many young men will now not join the army because of what they’ve seen Roberts-Smith go through? How will this impact Australia’s defences?

  • Desmond Miscamble 08/07/2021, 8:48 am

    ex 1RAR Korea / very angry and disgusted-WHY? has it reached this staged? honour and respect – 2 words I learnt from my father as a youngster – 2 words I carried with me in my 6 years in the army incl Korea and all the remaining years as Iam now 90 / too many would bees and wanta bees ##!!

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