by Simplicius The Thinker
First, the most important and natural question on everyone’s mind: why now? And cui bono?
There are two main ideas behind the timing of this ruling. The first and most pressing, is that China’s Xi Jinping has only days ago been announced to be headed to Moscow for an important state visit on 3/20 – 3/22.
The timing of this sudden Hague ruling is deviously obvious: it’s meant to put pressure on Xi on the eve of his likely signing of important agreements. It’s meant to embarrass Xi, both internally within perhaps some of the detractors of his own party, and outside with the rest of the world, by generating the optics of him meeting with what is ostensibly an ‘international criminal’ in Putin.
Of course from the more ‘surface reading’ of the western side, the current narrative revolves around this Hague ruling being a pressure lever meant to topple Putin internally from power. Various UK tabloid rags are running with the take that Putin’s ‘oligarchs’ will now overthrow him, and that his tenuous grip on power is slipping due to the embarrassment of being perceived as an internationally condemned ‘criminal’.
Of course, this take is pure nonsense. No one in Russia cares about these lowbrow jester’s parlor tricks. The fact is, the Hague has no legitimacy not only because Russia is not a signatory to it, never having ratified the Hague agreement and thus does not recognize the court’s authority whatsoever, but also the fact that the US has already itself destroyed any credibility of the Hague by threatening to arrest its judges if they dared prosecute American troops for Afghani war crimes:
John Bolton also threatened to sanction the Hague for the same. In fact, the US literally passed the American Service Member Protection Act, which—I kid you not—gives the US the legal right to ‘invade the Hague’ should they prosecute American soldiers.
This authorization led to the act being colloquially nicknamed “The Hague Invasion Act“, as the act allows the President to order U.S. military action, such as an invasion of The Hague, where the ICC is located, to protect American officials and military personnel from prosecution or rescue them from custody.
And in even bigger hypocrisy, it turns out that the chief prosecutor of the Hague, the very man himself who wrote the order of arrest for Putin—Karim Khan—is the brother of one Imran Ahmad Khan, UK Tory politician who was convicted of child sex last year:
But the kicker is, Kim DotCom claims that Karim Khan, the ICC prosecutor, helped get his convicted pedophile brother out 9 months early. The same Karim Khan who just issued an arrest warrant to Putin for the crime of ‘deporting/trafficking Ukrainian children’. Hypocrisy much?
Have your mind blown: International Criminal Court prosecutor Karim Khan who charged Putin with war crimes for evacuating children from a Warzone had his convicted pedophile brother Imran Khan released from a UK prison on a reduced sentence one month ago. https://t.co/REoOm6syWC
— Kim Dotcom (@KimDotcom) March 18, 2023
With that said, I myself haven’t been able to verify the link that Karim Khan explicitly aided in the early release of his brother, so this could be speculation. However, given that Karim Khan is a prominent British lawyer and was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2011, it certainly lends credibility to the notion.
Also, this bit in his bio is quite intriguing:
Khan was the third chief prosecutor elected in the ICC’s history, and the first one elected by secret ballot. Khan had been nominated by the United Kingdom. He took office in June 2021, replacing Fatou Bensouda.
Seems perhaps this compromised family has quite some kompromat pulling their strings.
Now, onto the other reason for why they would issue this ruling against Putin now. The first as I said was to throw a shade over Xi’s coming state visit. Another likely and more significant possibility is to undercut any potential future peace talks between Putin and Zelensky.
The powers that be are watching Ukraine’s collapse and know the last big ‘hurrah’ hail mary throw of the vaunted ‘Spring Offensive’ will be the true beginning of the end, at which point Zelensky will be under great pressure from various sides to begin formal overtures of peace/compromise toward Putin/Russia.
By issuing this arrest warrant on Putin, the powers that be are effectively dousing him with a ‘black mark’, or perhaps a scarlet letter which throws great legal weight against any potential peace proceedings. After all, how do you formally and officially meet for legal peace agreements with a known, internationally recognized ‘criminal’? Would Slobodan Milosevic be allowed to hold ‘peace talks’ with anyone in a formal, legal format?
In fact, this is straight out of the standard CIA playbook. Here’s a Washington Post article from May 28, 1999 which says:
Russia vowed today to continue to try to mediate between NATO and Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic but said that his indictment on war crimes charges had complicated the effort and that the talks were not moving in a positive direction.
The indictment of Milosevic on the eve of Chernomyrdin’s visit was denounced by Russia, and viewed by some Russian officials as a sign that the West is taking an uncompromising approach. The newspaper Izvestia noted that “it is impossible to come to terms with a wanted military criminal” and claimed the indictment would cancel out Chernomyrdin’s diplomacy.
Read that last part again: “it is impossible to come to terms with a wanted criminal” and that this indictment would “cancel out…diplomacy.”
You see how conveniently it all works out? By branding a leader with the ‘black mark’ of international pariah status, you magically poison any possibility of his being allowed to hold formal, legal, internationally recognized diplomacy of any sort.
In short, this action is a ‘setting fire to the ships’ (rather than mere ‘show across the bow’) for Ukraine. The message is, no peace talks will be accepted—we need you to fight and die to the last Ukrainian.
We can further assume that perhaps the situation has gotten so bad, there may have been secret internal ‘signals’ that got Washington worried. So they pulled the alarm to scuttle that ship.
“We would arrest Putin immediately”: The German Justice Minister promises to extradite Putin to The Hague if he sets foot on German territory, and demands the same actions from other countries that recognize the jurisdiction of the ICC.
“Now Putin can feel really confident, perhaps, only in Russia,” said German Justice Minister Marco Buschmann. – I expect that the ICC will immediately appeal to Interpol, as well as to the participating states and demand their enforcement.”
And given the above statement by a German Justice Minister, we can conclude this is designed to make peace-talks on any European/ICC-affiliated territory impossible, as the specter of his ‘arrest’ would prevent his attendance.
Why was there no discussion of Xi’s 12-point peace plan when he visited Putin? Refer to point #1:
Putin acknowledged his respect for this principle today by launching missiles that struck a Ukrainian dormitory and an apartment building before Xi departed Russia. A student and multiple civilians were killed. No military targets were anywhere in the vicinity. The day before, 3 Ukrainians were killed in a Russian missile attack on a monastery in Odessa.
There are an estimated 320,000 Russian troops—regular military and corporate contract killers—presently operating inside the borders of Ukraine.
Can’t really vilify Russia when we Americans routinely invade other counties and kill millions.
I guess you’ve dumped Trump’s plan for our public schools to teach American Exceptionalism. Though he was against it in 2018 before he was for it in 2020.
It was exceptional until they took in Nazis and began the CIA.
Zelensky is shutting down the church in his country
Alternatively, you we’re led down the garden path to a point where Putin’s invasion and attempted rape of Ukraine seems somehow justified.
To my thinking, that conclusion is either morally bankrupt or flat out crazy.
Nah. We voted for Trump, who kept Vlad out of Ukraine.
You’re election rigging opened the door with a weak dementia patient pretending to be a President.
You might as well have killed all those Ukrainians yourself…
You people NEED war. And you get it. Trump showed us that…and we’re done.
Putin stated on Russian media that the reason he didn’t invade before 2022 was because his military wasn’t prepared. (Apparently they weren’t this time, either, or they wouldn’t be begging for military equipment from Xi.)
You seem to think a country that is less than 50 years old has borders more important than our own and is worth the destruction of our own economy, diplomacy impossible only bombs and death.
Russia a country for many centuries must be destroyed.
Vlad is much more clever than the criminals of Europe and the USA, this alliance with China and BRICs, no proper countermoves from the psychopaths that run this regime, they are pathetic.
Putin must be destroyed. There’s no problem with Russia. Putin is the problem.
By the way, the oldest known human-constructed shelters–around 15,000 years old–were discovered in Ukraine. Just a non-political point of interest. It appears the inhabitants were mammoth hunters: https://www.facebook.com/photo/?fbid=594327692729427&set=a.554138156748381
Sorry to disappoint you, but Bakhmut still hasn’t fallen. As a matter of fact, Zelenskyy visited Ukrainian troops on the front line there yesterday.
Ukraine lost the war. Bur instead of working with Russia to rebuild, Zelensky wants the US to send in their own US troops to fight for them. Only an idiot would agree to that. Ukraine lost, and so did Joe. The US didn’t lose, only the biden family lost money.
Your bullshit comes from TASS, a Russian state propaganda outlet.
Russia can’t adequately supply its forces around Bakhmut, despite controlling territory all the way from there to the Russian border.
Hungary refuses to arrest Putin…
How nice for him. He can safely vacation there.
What media sources are with troops?
Its all just propaganda, both sides. Its Zelensky that squashed all media except his own. Closed churches and the head of his bank just bought a brand new Rolls Royce.
Actually, no. The Ukraine Crest was the coat of arms of the 1918 Ukrainian People’s Republic. The design was taken from the seal-trident of Vladimir I Sviatoslavich (aka Volodymyr the Great) the first Grand Prince if Kyiv, who ruled from 980 to 1015.
Actually yes, the symbolism is accurate. Perhaps you are unaware of how old some of these symbols are. This prince did not call his land Ukraine.( Rus) He also was not born a Christian, his family was in Norway. Royal families have such nasty history murdering each other.
The Rus didn’t originate in the part of the world that’s now Russia. They were Norse Vikings, from the area that’s now Sweden. Their roots are in Western Europe.
What the hell is wrong with this dirtbag?
Jim Hoft is a moron.
You are clearly triggered by his excellent reporting.
It is commendable that you think so highly of an openly gay far-right propagandist. (Washington Times scrubbed the article.)
Hey heres your opening to help the war effort, they are kinda picky
The website of National Bank of Ukraine has posted a vacancy for a cook. A prospective chef for the National Bank should be able to cook:
– liver pates,
– fish dumplings in jelly,
– aspic fish, stuffed, smoked whole and in portions,
– broth with profiteroles, dumplings or meatballs,
– fish soup with different types of fish,
– vegetable and meat okroshka,
– various stewed, smoked, boiled, stuffed, baked dishes of meat, poultry, fish, vegetables, cheese, dough and eggs, in separate portions and with different sauces
– creams, mousses, sambuca, sweet sauces, fruits and berries in syrup with fillers,
– hot drinks in accordance with the Collection of recipes…
Thats where the guy fled to relatives, now look at Cathrine the greats territory.
Hey when did Ukraine a territory of the former USSR register its borders with Russias permission?
The USSR is dead and gone. Russia has no claim on Ukraine.
Russia is the legal heir to a territory from the former soviet union., now where are the borders of this 1991 creation registered?
kraine has not registered its borders since 12/25/1991. The UN has not registered the borders of Ukraine as a sovereign state.
Therefore, it can be assumed that Russia is not committing any rights violations in relation to Ukraine.
According to the CIS Treaty, the territory of Ukraine is an administrative district of the
USSR. Therefore, no one can be blamed for separatism and forcibly changing the borders of Ukraine.
So the former KGB midget thinks. But Russia was only one of 15 nations that comprised the former Soviet Union. Several of those nations are now NATO members that want nothing to do with the murderous bastard. They chose freedom over oppression. The people of Russia should consider doing the same.
Maybe Gaetz, Greene, and Tara should promise a televised threesome to enlarge their lowbrow audience…
Simply treaty facts, in 1991, when the Union died and the treaty was written up, Putin was a part time taxi driver. So he had nothing to do with it.
You mean teaching kids to love the country that gave them their way of life, instead of indoctrinating them to destroy it?
Perhaps the renegade’s plan to “fundamentally transform America” was shortsighted.
I like Benny’s little organ-grinder’s-monkey hat.
By declaring Putin a war criminal Nato is rejecting any negotiations for peace. Look at all the other rejections, just google rejected negotiations it isnt just Ukraine.
I don’t think the tracks for Putin’s armored train extend all the way to South Africa.
If someone kills Putin, the war won’t end.
If someone kills Zelenskyy, the war ends immediately.
So, you’re going to destroy the world to save Putin’s worthless ass? I don’t think so. I think Putin had better stay home. He should stay out of aircraft anywhere outside of Russian airspace. He should also get a food taster. (Actually, he already has food tasters.)
So, you’re going to destroy the world to save Putin’s worthless ass? I don’t think so. I think Putin had better stay home. He should stay out of aircraft anywhere outside of Russian airspace. He should also get a food taster. (Actually, it’s been reported that he already has food tasters. Having poisoned political opponents himself, it undoubtedly came to mind already.)
3.24 Billion people are being represented.
That new UAP tech better work as well as you plan, or we’re in trouble.
Russia has warned Armenia of “serious consequences” if it submits to the jurisdiction of the International Criminal Court (ICC) which has issued an arrest warrant for Russian dictator Vladimir Putin, the RIA news agency reported on Monday.
Armenia has warned Putin that if he comes there, he will be arrested.
No one cares
Yet here you are.
Putin is a persona non grata. An unwanted war criminal, subject to arrest.
Zelensky a war criminal.
Notice how greg ran away from the topic of trans.
No one cares about bidens war against Russia
Sure. So it Zelenskyy, Obama, and Bush.
In Putin’s case, it isn’t imaginary: Situation in Ukraine: ICC judges issue arrest warrants against Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin and Maria Alekseyevna Lvova-Belova
He’s still perfectly welcomed to travel to the United States in his armored train, since the US isn’t a ICC member. No doubt he would receive a warm welcome at Mar-o-Lago. Elsewhere, it would be questionable.
Blah, blah, blah…
Bush and Obama should be careful where they travel, as well. They are wanted war criminals.
Nope. Not true. Nothing comparable to Putin’s ICC arrest warrant has occurred with either of them.
So, basically, the Hague has no credibility.
It’s literally nothing.
04/04/23 – Finland officially becomes the 31st member of NATO; Russia warns it will take ‘countermeasures’
By invading another neighboring country?
Japan is now buying Russian oil.
Japan is providing Ukraine with $5.5 billion in aid.
They will be providing more than that to Putin. Why are all our allies turning on us nowadays? Could it be that with the idiot Biden at the helm, the US appears to be a has-been power? Saudi Arabia LOVED Trump (even though he made us independent of them for energy) because he was tough on Iran and worked to control them. The Saudi’s obviously have NO respect for idiot Biden and now do all they can to harm the US.
04/04/23 – Putin accused of ordering bombing hit on propagandist blown up in Russia
A source claims? Propaganda is a manure battle. In war, it flies both ways. I doubt that Putin had involvement. Putin might be perfectly willing to bump off anyone he sees fit, but Tatarsky was a pro-war Putin ally. His complaint was that Putin wasn’t being Putin enough.
Having said that . . . martyrs can be useful. Martyrs make it easier to think of futile Russian human wave attacks in Bahkmut as Heroic Sacrifice, rather than the stupid, brutal, and prolonged slaughter of hapless Russian recruits, caused by Vladimir Putin. What’s another life to Putin, when he’s already killed hundreds of thousands?
You are right its horse apples, Putin could poison or just have him pushed out a window, blowing everyone up in a cafe not his style.