“For my friends everything, for my enemies, the law” – Putin and the ICC

The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant for Vladimir Putin. This means that ICC’s 123 member states (of which Russia is not a member) are obliged to detain and deport Putin if he sets foot on their territory. China, the United States and India, are not members either, which is interesting as India is hosting a summit later this year of leaders of the G20.

The only other leaders to have been indicted by the ICC while serving as heads of state were Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir and Libya’s Muammar Gaddafi. The charges against Gaddafi were terminated due to the fact he was overthrown and killed – many ways to skin a cat, not so?

In practice however, the ICC is an instrument of the neo con agenda which ignores the grave crimes of Western leaders and generals. We all know that NATO is untouchable, but when a country or leader is superfluous to requirements, or is pushing back against the prevailing narrative, they and their leaders are slated for the chop, one way or another. In many cases, Victoria Nuland, who’s grandparents came from Odessa incidentally, is involved – Ukraine, Bosnia/Kosovo/Serbia, Afghanistan, Syria, Libya and Iraq.

However, who’s heard of the Hague Invasion Act?

The formal name is the American Service-Members’ Protection Act, which is a United States federal law described as “a bill to protect United States military personnel and other elected and appointed officials of the United States government against criminal prosecution by an international criminal court to which the United States is not party.”

As already stated, the USA is not a member of the International Criminal Court and this Act authorizes the President of the United States to use “all means necessary and appropriate to bring about the release of any U.S. or allied personnel being detained or imprisoned by, on behalf of, or at the request of the International Criminal Court”.

Hence why it’s dubbed “The Hague Invasion Act”, as the act gives the President authority to order U.S. military action, ostensibly the invasion of The Hague, where the ICC is located, if necessary to protect American officials and military personnel from prosecution or rescue them from custody. I note allies are also protected, which is why Tony Blair, Boris Johnson or Richi Sunak can also never be tried reference their decisions regarding Iraq and Ukraine.

Interesting isn’t it?

The Americans have an act allowing them to launch military action to prevent any of their nationals being held accountable before this court, but they are quite happy to persecute their enemies/targets in that same court.

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One thought on ““For my friends everything, for my enemies, the law” – Putin and the ICC

  1. Very good article thank you.

    I totally disagree with your point of view. I also do not believe that the US has persecuted any “enemies/targets” in that court. The ICC has publicly indicted 52 people. Proceedings against 22 are ongoing: 16 are at large as fugitives, out of that list please name who on it the United States has brought charges against in this Court? As far as I know none of them, but I will except that I could be wrong and will say so if you can provide the name of any enemy or target we done so.

    The ICC is a Kangaroo Court nothing more. We are not a participant in it because the fact that it’s standards are based on Hearsay and not factual evidence. The Court like the UN has a pre-bias against Israel and the US, we are stuck in the U.N. but will never ratify and recognize this court.

    Bill Clinton tried to sneak us into this with the Roman accords, it failed. The same with Obama and now Obama’s vice president current President Biden, but the Treaty has never been ratified in the U.S., and it never will be.


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