by Marie Hawthorne, The Organic Prepper:
Oh, the Ides of March. Julius Caesar was killed on March 15, over 2000 years ago. On March 17 this year, an arrest warrant was issued for Russia’s Vladimir Putin, and on March 18, former President Trump announced that he expected to be arrested soon. What is it about this time of year?
If you’re curious about Caesar, read Shakespeare’s play. Or watch HBO’s Rome.
If you’re curious about Putin and Trump, read on.
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The warrant for President Vladimir Putin
On March 17, the International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for Russia’s President Vladimir Putin. The ICC claims that Putin has violated human rights by illegally transferring children from occupied parts of Ukraine to Russia.
So, what does this mean, exactly? If the ICC issues an arrest warrant, who goes and grabs Putin and puts him in jail?
The arrest warrant is symbolic. The ICC doesn’t have its own police force, which means that they rely on the law enforcement agencies of its 123 member nations to carry out the arrests they want. Russia has never been part of the ICC; neither has the United States or China. Ireland, Croatia, Austria, and Germany have said that they will carry out the arrest if Putin comes to their countries.
His travel within Europe might be a little more restricted, but that will probably be the only way in which Putin is affected.
And even some of the ICC signatories have proven unwilling to carry out the arrest. South Africa, for example, still plans to host Putin for the 2023 BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit. South Africa has refused to condemn the war in Ukraine, and government leaders say that they’re looking at all options right now. Hungary has said that they will not arrest Putin. The UK and France, like South Africa, aren’t making any commitments.
The Russians are angry, though. Shortly after the ICC issued its warrant, former Russian President Dmitry Medvedev threatened the judges that issued the warrant with missile strikes.
And while Putin likely won’t wind up in jail, his arrest warrant will make it difficult for him to travel to any individual country in Europe that may have wanted to negotiate with him. Making individual peace treaties more difficult to discuss may be the biggest effect of this arrest warrant.
President Donald Trump is facing legal trouble too.
And Putin isn’t the only world leader with legal troubles at the moment. Former President Trump began making claims on his Truth Social media account about getting arrested the week of March 20. He said he expected to be arrested Tuesday, though that didn’t happen.
What’s this all about? Well, the former stripper Stormy Daniels claimed she and Trump had an affair in 2006. In 2016, when Trump first ran for president, she went to the press and made noise about it. Trump has denied the affair since day one, but in 2016 his lawyer at the time, Michael Cohen, gave her $130,000 to sign a non-disclosure agreement.
Is this kind of scummy? Sure, though, in my personal opinion, if Stormy had had any hard evidence, she would have gotten more than $130,000 out of him. In 2016, Donald Trump had a net worth of $4.5 billion. $130,000 isn’t even chump change for someone with that kind of money. But I could be wrong.
More importantly, though it looks bad, it’s actually not illegal. And as professor and constitutional law expert Jonathan Turley explained on Fox last weekend, there are a multitude of reasons that the indictment probably won’t go anywhere, unless some totally new information comes to light.
A grand jury session had been assembled to vote on whether or not Trump would be indicted. They were supposed to vote on whether or not the payment made to Stormy Daniels back in 2016 violated campaign finance laws. However, on Wednesday, March 22, the jury session was called off with no apparent reason being given.
Why are these efforts to arrest controversial world leaders happening?
So, there are efforts being made to arrest Trump and Putin, two controversial world leaders widely hated by establishment figures but who enjoy a wide base of grassroots support nonetheless.
And I suppose I should make it clear that I don’t particularly like Trump or Putin. I think the religiosity of both is a sham; I think they use it to manipulate voters and portray a certain image. Putin, particularly, knows how bitterly Russians resented the Soviet crackdown on religion. He knows how much the rest of the world is tired of Western leaders promoting values that don’t necessarily align with theirs. Putin uses that resentment to his advantage, promoting himself as the defender of traditional values against the decadent Westerners.
This, of course, is pure political theater.