In 2017, all hell broke lose in the Washington Swamp when Fatou Bensouda, International Criminal Court (‘ICC’) Prosecutor, requested authorisation from Pre-Trial Chamber III to initiate an investigation into alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to the armed conflict in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan since 1 May 2003, as well as regarding similar crimes that have a nexus to the armed conflict in Afghanistan and are sufficiently linked to the Situation and were committed on the territory of other States Parties to the Rome Statute since 1 July 2002 (‘Situation in Afghanistan’). That was a call for the ICC to look into US and NATO war crimes of which there are a great many and something I write about in detail in my new book, VOICES – War Crimes USA. The decision caused shock waves around the world. The “US patriots” were all shocked and infuriated that the US can be held responsible to international law and treaties. The reaction was mostly one of utter arrogance and not based on whether the crimes in fact happened or not but the idea that the “indispensable nation” can be investigated by a world body like the ICC. The counter reaction was immediate: “Today, on the eve of September 11th, I want to deliver a clear and unambiguous message on behalf of the President of the United States. The United States will use any means necessary to protect our citizens and those of our allies from unjust prosecution by this illegitimate court. We will not cooperate with the ICC. We will provide no assistance to the ICC. We will not join the ICC. We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.” So said John Bolton, US National Security Adviser for Donald Trump, the one that holds dual Israeli and US citizenship and is known as a war mongrel of great notoriety.
The Trump White House loyally backed him, threatening to “...ban ICC judges and prosecutors from entering the United States, sanction their funds in the US financial system and prosecute them in the US criminal system.” Mike Pompeo, that obese fellow that somehow believes God sent Donald J Trump to save the Jews (Israel), the worst Secretary of State behind Hilarious Clinton, went further, at a later stage, “These visa restrictions may also be used to deter ICC efforts to pursue allied personnel, including Israelis.”
If this does not set off alarms in your head, shrieking to the heavens, there is something wrong with you. Have they lost their minds? The holy separation between Church and State, gone! Respect for international institutions, gone! Accepting responsibility for your illegal and unlawful actions, gone! I wondered, and did millions of others, what do you have to hide to be that petrified to have an independent investigation? In that same year, 2018, the US Congress passed the American Service Members’ Protection Act. This is an Act that forces / obliges POTUS to “prevent any ICC prosecution of US armed forces “to the maximum extent possible.” He may even authorise military force to free any US service members from ICC custody. So the US Congress authorised a US President to launch an armed military attack to free its accused war criminals from the International Criminal Court... I will let this sink in and it is not about whether it was done or not, it shows intention and the arrogant culture of being above the law. A senior ICC Judge, Christoph Flügge, put it well, “The American threats against international judges clearly show the new political climate. It is shocking. I had never heard such a threat. We were ‘stunned’ that “the US would roll out such heavy artillery but it is consistent with the new American line: ‘We are No 1 and we stand above the law’.”
This type of arrogance is costing you lives in the War on Terror. From a counter-terrorism view, the worst thing possible besides killing civilians is to lose control of your Military Forces and allow human rights abuses to be the norm and then to deny what cannot be denied anymore. With that you lost the moral high ground. John Bolton’s remarks, as well as the rest chipping in, took away all legitimacy that the US had left and other countries took good note. Not in fear, but in utter contempt and exasperation. Deep State is destroying you. It is so obvious and yet ignored by your mainstream media, and we know why, go and look at the occult symbol code to be found in the logos, insignia and coats of arms. They serve something else than the people. And they won, in April 2019 the ICC gave up and announced that they will not continue with their investigations against US war crimes in Afghanistan and other places. The result will be that more war crimes will be committed unabated to the lasting shame of the United States, that beacon that burns no more for freedom. This was not a victory but an acknowledgment that scrutiny cannot be afforded. As the well-known UK journalist, Neil Clark stated, “Interference and attacks are now in the open. Whereas in the past they would be confined to back channels and low-key intrigue, you know, it's now the empire with its mask off.” Donald J Trump felt differently, of course, “This is a major international victory, not only for these patriots, but for the rule of law. The US holds American citizens to the highest legal and ethical standards…” Really, Mr Trump, read this book and thousands like it and tell me again about the “rule of law” that you are referring to? From what jungle does that come? Congratulations, the United States of America just became officially a rogue nation declaring itself above the laws of the civilised world. And I will say this, the crimes were committed, end of story. The fact that justice was escaped by those committing them does not take away the crime or shame. Your cover-up adds to your shame. You just handed your enemies a brilliant propaganda victory which they will thoroughly abuse for decades and you are too stupid to even realise that aspect. And what for? To cover for those weaklings that dishonoured your uniform and stated values? Time will tell if they were worth the price. (Taken from GMJ 46, VOICES – War Crimes USA, due in April / May 2019.)