Monday, 23 May 2022
Crime and Punishment
Vadim Shishimarin is guilty. As are people who are not 21-year-old sergeants. He may deserve his fall, but he is still the fall guy. Yet until there were war crimes trials of George W. Bush, Tony Blair, David Cameron, Nicolas Sarkozy, and all the rest of those who had likewise committed the crime of waging a war of aggression, then nor can there be a war crimes trial of Vladimir Putin. His invasion of Ukraine was not unprovoked, but it was still illegal and morally wrong.
Meanwhile, the line is being pedalled that the Azov Brigade members who have surrendered in Mariupol are covered in tattoos of swastikas and the like as a form of psychological warfare against "the real Nazis" on the other side. Yes, that's right. That was why they permanently marked their bodies in that way, underneath their clothes. Of course it was. There is no good side in almost any war, and this is no exception.