Twenty Years Since The Iraq War and Yet Vladimir Putin is The One Designated as The War Criminal?

Adebayo Adeniran
4 min readMar 20

Please make it make sense…

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News emerged a few days ago that the International Criminal Court had issued a warrant for the arrest of the Russian strongman —Vladimir Putin — for war crimes against humanity in Ukraine.

And my first reaction to the news was to laugh my backside off!

Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin, the war criminal?

While we should never negate the magnitude of the crimes committed by that crazy bloke at the Kremlin in the last year, but goodness, if the ICC was looking for war criminals, shouldn’t it look to its doorstep?

Shouldn’t George Bush and Tony Blair be on trial for their numerous crimes against humanity and if we were to further expand the remit, shouldn’t there be warrants for the arrests of Clinton and Obama?

And speaking of Bush and Blair, it’s been twenty years since Iraq was invaded and irrevocably destroyed.

But before we go any further let’s be clear about one thing: Saddam Hussein was no angel.

Our man had no compunction in gassing millions of Kurds, assassinating his sons in law and suppressing any perceived dissent from his compatriots, but the evidence which was used as the basis to invade his country on the 20th of March 2003 was completely spurious.

We all remember the late Colin Powell’s egregious performance at the United Nations on the 5th of February 2003, which was meant to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Saddam Hussein had biological and chemical weapons which could be deployed at a moment’s notice.

America’s lack of evidence had the effect of having Germany and France using their veto power at the United Nations.

And It was the schism among these allied nations which led to the largest protest movement which we have seen in recent times, when millions of people took to the streets in Rome, Munich, Washington and London on the 15th of February 2003 to protest what they saw as an illegal undertaking.

But the American and British neocons weren’t swayed for a second. Their minds were already made up and they went ahead to invade Iraq.

Adebayo Adeniran

A lifelong bibliophile, who seeks to unleash his energy on as many subjects as possible