Maxiavelli: The ICC Sets a Precedent

Mrs Gainsborough by Thomas Gainsborough

The ICC has issued an arrest warrant against Simone Gbagbo, the former first lady of Côte d'Ivoire.
Mrs Gbagbo is being accused of having individual criminal responsibility as:
"regards the crimes against humanity of murder, rape and other forms of sexual violence, persecution and other inhumane acts committed during the post-election crisis from 28 November 2010 onwards by the Ivorian Defence and Security Forces ("FDS"), which were reinforced by youth militias and mercenaries loyal to President Gbagbo".

This is a historical step given by the ICC (since for the first time a woman, a first lady, is being accused of crimes against humanity along with her husband); and it opens a precedent for future criminal charges against the wives of politicians who know of and acquiesce to criminal activities against their own people; while profiting from their position.

I have already expressed my thoughts on certain wives of politicians and how they can sell their soul in exchange for power. So, seeing an international body taking  a historical action against this sort of woman/wife...gives me hope about the culture of ethics and humanity.

Many people argued (and still do) that the wives of politicians are not liable for what their husbands do (because most of the times, they have no saying in matters). To those individuals, I only have two questions:

1. Do you know what marriage and pillow talk mean?
2. Do you know the amount of influence & power a vagina has?

Some could also argue that the politician most of the times opts by not heeding his wife's advice - true, it may happen; but in that case why silence; why support the crimes perpetrated by him? Once these ladies support criminal actions through their silence, they are as much imputable as their husbands.
What happens when the politician opts by not only heeding his wife's advice but also inviting her to his inner circle's meetings, where everything is planned and discussed? The ICC now says that the wife's mere presence in those rendezvous constitutes criminal participation:

"Furthermore, there are reasonable grounds to believe, given the position of Ms Gbagbo as a member of Mr Gbagbo's inner circle and her role as regards the common plan, that she made a coordinated and essential contribution to its realisation. She attended  meetings of Mr Gbagbo's inner circle (...). During one of those meetings, a pro-Gbagbo youth leader proposed attacking members of Mr Ouattara's political party (...) and destroying or looting their belongings, so that they would suffer like other Ivorians had suffered because of the actions of Mr Ouattara. During this meeting, Ms Gbagbo openly expressed her agreement with this proposal." 

The ICC did well to go after Simone Gbagbo; however it must not stop there. There are plenty of First Ladies, out there, who (because of their silence, compliance and complicity) must not be exempt from punishment.

This theme is definitely food for thought; for when we vote to elect a politician, we also vote to elect his/her spouse.

Comments

  1. Hello Max; I agree. We are all accountable. My elders always taught me: "You control yourself or others will control you for you."

    Her, and her husband, and their minions all felt they were not accountable to anyone. This should be an excellent precedent and fair warning. The oppression, persecution and exploitation of humans must end.

    All Nations should support the ICC and help it to enforce it's edicts.

    None of us are truly free as long as one person remains oppressed. With the nature of today's global communication, social media, the 'light of publicity' is much more potent.

    Leaders of Nations/peoples should be as the shepherd, expending their energies for the welfare of those in their care, not Predators, expending the energies of their subjects for their own self aggrandizement and self enrichment.

    My prayers go out to the oppressed.

    Kindest Regards =^..^=

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    1. Hi Jeffrey :D!

      "Hello Max; I agree. We are all accountable. My elders always taught me: 'You control yourself or others will control you for you.'.."

      We are indeed. Your elders transmitted you a wise advice; with which I utterly concur.

      "Her, and her husband, and their minions all felt they were not accountable to anyone. This should be an excellent precedent and fair warning. The oppression, persecution and exploitation of humans must end."

      Hear, Hear!

      "All Nations should support the ICC and help it to enforce it's edicts."

      I agree.

      "None of us are truly free as long as one person remains oppressed. With the nature of today's global communication, social media, the 'light of publicity' is much more potent."

      Beautifully said, Jeffrey. Much potent and more effective too.

      "Leaders of Nations/peoples should be as the shepherd, expending their energies for the welfare of those in their care, not Predators, expending the energies of their subjects for their own self aggrandizement and self enrichment."

      Right? You and I share that vision. But apparently most do not see things that way and continue to corrupt their nations and, thus, the world. Nevertheless, this ICC decision should put them in check and serve as a warning...

      "My prayers go out to the oppressed."

      They do need our prayers.

      Jeffrey, thank you so much for your superb comment :D. Always a pleasure.

      Cheers

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  2. Hey,Max!
    I second Jeffrey: My prayers go to the oppressed and to the families that woman destroyed.
    Just to show you that, being a female, is not a guarantee of kindness; unfortunately, evil has no gender...
    She should get life sentence.
    Max, good job as always.
    Bjcas

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    1. Hi Lenny :D!

      "I second Jeffrey: My prayers go to the oppressed and to the families that woman destroyed."

      Amen.

      "Just to show you that, being a female, is not a guarantee of kindness; unfortunately, evil has no gender..."

      I totally agree with you. And no, evil has no gender whatsoever.

      "She should get life sentence."

      It would be nice if she did.

      "Max, good job as always."

      Thank you, love *bowing*.

      Lenny, thank you so much for your awesome comment :D.

      Cheers

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  3. Max, thank you again for a thought-provoking post and for shining your light on an issue that's not often discussed. I'm going to share this on FB and Pinterest!

    I think you know where I stand in regards to corrupt and greedy leaders (and would-be leaders). So of course, I feel that the women who participate or who are complicit without protest, should pay the price.

    Sometimes, however, a woman who lives in fear of reprisals might be exonerated; I think that's a gray area that needs consideration.

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    1. Hi Lynda :D!

      "Max, thank you again for a thought-provoking post and for shining your light on an issue that's not often discussed. I'm going to share this on FB and Pinterest!"

      You are most welcome, my dear *bowing*. Why, thank you - that is very kind of you :D.

      "I think you know where I stand in regards to corrupt and greedy leaders (and would-be leaders). So of course, I feel that the women who participate or who are complicit without protest, should pay the price."

      Yes, I know where you stand. "and would-be leaders" I see what you mean ;).
      Absolutely.

      "Sometimes, however, a woman who lives in fear of reprisals might be exonerated; I think that's a gray area that needs consideration."

      I see what you mean...but that grey area is dangerous, because many women can evoke that reason to avoid prosecution. In such cases, those women (living in fear) must be able to prove their innocence.

      Lynda, thank you so much for your superb comment :D.

      Cheers

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  4. Hello Max,

    Well, I am shocked! I thought the whole point of the modern feminist movement was that women are liberated to do whatever they want, and men are the ones held responsible! The ICC undoubtedly agrees, given that the ICC's first language is French!

    So is something else going on? Or is it really the case that the Jezebels of the world are going to be brought to account?

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    1. Hi Looney :D!

      "Well, I am shocked!"

      LOL are you now?

      "I thought the whole point of the modern feminist movement was that women are liberated to do whatever they want, and men are the ones held responsible! The ICC undoubtedly agrees, given that the ICC's first language is French!"

      Well, modern feminism is a failed movement anyway...
      LOL LOL LOL I will agree that the French feminists are annoying *nodding*. Ah, forget it: all feminists are annoying.

      "So is something else going on? Or is it really the case that the Jezebels of the world are going to be brought to account?"

      I would say that the Jezebels of the world are going to be brought to account...finally. However, I wouldn't reject the notion that something else might be going on.

      Looney, thank you so much for your fab comment and humour :D.

      Cheers

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  5. Max, I am back! These are indeed good news; it should make Mrs Eduardo dos Santos think twice about her behaviour (I am hoping to see her one day sitting before the ICC along with her criminal husband). Mrs Gbagbo and all the women like her make me sick to my stomach.
    Anyway, like Looney said the Jezebels are being brought to account: mitzuyan!

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    1. Hi Ana :D!

      "Max, I am back!"

      Girl, you were missed. I am glad to see you back.

      "These are indeed good news; it should make Mrs Eduardo dos Santos think twice about her behaviour (I am hoping to see her one day sitting before the ICC along with her criminal husband)."

      Ah, Angola is under my radar...and yes, I agree with you.

      "Mrs Gbagbo and all the women like her make me sick to my stomach."

      I hear you.

      "Anyway, like Looney said the Jezebels are being brought to account: mitzuyan!"

      Indeed; it is excellent.

      Ana, thank you ever so much for super comment :D.

      Cheers

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  6. Max, why only the first ladies? Most of these first men have many ladies. Almost all of them have the powers that you so eloquently describe with your questions on pillow talk and the next!

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    1. Hi Rummy :D!

      "Max, why only the first ladies?"

      Because they receive a mandate alongside their husbands, not the lovers.

      "Most of these first men have many ladies. Almost all of them have the powers that you so eloquently describe with your questions on pillow talk and the next!"

      First men? LOL LOL I loved that one!
      That is true and many of those ladies-on-the-side help denouncing and depose many first men.

      Rummy, thank you so much for your outstanding comment (and for the new expression) :D.

      Cheers

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  7. Well the two questions in the post brought a quick chuck in my face. How potent they are!...Indeed to be a little raw, if the women stop breastfeeding their partners, it would have a vigorous impact on the organs be, but only if all women heed to it. Some just for their narrow momentary pleasures opt to tie their eyes and give tacit support to their partners illicit activities. The only problem here is there are so many mindless whores out their even if a vacuum is created by one upright wife, the others will fill that space. I think its time these powerful first ladies's take a conscience call and unleash their hidden powers for a more better cause!

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    1. Hi Kalyan :D!

      "Well the two questions in the post brought a quick chuck in my face. How potent they are!"

      lol they are, aren't they?

      "...Indeed to be a little raw, if the women stop breastfeeding their partners, it would have a vigorous impact on the organs be, but only if all women heed to it."

      Very well said, K. They need to stop breastfeeding their partners indeed.

      "Some just for their narrow momentary pleasures opt to tie their eyes and give tacit support to their partners illicit activities."

      It is rather sad, isn't it?

      "The only problem here is there are so many mindless whores out their even if a vacuum is created by one upright wife, the others will fill that space."

      Correct.

      "I think its time these powerful first ladies's take a conscience call and unleash their hidden powers for a more better cause!"

      Hear, Hear!!

      Kalyan, thank you ever so much for your outstanding comment, my friend :D. The way you describe things make us think about them even harder - thanks.

      Cheers

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  8. Hello, lass! The first ladies should learn from the common ladies; in Stratfor there was an article, about the Polish thwarted terrorist attack, describing at which point the terrorist's wife denounced him:
    «Kwiecien (...) taught extracurricular classes on making explosives and claimed that officials had threatened to prosecute him if he didn't stop them. His wife, a biologist, alerted authorities when Kwiecien allegedly asked her how he could make a biological "dirty bomb."» A brave and decent woman, ay?
    Congratulations to the ICC: it did a jolly good work; it was about time that these powerful ladies started to pay for being accessory to crimes!

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    1. Hi Joe :D!

      Most definitely: the first ladies should learn from the common ladies :). That example was a fabulous one: thank you. So the wife denounced her husband, eh? Good for her! I am impressed - she is not only brave and decent; she is a real Woman.
      Do you think you could send me this article, Joe?

      "Congratulations to the ICC: it did a jolly good work; it was about time that these powerful ladies started to pay for being accessory to crimes!"

      You know it.

      Joe, thank you ever so much for your most valuable comment :D.

      Cheers

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    2. I will send you the article, lass. Usual email address?

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