U.S. Senator Sounds The Call For Putin’s Assassination

This past Thursday, the sometimes too blunt Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) sent out a tweet that the only possible way to halt the invasion of Ukraine by Russia was for someone to take matters into their own hands and get close enough to Russian President Vladimir Putin in order to assassinate the head of state. Graham stated in his tweet, “Is there a Brutus in Russia? Is there a more successful Colonel Stauffenberg in the Russian military? The only way this ends is for somebody in Russia to take this guy out. You would be doing your country — and the world — a great service.”

When the Senator said Brutus it was seemingly in reference to the infamous Roman politician and orator, Marcus Junius Brutus, who is most well known for the assassination of Julius Caesar when he thought that Caesar had, over time, become too autocratic and sought to put someone else in power.

Secondly, Graham’s mention of Colonel Stauffenberg seems to be another reference, but this time to Colonel Claus Von Stauffenberg who instigated a famously failed assassination attempt targeting Adolf Hitler during a stay at the WOlf’s Lair back on july 20th of 1944.

Graham went on to state, “The only people who can fix this are the Russian people. Easy to say, hard to do. Unless you want to live in darkness for the rest of your life, be isolated from the rest of the world in abject poverty, and live in darkness you need to step up to the plate.”

Last Wednesday, however, Graham put froth a new resolution to the Senate that sought to condemn “the Russian Federation, President Vladimir Putin, the Russian Security Council, the Russian Armed Forces and Russian military commanders for committing flagrant acts of aggression and other atrocities rising to the level of crimes against humanity and war crimes against the people of Ukraine and others.”

Graham also seemingly alleged various times in the past where Putin, and the government he controlled, had performed acts that themselves deserved condemnation amid possible war crimes, which included:

“The indiscriminate use of force against the people of Chechnya, including the use of cluster munitions against civilians” beginning in 1999;

Engaging in cluster munition against Georgia during the Russian Federation‘s invasion of Georgia in 2008;

The violation of the sovereignty of Crimea and Ukraine since 2014, resulting in the death of “thousand of innocent civilians”;

The Russian military deemed responsible for the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in July 2014, killing 298 civilians;

“Rebel forces supported by the Russian Federation” deemed responsible for a missile attack in January 2015 in Mariupol, Ukraine, that resulted in the death of at least 309 civilians;

Russian aircraft deploying bunker-busting and incendiary bombs on civilian structures in Aleppo, Syria, “resulting in the death of hundreds of civilians”;

“The poisoning of Alexi Navalny, the poisoning of Sergei and Yulia Skirpal, and the false imprisonment and torture ultimately leading to the death of Sergei Magnitsky.”

Targeting and reportedly killing “more than 300 civilians, including children, while engaging in Ukrainian urban centers, causing chaos and fear among Ukrainian citizens.”

 

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