I did not invent these words, although I wish I had. The honor belongs to the British satirist and legal commentator, A.P. Herbert, as spoken by his fictional Judge Mildew. The idea, in general, is that one shouldnt accuse another of a crime committed by oneself as a means of exoneration – and get away with it.
Having now read every New York Times editorial on Ukraine from November 1 onward, I wish that Arthur Sulzberger Jr. had hired the good judge – who would have demanded no salary at all – to moderate the sudden enthusiasm for international law among the Times editorial writers.