Saturday, January 22, 2005

Donald Rumsfeld, War Criminal

Oh, the irony (especially after my last post), according to an article in the German magazine Expatica, Donald Rumsfeld has cancelled a trip to Munich for fear of being prosecuted as a war criminal:
Rumsfeld has informed the German government via the US embassy he will not take part at the Munich Security Conference in February, conference head Horst Teltschik said.
The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights filed a complaint in December with the Federal German Prosecutor's Office against Rumsfeld accusing him of war crimes and torture in connection with detainee abuses at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison.
The organisation alleges violations of German legislation which outlaws war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide independent of the place of crime or origin of the accused.
The Center for Constitutional Rights said it and four Iraqis tortured in US custody had filed a complaint with German authorities against Rumsfeld, former CIA director George Tenet and eight other senior military and civilian officials over abuses at Abu Ghraib and elsewhere in Iraq.

Less than 60 years ago the US was prosecuting German officials for essentially the same thing: ordering torture.

It's a sad commentary on how far our country has sunk under Bush. It shouldn't be up to the Germans to prosecute Rumsfeld although I doubt a Democrat administration (in 2008) would have the stones to go after our home-grown nazis.
------ UPDATE -----
Frank Rich made the same connection as I did in today's NYT, unbeknownst to me (via Smirking Chimp).


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