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Rumsfeld War Crimes?

Donald Rumsfeld has announced that he will not be attending the Munich Security Conference in February because the German courts are reviewing a lawsuit accusing him of war crimes.

Aljezeera:

The New York-based Centre 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 group has filed their 171 page law suit with the US courts who have dismissed them. The suit in Germany was filed under a law with “universal jurisdiction” that:

outlaws war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide independent of the place of crime or origin of the accused.

The prosecutor’s office in Karlsruhe reportedly is examining the complaint to see whether an investigation is warranted.

The suit also accuses former CIA director George Tenet and several other US intelligence officials. The CCR claims that although these officials did not actually committee crimes against humanity, they signed off on several techniques that were later defined by the Red Cross as torture.

This investigation is a breath of fresh air. Although it will never amount to anything, it is good to know that countries other than France (who’s opinions have all been discredited by a wave of anti-French propaganda: See “Freedom-Fries”) questioning the actions of the US in Iraq.

Opponents of the claim call it a political stunt and condemn the German law as overstepping its boundaries by claiming “Universal Jurisdiction”. (The US shouldn’t talk about overstepping it’s boundaries: See Inaugural speech claiming our duty to invade dictatorships and make them democracies)

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February 1, 2005 - Posted by | The Progressive Movement

2 Comments »

  1. I will start by commenting on the Iraqi election. They were an overwhelming success. Even the Arab media portrayed them this way. The concern about the Sunnis, IMO, is overblown. Several of the larger Iraqi Blocks added Sunnis to their lists, to make sure that even if Sunni turnout was low, they could be included as part of the new Governing Counsel. It seems that a lot of the MSM is downplaying the participation of the Sunnis. Have you seen the images of the people from Fallujah waiting in long lines to vote? It seems that the forces to undermine the election are not limited to the insurgents in Iraq. Just 3 days before the vote, Ted Kennedy, was calling for immediate US troop withdrawal, and the evening of the vote, John Kerry was already questioning their credibility. Talk about the height of irresponsibility. It really must be a bitter pill for liberals to have to swallow, especially in Europe, that SO MANY of the Iraqis turned out to support the vote. They ridiculed America for expecting dancing in the streets and welcoming the US liberation of Iraq. Well, today, the MSM was forced to cover the good news out of Iraq, as there WAS dancing in the streets, for this opportunity to shape the future of their country, and the overwhelming turnout of the people of Iraq, shows that, at least from the Iraqi point of view, the liberation of Iraq by the US was supported by the majority of Iraqis. This vote, in which the turnout was larger than the last election in the US, (in which the highest number of voters in US history voted), is a confirmation of the Bush policy in Iraq. This was the chance for Iraqis to show the world how that felt about the actions of the US. And they did. In amazing numbers, despite threats of a bloodbath, they showed the entire world that they were thankful for the 60 million Americans that put Bush back in office, and gave him the opportunity to complete the job he started in bringing democracy to Iraq. I wonder what all the critics that said that Arabs could never support a democracy will turn to now to try to lash out at Bush. But then, there really is no need to wait to see what they will do, Germany is making it clear. Germany, a country that, along with France, was on the payroll of Saddam (see the oil for food scandal), is so bitter over the support of the Iraqi people for Bush’s policy in Iraq, have turned to claiming they have a court system that trumps all others, and are now looking to charge Rumsfeld and Tenet with war crimes. It seems their bitterness knows no bounds. This from a country that started 2 world wars, gave rise to the worst scourge of the 20th century, and still has anti-semitism running rampant across their country and Government. It seems to me, that since the alleged crimes were committed in Iraq, it would be up to the Iraqi Government, once it takes power this winter, or next spring, to make the call on if their actions should be classified as war crimes. Even though Germany has provided no support to Iraq, and had no issue with letting the people of Iraq continue to suffer under the tyrannical rule of Saddam, who was NOT charged by Germany with any war crimes, even though he used chemical weapons on his own people, not to mention Iran, they are so desperate to stop any positive outcome for the US in Iraq, that they put forth this sham of a court to bring forth these charges. It is the height of hypocrisy, that they let Saddam slide with all he did, and are simply trying to lash out at the US, because the Iraqis showed the entire world, that this liberation is the event many have been hoping for their entire lives. While I admin that the liberation might have been done differently, those that feel it could have been accomplished without the use of force, need to wake up out of their dream world, and join the rest of humanity in the real world.

    Comment by ÐÇRøçk§ | February 2, 2005 | Reply

  2. Maybe this is why Bush spent so much time discussing unecessary lawsuits at the State of the Union?

    Comment by shana | February 3, 2005 | Reply


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