Fugitive Rumsfeld Cancels German Trip
Rumsfeld scraps Munich visit over war probe (Expatica, 21 Jan.)
United States Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld has cancelled a planned visit to Munich. 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. Rumsfeld had made it known immediately after the complaint was filed that he would not attend the Munich conference unless Germany quashed the legal action.
You know we have sunk a long way when we have to get lessons on war crimes, international law, and accountability from the Germans.
Right. A country that can’t quash a bogus complaint filed by a foreign activist group against a person with diplomatic immunity is one we should emulate.
We should withdraw the U.S. delegation–and thus the legitimacy–from this conference rather than simply sending a non-indicted replacement (Doug Feith) in Rumsfeld’s stead. A superpower should not be in the business of dignifying such shenanigans.