Saturday, January 22, 2005

Rumsfeld scraps Munich visit over war probe

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.

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.

Well, see, there's tyranny, and then there's tyranny.

Rummy's "no fly zone" is likely to keep growing. Maybe he can change his name and move to Brazil or Argentina -- I understand there were some other folks who ran an equally successful war with a side order of mass killings who made nice lives for themselves down there.


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