Tuesday, January 25, 2005

'Major, Arrest that Man!'

Kevin Drum has an interesting post up about Rumsfeld cancelling a trip to Germany for unspecified reasons, perhaps because of a remote possibility of being charged for war crimes.
Kevin's comment on the article he links to:
"The presumption here is that Rumsfeld is afraid of being arrested, although that's not entirely clear. German prosecutors are still examining the CCR complaint and haven't even decided to mount an investigation yet, let alone arrest anyone. Rumsfeld's nonattendance seems more likely to be motivated by a desire to pressure the German government than by an actual fear of arrest."

While I am no fan of the man, I am uncomfortable with the idea of his being arrested and tried for these supposed crimes overseas. If he is charged, try him here. As far as pressuring the Germans, well, I'm not sure they are conducive to it. After all, these are the people that had ways of making you talk (wonder if they are available for Foreign Prison Duty?).
As an aside, I guess I am the only one that finds it...odd...and a bit comforting...that the Germans might be the ones to charge him. How far we have come in 60 years!

See also this Volokh post on the issue, which is Kevin's orginal source of the story.
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