Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Today's Cartoon: Germany Lawsuit Accuses Donald Rumsfeld of War Crimes

If there is anything that Germany can consider itself an expert in, it's beer, heavy metal and of course "war crimes", which is why I'm not sure if the German lawsuit filed against Donald Rumsfeld in connection to prisoner abuse allegations in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay will be ignored by the outgoing Defense Secretary, or treated as a compliment.

Still, you can't blame the Germans for trying. I mean the United States was an active participant in the Nuremburg Trials at the end of the Second World War, so perhaps they see this as a wonderful opportunity to return the favor and even up the score ;)

Now that Donald Rumsfeld has left office and is no longer viewed as a sovereign official, it appears that he has also given up his right to diplomatic immunity from international prosecution. This pretty much means that any country which recognizes foreign violations of international law can now level charges against the old man. Of course, this doesn't mean that Rumsfeld is going be extradited to them in chains and gift wrapped in a giant bow, but it does "present" these nations with the symbolic opportunity to publicly shame him through a mock trial and punish him by proxy, by beating on a dead horse.

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