Donald Rumsfeld who gained notoriety for lying and presiding over the torture of detainees in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, has died at the age of 88. The family announced his death on June 30.
May the Lord of reckoning deal with this torturer-in-chief and deliver him to the lowest depths of Hell where he rightly belongs.
It is customary to praise people when they die and extol their virtues, even when none exist.
We refuse to join this chorus.
Instead, we will focus on the horrors this notorious war criminal inflicted on tens of millions of innocent people.
Rumsfeld epitomized the American empire’s evil. It oozed out of every pore of his body, reflected in his narrow squinting eyes.
He was the quintessential ugly American who loved wars and mass murders.
Together with then vice president Dick Cheney and deputy defence (offence) secretary Paul Wolfowitz, he was instrumental in launching wars against Afghanistan and Iraq.
In both locales and many more, American occupation forces committed horrific crimes against innocents.
While the US has been defeated in both places, Rumsfeld will go down in history for his infamous quotes regarding torture and kidnapping.
He coined such phrases as “enhanced interrogation techniques” for torture and “extraordinary rendition” for kidnapping.
His criminal nature came to light when US soldiers tortured detainees in Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.
They were stripped naked and dogs set upon them.
Others had electrodes attached to their genitals while American soldiers—men and women—mocked them.
They even made fun of Iraqis that had died under torture.
Rumsfeld, who as defence secretary was ultimately responsible for those soldiers’ conduct, was not bothered by such despicable behaviour.
It was also Rumsfeld who accused the nearly 700 detainees at Guantanamo Bay, the US-run torture camp, of being “the worst of the worst”.
After 20 years of illegal detention and torture of detainees, the American gulag has less than 40 inmates left.
The rest have been released because they were completely innocent.
Of the 40 or so men still held there, several have been cleared for release but because the US system is in the grip of gangsters, they continue to languish there.
Rumsfeld has a long tortuous history of serving many American presidents including the accidental president Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush.
It was Reagan who in early 1983 sent Rumsfeld to meet the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussain to strike a deal against Islamic Iran even though the US had no diplomatic relations with Iraq at the time. The US provided chemical weapons and AWACS surveillance planes as well as $4 billion to the Iraqi dictator to wage war against Iran.
Rumsfeld was intimately involved in planning the attack on Afghanistan in the wake of 911 that the US blamed on al Qaeda, without offering proof.
The decision to attack Afghanistan and remove the Taliban from power had been made in July 2001.
At the July 2001 conference in Berlin attended by representatives from the US, Pakistan, Iran, and a host of Western regimes, the Taliban were given a stark choice: accept a gas pipeline from Turkmenistan through their territory in return for a ton of gold, or face American bombs.
The US-based Unical was the lead company for building the gas pipeline and selling the gas.
The Taliban refused the American offer and awarded the contract to the Argentinian company Bridas.
Their fate was sealed.
Already living in the Stone Age, the Americans bombed the dirt-poor, mud hut-littered country beyond the Stone Age.
Rumsfeld was part of this criminal plot. While the Americans could destroy, they failed to subdue the Taliban or the Afghan people.
Today, the Americans are fleeing Afghanistan in disgrace.
Rumsfeld normalized torture and took pleasure in killing innocent people calling them “terrorists” and other insulting names.
He was also in the forefront of accusing Iraq of amassing weapons of mass destruction.
No such weapons were ever found—there were none—but lying and deceit are common American traits that are used to wage wars.
Rumsfeld must bear full responsibility for America’s defeat.
More importantly, if Americans have any decency—a big if—they would repudiate Rumsfeld as a war criminal and offer an unqualified apology to the families of millions of victims of torture and murder.
The victims’ families must also be paid reparations from the vast estate of the despicable man of infamy.