Former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, key planner and executor of the invasions and occupations of Afghanistan, Iraq, the “War on Terror” and torture and human rights abuses at Guantanamo Bay, Abu Ghraib and other suspected secret prisons around the world, was disrupted and confronted by protestors as he spoke at Collin County Community College near Dallas, Texas on 18 November.
As he is interviewed on stage, three protestors stand up in turn, calling on Rumselfd to “turn himself in” and stand trial in The Hague for “illegal wars” in which thousands of Americans and Iraqis were killed and “trillions of dollars” squandered.
The video of the protest, which was sponsored by Dallas Peace Center, CodePINK Women for Peace, and Veterans for Peace, notes that the Rumsfeld event was hosted by local radio station KRLD and “presented by Allegiance Capital Corporation, an international investment banking firm based in Dallas.”
Roqayah Chamseddine, author of the blog The Cynical Arab, who took part in the protest, wrote that “Our aim was to call for a citizen’s arrest and for Mr.Rumsfeld to be held accountable for his role in a laundry-list of war-crimes against the people of Iraq.”
Chamseddine tweeted that she was the “second disrupter” visible in the video.
Officials face protests on book tours
The protest against Rumsfeld came days after his Bush Administration colleague, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, canceled an appearance at the University of Chicago a day before she was due to speak. Both Rumsfeld and Rice are touring the United States marketing books.
While the University of Chicago said the Rice event was “postponed” due to a “scheduling conflict,” it had previously issued a campus-wide warning that anyone protesting inside the planned event would be punished.