RUMSFELD DISOWNED BY FAMILY
- RUMSFELD FAMILY TIE IS FIRST VICTIM OF WAR
Tony Paterson, Telegraph UK, 2/10/03
The Rumsfelds of Weyhe-Sudweyhe, an unremarkable red-brick suburb of
Bremen, were once proud of their long-lost cousin, America's
secretary of state for defence - but no longer.
Like many Germans, they are appalled by Donald Rumsfeld's hawkish
attitude to military action against Saddam Hussein. About 18,000 anti-
war demonstrators marched through Munich yesterday to protest at his
presence at an international security conference - chanting slogans
such as "No room for Rumsfeld!"
"We think it is dreadful that Donald Rumsfeld is out there pushing
for a war against Iraq," Karin Cecere (nee Rumsfeld), 59, said from
her two-up, two-down home last week. "We are embarrassed to be
related to him," she told The Telegraph.
Margarete Rumsfeld, her 85-year-old mother, was equally
dismissive: "We don't have much to do with him anymore. Nowadays he's
just the American defence secretary to us, but for God's sake, he'd
better not start a war," she added...
GERMANS BELIEVE U.S. A NATION OF WARMONGERS-POLL
BERLIN - A majority of Germans believe the United States is a nation
of warmongers and only six percent think President George W. Bush is
interested in keeping the peace, according to a survey published on
The poll by the respected Forsa institute, published in the Financial
Times Deutschland newspaper, also found 97 percent of those
questioned believed Iraqi President Saddam Hussein was ready to go to
The survey found 57 percent agreed with the statement: "The United
States is a nation of warmongers."
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has angered the Bush
administration with his outspoken opposition to a war in Iraq, a
position that has widespread backing in Germany where six million
people were killed during World War Two.
Tens of thousands of Germans have taken part in anti-war rallies in
The survey of 1,843 Germans found 93 percent believed Bush was ready
to go to war in pursuit of his interests, while 80 percent said the
United States wanted war to boost its power...