There's far, far more than money involved in this. You're talking
about arresting a United States Army four star general. Under this war crimes legislation, charges already have been filed against Ariel Sharon, Franks, and Sec. of State Colin Powell.
It seems to me that if the Belgic government ever went so far
as to arrest one of our highest ranking diplomats or the
commander-if-chief of the U. S. Armed Forces Central Command,
those acts might just be considered as acts of war against the
United States. The fact that the U.S. is threatening to withold
its share of funding for the new NATO headquarters in Belgium unless the war crimes law is repealed is simply Washington's
way of asking politely, "Please don't do this." From what I understand about all this, Belgium has given some assurance that if anyone is indicted, then the country in which that person resides will be so informed of the indictment well before anyone has a chance to be arrested. Needless to say, Rumsfeld was not
swayed by these assurances. Small wonder.