Samantha Johnston gave a fascinating look into the world of the Human Rights Watch and the International Criminal Court which is now trying Slobodan Milosevic. She raised interesting and important questions about the possible loss of U.S. sovereignty if we were to submit our citizens to such an international tribunal. She also made clear that "human rights" as used by global activists often include welfare rights that clearly contradict individual rights.
This led to a lively discussion, which included Iraq 1, Iraq 2, Afghanistan, and World War I. We also, on Stephen Hicks' suggestion, tried looking at it from the analogy of American West settlers trying to solve problems among themselves when they were outside the reach of the law.
Somehow I kept thinking of that new puppets-with-guns movie: Team America: World Police.
Rhyme of the Day:
Somehow our policing
[Update for clarification as to location] She gave her talk at our house last night, for our monthly Objectivist-oriented discussion group, known as NIF (for "the New Intellectual Forum").