What to say to convince people of the legitimacy of international law?
An argument against militarism.
Self-determination is a central principle of international law. In the case of Afghan self-determination it’s probably also useful to point out that there is a sizeable Afghan peace movement, very courageous and principled, which the antiwar movement in the US
Accepting the “after 9/11 was extraordinary” argument for torture would then justify torture in any more dire situation — such as invasion by a foreign army or outright war. It would therefore justify torture (say) of US soldiers in Afghanistan
The NY Times reports on newly leaked emails from within the Department of Justice. http://www.nytimes.com/2009/06/07/us/politics/07lawyers.html?_r=1&hp Discussed further by Glenn Greenwald. http://www.salon.com/opinion/greenwald/2009/06/07/torture_memos/index.html These leaks further support and strengthen various arguments already made by those calling for accountability, including ourselves — and
Oh wow, I only got around to watching this video now, and from some of the comments I thought she must have been making some half-convincing arguments… nope! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ijEED_iviTA&feature=channel_page Well, first we upgrade al Qaeda to tyrants, okay. Then one
As Condoleezza Rice dined with students at Roble Hall, a Stanford undergraduate dormitory, I delivered this speech outside. Some students who heard it subsequently confronted Condoleezza Rice about torture. This confrontation was filmed and received widespread press coverage in the national media.
I think this is amazingly good — at least to my own aesthetics. Just the right mix of seriousness and hilariousness, gravity and spirit, light and heavy, yin and yang. http://www.stanford.edu/group/antiwar/cgi-bin/mediawiki/images/d/da/NoMoreTorture.png This is your pizza. Go eat it. Are you
Most want an inquiry into anti-terror tactics.
Some basic principles.