Today from William F. Buckley, Jr.:

It is a tendency of countries that have abolished capital punishment to think themselves wardens of a moral afflatus that entitles them to treat with contempt those who still believe in the ultimate penalty. What can be thought of as moral encirclement is in progress. The International Court at The Hague is the judicial enforcer of a pretty extensive list of human rights, which includes the right of children not to be spanked by their mother.