A Real War, Though a Novel Kind

Law and Security scholar Philip Bobbitt (on Book TV, available here) discusses his new book. Here’s a few notes.

Bobbitt notes the emergence of modern terrorism in 1990, the year when the “Long War” begun in 1914 ended. This period debated in blood the acceptance of fascism as a form for nation-states. While sometimes active and brutal, the battle was also fought during quieter periods as the venomous idea worked its way through various social bodies. The resolution of this clash between nation-states creates the conditions for contemporary terrorism. This form of warfare will go on long past Al-Qaeda is defeated.

Bobbitt is restrained in his criticism of US decision makers. His main words against President (W) Bush has been the extra-legal elements of the law on terror. Geneva Conventions and War Tribunals were created in the previous age. These and other legal instruments must be rethought appropriate for the age, along with the use of the International Criminal Court.


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