On Oct. 3, the State Department issued a travel advisory to Americans about potential terrorist attacks in Europe. The same day, Britain issued a travel advisory based on the threat of terrorist attacks in France and Germany. Shortly afterward, the French government alerted its citizens to an increased risk of a terrorist attack in Britain.
In recent weeks, information from various sources has indicated that Al Qaeda may be planning a large-scale attack on the West. In July, a German citizen of Afghan origin who was captured in Kabul revealed a plot to undertake an attack in Germany modeled on the attacks in Mumbai in 2008.… Seguir leyendo »
By Philip Bobbitt, a law professor at Columbia and the author of Terror and Consent: The Wars for the 21st Century. He is also a former senior director at the National Security Council (THE NEW YORK TIMES, 14/12/08):
Generals are not the only ones who prepare to fight the previous war. Our experience with 20th-century nation-based terrorists — the I.R.A. in Ireland, the P.K.K. in the Kurdish areas of Turkey, ETA in Spain’s Basque country, the F.L.N. in Algeria and others — still dominates much of our thinking about how to deal with 21st-century global terrorists. Indeed, the lack of new concepts may well be as deadly to our national security as any lack of vaccines.… Seguir leyendo »
By Philip Bobbitt, the author of Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-first Century (THE GUARDIAN, 16/06/08):
As we enter a new century that will present novel problems of law and warfare, it is good to review some of the crucial concepts regarding precautionary intervention that have not always been clearly defined in the public debate. For example, what are differences between pre-emption, preventative war and preclusive war? And what is the underlying connection between intervention on humanitarian grounds, intervention to prevent the development of nuclear weapons, and intervention to thwart terrorists?
Pre-emption is the use of force in anticipation of an imminent attack.… Seguir leyendo »