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The World According to Bush / ‘Bush a subversive’: the end of political classicism?
The next four years of the Bush administration seem likely to destroy the basic concepts of international law of European origin, as well as to cancel projects of global governance as conceived in recent years. This dismantlement is a move towards an internationalization of American jurisdiction and the political criteria upon which this is based, ultimately censuring the political systems of all other sovereign states. What we are seeing substantially is an assertion of one sovereignty to the detriment of others. Europeans, though, seem to possess neither awareness of this design nor capacity to react. Among other things, Europe itself is a hybrid that breaks up classical categories. To address this revolution foretold, it is necessary to rediscover the political value of classicism, founded on clear, precise distinctions: war/peace, friend/enemy, legitimate/illegitimate, law/fact. A return to the pure logic of states against the present process of globalisation is, in fact, arguably more likely to ensure a working and legitimate international system.