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By Stanley D Brunn

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The captives are the citizens of more than thirty countries including the United States, Russia, Great Britain and France, but to refer to them as American, Russian, British or French would obscure far more than it would clarify. They are politically motivated fighters, but are they legal soldiers as defined by international law? Historically, the captives do not ‘fit’ dominant models of global politics, although precedent suggests that they could be treated under the laws created by states for states as illegal ‘irregulars’—criminals rather than soldiers.

Ltd The distinction between citizenship as an identity and identification with other polities was, of course, of the greatest importance to sovereigns who wished to bring an end to the destructive violence of the Thirty Years’ War. In order to preserve major dynasties and the wealth associated with them, interstate law institutionalised a difference between state-initiated collective violence (war), on the one hand, and non-state-initiated violence (crime) on the other. ’23 11 September emphasises the point that interstate war of the Westphalian epoch is giving way to new forms of violence that are increasing intrastate or transstate and that, unlike Clausewitzian warfare, are not extensions of politics by other means.

Copyright © 2004 Frank Cass & Co. Ltd 28. 29. 30. 31. 50. Ibid. 204. 198–9. 24–9. 32. Ironically, Osama bin Laden enjoyed American support in earlier years during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan after 1979. 33. 239. 34. 1930. Copyright © 2004 Frank Cass & Co. Ltd American Hegemony after 11 September: Allies, Rivals and Contradictions JAMES ANDERSON The terrorist attack on New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon in Washington, DC on 11 September 2001 was a defining moment for American hegemony, the first external assault on the mainland United States of America since 1812.

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