“What could, then, be massively evidente in this immense, modern and angeless procession in this theory of the political working its way in the middle of the desert, what strikes us in this philosophy of merciless war, in this staging of ‘physical’ killing, in this implacabe logic of absolute hostility, what should be massively evident but goes as unnoticed as absense itself, what dissapears in becoming indescernible in the middle of the desert is the woman or the sister. Not even a mirage. Nothing. Desert and absolute silence, it would seem. Not even a woman-soldier. No even in the theory of the partisan is there the leats reference to the role played by women in guerrilla warfare, in the wars and the aftermath of wars of national liberation (in Algerian today, for example – for another liberation, since Schmitt speakes of the Algeria of Salan). Never a word for the action of women resistance movements (Schmitt is then more eloquent, let it be said in passing, when he evokes the resistance against Napoleonic empire, French imperialism in general: and he remains so discreet on the subject of those women whom the Nazi occupation forces encountered not so long ago; they could nevertheless have provided him with interesting examples at the time of theory of the partisan). If the woman does not even appear in the theory of the partisan – that is, in the theory of the aboslute enemy – if she never leaves a forced clandestinity, such an invisibility, such a blindness, gives food for thought: what if the woman were the absolute partisan? And if she were the absolute enemy of this theory of absolute enemy, the spectre of hostility to be conjured up for the sake of the sworn brothers, or the other of the absolute enemy who has become the absolute that would not even be recognized in a regular war? She who, following the very logic of the theory of the partisan, becomes an enemy all the more awesome in not being able to become a female enemy; in his blurring, in her blurring and interference with the reassurence limits between hostility and hatred, but also between enmity and its opposite, the laws of war and lawless violence, the political and its others, and so forth.”
Derrida sobre Schmitt. The Politics of Friendship. pag. 156-157.