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In Europe, both the Irish and the Macedonians had existing terrorist campaigns as part of their ongoing struggle for independence, but had to initiate bloody uprisings to further their cause. The Irish were partially successful, the Macedonians failed. The Later Twentieth Century Cold War Developments The bi-polar world of the Cold War changed perception of conflicts throughout the world. Relatively minor confrontations took on significance as arenas where the superpowers could 76 Martin L. Van Creveld, The Transformation of War (New York: The Free Press, 1991), 79.

Terrorist acts, to include limited That is why preemption is more important than ever response and containment by before. However, deterrence and preemption can be local military forces. difficult against transnational terrorist groups. As stated in an al Qaeda article in January 2002, “[Deterrence] is completely eliminated when dealing with people who do not care about living but thirst for martyrdom. ”41 In some cases, terrorism has been a means to carry on a conflict without the adversary realizing the nature of the threat, mistaking terrorism for criminal activity.

David E. , 1990), 4 and 5. 49 1-4 A Military Guide to Terrorism in the Twenty-First Century 15 August 2005 Deliberate Terrorism is an activity planned and intended to achieve particular goals. 50 Since the victims of terrorist violence are often of little import, with one being as good for the terrorists’ purposes as another, victim or target selection can appear random or unprovoked. But the target will contain symbolic value or be capable of eliciting emotional response according to the terrorists’ goals.

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