posted on Jan, 21 2003 @ 03:23 AM
Different types of Terrorism must be recognized before a effective military, political or economic response can be decided.
Type 1: State Driven.
Type 2: People Driven.
State sponsored terrorism can be controlled or defeated using economic sanctions, military strikes, or even just identifying the culprits . The forces
driving the terrorism use the activity as a non-conventional weapon but are driven by conventional military / political / economic goals. The greater
the response the more likely the terrorism will cease as long as the response if carefully targeted. Care should be taken to avoid presponses that
create type 2 terrorists.
Type 2: People driven Terrorism is generated by a perceived wrong on a civilian population. A proportion of the civilian population provides a source
of people willing to fight or die for the cause. The more extreme the response to terror acts the greater the number of volunteers from the source
population. Type 2 terrorism can not be defeated by economic sanctions or military means short of a ëfinal solutioní genocide of the source
Political solutions are required for Type 2 terrorism.