I don’t understand why terrorist groups aren’t attacking more low level targets like random people’s homes. The message it would send of “No matter who you are you aren’t safe from us” could incite fear in the populace and paranoia that could cause political chaos. It’s low risk, as a typical home is defenseless against armed men with weapons, and high reward because of course it would be news and the random nature of the crime would be upsetting to a lot of people. I could see an uptick in arms sales and a political upheaval. I am curious because they tend to go after high-profile targets–highly populated areas. It seems like they of all people should realize the power of widespread fear to effect political change, and the futility of trying to kill off everyone who you don’t like. America’s been trying that for years on terrorist groups and it’s clear that you can’t kill an idea. But fear and paranoia seem to influence large numbers of people very easily. Just look at some politicians and how they use fear to their advantage.
This is my first foray into this topic, so please be kind. I am just trying to understand here. I am not a political or global terrorism expert, nor do I pretend to be.