Aircraft and submarines; the story of the invention, by Willis J. (Willis John) Abbot

By Willis J. (Willis John) Abbot

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6 It is precisely because such terms are so hard to define that Invisible Armies covers both terrorists and guerrillas; leaving either one out would present a distorted picture. For purposes of this book, terrorism describes the use of violence by nonstate actors directed primarily against noncombatants (mostly civilians but also including government officials, policemen, and off-duty soldiers) in order to intimidate or coerce them and change their government’s policies or composition. Typically the political or psychological effect desired by terrorists is out of all proportion to the actual destruction they inflict.

Into the warm spring air. Into the toxic smells drifting across the nearby Tigris River. Monday, April 9, 2007. The Kadhimiya neighborhood of northwestern Baghdad. This was the anniversary of the fall of Saddam Hussein’s regime. Although American troops had no trouble toppling the Iraqi army and Republican Guard, which fought exactly the kind of positional warfare that all conventional militaries prefer, they had found themselves stymied by armed groups ranging from Sunni jihadists to Shiite militias.

THE OTHER WAR The Limitations of Firepower in Vietnam, 1960–1973 53. M-26-7 Castro’s Improbable Comeback, 1952–1959 54. FOCO OR LOCO? Che’s Quixotic Quest, 1965–1967 55. THE CHILDREN OF ’68—AND ’48 The Raid on Entebbe and the Terrorism of the 1970s 56. ARAFAT’S ODYSSEY What Terrorism Did and Did Not Achieve for the Palestinians 57. LEFT OUT, OR REBELS WITHOUT A CAUSE The End of the (Marxist) Affair in the 1980s BOOK VIII GOD’S KILLERS The Rise of Radical Islam 58. FIFTY DAYS THAT SHOOK THE WORLD Tehran, Mecca, Islamabad, and Kabul, November 4–December 24, 1979 59.

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