chapter  9
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Conclusion

The introduction to this book noted Paul Wilkinson’s observation that ‘quantifying the terror of terrorism is a complex issue because of its subjectivity – a possible reason to why other commentators have not focused on the fear and anxiety of terrorism’.1 Similarly, Andrew Lambert wrote that the ‘analysis of airpower as a psychological weapon is scarce, and the little data that is available shows much scatter and is sometimes contradictory’.2 The four terrorism case studies and the missile strikes chapter collectively provide extensive quantitative evidence to demonstrate the terror of terrorism. Rather than mass fear, anxiety and panic, this study revealed the effect of strategic terrorism is more complex.