How can you fight someone who has nothing to lose?
Terrorism is the unlawful use, or threatened use, of force or violence against individuals or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies, often to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives. Terrorists are people who conduct these acts.
Terrorism is a tactic that can be used either in a war or in low intensity conflict. It is a political and psychological weapon directed at innocent parties who neither caused nor are able to solve the problem that motivates the terrorist. Terrorism influences the audience beyond the immediate victim. Immediate victims are bargaining chips used to influence the real target, usually a government. The 11 Israelis who died at the 1972 Munich Olympics were immediate victims. The true target was the estimated one billion people who watched it on television, the most important medium of modern terrorism. As a result the Black September Organization was extremely successful in publicizing its view on the Palestinian refugees. You see the real target were not the Israelis, that would have been too simple for the terrorists, the real target were the people watching the show. They wanted to strike fear into their hearts that the system you live in is not safe anymore and that this could happen to you if our demands are not met. Terrorists are so aware of television for publicity that they plan attacks to coincide with prime time broadcasts in target countries.
Terrorist neither requires nor seeks popular support. They require secrecy. Their activities do not conform to rules of law or warfare. Their victims are usually non-combatants symbolic persons and places, and usually have no role in causing or correcting the terrorists grievance. Terrorist methods include hostage taking, hijacking, sabotage, assassination, arson, hoaxes, bombing, and armed attacks.