Arson / Fire Bombings as a Terrorist Tactic

Historical ContextCheap, Easy to Assemble and UseThe Second World War witnessed widespread use of the ‘firebomb’, incendiary devices versus explosive devices against identified targets.  The device has existed in various forms and levels of lethality since the availability of gunpowder. From the rudimentary, homemade ‘Molotov Cocktails’ to the factory manufactured devices used in the World War 2, these weapons are effective and can be precise although not as favoured as explosive devices. An advantage of these weapons is the containment of the damaged caused to the intended target with little or no adverse affect to the surrounding areas as in the case of an explosive. In conventional wars, terrorist attacks and violent protest movements the use of these devices are widespread. They are cheap, easy to assemble and use.AdvantagesLong a criminal tactic, arson has also been used by terrorist organizations. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lists arson as the number…

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