Why ISIS terrorism won’t work
by Peter Bergen, CNN, February 6, 2015
Anarchists in the early 20th century carried out a number of high-profile assassinations and bombings. In 1901, for instance, an anarchist killed U.S. President William McKinley. And in 1920 an anarchist blew up a bomb-laden wagon on Wall Street, killing more than 30, which was the deadliest act of terrorism in New York until 9/11.
Anarchists termed these kinds of high-profile attacks “the propaganda of the deed.” Yet they achieved nothing with these attacks, and their ideology has withered and largely died out.