Terror by another name
Douhet’s view on the significance of the bomber offensive is an unvarnished summary of the view of many bombing advocates before World War II. His essential proposition was that a massive air attack by a fully-developed strategic bomber force at the outbreak of hostilities would prove decisive to the outcome of any war.

A complete breakdown of the social structure cannot but take place in a country subjected to this kind of merciless pounding from the air. The time would soon come when, to put an end to horror and suffering, the people themselves, driven by the instinct of self-preservation, would rise up and demand an end to the , war-this before their army and navy had time to mobilize at all!  Douhet impatiently dismissed any notion that such an attack might be regarded as unduly harsh. Indeed he echoed Liddell Hart in arguing that ‘mercifully, the decision will be quick in this kind of war, since the decisive blows will be directed at civilians, that element of the countries at war least able to sustain them. Thus a conflict fought in these terms might yet‚ ‘prove to be more humane than wars in the past in spite of all, because they may in the long run shed less blood.