Terror, is a common weapon of coercive state power. Clearly the Serbs moved 30,000 troops into Kosovo during the Rambouillet negotiations to instill the implicit threat that they would do what they are now doing.
What I think is interesting is a confusion in US imperialist motives for the bombing. Part of the mind set seems to be to bomb Milosevic of Hussein back to the stone age. But I do suggest that technology has moved on and public opinion in the last 8 years. Remember they have to get 19 NATO countries on board, some with centre-left governments. So although in many ways the obvious military counter to the Serb attack on the Kosovans would be to hit the Serbs hard - shut down their electricity and transport, this is ruled out, and the Serbs have called the bluff. They have tighter censorship within their country, while playing on the probability of lack of unity among NATO.
So the most effective terror at the moment is the terror that NATO air power cannot effectively touch: the Serb paramilitaries going from door to door in Kosovo.
Chris Burford London