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As an aside, another topic:
>The concept of Hard/Soft Targets can be applied to things that aren't people too, like utilities.
My last post went over mainly people, but there are many other valid targets. They can affect things more indiscriminately, but, they also act as huge force multipliers, reaching far more people than eliminating single targets. One is very surgical, the other is more akin to a sledgehammer.
A lot of infrastructure is very vulnerable, aging, and overburdened. A very recent example of a large failure was in Texas during the snowstorm. There was power lost in many parts of the state, and due to relying on wind and solar, they ended up compounding the problem compared to years past when Texas used more oil. The situation was stabilized, but what if it was ongoing, if the situation worsened? There are large transformers in substations. The oil inside those transformers is flammable. The steel they make those out of is not hardened. Enough holes could drain the oil and make the machine overheat, or the oil could be drained out. There are not many replacement parts and enough of them damaged will result in a long wait time to repair them. These substations are scattered about cities, some of them in areas with far larger numbers of subhumans than others, so one failing in one area could disproportionally impact different populations (However, this is an educated guess as it's a large, webbed network, and there could be secondary effects or it could turn out differently than expected).
What about major roadways? The Iraq War is filled with examples on how the highways and such were approached. A roadway that is targeted and known to be a target, ie not an accident, can make people panic and essentially cut off that route until people are sure it's safe again, also wasting manpower sweeping that area which could thin out responders in other areas. If there are only a couple of major roadways, travel could become very choked due to fear until things calm down and open back up.
Educate yourself on your Area of Operations, AO, thoroughly. Be sure to find and take note of all the points of interest, and not just the terrain but the human terrain as well, how the population is distributed, how LE are around and their behavior, and so on. There are methods to analyze an area for how vulnerable it could be, used in counterterrorism and more proactively by the military. From FM 34-36, SPECIAL OPERATIONS FORCES INTELLIGENCE AND ELECTRONIC WARFARE OPERATIONS, Appendix D: The CARVER Method:
Criticality, Accessibility, Recuperability, Vulnerability, Effect, and Recognizability Factors
This document goes into detail about how targets can be judged on a variety of factors and weighted based on the impact and feasibility of them. Counterterrorism uses a similar idea, looking at what is vulnerable and how to "harden" them to dissuade bad actors. This analysis comes after mapping out the AO, though. Some things may be more promising than others, but you want a comprehensive list first.
How you approach the situation, how you plan, how you act, that's up to you to figure out based on your resources and will to act. But, don't act impulsively, don't act blindly, act methodically, intelligently. One person with a long enough lever, with the right fulcrum point, can move the world.