Definition of Terrorism

“The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons.”
— Source: The American Heritage� Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
Copyright � 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Notice that the object of terrorist activity is “people or property” — people typically meaning unarmed citizens, not members of the military or of the government. My point here is that the word terrorism has been thrown around a lot over the past several years to describe actions that are not really terrorism, most notably anything that has happened in Iraq since we declared war on them.

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