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The Answers: Terrorism by Jeremy Kourdi

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WHAT IS TERRORISM?

The Oxford English Reference Dictionary provides an admirably succinct and adequate definition of terrorism:

“... the systematic use of violence and intimidation to coerce a government or community, especially into acceding to specific political demands.”

The term “systematic” in this context means conceived according to a plan. In other words it is part of a deliberate policy adopted by the perpetrators. Extreme fear or terror can of course be caused by natural disasters such as earthquakes and volcanic eruptions. Terrorist atrocities such as suicide bombings in public places cause particular outrage because they are ...

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