CHAPTER 24TERRORISMThe Wrath of Man

Terrorism: the systematic use of violence as a meansto intimidate or coerce societies or governments.—WordNet® 1.6, © 1997 Princeton University

INTRODUCTION

Terrorism has many definitions. In its simplest form, it is a violent action intended to inflict harm on some person or object with the intention of coercing someone in the future to act in a specific way. Terrorists function similarly to a publicity-hungry cinema actress. They will create any spectacle or perform any action to gain attention for their organization or cause.

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