Department of Political Science, Tel Aviv University, Israel
Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
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Terrorism is, roughly, the intentional random murder of defenseless non-combatants, with the intent of instilling fear of mortal danger amidst a civilian population as a strategy designed to advance political ends. This basic understanding (which admittedly allows for some variation and has some fuzzy edges) cannot be ‘deconstructed’, nor can it be obscured.
Phi Beta Iota: This suggests that state actions including democide, assassination by drone, and all other state-driven means of terrorizing non-combatants through group punishment, are terrorism.