Reference: Definition of Terrorism

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Defining terrorism – a typology

Tamar Meiselsa

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.

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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.

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