(Original post by Aj12)
Terrorism, its been dominating the media and huge parts of society for pretty much the last decade if not longer. But has the word become meaningless? The September 11 attacks on the twin towers tend to sum up what most people think of terrorism and this was the attack that kicked off the War on Terror that led to the invasion of two countries as well as more secret activities in others such as drone strikes. This has caused somewhat of a debate over what counts as terrorism, can states carry out terror attacks and do military operations that cause collateral damage (or to put it bluntly kill civilians) count as terrorism.
The problem is complicated by the fact that terrorism has no widely agreed upon definition. The UN attempted to classify it but failed, it in many ways becomes a word of propaganda with one side declaring a side in a conflict terrorists and the other freedom fighters, Syria Libya, Iraq and Afghanistan are all great examples of this.
If I was gong to offer up a definition I'd say an violent attack launched by any state or non state actor with its primary aim to kill and damage as many civilians as possible for political aims. The attacks being aimed against primarily civilians seems to be something that should make a terrorist attack stand out.Some other definitions.
So what are you're thoughts on terrorism? On the word and how its applied in the media and by states. Is it meaningless or can it be defined, is it just a word used by politicians to influence our perceptions of a conflict one way or the other? What do you define as terrorism or a terrorist attack?