Terrorism is a branch of marketing. Unlike other dishonest marketers who sell you ugly cookies loaded with dangerous trans fats or homes that are on BTK serial killer's regular visiting list, terrorists sell you undiluted terror without frills.
The promoters of tarriorism were small mom and dad popcorn retailers. These poor business people used up their retirement funds to build large and beautiful popcorn eating halls hoping to make their money back. However, none of these popcorn eating halls were any useful. People just did not show up.
One day, an angry mom killed some unthankful non-customers in her own semi-deserted popcorn hall. The killing, witnessed by some innocent passer-by school children, was soon popularized in town. In a couple of hours, people gathered in front of the popcorn hall demanding to see more pay per view killings. That angry mom sold each of them a bag of hot and tasty popcorn, and killed someone in the hall once the popcorn eating seats were all occupied.
And the rest is history.
~ Oscar Wilde on Popcorn
BUT WAIT! I think I've hit something here:
...embeds the word 'terrorist' into children's minds as 'evil'. Then they use it to scare us into allowing them to...
Hmm, let's break that down into something simpler:
...use fear to manipulate the people into allowing them to...
Oh my gosh! Wouldn't that make the United States the terrorists!? How ironic!
intended to engage international media and achieve one or both of the following goals:
1) Create a politically useful climate of fear, uncertainty, and mass panic
2) Exact revenge on an opponent that cannot be harmed via traditional means of warfare due to power imbalances
Terrorism does not necessarily result in the loss of human life, but often does.
The history of political violence that can be described as "terrorism" can be tracked as both a media phenomenon and the use of a potent tool of manipulation by parties of widely varying motiviation, such as religious extremism, national liberation, and attempts to foment coups. Some acts of terrorism are committed by what are termed 'hate groups' against their target of choice.
Examples of terrorism include bombings in Ireland and Israel, the 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington DC, and the 1946 bombing of the King David hotel by Jewish Extremists attempting to advance creation of the Israeli state by ousting British influence.