Simply put, it's a way of using threats of death, violence, insurrection or intimidation for political gain that occurs most often in the Middle East, but is spreading rapidly around the world.

Terrorism is nothing new and not a 20th Century phenomenon. Terrorism in the Middle East is a result of cultural, religious and political conflicts that has evolved from years of feuding between Arabs and Jews over disputed land in southwest Asia. It traces its history back many, many centuries to the time of Abraham (recognized by Muslims, Christians and Jews) as a result of a family feud between Abraham's descendants, Ishmael and Isaac, over land and the "birthright" in Genesis chapters 21-23. Abraham was promised a son by God in his old age. As a result of Abraham's unbelief, he had an illegitimate son named Ishmael (the father of the Arabs and Palestinians) with his maidservant Hagar. Abraham and his wife Sarah then had a younger, legitimate son named Isaac (father of the Jews and ultimately the nation of Israel) that God had promised. According to Jewish law, the first-born male of every family (Ishmael in this case) receives a birthright. The birthright, in this case, was land (today the nation of Israel belonging to the Jews). However, Ishmael was not the legitimate son and was not entitled to the land, but to Isaac instead. After Abraham’s test by God of offering Isaac as a sacrifice, he was promised a “great nation”—the Jewish nation and ultimately the land of Israel. Ishmael and his descendants became jealous of Isaac’s descendants and have tried to steal the land as a result, and everything has been hell since. Terrorism is the result of this family feud because it denies the Jews and Israel’s right to exist and wants to destroy it. Terrorism has become the method utilized by Palestinian sympathizers in an effort to destroy Israel and create the nation of Palestine. Numerous terrorist organizations including the PLO, Hammas, and Al Queda have been created and funded to destroy Israel and the Jews, but all attempts will fail. Terrorism has spread throughout the world and has reached Europe and the shores of the United States.
Terrorism is a cancer to a freedom loving society and is a political, social, cultural and religious problem.
by krock1dk December 06, 2007
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George W. Bush's excuse to dominate the world
freedom fries
by kwang May 19, 2003
Manipulation of any person or group of persons fear (the emotion of terror, hence TERRORism) in order to gain obedience/forceful agreement, or accomplish a certian objective.
The United States media constantly throws propaganda of how everyone in the middle east is evil and embeds the word 'terrorist' into everyone's minds from the day they are born as 'evil'. Then they use it to scare us into allowing them to bomb millions of innocent lives to ashes in the Middle East, then take over for whatever purpose.

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!
by Cybernetico December 31, 2004
War is Terrorism with a bigger budget.
War and terrorism are one in the same.
by weMUSTuseNukes August 09, 2004
Terrorism is unlawful use of violence or the threat of violence to attain goals that are religious, political, ideological, economic, etc. in nature to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of said goals.
One of the more obvious recent examples of this are the 9-11 atrocities. Another is the US-Contra war on Nicaragua. After the ICJ condemned the US for the "unlawful use of force", US Southern Command gave the contras (mostly former members of the Somoza regime) the first official orders to attack what they called "soft targets" (read undefended civilian targets). That's a textbook example of international terrorism. Even before the ICJ ruling, the contras were attacking civilians. The Contras were fighting to reverse the popular sandinista revolution. This is an example of the unlawful use of violence to attain goals that are political and ideological. Saddam Hussein's invasion is an example of international terrorism. CLinton's bombing of a Sudanese pharmaceutical plant is another. And we can go down the list. The point is that the US govt, and most other govts around the world use terror to get what they want. Clearly, overwhelmingly, terrorism is the weapon of the strong.
by Chadrock January 20, 2004
U.S. foriegn policy. For some reason we American seem to think that terrorism was invented on Sept. 11th, but it has been business as usual for the U.S. government for the last century.
The war on terrorism will not be over until the U.S. becomes a third world country.
by Zak November 15, 2003
Acts, primarily violent or destructive,
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.
"All attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail. It must be business as usual." - Margaret Thatcher
by T.D. January 20, 2003
The act of threatening someone with violence in order to obtain something or accomplish a goal.
Terrorism can be perfrom by anyone. For example threatening to punch a guy in the face if he doesn't give you five dollars count as terrorism, but don't tell Bush
by Tonio31 August 31, 2006
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