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
A synthesis of war and theater. Use of media sensationalization and redundancy combined with hostile tactics which generally violate all of the Geneva Conventions to instill fear among a given population.
Fox news always has a new terrorism "threat" we all have to look out for. The more stories about these "threats", the more the enemy wins. The media is the terrorist's stage.
by Endakol June 03, 2010
A political weapon used as a means to inspire fear and terror within a person or group of persons, such as a nation. It may or may not involve the killing of innocent people or mass-scale destruction. Nonetheless, it is meant to weaken a nation or organization from the inside, rendering said nation vulnerable to outside attack.
Osama Bin Laden's display of terrorism on the World Trade Center was not intended simply to kill and destroy. It was the first step in a plan to cripple the United States and later dominate the nation, thus opening the gates for the REAL problems to spill through and spread worldwide.
by Fenix18 October 07, 2007
Violence committed by people who do not have an airforce.
The LTTE is one exception; they own a couple of helecopters. Drug lords have private jets too.
by Joseph Fallon September 13, 2004
Any person who carries, deploys or operates a knife, gun, firearm, bomb or other weapons delivery system in such a way that innocent members of the public fall within its radius.

Terrorist: (Noun) Person who undertakes this action or activity. Also (Adj), describing the activity.
The prince's bodyguard dropped his automatic machine pistol in the resulting scuffle outside the nightclub and sent it scuttling across the pavement, but fortunately it's safety catch held and potentially widespread harm from the terrorism was avoided.
by French Maid May 17, 2010
The political action of which our nation was founded.
When separating from england the supporters would use terrorism such as tar and feathering and railing to force the non-supporters to ban products or in general be disloyal to the crown.
by therationalthinkeroftheworld July 30, 2009
Ideal form of motivation.
"If you don't do that shit, i'm gonna terrorize your ass."

Terrorist - "Sup Georgie B? Ima go and fly one of them aircrafts into some of yo buildings, if thats cool with you.

Georgie B - "Nah man thats not aight."

Terrorist - "But dawg, we gots oilz."

Georgie B - "lol, aight."

Terrorism and Motivation go hand in hand.
by Danielz January 23, 2007

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