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
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