|Terrorism: Diversity of interpretation as to what it
From LCDR Steven Mack Presley, MSC, USN, Rise of Domestic
Terrorism and Its Relation to United States Armed Forces (April 19,
"The deliberate and systematic murder, maiming, and menacing of
the innocent to inspire fear for political ends."
-- Israeli UN Ambassador Benjamin Netanyahu, in his book, Terrorism:
How the West Can Win, 1986.
"A strategy whereby violence is used to produce certain effects
in a group of people so as to attain some political end or ends."
-- Brian Jenkins, International Terrorism: A New Mode of Conflict,
". . . a person commits an offense if he threatens to commit any
offense involving violence to any person or property with intent to (1)
cause a reaction of any type to his threat by an official or volunteer
agency organized to deal with emergencies; (2) place any person in fear
of imminent serious bodily injury; or (3) prevent or interrupt the
occupation or use of a building, room, place of assembly, place to which
the public has access, place of conveyance, or other public place; or
(4) cause impairment or interruption of public communications, public
transportation, public water, gas or power supply, or other public
--Texas Department of Public Safety, Texas Criminal Laws, 1985.
"The purpose of terrorism is to terrorize."
-- Vladimir Lenin
"Really, a definition of terrorism is hopeless ... terrorism is
just violence that you don't like."
-- Prof. Richard E. Rubinstein, Director, Center for Conflict
Analysis and Resolution, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA, May 1990.
(From: Frank G. McGuire, Security Intelligence Sourcebook: Who's Who
in Terrorism, (Silver Spring, MD, Interests, Ltd., 1990).