How our world fails to define what terrorism is?
Terrorism can be said to include those acts of violence that are outside the accepted norms of diplomacy and rules of war.
The Oxford Dictionary has defined terrorism as ‘systematic intimidation as a method of governing or securing political or other ends’.
Terrorism as a phenomenon, an ideology and a ‘modus operandi’ instills fear in the minds of people and jeopardizes the security of states.
The term terrorism has been interpreted in several ways. Ironically though, the global community hasn’t yet reached on a consensus as to the definition of terrorism.
Yonah Alexander defines terrorism as “The use or threat of violence against random or civilian targets in order to intimidate or to create generalized pervasive fear for the purpose of achieving political goals,”
Brain Jenkim observed that the acts of terrorism; “Involve violence or threat of violence, often coupled with specific demands. The violence is directed mainly against civilian targets.
The motives are political, the actions generally are carried out in a way that will achieve maximum publicity”.
The various aspects of terrorism that thus emerge are: a) Use of violence, b) Instilling fear amongst minds, c) Aim to influence or intimidate, D) Need to publicize cause.
Transnational Nature: Terrorism is not territorially limited. Its transnational nature involves individuals of different nationalities, of every ideological hue, and from every continent. It touches upon every aspect of human life, making the problem multidimensional and requiring great cooperation amongst states to deal with it in all forms and manifestations.