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Does Terrorism Still Exist?

Many narrowly define ‘terrorism’ as an act of violence against civilians for political or religious reasons. This feels very 1970s. This definition suffers immediately from the problem of perspective: are you an evil terrorist or an heroic freedom fighter. The definition also suffers because it includes the element of intent. Using this definition, you can’t determine if an act was terrorism until someone takes responsibility for violence and tells you their reasons. And they all lie: is there really some moral (terrorism) motive, or is it the much more likely greed (crime). Few truly fight for a cause other than resources or power. If terrorism depends upon motivation, it is impossibly subjective to the point of being a meaningless distinction.

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