Today there is no universal definition of terrorism. Countries define the term according to their own beliefs and to support their own national interests. International bodies, when they craft a definition, do so in the interests of their member states. Academics striving to define terrorism are also subjected to their own political point of view.
Thus, the question arises, what does terrorism actually mean? Is it a violent action targeting civilians exclusively or a threatened use of violence for the purpose of creating fear in order to achieve a political, economic, religious, or ideological goal?
“Every gun that is forged, every battleship that is launched, every missile that is fired, is an inhuman theft from those who are hungry and starving, from those who are cold and are shivering”