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Sunday, June 21, 2015
A definition of terrorismFor the record, my definition of terrorism:
Public violence targeting noncombatants, carried out by nongovernmental individuals or groups, in order to advance a political or ideological goal or amplify a political or ideological message.
The objective of this definition is to draw lines around a relatively consistent phenomenon, which has similar characteristics no matter who the perpetrators are, and to distinguish it from phenomena that have similar traits but are fundamentally different in conception and goal.
Employing a consistent definition is useful for distinguishing how and why we respond to certain kinds of violence and removing certain biases (for instance, race and religion) that can make us less effective at countering terrorism as well as aggravating broader social problems.
The key components of this definition are:
Buy the new book ISIS: The State of Terror by Jessica Stern and J.M. Berger.
Buy J.M. Berger's seminal book on American jihadists, Jihad Joe: Americans Who Go to War in the Name of Islam
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