Monday, September 27, 2004

Defining "terror" and "terrorism"

In a September 18 posting, this blog suggested:

"How about a new Bush Doctrine?

"Something like this:

"The United States will not support any nation, movement, party, group, or other entity that advocates or employs terror for any reason whatever. 'Terror' is the threat of or the use of violence that intentionally and specifically targets civilians for the purpose of: (1) intimidating the political opposition; (2) intimidating the general public or some discrete part thereof; (3) influencing policy; (4) generating attention; or (5) any combination thereof."

Not bad.

But in his September 26 Tel Aviv Ma'ariv column, Jonathan Ariel interviewed "Professor Boaz Ganor, head of the ICT (International Policy Institute for Counter Terrorism), one of the world’s leading authorities on terrorism [who] takes this basic principle much further. ...

"Boaz Ganor proposes universally adopting the following definition. 'Terrorism is the intentional and systematic use of, or threat to use violence against civilians or against civilian targets, in order to attain political aims.'"

Less detailed, perhaps; also better, perhaps.