For my last conversation with Jasper, I decided to follow the class trend of asking people to provide their definition of terrorism. Here is his response:

“I think I would define terrorism as the use of violence (or the threat to do so) to spread fear as an instrument in activities aiming at political or social changes. Relatively neutral do. I agree with the saying (almost would say cliché) that ‘terrorist’ is a political term. But it is very difficult to define it, and every definition and inclusion or exclusion of an aspect has certain implication for the discourse. I am not sure for myself yet whether attacks on civilians are a necessary part. For instance, animal rights groups freeing animals which are grown for fur generally do not do that. But maybe than I should also exclude the part “to spread fear” from my own definition; although those group definitely attempt to scare animal breeders.”