When asking for a definition of the term ‘terrorism’ it is difficult to even know where to start. There is no universal agreed upon definition (Moeller 34) and as the popular saying goes, “One person’s terrorist is another’s freedom fighter”(Barnett 5). With this in mind, I personally define terrorism as any type of violence or threat of violence used by an organized group for political, ideological, or territorial gains. I feel the need to include the threat of violence in addition to actual violent acts as part of creating terror is placing fear in an opponent and threats accomplish this feat as well, as evident with the media blitzes that have occurred in the US since 9/11 whenever an alleged attack has been stopped and the continued use of the Department of Homeland Security terror alert levels. I also believe the definition should apply to any organized group, including governments, which use violent tactics. Governments are usually just elected, which to most means “validated,” organization that oftentimes have defense capabilities that can cause just as much, if not more, violence than other, smaller organizations committing acts of terrorism. Although it is a broad definition, I feel it gets closer to being an objective description in attempts to avoid the terrorist or freedom fighter argument and look past the biases that occur when one side of a conflict describes the actions of another.

 Works cited

 Barnett, Brooke, and Amy Reynolds. Terrorism and The Press. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2009. 5. Print.

 Moeller, Susan. Packaging terrorism. Blackwell Pub, 2008. 34. Print.