The term terrorism is a word that cannot be defined by one simple definition. It is a word that provokes thought into what it really means and for most it carries with it a connotation of violence and fear. According to the Belgian Red Cross there is no universal definition of a terrorist act instead it may cover many different things that include different types of perpetrators, different types of targets and different types of objectives. Furthermore the Belgian Red Cross has agreed to qualify a terrorist act on the basis of three elements: A terrorist act is a specific offence, that may seriously damage a country or an international organization and is committed for the purpose of intimidating the population, forcing a third party to act or destabilizing or destroying the fundamental structure of a country or of an international organization. In Packaging Terrorism by Susan Moeller, she quotes British academic and former foreign correspondent Anatol Lieven, “Terrorism is not a movement, terrorism is not a state, terrorism is a tactic.” Moeller goes on to list factors that separate terrorism apart from other political violence such as guerilla warfare. These factors include: Terrorism deliberately targets civilians, the victims and the intended audience of a terrorist act are not the same, and the psychological impact of a terrorist act is intended to be greater than the physical damage caused. The goal of terrorism is to send a message, not defeat the enemy. As you can now notice there is no uniform definition for the term. Many Americans perceive the word terrorism by the way in which the media uses it. After the September 11th attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, a radical religious person carrying out surprise attacks on a population in order to spread their radical ideology most closely associates to the word terrorism or terrorist. The United States Department of Defense defines terrorism as “the calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological.” Although there is no precise definition for the term terrorism one commonality between each of the definitions presented is that violence is carried out in order to instill fear and intimidation among a population.