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What is terrorism?

Random thought I had early this morning.

If the only real difference between terrorism and other crimes is the motive, "terrorism" is a thought crime. Just as "hate crimes" are in a separate category from other crimes based solely on motivation, so is terrorism just another crime committed with a specific motive in mind. And it is this motivation that gets the extra punishment, not the crime itself.

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Terrorism is when someone attacks civilians in our country

When we attack civilians in other countries, it's called collateral damage.

thought as in pre-meditated

terrorism is a pre-meditated crime by non-government individuals or groups that employ bombs and people to kill as many people they can to call attention to the idea they had which motivated them.

Seems to me, that terrorism is something connected with suni Muslims.. the suicide bombers were suni Muslim. Is is blowback?