Terrorism as it is generally agreed, is an act of violence against a civilian target which is politically motivated and intended to create fear and or chaos in the society which is attacked. Some people exclude violent actions by governments from the definition of terrorism, others find violence by military forces against civilians the worst form of terrorism.
Since 2001, many western governments have directed increased resources to fight what George Bush called the war on terror.

Related Issues:
Reign of Terror,police state.state terrorism,laws of war,guerrilla warfare,genocide,organized crimeinformation warfare

Position: The cost of a "War on Terror" is far greater than the cost of a "War on Poverty and Injustice."

The governments of affluent nations who feel threatened by terrorism should:
  • collectively devote 0.7 percent of their annual GDP to international development, and find the resources for this by reducing military and security expenditures.
  • initiate programs to alleviate injustice (strengthen democracy) and reduce social end economic distress which motivated terrorists to commit violence.
  • halt all military actions in foreign countries, except peacekeeping actions that are welcomed by the majority of local citizens.

Position: A new word is needed to identify the action of mass killing civilians, intentionaly or not, in the name of an idea or a thing, be it democracy, a God, or anything else.

Argument for

* Such a term, once used en masse, would help distinct war in self-defense and wars to achieve a political goal.

Argument against

* Just another term that would be co-opted.