Terrorism is a form of political violence; that is, violence used for a political purpose. “Political” can be described as “concerned with government, the State, or politics,” and political violence is used to try to obtain some kind of political change, or to prevent political change.
Political violence is a large category that includes such actions as war, civil war, military strikes, insurrection, ethnic conflict, genocide, state terror, and terrorism (Fig. 1–1). All forms of political violence are methods of struggle that can be used alone or with other methods to pursue political goals.
The borders between forms of...