Terrorism is sometimes defined as the arranged use of violence in opposition to civilians in an attempt to achieve certain goals which are religious, ideological or political in nature. This is usually done through coercion, instilling fear, or intimidation. Terrorism is also defined as the ordered use of terror especially when it is used as a way of coercion (Bruce, 2006).
The common known definitions of terrorism are in reference to the violent acts that are supposed to create terror or fear and are perpetrated for a specific goal and purposely disregard or target the entire safety of the civilians also referred to as non-combatants. Terrorism is also defined with the inclusive ideas of acts of unlawful war and violence. Terrorism is known to be ineluctably political in motives and aims. Terrorism is also known to be violent and could also threaten violence and it is designed to impound extensive psychological repercussions that are above target or victim (Charles, 2002).
Terrorism also is conducted by a recognized organization which has conspiratorial cell structure or specialized chain of command. The members of such organizations do not wear any identifying insignia or any uniform. Terrorism is also known to be perpetrated by a non-state entity or a sub-national group. Terrorism is also sometimes defined as the political violence in an unbalanced conflict which is intended to psychic fear and induces terror by a way of destruction of the noncombatant targets and violent victimization (Bruce, 2006). The main purpose of the terrorism acts is to misuse the media in an attempt to attain maximum achievable publicity and this would act well as an amplifying power multiplier in an attempt to influence the beleaguered audience so as to achieve the midterm and short political goals.
The global community has not been able to formulate a collectively agreed, lawfully binding, and criminal law description and definition of terrorism. This is because this word “terrorism” is emotionally and politically charged. This greatly complicates this complexity of giving a precise definition (David, 2007).
This terrorism concept is controversial because it is usually used by the state authorities in delegitimizing either political or other opponents whereas still potentially legitimizing the use of the armed forces against their opponents by the states themselves (Bruce, 2006). This can be referred to as terror by the people against the state.