Definition of Terrorism

Whilst there may be more than one description of terrorism, Webster's New World Dictionary defines terrorism as an act of terrorizing; use of force or threats to demoralize, intimidate, and subjugate, esp. such use as a political weapon or policy; 2. The demoralization and intimidation produced in this way . The US Department of Justice, 1984, describes it as: Violent criminal conduct apparently intended: (a) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (b) to influence the conduct of a government by intimidation or coercion; or, (c) to affect the conduct of a government by assassination or kidnapping.

Specific acts of Islamic terrorism can be defined as follows:

By Moorthy Muthuswamy, May 2000

Note: This is not a generalization of Islam or its followers. This is about actions of some in the name of Islam to push their own agenda.

It is in the name of Islam, ethnic cleanse and exterminate non-Muslim minorities; treat them as second class citizens in Muslim majority nations, including less equality in the court of law and no or unequal voting rights; imposition of medieval Arabic culture and laws that clearly violate human rights as defined by the United Nations. This also involves indoctrinating Muslim minorities in secular countries into a fight for "self-determination". Such acts include subversion, economic destruction, ethnic cleansing of non-Muslims in Muslim majority areas and selective non-Muslim killings. Furthermore, this comprehensive plan includes acts of demographic genocide such as increasing Muslim population through infiltration and other measures.