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  •  Here's a definition from the Online Dictionary (0+ / 0-)

    ter·ror  (trr)
    n.
    1. Intense, overpowering fear. See Synonyms at fear.
    2. One that instills intense fear: a rabid dog that became the terror of the neighborhood.
    3. The ability to instill intense fear: the terror of jackboots pounding down the street.
    4. Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes.
    5. Informal An annoying or intolerable pest: that little terror of a child.
    [Middle English terrour, from Old French terreur, from Latin terror, from terrre, to frighten.]

    I think it well describes what happened yesterday.

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      4. Violence committed or threatened by a group to intimidate or coerce a population, as for military or political purposes.
      The motive was not to intimidate or coerce. We dont know what the motive was. When a pyromaniac starts setting houses on fire because he thinks its fun, that doesn't make him a terrorist. When ELF starts burning down buildings or torching cars to make a political statement, it would be terrorism. A big, scary crime isn't necessarily terrorism, there needs to be a motive.

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