According to dictionary.com "The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence by a person or an organized group against people or property with the intention of intimidating or coercing societies or governments, often for ideological or political reasons." Is part of the definition that civilians were targeted? The definition could be used differently depending on what side of the fence you are on. Blowing up a bus because you say it is full of Israelis. Blowing up a car because you say it has a "palestinian suspect" in it. Bombing a restaurant because you think saddam is inside. Sending a plane into the WTC and pentagon. Sending a cruise missle into a palace. Dropping a nuclear bomb on a city. Using chemical weapons on a city. Is a "shock and awe" campaign terrorism? Is its purpose to terrorize into submission? Terrorism is easy to define for people on both sides of the fence. It would go something like this. "Terrorism is what the other side is doing to us". To me none of the above examples would fall very far from what I consider terrorism.