The term terrorism has been used and misused from many different perspectives by many different peoples for many different ends be they political, social or religious. As an “ism,” it has no agreed upon definition, however undoubtedly extreme fear (the meaning of “terror”) is its core element both as a cause as well as an effect. Because fear is a basic human emotion, its abuse is as old as humanity itself. However the modern context has become brutally deadly due to the invention of weapons of mass destruction which have amplified the damage inflicted multifold. The term itself has become a weapon of psychological as well as physical war. The contemporary usage of the term is very specific. Today, terrorism is the cheapest method of waging war. Hence countries are routinely waging proxy wars against each other. Terrorism has become a great weapon for the support of psychological war against countries. Terrorism has a long history which reflects aggressive behavior and a
destructive attitude towards world peace.
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