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Author(s): Scheffler, Thomas
1. The word ‘terror’ (Lat., terror) designates fear and horror, whether or not intended. Terrorism, on the other hand, is a label for strategies that consciously introduce terror in order to reach goals extrinsic to it. It is a matter of a kind of ‘symbolical violence’ or ‘force’ (→ Conflict/Violence). The actual intended objects of terrorism are less the persons directly affected, or their pain, than those in whom the pain or fear of terror inspires its own terror; this result is an ulterior intent in the mi…