Meaningful Distinction:

Patrick S. Lasswell Look outward for something to accomplish, not inward for something to despise.
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Friday, June 17, 2005
Towards a Better Definition of Terrorism
I had the misfortune of being subjected to my service's definition of terrorism this last weekend. It was long, meandering, and generally incomprehensible. I will not repeat it here because some of you may be about to operate vehicles or heavy machinery, and I wouldn't want to expose you to a narcolepsy attack. I remarked to a shipmate that the definition was execrable and resolved to do better. Here is what I came up with:

Terrorism: A pious fraud that uses conspicuous acts of violence to steal notoriety unearned by merit or innovation.

I am very interested in improving on this and actively solicit your input. I would really prefer to keep it concise and as simple as possible.
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