Quick Hits

A plea for consistency in applying the ‘terrorism’ label

The ‘T’ word – terrorism – is used everywhere to describe a wide variety of actors and actions, but is it used wisely?

Quick Hits episode 221

We seem to have terrorism on the brain these days. There are innumerable stories about it in the media and we are constantly bombarded with news of the latest attack and the responsible perpetrators. Consequently, the term ‘terrorist’ is applied to all kinds of people and groups by all kinds of commentators for all kinds of reasons. But is this application accurate and consistent?

By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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