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Nashville explosion: Just what do we mean by ‘terrorism’?

The recent explosion in Nashville has been deemed a ‘suicide bombing’. Was it?

We don’t have a motive and we tend to see suicide bombings as acts of terrorism. Are we using the word terrorism consistently? Borealis looks at ways in which states and individuals twist the term to suit their purposes.

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By Phil Gurski

Phil Gurski is the President and CEO of Borealis Threat and Risk Consulting Ltd. and Director of the National Security programme at the University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (PDI). Phil is a 32-year veteran of CSE and CSIS and the author of six books on terrorism.

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