To Professor Baxter's chagrin, the words "terror" and "terrorism" i-have been thrown about as well as words such as "criminal," and banditry." I believe that one of the problems that we should face at this time is the definitional approach. We should direct our inquiry to a definitional framework; 'because, this is exactly what has been the problem at the General Assembly of the United Nations, this "politicized throwing about" of conclusionary words without any reference to context or a set of criteria -for a shared definition of what the term means. The definitional approach that I would utilize is a broad approach to the parameters of terrorism. It does not distinguish between systematic acts or acts which are not systematic (i.e., a terroristic process which is instigated by one single act). I do not think the word "systematic" is very useful. Nor does the definition contain words such as "innocent," upon which a broad type of moral or politicized difference of opinion can hinge. Instead it focuses on the terroristic process itself
Paust, Jordan J.
"An Approach To Decision With Regard To Terrorism,"
Akron Law Review: Vol. 7
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