Although the word terrorism lacks a legally binding, criminal law definition but the term is generally defined as the systematic use of terror especially as means of coercion in the international community. Other common definitions of Terrorism refer only to those violent acts which are intended to create fear (terror) and deliberately target civilians.
Popularized by former USA president George W. Bush the term “War on Terror” finds its roots in the September 11th 2001 attacks on USA after which USA in Coalition with United Kingdom and NATO launched a global campaign against jihadist elements with the prime focus on Al-Qaeda.
A war breaks out when a compilation of reasons agitates another party into fighting back yet the insular views of the retaliator can sometimes work as a catalyst of war. In today’s world our war is against terrorism which has its reasons and roots so strong that it motivated a group of people sitting 11000 kilometers away to declare war against a country and the people of that country who they hardly knew about but considered as oppressors and bringers of hardship on themselves.
11 years of constant fighting has clearly revealed to the world that terrorism cannot be gunned down as suppression generates more aggression, hate and dislike towards a culture that is clearly misunderstood. Going back to the drawing board and sketching out a new policy looks hard especially when it involves listening to what the other party has to say and appreciate our differences, when it involves not only appreciating the differences but accepting them, honoring them and sincerely trying to find a mutual way forward despite the differences. It is hard when it involves pumping funds into economic and literacy development programs in far off countries rather than military research and weapons development but if done so these would be the first few step in the right direction.