Terrorism Quotes

Terrorism is an act designed to terrorize. In its most common usage, it usually refers to a violent act committed by private individuals against civilian targets in order to influence or bring about a certain outcome, usually political in nature.

Terrorism is, in the broadest sense, the use of intentional violence for political or religious purposes. It is used in this regard primarily to refer to violence during peacetime or in the context of war against non-combatants (mostly civilians and neutral military personnel). The terms “terrorist” and “terrorism” originated during the French Revolution of the late 18th century but gained mainstream popularity in the 1970s during the conflicts of Northern Ireland, the Basque Country and Palestine. The increased use of suicide attacks from the 1980s onwards was typified by the September 11 attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C. in 2001.

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As a practicing Muslim, I strongly condemn the brutal atrocities of the ISIL terrorist group. Their actions are a disgrace to the faith they proclaim and are crimes against humanity.M. Fethullah Gulen

A real Muslim cannot be a terrorist.M. Fethullah Gulen

A terrorist cannot be a real Muslim; a real Muslim cannot be a terrorist. – M. Fethullah Gulen

A terrorist might appear from among Muslims, but then he loses the qualities that make him Muslim. – M. Fethullah Gulen

An individual who accepts Islam from the heart will never knowingly take part in terrorism. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Terrorism is among major sins the Qur’an threatens with Hellfire. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Terrorism cannot be a means for any Islamic goal, and a terrorist cannot be a Muslim, nor can a true Muslim be a terrorist. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Terror leads to disaster in this world, and it leads to Hell in the next world. – M. Fethullah Gulen

At places where freedoms do not exist, it is necessary to strive for obtaining these freedoms through democratic ways without resorting to violence whatsoever. – M. Fethullah Gulen

It is a groundless apprehension to seek other things in those who have no thought other than serving people; further than apprehension, it is paranoia! – M. Fethullah Gulen

One of the people in the world I hate the most is Osama bin Laden, because he tarred the bright face of Islam. – M. Fethullah Gulen

One who commits terror cannot stay as Muslim. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Real Muslims have never seen, and cannot see terrorism as a way for solving their problems. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Religion must not be exploited as a political instrument. – M. Fethullah Gulen

A Muslim can not hope to please God by killing humans. Killing humans can not be a means of pleasing God. – M. Fethullah Gulen

In relation to Islam’s stance regarding terrorism, I can assure that Islam, never approves of any kind of terrorism. – M. Fethullah Gulen

They read these texts literally and mostly out of context without examining what precede or follows them. The results are disastrous: they misinterpret their religion and then put this misunderstood religion into practice; consequently they are misguided and they misguide others’. – M. Fethullah Gulen

I have been looking forward to a better world resembling Paradise, where humanity can live in peace and tranquillity. Our world is tired of war and clashes. It direly needs mercy, affection, spiritual well-being, and peace more than air and water. I believe that people in every country are ready for such a world. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Respect different opinions and accept everyone as they are. – M. Fethullah Gulen

The right of an individual cannot be violated in the interest of the community. – M. Fethullah Gulen

Today, I am equally sad for the Israeli children who are under the threat of deadly missiles, as I am sad for the dying Iraqi children. Killing innocent children has no place in our faith. – M. Fethullah Gulen ,  During the first Gulf war. While Saddam was sending missiles to Israeli cities.

Any terrorist activity, no matter who it is committed by and for whatever purpose, is the greatest blow against peace, democracy and humanity. For this reason, terrorist activities can by no means be approved of. Terror cannot be a means for independence, nor a legitimate route to salvation. The recent terrorist activity, which is by far the most bloody and catastrophic to date, is a sabotage against not only the United States of America but also against world peace and the universal democratic and humanistic values. The perpetrators of this act cannot be but the most brutal of all. – M. Fethullah Gulen

I deplore the brutal atrocities being committed by the ISIS terrorist group hiding behind a false religious rhetoric and join the people of conscience from around the world in calling for these perpetrators to immediately cease their cruel and inhuman acts. Any form of attack, suppression or persecution of minorities or innocent civilians is an act that contradicts the principles of the Qur’an and the tradition of our Prophet upon whom be peace and blessings. – M. Fethullah Gulen

The Qur’an, Islam’s sacred Book, declares that one who takes a life unjustly is as if he/she took the lives of all humankind, and that one who saves a life is as if he/she saved the lives of all. – M. Fethullah Gulen

The Qur’anic references for the principle of individuality of crime are well known and even memorized in its original Arabic by many Muslims “No bearer of a burden can bear the burden of another [The Qur’an, Chapters An’am, 6:164; Nahl, 16:15; Fatir, 35:18].”M. Fethullah Gulen

Terror consists mostly of useless cruelties perpetrated by frightened people in order to reassure themselves. – Friedrich Engels

Terrorism [takes] us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic rules of international life. – Jacques Chirac

Terrorism against our nation will not stand. – George W. Bush

Terrorism and extremism bear different names and labels. It uses diverse causes. But in each case, it is driven by distortion of religion and a misguided belief in its power to succeed. – Sushma Swaraj

Terrorism and religious extremism are huge challenges. They go hand in glove. – Asma Jahangir

Terrorism and the refugee crisis have changed the political mood in the West and brought the extreme right to prominence there. – Jamal Khashoggi

Terrorism and trade cannot be the only issues on which the world unites. We must commit ourselves to a global coalition to deal with exclusion, too. – Noreena Hertz

Terrorism as a force is gone. As individuals they are all around and we will continue to look for them. – Hamid Karzai

Terrorism brings the reprisal; the reprisal brings the additional hatred; the additional hatred breeds the additional terrorism, and so on. – Tony Blair

Terrorism can go anywhere where there is not strong government, or government that cannot control its hinterlands. – Robert D. Kaplan

Terrorism can never be accepted. We must fight it together, with methods that do not compromise our respect for the rule of law and human rights, or are used as an excuse for others to do so. – Anna Lindh

Terrorism cannot be isolated from its political, historical, and even social context. – Zbigniew Brzezinski

Terrorism cannot be justified for any reason. The government of Japan reiterates its firm condemnation of atrocious terrorism that victimizes many innocent people. – Yoshinori Katori

Terrorism does not disappear with revenge tactics but through making justice and equality before law a reality. – Asma Jahangir

Terrorism gets people’s attention. – Lowell Bergman

Terrorism gravely threatens international peace and security, and as a solution, the power and apparent finality of force are seductive. – Charles Kennedy

Terrorism grows when there are no other options, and when the center of the global economy is the god of money and not the person – men and women – this is already the first terrorism! – Pope Francis

Terrorism has become a festering wound. It is an enemy of humanity. – Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Terrorism has become the systematic weapon of a war that knows no borders or seldom has a face. – Jacques Chirac

Terrorism has come to publishing. It is a grave concern when criticism is turned to mortal threats. – Sonny Mehta

Terrorism has no nationality or religion. – Vladimir Putin

Terrorism has no religion is a theory, and the religion of terrorism is a real threat and practical thing. – Satyendra Singh ‘Shyamal

Terrorism has no religion, terrorists have no religion and they are friends of no religion. – Manmohan Singh

Terrorism has once again shown it is prepared deliberately to stop at nothing in creating human victims. An end must be put to this. As never before, it is vital to unite forces of the entire world community against terror. – Vladimir Putin

Terrorism has replaced Communism as the rationale for the militarization of the country [America], for military adventures abroad, and for the suppression of civil liberties at home. It serves the same purpose, serving to create hysteria. – Howard Zinn

Terrorism in the country will not be tolerated at any cost. – Amit Shah

Terrorism is a big danger to Pakistan’s independence. We will fight this danger for the sake of independence of Pakistan and will defeat it at all levels. – Shaukat Aziz

Terrorism is a biological consequence of the multinationals, just as a day of fever is the reasonable price of an effective vaccine . . . The conflict is between great powers, not between demons and heroes. Unhappily, therefore, is the nation that finds the heroes underfoot, especially if they still think in religious terms and involve the population in their bloody ascent to an uninhabited paradise. – Umberto Eco

Terrorism is a crime against the mind. We win by refusing fear. – Bruce Schneier

Terrorism is a decentralized phenomenon – in its funding, planning, and execution. – Richard N. Haass

Terrorism is a form of psychological warfare. Most terrorist groups lack the resources, expertise and manpower to defeat state actors. Instead, they promote their agenda through violence that shapes perceptions of political and social issues. – Arie Perliger

Terrorism is a global challenge demanding a global answer. – Louis Michel

Terrorism is a horrible thing that is the great threat to civilization on our planet. – Walter Isaacson

Terrorism is a persistent and evolving global menace. No country is immune. – Antonio Guterres

Terrorism is a principal preoccupation in most of our international contacts. – Shashi Tharoor

Terrorism is a psychological warfare. Terrorists try to manipulate us and change our behavior by creating fear, uncertainty, and division in society. – Patrick J. Kennedy

Terrorism is a real despair. These are people for whom life has been so negative that they’re willing to die if they can take down some of their enemies. – John Shelby Spong

Terrorism is a significant threat to peace and security, prosperity and people. – Ban Ki-moon

Terrorism is about magnifying one mediagenic act of violence into one hundred billion acts of terrorized authoritarian idiocy. – Cory Doctorow

Terrorism is actually a very expensive business. – Loretta Napoleoni

Terrorism is always one bad day away from being issue No. 1. – John Avlon

Terrorism is an evil that threatens all the countries in Europe. Vigorous cooperation in the European Union and worldwide is crucial in order to meet this evil head on. – Jan Peter Balkenende

Terrorism is an immediate problem that people are very concerned about, and I am as concerned about that as anyone else. But it isn’t an either or situation. – David Attenborough

Terrorism is coming. I told the Americans a long time before Aug 2 (the day in 1990 when Iraq invaded Kuwait) and told the British as well… that in the future there will be terrorism with weapons of mass destruction. – Saddam Hussein

Terrorism is contempt for human dignity. – Kjell Magne Bondevik

Terrorism is escalating to the point that Americans soon may have to choose between civil liberties and more intrusive means of protection. – William S. Cohen

Terrorism is everywhere. You think of the tribal terrorism of some African countries. – Pope Francis

Terrorism is global and can come from even remote countries. – Narendra Modi

Terrorism is in good part an effective government propaganda; it serves to deflect attention from governmental abuse toward a mostly imagined, highly dangerous outside enemy. – Mark Poster

Terrorism is just a whole other level of anger management issues. – Thisuri Wanniarachchi

Terrorism is like jujitsu: The small players win if they make the large player use his strength against himself. – Joseph Nye

Terrorism is not a matter that can be left to law enforcement, with its deliberative process, built-in delays, and safeguards that may let the prisoner go free on procedural grounds. – George P. Shultz

Terrorism is not a public health threat, relative to cancer and heart disease and malaria and so forth. – George M. Church

Terrorism is not a small problem. – Sylvie Guillem

Terrorism is not an expression of rage. Terrorism is a political weapon. Remove a government’s facade of infallibility, and you remove its people’s faith. – Dan Brown

Terrorism is not new to black people. – Vernon Jordan

Terrorism is not related to Islam. – Ghostface Killah

Terrorism is not something that is being conducted in dark corners of Pakistan. It’s done in broad daylight. – Subrahmanyam Jaishankar

Terrorism is nothing new. Lots of terrorist attacks are nothing new, but we pay a lot more attention to them today. – Daniel Byman

Terrorism is our common enemy. If the Iraq war is a part of the war on terror, we cannot combat terrorism with terrorism. – Din Syamsuddin

Terrorism is perpetrated by individuals and cannot be blamed on any one religion, be it Sikhism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, or Christianity. – Jagmeet Singh

Terrorism is resorted to for practical reasons because there is no other tool available. And those who use terrorism, and then subsequently become the targets of terrorism, understand its power and how difficult it is to counter it. Not just militarily. But especially in terms of international perception. – Jonathan Powell

Terrorism is simply the weapon by which the weak engage the strong. – Ted Koppel

Terrorism is tempting with its tremendous possibilities. It offers a mechanical solution, as it were, in hopeless situations…. the principles of terrorism unavoidably rebound to the fatal injury of liberty and revolution. Absolute power corrupts and defeats its partisans no less than its opponents. A people that knows not liberty becomes accustomed to dictatorship: fighting despotism and counter-revolution, terrorism itself becomes their efficient school. Once on the road of terrorism, the State necessarily becomes estranged from the people. – Alexander Berkman

Terrorism is the intentional use of, or threat to use violence against civilians or against civilian targets, in order to attain political aims. – Boaz Ganor

Terrorism is the preferred weapon of weak and evil men. – Ronald Reagan

Terrorism is the price of empire. If you do not wish to pay the price, you must give up the empire. – Pat Buchanan

Terrorism is the symptom, not the disease. – Arundhati Roy

Terrorism is the tactic of demanding the impossible, and demanding it at gunpoint. – Christopher Hitchens

Terrorism is the use of indiscriminate violence for political ends. It has a logic, even if it is one we mostly do not care to understand. – Jonathan Cook

Terrorism is the vanguard of a general revenge against the West’s wealth. – Rene Girard

Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich. – Peter Ustinov

Terrorism is what we call the violence of the weak, and we condemn it; war is what we call the violence of the strong, and we glorify it. – Sydney J. Harris

Terrorism is you winning hearts and minds of people. – Imran Khan

‘Terrorism’ itself is not an objective term or legitimate object of study, but was conceived of as a highly politicized instrument and has been used that way ever since. – Glenn Greenwald

Terrorism itself is not the greatest danger we face, – Robert Reich

Terrorism knows no boundaries and doesn’t respect nations’ sovereignties. – Rajnath Singh

Terrorism must be outlawed by all civilized nations — not explained or rationalized, but fought and eradicated. Nothing can, nothing will justify the murder of innocent people and helpless children. – Elie Wiesel

Terrorism needs to be de-legitimized in the way that slavery has been. Doing so will make governments and individuals think twice before becoming a party to terrorism; it should also make it less difficult to garner support for international action against those who nevertheless carry it out. – Richard N. Haass

Terrorism needs to be fought against and certainly delegitimized or attacked, but some of the underlying grievances that might in fact lead individuals astray to terrorism cannot be ignored. – John O. Brennan

Terrorism poses a challenge to the remarkable record of globalization, … I trust that we will go forward expeditiously with the pending new trade round. The differences to be resolved in such talks are small relative to the larger issue of maintaining our freedoms to travel and trade on a global scale. – Alan Greenspan

Terrorism seems to be the ugly twin of democracy. We need to learn to live with it because we are vulnerable to it. – Jonathan Powell

Terrorism set up by reformers may be just as bad as Government terrorism, and it is often worse because it draws a certain amount of false sympathy. – Mahatma Gandhi

Terrorism should be seen in the light of the country’s security and not from the narrow perspective of caste, creed and religion. – Oscar Fernandes

Terrorism takes us back to ages we thought were long gone if we allow it a free hand to corrupt democratic societies and destroy the basic rules of international life. – Jacques Chirac

Terrorism thrives when the gap between the ‘haves’ and ‘have nots’ becomes so wide and when the ‘have nots’ reach the point of such desperation, pain, and agony that they have nothing to lose. – Mark Goulston

Terrorism tramples upon any rights and freedoms and generates fear and hatred; it is an obstacle to efforts at improving our world. – Dmitry Medvedev

Terrorism will never cease in a country where the so called leaders are criminals and terrorists in disguise. – Michael Bassey Johnson

Terrorism will spill over if you don’t speak up. – Malala Yousafzai

Terrorism works better as a tactic for dictatorships, or for would-be dictators, than for revolutionaries. – Christopher Hitchens

Terrorism, as a whole, is – I don’t want to say ‘taboo,’ but it is a very emotional subject. – Bill Goldberg

Terrorism, ladies and gentlemen, in my eyes I have a very, very, very simple explanation. Gangs of criminals, killers, used unfortunately by certain governments in the past for political purposes, who are on their own now as gangs. – Hamid Karzai

Terrorism, like viruses, is everywhere. There is a global perfusion of terrorism, which accompanies any system of domination as though it were its shadow, ready to activate itself anywhere, like a double agent. – Jean Baudrillard

Terrorism, to me, is the use of terror for political purpose, and terror is indiscriminate murder of civilians to make a political point. – Al Franken

Terrorism, too, must be excised wherever it exists, which will take years, and which can’t happen without the total commitment and the everyday involvement of the American people. – David Hackworth

Terrorism, War & Bankruptcy are caused by the privatization of money, issued as a debt and compounded by interest. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Terrorism’: the word that means nothing, yet justifies everything. – Glenn Greenwald

Terrorists and terrorism cannot be eliminated any more than we can rid the world of disease. There will always be those who will resort to force against innocent men, women, and children in pursuit of political goals. – Richard N. Haass

Terrorists are like zebras; those having more white stripes than black are good terrorists, those with more black stripes than white are bad ones. – Shahid Hussain Raja

Terrorists are not following Islam. Killing people and blowing up people and dropping bombs in places and all this is not the way to spread the word of Islam. So people realize now that all Muslims are not terrorists. – Muhammad Ali

Terrorists have no religion, belief, or race. Having been a target of a number of terrorist attacks myself, I personally empathize with the victims of terrorism and appreciate their need for protection. – Sheikh Hasina

Terrorists regard themselves as a vanguard. They’re trying to mobilize others to their cause. I mean, every specialist on terrorism knows that. – Noam Chomsky

Terrorism Quotes

A “war against terrorism” is an impracticable conception if it means fighting terrorism with terrorism. – John Mortimer

A big challenge in combating terrorism is learning how to think about things that we can’t imagine. – Ivo Daalder

A broad base of knowledge is critically important to our ability to investigate terrorism. – Raymond Kelly

A central claim of the Bush administration’s foreign policy is that the spread of democracy in the Middle East is the cure for terrorism. – Timothy Garton Ash

A particularly beautiful woman is a source of terror. As a rule, a beautiful woman is a terrible disappointment. – Carl Jung

A self-governing people cannot shrink from facing the reality of terrorism. There are perpetrators to catch, victims to mourn, and survivors to help. And large majorities of the public want to be informed when a probable terrorist attack is perpetrated inside a major Western city. Unfortunately, the very act of publicizing an act of terrorism cannot help but advance the ends of terrorists, who try to generate as much media attention as possible to stoke fear. That tension ought to inform coverage of terrorist attacks more than it does. – Conor Renier Friedersdorf

A war against terrorism is an impracticable conception if it means fighting terrorism with terrorism. – John Mortimer

Action cures fear, inaction creates terror. – Douglas Horton

Afghanistan and Iraq were lumped together in what was called a ‘global war on terrorism.’ – Richard Engel

Afghanistan must never again be a safe haven for terrorism. – Julia Gillard

After every terrorist outrage there is a renewed commitment from political leaders to defeat terrorism. But the underlying truth is that terrorism is self-defeating. It suffers the paradox of all forms of outrage: the more of it there is, the less effective it becomes. And for much of the world, terrorism is becoming normalised: it is part of the texture of contemporary life. – Fintan O’Toole

After Sept. 11, there was a reticence and worrying about films that touched on war, and even more on terrorism. – Gillian Armstrong

After the 9/11 incidents, Islam has become a big question mark among westerners, especially Americans. The mass media constantly raise the issue of relationship between Islam and terrorism. – Abdolkarim Soroush

Air travel survived decades of terrorism, including attacks which resulted in the deaths of everyone on the plane. It survived 9/11. It’ll survive the next successful attack. The only real worry is that we’ll scare ourselves into making air travel so onerous that we won’t fly anymore. – Bruce Schneier

Airport security is a particular bugbear. At the risk of sounding like a grumpy old man, while I can see that averting terrorism is manifestly important, the measures taken seem, simultaneously, absurd. – James Purefoy

All acts of terrorism – all killings of the innocent – are an abomination, and one that is made all the worse when the victims are chosen for their skin color, ethnicity, sexuality or religious beliefs. – Max Boot

All attempts to destroy democracy by terrorism will fail. It must be business as usual. – Margaret Thatcher

All civilised countries should unite in the fight against international terrorism. – Vladimir Putin

All fanaticism is repressed doubt. – Carl Jung

All Iraqis can unite to defeat terrorism and can unite to rebuild the country. – Ahmed Chalabi

All terrorism is theater. – Raymond Kelly

All terrorists are men. This is a problem with toxic masculinity. Way more of the terrorists are men than (claim to be) muslim. – Sofie Hagen

All thinking people oppose terrorism both domestic & international but one should not be used to cover the other. – Amiri Baraka

All we talk about is ‘Islamic terrorism.’ If the two words are associated for long enough it’s obviously going to have an effect on how people think about Muslims. – Samantha Power

Almost everybody thinks that the fight is about ideology. Everybody will tell you, ‘Well, the fighting is all about the Middle East.’ ‘Well, it’s about Muslims starting jihad.’ ‘It’s about terrorism.’ ‘It’s about this or that.’ And no, it’s not. It’s about money. – Roger Waters

Although police terrorism plays a specific role on behalf of the state, it is not the totality of what state violence looks like or feels like in our communities. – Alicia Garza

America is so afraid of terror and terrorism to the point that they don’t allow people to move around freely and see what they wish to see. I really wish to see the whole of America, if it is possible. – Muammar al-Gaddafi

American credibility in the war on terrorism depends on a strong stand against all terrorist acts, whether committed by foe or friend. – Arlen Specter

American farmers, by making the commitment to grow more corn for ethanol, are at the top of the spear on the war against terrorism. – James Woolsey

An escalating, violent tit-for-tat may lead to terrorism. – Mary Douglas

An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind. – Mahatma Gandhi

An honest observer of the evolution of conditions in Egypt would discover that terrorism is an alien phenomenon, strange to our values and heritage. – Hosni Mubarak

And finally, let me just say it is a fact that not every city can dedicate resources to terrorism. – Vito Fossella

And given that there’s been probably a ten-fold amount of information about terrorism through the media than there has about climate change; I think that’s quite an interesting statistic. – Peter Garrett

And it is essential that in fighting terrorism, sacrifices should not be made on democracy. – Bulent Ecevit

And there will continue to be a specific threat, and there will continue to be terrorism, as there has been for as long as human history exists. – Ted Koppel

Anti-terrorism is a fight between justice and evil, civilization and savagery. – Tang Jiaxuan

Any power must be an enemy of mankind which enslaves the individual by terror or force, whether it arises under a facets government or communist flag. All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded to the individual. – Albert Einstein

Any terrorism is an attack on libertarian values. – P.J. O’Rourke

Anyone who is considering carrying out such threats should bear in mind the U.S. government’s determination to bring to justice anyone who commits acts of terrorism against U.S. citizens anywhere in the world. – James Rubin

Anyone who supports terrorism, anyone who sees terrorism as a legitimate means, anyone who uses terrorism to cause the death of innocent people is a terrorist in my eyes. – Milos Zeman

Anyone with a gun can go out and commit an act of terrorism, even without a political affiliation. – Aaron McGruder

Are terrorists going to be deterred — are terrorists going to be scared if we react violently? No. They love it. That’s what they dote on. They dote on violence. They dote on having more reasons to commit more terrorism. – Howard Zinn

As a nation we should commit ourselves not only to the fight against terrorism, but to economic justice, defeat of the AIDS epidemic and vestiges of discriminatory policies of all kinds. – Charles B. Rangel

As has been the case throughout the history of terrorism, government anxiety centres on what to do about those against whom there may be intelligence but no usable evidence. – Dominic Grieve

As long as there are people who are not happy with their lot in life, as long as the United States is perceived to somehow be the cause of this unhappiness, there will be terrorism. – Cofer Black

As long as you persecute people, you will actually throw up terrorism. – Antonia Fraser

As strong as the United States is, we can’t deal with terrorism alone. – Madeleine Albright

As the war on terrorism spreads and prolongs, the fruits of ending the threat of terrorism around the world will be tempered with a whole new series of problems to be addressed and resolved. – Charles Bass

As we grieve for the victims of recent terrorist attacks, we must shift to new ways of thinking to help us tackle the most brutal terrorist violence of modern times. We are in this for the long haul, so our new approach must be above party politics. If it is to succeed, it requires the type of long-term strategic thinking and leadership that many politicians and community leaders have dodged for years. Most difficult for many, this must include rigorous analysis and honesty about past mistakes — including the occasional major failure. – Nigel Hall 

As we talk with candour, we open the doors to new possibilities and new areas of cooperation in advance in democracy, in combating terrorism, in energy and environment, science and technology and international peacekeeping. – Atal Bihari Vajpayee

At least in Russia, you cannot just go and tap into someone’s phone conversation without a warrant issued by court. That’s more or less the way a civilized society should go about fighting terrorism. – Vladimir Putin

At the national level, I don’t know how to describe a threat to destroy Country A in order to punish Country B other than to call it state terrorism. – Barry Eisler

At the NYPD, a judge doesn’t need to sign off on opening up an investigation into a mosque as a terrorism organization. The oversight is internal. – Matt Apuzzo

At times one feels that what is being said in the West is that the fact that you are a Muslim predisposes you to this blind, stupid terrorism. – Lakhdar Brahimi

Barack Obama says that we need to be humble toward terrorism. Yet he is the one we have been waiting for. That is humble? – Evan Sayet

Bathtub falls and police officers kill more Americans than terrorism, yet we’ve been asked to sacrifice our most sacred rights for fear of falling victim to it. – Edward Snowden

Because our homeland and very survival are once more at stake, the American people can’t afford to treat this new war against terrorism like they did Vietnam. – David Hackworth

Before 9/11, absolutely, there were concerns about terrorism; but the world fundamentally changed. – Richard Fadden

Before September 11, terrorism was viewed as something ugly but you lived with it. – Paul Wolfowitz

Behind mass immigration, there is terrorism. – Marine Le Pen

Both terrorism and insurance sell fear — and business is business. – Liam McCurry

Bottom line is, you’re not going to win the war against terrorism without the help of Muslims… as well as Hindus and a lot of other groups. That’s a no-brainer. Many attacks have been thwarted because of information coming from people of different faiths. – Andre Carson

But it then very soon became clear that the response of a war against terrorism, initially conceived of in a metaphorical sense, began to be taken increasingly seriously and came to entail waging a real war. – Ulrich Beck

But there’s one thing we must all be clear about: terrorism is not the pursuit of legitimate goals by some sort of illegitimate means. Whatever the murderers may be trying to achieve, creating a better world certainly isn’t one of their goals. Instead they are out to murder innocent people. – Salman Rushdie

Calling for stronger security in the context of terrorism is a mistake. I think it is a mistake because the implication is that it is the government’s responsibility to solve the problem. The government can’t defend all these networks. – Paul Kurtz

Can “idiosyncratic” acts of violence that have no further purpose be terrorism? Walter Sinnott-Armstrong suggests that a person who “bombs buses simply in order to terrify people” could be considered a terrorist. I don’t think that we do or should view such acts as terrorism. While “idiosyncratic” perpetrators of violence like the bus bomber may mimic terrorist techniques, their actions flow from individual goals or pathology and thus differ from paradigmatic cases of terrorism. Like war, terrorism is a political phenomenon and is typically carried out by organized groups rather than individuals. When two men killed ten people in the Washington, D.C. area in 2002, their sniper attacks terrorized the city for weeks. Because these killings were not connected to a political agenda, the men were not referred to as terrorists. While we could broaden the definition to include such cases, this would not help to clarify our thinking about terrorism. – Stephen Nathanson, Terrorism and the Ethics of War

Can a nation use the methods of terrorism? Can it harm innocent civilians in the process? What are the costs? Where is the line? – Ronen Bergman

CBS news anchor Dan Rather has interviewed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein. When asked what it was like to talk to a crazy man, Saddam said, It’s not so bad. – Conan O’Brien

Certainly in a world where terrorism is a daily reality in the news, it’s easy for people to be afraid. But the fact is that we laid out very clearly – and Canadians get – that it’s actually not a choice between either immigration or security: that of course they go together. – Justin Trudeau

Certainly, the fight against terrorism is a legitimate fight. And certainly whoever commits terrorism should be brought to justice. – Shirin Ebadi

Civil liberties are more important than this terrorism thing they’re trying to sell us. – Tom Hoffman

Civilization is maintained by a very few people in a small number of places and we need only some bombs and a few prisons to blot it out altogether. – Cyril Connolly

Clearly, the response to terrorism and violent extremism must respect human rights and comply with international law. That is not just a question of justice but of effectiveness. – Antonio Guterres

Climate change isn’t out biggest problem. It’s Islamic terrorism. – Harold Hamm

Confronted with the choice, the American people would choose the policeman’s truncheon over the anarchist’s bomb. – Spiro T. Agnew

CONSENSUS TERRORISM:The process that decides in- office attitudes and behavior. – Douglas Coupland

Contrary to what many people believe, terrorism is actually a very expensive business. – Loretta Napoleoni

Cross-burning is a domestic act of terrorism. It’s been classified as such. – Ron Stallworth

Cyber terrorism could also become more attractive as the real and virtual worlds become more closely coupled, with automobiles, appliances, and other devices attached to the Internet. – Dorothy Denning

Cyber will be part of any future conflict — whether it’s a nation state or terrorism, – Cofer Black

Death has but one terror, that it has no tomorrow. – Eric Hoffer

Death is only a byproduct of terrorism. – Dan Brown

Democracies are poor breeding grounds for terrorism and war. – Adam Schiff

Democracy is necessary to peace and to undermining the forces of terrorism. – Benazir Bhutto

Democracy is stronger than terrorism, and we will not cower to the terrorists’ campaign of fear. – John Doolittle

Demoralize the enemy from within by surprise, terror, sabotage, assassination. This is the war of the future. – Adolf Hitler

Depicting a terrorist act in a film isn’t going to incite terrorism. – Sydney Pollack

Despite fearful rhetoric to the contrary, terrorism is not a transcendent threat. A terrorist attack cannot possibly destroy our country’s way of life; it’s only our reaction to that attack that can do that kind of damage. – Bruce Schneier

Despite living in this post-9/11 age of transnational terrorism, the risk of death during air travel has plummeted to the point where we now measure it in the ‘per billions’ of passengers. – Thomas P.M. Barnett

Discrimination was a problem before terrorism. Now, the bad deeds of a few people have made life worse for millions. – Pamela Druckerman

Do we fear terrorism so much that we throw out our Constitution, and are we unwilling and afraid to debate our Constitution? – Rand Paul

Does Hollywood do movies about terrorism? Yeah. And why do they do that? Because it sells. – Faran Tahir

Domestic terrorism has opened new war zones, operating off the assumption that all Americans are potential terrorists. – Henry Giroux

Earnestness is good; it means business. But fanaticism overdoes, and is consequently reactionary. – Charles Spurgeon

Ecoterrorism is terrorism against the environment. – Paul Watson

Elected president of the Republic, I would immediately, and with no hesitation, carry out the battle plan against Islamist terrorism and against judicial laxity. – Marine Le Pen

Empire breeds terrorism. – Pat Buchanan

Enough of this occupation, terror and abuse. We are not in need of your help. We are able to combat and defeat terrorism, and achieve unity. We are not in need of your bases, your experience and etc. – Muqtada al Sadr

Environmental pollution, terrorism, and many other global threats do not stop at borders. We all bear global responsibility and thus need a global identity to enable us to cope with them. We must learn to integrate different levels of identity in ourselves. What matters is not either/or, but both/and. – Klaus Schwab

Europe has a long and tragic history of mostly domestic terrorism. – Gijs de Vries

Europe has looked at terrorism differently since the attacks in London, even if the terrorism we’re experiencing is fundamentally different from that in Israel. – Francois Gere

Evangelicals and conservatives are voting as Americans and are voting to save our nation to control immigration, to stop terrorism, to bring jobs back to the country. – Jerry Falwell, Jr.

Even though some in our government may claim that civil liberties must be compromised in order to protect the public, we must be wary of what we are giving up in the name of fighting terrorism. – Lucille Roybal-Allard

Even though the moniker ‘Vanilla ISIS’ is tongue in cheek, it is a reminder to avoid constantly framing the concept of terrorism through an Islam-centric lens. – Ibrahim Hooper

Every country is under an imperative to deal with terrorism, including terrorism masquerading as freedom fighting, – Jack Straw

Every leader, and every regime, and every movement, and every organization that steps across the line to terrorism must be banished from the discourse of civilized human life. – Alan Keyes

Every lethal terrorist attack in the United States since 9/11 has been carried out by an American citizen or a legal permanent resident, not by recent immigrants or by refugees. So tamping down immigration won’t fix the real issue, which is ‘homegrown’ terrorism. – Peter Bergen

Every time we can’t drill a well in America, terrorism is being funded. Every onerous regulation puts American lives at risk. – Harold Hamm

Everybody’s worried about stopping terrorism. Well, there’s a really easy way: stop participating in it. – Noam Chomsky

Expecting a carjacker or rapist or drug pusher to care that his possession or use of a gun is unlawful is like expecting a terrorist to care that his car bomb is taking up two parking spaces. – Anon

Extremists and populist movements are exploiting people’s fear of those who are not like us. We can see the consequences in the form of terrorism and racially motivated violence. – Kjell Magne Bondevik

Extremists have shown what frightens them most. A girl with a book. – Malala Yousafzai

Fanatical religion driven to a certain point is almost as bad as none at all, but not quite. – Will Rogers

Fanaticism and terrorism have no place in Islam. – Feisal Abdul Rauf

Fanaticism consists in redoubling your effort when you have forgotten your aim. – George Santayana

Fanaticism is a monster that pretends to be the child of religion. – Voltaire

Fanaticism is governed by imagination rather than judgment. – Harriet Beecher Stowe

Fanaticism must be put to sleep before it can be eradicated. – Napoleon Bonaparte

Fanaticism soberly defined, is the false fire of an over heated mind. – William Cowper

Fanaticism, to which men are so much inclined, has always served not only to render them more brutalized but more wicked. – Voltaire

Fascism is fascism. Terrorism is terrorism. Oppression is oppression. – Harry Belafonte

Fear can only prevail when victims are ignorant of the facts. – Thomas Jefferson

Fighting a war on terrorism is like fighting against crime. We can never hope to eradicate crime, so we shouldn’t bother fighting it. – Craig Bruce

Fighting terrorism is like being a goalkeeper. You can make a hundred brilliant saves but the only shot that people remember is the one that gets past you. – Paul Wilkinson

Fighting terrorism is not unlike fighting a deadly cancer. It can’t be treated just where it’s visible – every diseased cell in the body must be destroyed. – David Hackworth

Following a terrorist attack, governments are under enormous pressure to identify the guilty party and offer a swift response. But how can officials punish wrongdoers and deter others from engaging in terrorist attacks when they never know for sure who the culprit is? – Gary LaFree

For decades, I have watched neoconservatives paint those who oppose their interventionism as appeasers of dictators standing in solidarity with socialists, soft on Russia, naive about terrorism, lacking moral clarity and unappreciative of America’s unique role in the world. – Ro Khanna

For people involved in pre-meditated crimes, whether it is terrorism or robbery or something else, their use of technology means that they leave a digital trail, and the room for error goes up dramatically. In the future, it will be easier for violent people to make mistakes and get caught before they commit their crimes. – Jared Cohen

For the FBI and for the United States, the war on terrorism is a complex and perplexing issue. It is as complex and perplexing as any issue we have ever faced. – Robert Mueller

For years, members of Congress have heard from constituents who want them to protect the nation from crime, terrorism and intellectual property violation. They have not faced equally robust demands that online rights and freedoms be preserved. – Rebecca MacKinnon

Foreign policy is inseparable from domestic policy now. Is terrorism foreign policy or domestic policy? It’s both. It’s the same with crime, with the economy, climate change. – David Miliband

From Jewish terrorism against Arabs it is a short step to Jewish terrorism against Jews. – David Ben-Gurion

From the cave of Bethlehem there rises today an urgent appeal to the world not to yield to mistrust, suspicion and discouragement, even though the tragic reality of terrorism feeds uncertainties and fears. – John Paul

Geopolitical interests are behind the so-called war on drugs and terrorism. – Evo Morales

Global terrorism is extreme both in its lack of realistic goals and in its cynical exploitation of the vulnerability of complex systems. – Jurgen Habermas

Global terrorism threatens every region. – Antonio Guterres

Gun control? We need bullet control! I think every bullet should cost 5,000 dollars. Because if a bullet cost five thousand dollar, we wouldn’t have any innocent bystander. – Chris Rock

Hate speech is a specie of terrorism. – Yemi Osinbajo

He understands that because he’s a Muslim and this involves terrorism a lot people presume he’s guilty. – Steve Hartman

He who announces himself party to their alliance is a ‘democrat’, while he who opposes their methods in the fight against terrorism is a ‘terrorist’. I am making these comments to all free people in the world, aiming to wake up the conscience in humanity. The sword of democracy is only unsheathed against those who raise the flag of Islam. – Mohamed Mahdi

Here’s the thing you got to remember: I don’t believe that the breakpoint is terrorism. I believe… the breakpoint is Sharia. – Paul Nehlen

‘Hindu terrorism’ is not even a word. By linking Hindu with terrorism, Congress has disrespected the country’s culture, tradition, and legacy. It should apologise to the nation. – Yogi Adityanath

His discourse was extreme — he accused Bush of terrorism — but his contributions showed that he could force a run-off. – Patricio Navia

How can you have a war on terrorism when war itself is terrorism? – Howard Zinn

How come there’s no terrorism with humor, which is a great way to humiliate your enemy? It’s a great time for that. – John Waters

How do you defeat terrorism? Don’t be terrorized. – Salman Rushdie

However, this presumed connection between suicide terrorism and Islamic fundamentalism is misleading and maybe encouraging domestic and foreign policies that are likely to worsen America’s situation. – Robert Pape

Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates huge inequalities. – Pope Francis

Humans have changed little over time. We think we’ve invented the modern world but they were making better speeches 2,000 years ago and grappling with issues of empire and terrorism. – Robert Harris

I am convinced that military action will not prevent further acts of international terrorism against the United States. – Barbara Lee

I am one who believes that we are, in fact, engaged in a worldwide war against terrorism. We must have the serenity to accept the fact that war is not going to go away if we ignore it. – Robert Foster Bennett

I am politically incorrect, that’s true. Political correctness to me is just intellectual terrorism. I find that really scary, and I won’t be intimidated into changing my mind. Everyone isn’t going to love you all the time. – Mel Gibson

I am ready to debate how we fight terrorism without giving up our liberty. – Rand Paul

I believe terrorism cannot be won over by military action. Terrorism must be condemned in the strongest language. We must stand solidly against it, and find all the means to end it. We must address the root causes of terrorism to end it for all time to come. – Muhammad Yunus

I believe that the war against terrorism and the war against poverty in these times of turmoil go together. So you – when you fight one, you have to fight the other. – Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

I believe that work can be done on security; in combating terrorism in Mexico we have done our part in this area. But at the same time, the world must continue working. – Vicente Fox

I believe we’re stronger when we speak loudly and unapologetically for human rights; when we stand with our allies against common threats like terrorism, radicalization, and poverty; and when we unite to prevent the world’s most dangerous regimes from acquiring the world’s deadliest weapons. – Ted Deutch

I can’t separate the fight with terrorism and the fight against global warming. These are two big global challenges we have to face up to because we have to leave our children more than a world free of terror; we also owe them a planet protected from catastrophes. – Francois Hollande

I certainly don’t advocate terrorism as a way of progressing and understanding people, nor do I believe labeling everything as a terrorist act is helpful either. – Hugo Weaving

I condemn any form of terrorism and especially the terrorism that would affect my country and me. – Karan Johar

I condemn everyone and anyone who commits acts of terrorism. And Hamas has committed acts of terrorism. – Feisal Abdul Rauf

I consider Bush’s decision to call for a war against terrorism a serious mistake. He is elevating these criminals to the status of war enemies, and one cannot lead a war against a network if the term war is to retain any definite meaning. – Jurgen Habermas

I continue to be convinced that this is the wrong war at the wrong time, … The threat from Iraq is not imminent and it will distract America from the two more immediate threats to our security: the clear and present danger of terrorism and the crisis with North Korea. – Edward Kennedy

I distracted myself from the fear and terrorism by thinking about things like how the universe began and whether time travel is possible. – Malala Yousafzai

I do not believe in terrorism, violence, destruction, murder, pre-emption, or War. – Rosanne Cash

I do not regard killing or assassination or terrorism as good in any circumstances whatsoever. – Mahatma Gandhi

I do take the threat of terrorism seriously. You cannot eliminate that threat or diminish that threat by bombing a country. – Howard Zinn

I don’t believe in inevitability. But I think it’s pretty close to being inevitable…Yes, I think it’s probably a near thing. – Michael Scheuer

I don’t support terrorism and never have. As a Sri Lankan that fled war and bombings, my music is the voice of the civilian refugee. – M.I.A.

I don’t want to constantly be writing about terrorism and strife. – Lawrence Wright

I don’t worry about terrorism. I was married for two years. – Sam Kinison

I fight terrorism as if there was no peace process, and I negotiate the peace process as if there was no terrorism. – Juan Manuel Santos

I found a religion that blended scientific reason with spiritual reality in a unifying faith far removed from the headlines of violence, destruction and terrorism. – Cat Stevens

I frankly don’t think it’s going to be a successful war on terrorism until law enforcement agencies like the FBI are willing to share with other law enforcement agencies. If they can’t share information, there’s no way this war can be won. – Patty Hearst

I full well realize that politics is a rough and tumble business, but politics should not be reduced to lobbing partisan hand grenades. Politics is not war. Terrorism is. – Pat Roberts

I fully support the teaching and worship of Islam in the military, but I think it is common sense that the groups in charge of vetting people don’t have links to terrorism and are fundamentally pluralistic, – Charles Schumer

I grew up in the South under segregation. So, I know what terrorism feels like – when your father could be taken out in the middle of the night and lynched just because he didn’t look like he was in an obeying frame of mind when a white person said something he must do. I mean, that’s terrorism, too. – Alice Walker

I have been asked about terrorism many times, and each time I speak as clearly as I can. – Jagmeet Singh

I heard an Israeli speaking on Palestinian human rights issues, an interesting guy, and he said ‘There’s no military solution to terrorism. If there were, Israel would be the safest place in the world. But there’s no military solution.’ – Bradley Whitford

I know one or two things about fanaticism and death, and I reject them. – Amos Oz

I know terrorism is real. And I know fear of it distorts public judgment. Terrorism is like a chronic illness. We have to learn to contain it and live with it. – Yochai Benkler

I never call it an insurgency. I call it terrorism. – Hamid Karzai

I opposed the war in Iraq because I did not believe it was in our national security interest, and I still don’t. What we [America] did was akin to taking a baseball bat to a beehive. Our primary security threat right now is terrorism —and by doing what we did in Iraq, we’ve managed to alienate a good part of the world and most of the allies whose intelligence and other help we need to combat and defeat terrorism. – Jerry Springer

I really believe that carpet-bombing, bombing civilian populations, is a form of terror – it’s state terror as opposed to vigilante terrorism. – Hamza Yusuf

I really believe the nexus of terrorism and nuclear weapons is the world’s most ominous threat. – Valerie Plame

I say if you fight terrorism, it’s based in fear, but if you promote peace, it’s based on hope. – Greg Mortenson

I think a cyber-terrorism attack is overblown, though the threat exists. I think al Qaeda and other groups are more interested in symbolic terrorism, like what they did to the World Trade Center – suicide bombers or something that really has an effect and is meaningful to people. – Kevin Mitnick

I think food and education will help stem the poverty of the young people who are being drawn into terrorism every day. – Marcy Kaptur

I think that fanaticism is terrific. As long as you don’t have to live with it. Oh, yes, nobody should marry a writer. – Cynthia Ozick

I think that in our society we use the word ‘terrorism’ a lot – individuals throw the word around a lot without carefully considering it. – Marshall Curry

I think the American people believe in stopping and preventing terrorism pretty much at any cost. – Monica Crowley

I think the debate in our society now is that people have to agree on zero-tolerance to terrorism. – Abdullah II of Jordan

I think the forms of terrorism are becoming very diverse, amongst them cyber-terrorism, for example. – Yoshihiko Noda

I think the risks that people see of terrorism are incredibly important but we are very confident we have got the right people on it and the risks have been minimised. – Boris Johnson

I think the root of minor problems is separation from a belief system of interconnectedness and compassion and oneness, so when we multiply that over and over again, it turns into lies and chaos and terrorism. – Gabrielle Bernstein

I think the War on Terror is really absurd, especially coming from a country that is founded on terrorism. – Alice Walker

I think unleashing 3,000 smart bombs against the city of Baghdad in the first several days of the war… to me, if those were unleashed against the San Francisco Bay Area, I would call that an act of extreme terrorism. – Pete Stark

I think we live in a country where we go overseas, and we fight other people’s wars, and we fight terrorism overseas internationally, but we don’t want to fully acknowledge the terrorism that goes on domestically. – Malcolm Brogdon

I think what’s going on in Guantanamo Bay and other places is a disgrace to the U.S.A. I wouldn’t say it’s the cause of terrorism, but it has given impetus and excuses to potential terrorists to lash out at our country and justify their despicable acts. – Jimmy Carter

I thought to myself, what is everyone’s worst fear? Nuclear terrorism in America. – Nelson DeMille

I want a counter-terrorism regime that is proportionate, focused and transparent. – Theresa May

I want to eliminate the basis of problems and basis of crime, and basis of terrorism. – Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

I want to highlight once again that when we talk about the fight against terrorism and the circles around it and when we talk about ensuring the safety and the peace of all, we are not talking about fantasies. – Jose Maria Aznar

I was called a terrorist yesterday, but when I came out of jail, many people embraced me, including my enemies, and that is what I normally tell other people who say those who are struggling for liberation in their country are terrorists. I tell them that I was also a terrorist yesterday, but, today, I am admired by the very people who said I was one.Nelson Mandela

I will lead a fight against Islamist terrorism at every level. – Emmanuel Macron

I would say, we have had a lot of problems with radical Islamic terrorism, that’s what I’d say. – Donald Trump

I wouldn’t call it America’s war on terror. Terrorism is our own fight as well, and if it coincides with the American agenda or the international agenda, well, that’s fine. – Shehbaz Sharif

I’ve always been a health fanatic. – Raquel Welch

If I drive my SUV I’m supporting terrorism. Okay, I’ll take a taxi, Is that better? – Greg Giraldo

If I truly believed that it was the right thing to do, that it was what sovereign God wanted me to do, and that if I did it I’d be rewarded in heaven with a huge mansion, 80,000 servants, and 72 beautiful, willing virgins all waiting there just for me, I’d crash a plane into a building too. – Reverend Loveshade

If I wasn’t prepared knowing every year there is a huge chance of a fire that will require me to evacuate my property, then I’m an ignoramus. If people at this point don’t see that terrorism is a reality, and don’t take steps to prepare themselves a little more than they were the day before, then they are also an irresponsible ignoramus. – Bill Goldberg

If I were to be taken hostage, I would not plead for release nor would I want my government to be blackmailed. I think certain government officials, industrialists and celebrated persons should make it clear they are prepared to be sacrificed if taken hostage. If that were done, what gain would there be for terrorists in taking hostages? – Margaret Mead

If inciting people to do that [9/11] is terrorism, and if killing those who kill our sons is terrorism, then let history be witness that we are terrorists. – Osama bin Laden

If it is terrorism, if it is war on terror, then the Afghan people will join you on terror. – Hamid Karzai

If somebody takes masses of non-registered immigrants from the Middle East into a country, this also means importing terrorism, criminalism, anti-Semitism, and homophobia. – Viktor Orban

If terrorism is to be defeated, the world of Islam must take on board the secularist-humanist principles on which the modern is based, and without which Muslim countries’ freedom will remain a distant dream. – Salman Rushdie

If the U.S. and its allies can invade a weaker country on the excuse it is abetting terrorism, then why should not India, say, launch a pre-emptive strike against Pakistan on the self-same grounds? – Linda Colley

If U.S. occupation is a primary recruitment tool and what inspires Islamic terrorists, are many of our current efforts overseas actually fighting terrorism and diminishing the threat? – Rand Paul

If we allow terrorism to undermine our freedom of action, we could reverse at least part of the palpable gains achieved by postwar globalization. It is incumbent upon us not to allow that to happen. – Alan Greenspan

If we are going to remake society in the image of the fight against terrorism and put that secret fight at the heart of our democratic order – which is the way we’re heading – we need to discuss it, and in public. – John Lanchester

If we are to rid ourselves of terrorism, we will have to genuinely believe that attempts to distinguish between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ terrorists are misleading. – Rajnath Singh

If we continue to create a world where there is poverty and disrespect, there will continue to be terrorism. – Jodie Evans

If we destroy human rights and rule of law in the response to terrorism, they have won. – Kofi Annan

If we like them, they’re freedom fighters . . . If we don’t like them, they’re terrorists. In the unlikely case we can’t make up our minds, they’re temporarily only guerrillas. – Carl Sagan

If you and I are having a single thought of violence or hatred against anyone in the world at this moment, we are contributing to the wounding of the world. – Deepak Chopra

If you are talking about terrorism, you need to sit down and understand what is making these people put dynamite around their waists and blow themselves up. – Lakhdar Brahimi

If you fight terrorism, it is based on fear. If you promote peace, it’s based on hope. – Greg Mortenson

If you want to call Hezbollah a terrorist organization, then you must call Israel a terrorist organization. – David Duke

If you want to end terrorism stop participating in it. – Noam Chomsky

If you want to end terrorism, you have to stop being terrorists. – Howard Zinn

If you want to humble an empire it makes sense to maim its cathedrals. They are symbols of its faith, and when they crumple and burn, it tells us we are not so powerful and we can’t be safe. The Twin Towers of the World Trade Center, planted at the base of Manhattan island with the Statue of Liberty as their sentry, and the Pentagon, a squat, concrete fort on the banks of the Potomac, are the sanctuaries of money and power that our enemies may imagine define us. But that assumes our faith rests on what we can buy and build, and that has never been America’s true God. – Nancy Gibbs

If you watch the news and don’t like it, then this is your counter program to the news. – Jon Stewart

If, in the name of combating terrorism, we so restrict our own freedom, have we not thereby lost part of the very battle we seek to win? – Jed S. Rakoff

I’m against torture. I’m also against terrorism. – Tim Kennedy

I’m for fighting a war on terrorism, not a war in Southwest Asia that Alexander the Great couldn’t win, the British Empire couldn’t win, the Soviet Union couldn’t win. That’s stupid. It’s a waste of resources; a waste of America’s best and brightest. – Kurt Schrader

I’m not afraid of terrorism at all. I’m afraid of loss of our freedom, loss of mobility, loss of global comradeship. – Patti Smith

I’m not an expert on the Middle East or terrorism or the use of military force or politics. It’s all I can do to know a little bit about how to help people raise their kids and what to do when they get sick. When a war happens, I just hope it gets over with quickly so that how we take care of children becomes more important again. – Mark Vonnegut

I’m not for one second condoning the actions of terrorists at all, but I do think there’s a kind of terrorism that the media carries out on its own citizens, certainly in this country – and it’s fear. – David Oyelowo

I’m not frightened about terrorism. I’m frightened about the roots of what we call terrorism. – Mandy Patinkin

I’m prepared to say that law enforcement should be allowed to seize the guns of those who are suspected to be involved in domestic terrorism. – Kamala Harris

I’m the first person to say don’t equate between terrorism and Islam. But at the same time, I’m not going to pretend that there isn’t a threat from some British Muslim homegrown extremists. – Mehdi Hasan

I’m trying to fight the terrorism that’s actually causing the other forms of terrorism. You know, the root cause of terrorism is the stuff that the U.S. government allows to happen, and the foreign policies that we have in place in different countries that inspire people to become terrorists. And it’s easy for us because it’s just some oil. – Lupe Fiasco

I’m very much against war; I’m very much against terrorism of any kind. I find terrorism to be one of the most appalling things that can exist in society. – Gary Sherman

In a sense, terrorism blossomed in the advent of television. Television promotes terrorism in religion and in politics. – Marilyn Manson

In America, now, let us – Christian, Jew, Muslim, agnostic, atheist, wiccan, whatever – fight nativism with the same strength and conviction that we fight terrorism. My faith calls on its followers to love one’s enemies. A tall order, that – perhaps the tallest of all. – Jon Meacham

In an era in which war and terrorism – at home and abroad – are often based on racial, religious and ethnic differences, rediscovering the wisdom of love and compassion may help us increase our survival at a time when an increasingly divided country and world so badly need it. – Dean Ornish

In an interconnected world, the defeat of international terrorism — and most importantly, the prevention of these terrorist organizations from obtaining weapons of mass destruction — will require the cooperation of many nations. We must always reserve the right to strike unilaterally at terrorists wherever they may exist. But we should know that our success in doing so is enhanced by engaging our allies so that we receive the crucial diplomatic, military, intelligence, and financial support that can lighten our load and add legitimacy to our actions. This means talking to our friends and, at times, even our enemies. – Barack Obama

In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime. – P. J. Abdul Kalam

In many parts of the world, especially Pakistan and Afghanistan, terrorism, war and conflict stop children to go to their schools. We are really tired of these wars. Women and children are suffering. – Malala Yousafzai

In my fight against terrorism, to me, the biggest terrorist is Obama, and the United States of America. – Lupe Fiasco

In my opinion, the Doha Round is the most important thing that we can do to reduce inequalities, create opportunities, and develop the poorest countries, face up to the struggle against terrorism and strengthen democracy. – Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva

In order to win the war on terrorism, we have to win the war of information. Information is so very, very valuable. This is an important tool in gathering up information. – Alberto Gonzales

In our effort to tackle terrorism, we should look into all possible avenues of cyber-crime, its linkages with the terrorist world, and how these could be dealt with. – Rajnath Singh

In our eyes, individual terror is inadmissible precisely because it belittles the role of the masses in their own consciousness, reconciles them to their own powerlessness, and turns their eyes and hopes toward a great avenger and liberator who someday will come and accomplish his mission. – Leo Trotsky

In our midst, there are nations that still speak the language of terrorism, that nurture it, peddle it, and export it. To shelter terrorists has become their calling card. We must identify these nations and hold them to account. – Sushma Swaraj

In the area of national security, I urge the swift passage of an anti-terrorism law that will protect rather than subvert, enhance rather than weaken, the rights and liberties that terrorism precisely threatens with extinction. – Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

In the name of the rule of law, democracy and human rights, we cannot accept that the rights of individuals (Arab or Muslim) be trampled upon, or that populations are targeted and discriminated against in the name of the war against terrorism. – Tariq Ramadan

In the struggle against terrorism, we should focus on both remedies to cure symptoms of terrorism and solutions to address its root causes, – Jiang Zemin

In the United States, it’s the mandate of the FBI to gather information relating to terrorism, go out and collect it, to do the interviews, to do the investigative work. – Robert Mueller

Indonesia is the world’s third-largest democracy. And we also have the world’s largest Muslim population. This demonstrates that democracy and Islam are not incompatible. Terrorism is not associated with any religion. – Joko Widodo

ISIL is not ‘radical Islam.’ Hamas, Hezbollah, Fatah, the Muslim Brotherhood – these are radical Islamic groups. They resort to armed struggle and terrorism to move toward their goals. But they are also deeply political organizations that have internal rules, standards, and codes of conduct. – Malcolm Nance

Islamic law is clearly against terrorism, against any kind of deliberate killing of civilians or similar ‘collateral damage’. – Feisal Abdul Rauf

Islamist terrorism is a cancer on Islam, and Muslims themselves must fight it at our side. – Marine Le Pen

‘Islamist terrorism.’ The very phrase is contentious. No one wants to make this problem harder by unfairly branding and alienating a quarter of the world’s population, and even in this construction, no one should be thinking this means all of Islam or all Muslims. – Michael Hayden

Israel is under a dual terrorist attack, from within and from without. And terrorism from within is always more dangerous than terrorism from without. – Avigdor Lieberman

Israel must know that if it continues with this state terrorism it will lead to more violence in the region. – Jibril Rajoub

It does surprise me that intelligent people in the 21st century could claim that if you respond to the terrorists with force, you spawn terrorism, but if you appease them, you somehow tame them. This argument, as I said, is very interesting, and very surprising. – Meles Zenawi

It is a struggle for the minds of the people…. No cause justifies recourse to terrorism. – Manmohan Singh

It is an ideology born out of hatred and its adherents belong to no religion, culture or civilisation. – Pratibha Patil

It is development, not poverty, that causes upheaval and terrorism. – Robert D. Kaplan

It is important to recognize the differences between the war in Iraq and the war on terrorism. The treatment of those detained at Abu Ghraib is governed by the Geneva Conventions, which have been signed by both the U.S. and Iraq. – John Yoo

It is ironic in today’s world, but the core values, the protection of the law which we had thought to be universally accepted, has been seriously breached by the war on terrorism. – Malcolm Fraser

It is just not enough to strengthen the secret services for the fight against terrorism but it’s also necessary to advance dialogue between cultures. – Horst Koehler

It is necessary that we eliminate the scourge of terrorism in all its forms, without any discrimination, and end the ecosystem of its support. – Sushma Swaraj

It is time we admitted that we are not at war with terrorism. We are at war with Islam. – Sam Harris

It is time we recognized that the real terrorism is poverty – .John Pilger

It is true that when there’s a drone attack, those – that the – the terrorists are killed, it’s true. But 500 and 5,000 more people rises against it, and more terrorism occurs, and more – more bomb blasts occurs. – Malala Yousafzai

It isn’t poverty that breeds terrorism, but terrorism that breeds poverty. – Dan Gillerman

It terrorism happened because intelligence, leadership and police failures made it possible. – Ashraf Ghani

It would be a tragedy if the remarkable international coalition against terrorism, successfully marshalled in the aftermath of 11 September, were to fragment over a unilateral U.S. strike against Baghdad. – Charles Kennedy

It would be easy to define terrorism as attacks against human rights and international humanitarian law forbids attacks against innocent non-combatants which is often the definition used for terrorism. – Joichi Ito

It’s a form of terrorism that this country has to free itself of, – Edward Kennedy

It’s frustrating; terrorism is rare and largely ineffectual, yet we regularly magnify the effects of both their successes and failures by terrorizing ourselves. – Bruce Schneier

It’s funny to see a film in Spain with a lot of violence because we don’t have a lot of violence. Well, of course, we have violence, some murders, some terrorism and a lot of things. We have suffered a dictatorship, and we talk about the civil war constantly. – Javier Camara

It’s hard to say what will result from this. What he said was exactly what he should have said. All sides should deal with terrorism and religious leaders should have a hand in stopping it. – Thomas Foley

It’s much, much harder to terrorise a population into submission than official and unofficial purveyors of mass violence always think it is. Normality isn’t a fixed state but a spectrum with a remarkably wide range. Terrorists are contemptible for many reasons, but one of them is the stupidity of not knowing this. They try to magnify themselves with epic acts of cruelty. In the end they are diminished and defeated by the strange ability of human beings to step around the pools of blood, keep going and forget. – Fintan O’Toole

It’s not anthrax or terrorism or AIDS that is the worst ill in our world: The most horrible disease in the world is hate. – Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu

It’s only terrorism if they do it to us. When we do much worse to them, it’s not terrorism. – Noam Chomsky

It’s probably time to end the global war on terrorism. – Richard Engel

It’s very strange that you condemn me as a terrorist at the same time as you call on me to help you combat terrorism in Iraq and elsewhere. It doesn’t make sense! – Walid Muallem

I’ve been interested in terrorism from the very beginning. My first novel is about that, too, and I think one reason I’ve been so interested in terrorism is because I have a deep interest – one of my deepest interests – in image culture and how it works. And terrorism is an epiphenomenon of image culture. – Jennifer Egan

I’ve never met anyone who wanted to be a terrorist. They are desperate people. – John Perkins

I’ve said this over and over, but I’ll say it a million more times – I’m concerned more about the death of a bee than I am about terrorism. Because we’re losing hives and bees by the millions because of such strong pesticides. – Patti Smith

I’ve seen terrorism close up, but I don’t live in a state of terror at all. I’m comfortable going to the Manhattan Thanksgiving Day Parade, the tree lighting at Rockefeller Center, Times Square on New Years Eve. For perspective, the world today is a safer place than it was during the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Berlin Airlift, World War II. – Douglas Brunt

Just as the Security Council was largely irrelevant to the great struggle of the last half of the twentieth century – freedom against Communism – so too it is largely on the sidelines in our contemporary struggles against international terrorism and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. – John Bolton

Just as we demand that our governments address risks associated with terrorism or epidemics, we should put concerted pressure on them to act now to preserve our natural environment and curb climate change. – Johan Rockstrom

Just take terrorism, for example. We have a team of more than 200 people working on counterterrorism. I mean, that’s pretty intense. That’s not like what people think about what Facebook is.- Mark Zuckerberg

Lack of understanding of interrelatedness has caused numerous divisions and conflicts that are the cause of many major challenges in the world such as war, violence, terrorism, economic disparity, and exploitation. – Lobsang Tenzin

Leaders today are isolated by phalanxes of body guards. It’s profoundly undemocratic, the way they have used terrorism as a means to protect themselves. – Robert Harris

Let me be very clear: We monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States. We don’t have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence. – Janet Napolitano

Let us never forget that terrorism at its heart, at its evil heart, is a psychological war. It endeavors to break the spirit and the resolve of those it attacks by creating a lose-lose situation. – Norm Coleman

Like slavery and piracy, terrorism has no place in the modern world. – George W. Bush

Lots of countries, like Israel, live with terrorism every day, and it doesn’t impact their integrity. The big threat to America is the way we react to terrorism by throwing away what everybody values about our country – a commitment to human rights. America is a great nation because we are a good nation. – Robert Kennedy, Jr.

Many know little about the complexities of terrorism and Islam. Who are these people who murder so wantonly? Why do they do it? And, most importantly, how might such attacks be stopped? Answering such questions requires daily news coverage that consists of more than depictions of scattered chaos. A holistic approach to reporting about terrorism might better explain this phenomenon that’s reshaping our lives, much as the Cold War did 50 years ago. – Philip Seib

Many of the benefits from keeping terrorism fear levels high are obvious. Private corporations suck up massive amounts of Homeland Security cash as long as that fear persists, while government officials in the National Security and Surveillance State can claim unlimited powers and operate with unlimited secrecy and no accountability. – Glenn Greenwald

Marketers use big data profiling to predict who is about to get pregnant, who is likely to buy a new car, and who is about to change sexual orientations. That’s how they know what ads to send to whom. The NSA, meanwhile, wants to know who is likely to commit an act of terrorism – and for this, they need us. – Douglas Rushkoff

Markets are familiar with terrorism now. There has to be something out of the ordinary to create concern. – Thomas Stoecker

Middle Eastern wars rarely end with outright victory and permanent stability, so the word ‘settlement’ may promise too much. At best, for many years, it may simply mean stable ceasefire lines, reduced bloodshed, fewer refugees, and less terrorism. – David Ignatius

Modern terrorism is too destructive to be tolerated, much less supported. – Richard N. Haass

Most Americans do not appear to have been persuaded by President George W. Bush’s … argument that promoting democracy is a critical means for fighting terrorism and making the world safer. – Steven Kull

Most terrorists are people deeply concerned by what they see as social, political, or religious injustice and hypocrisy, and the immediate grounds for their terrorism is often retaliation for an action of the United States. – William Blum

Mr. Speaker, I agree with those who say that the Global War on Terrorism is actually a Global War of Ideas and that terrorism is one of the tactics used in that War. – Mac Thornberry

My point was that removing Saddam should not have been our highest priority. Fighting terrorism should have been our number one concern, followed by the Palestinian peace process. – Brent Scowcroft

My story is a warning to all people here in the country that the current approach to waging war on terrorism from within our own borders is truly a threat to civil liberties. – James Yee

Nicaragua dealt with the problem of terrorism in exactly the right way. It followed international law and treaty obligations. It collected evidence, brought the evidence to the highest existing tribunal, the International Court of Justice, and received a verdict – which, of course, the U.S. dismissed with contempt. – Noam Chomsky

No one has the right to ignite a war and lead an occupation and armies to conquer people, invading them and make them suffer all kinds of torture, murder, expulsion, displacement, bombing and terrorism by different lethal prohibited weapons and then come and speak as the savior of the people or a defender of their rights. – Muqtada al Sadr

No one pursuing reasonable goals and who is prepared to compromise can argue that terrorism is his or his group’s only option. – Richard N. Haass

No religion is responsible for terrorism. People are responsible for violence and terrorism. – Barack Obama

Nothing, nothing justifies terrorism. – Mahmoud Darwish

Now we are showing to the world that this fighting against two terrorist groups was feasible and now we have an isolated case which doesn’t mean that terrorism is alive, as it was before. – Alberto Fujimori

Obviously, there’s always a battle over philosophical leanings and persuasions, but the bottom line here is that Americans need to understand that this is an ideology in jihadist terrorism that is dangerous beyond words, and we need the moderate Muslim voices to be heard here if this is to be diminished in Islam itself. – Trent Franks

Of course, the overwhelming majority of Muslims are not terrorists or sympathetic to terrorists. Equating all Muslims with terrorism is stupid and wrong. But acknowledging that there is a link between Islam and terror is appropriate and necessary. – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

Of course, there’s an alternative to terrorism: it’s called justice. – Arundhati Roy

Often terrorism is treated as a recent concept. Even the name “terrere” was first used during the French Revolution of the 1790’s. But does that mean that terrorism did not exist before that time? Of course not! Historical studies can show us how little has changed over the centuries. Perhaps it is only the technology that has improved a terrorists ability to shock a society. – Chester L. Quarles

One issue that the new pope should face is the problem on terrorism and the reasons for its being, – Fernando Flores

One might have thought the world would stop ascribing moral equivalence between acts of terrorism and acts of punishing terrorism. It has not happened that way. – Theodore Bikel

One of the main reasons for the conflict in Syria, and the terrorism that it’s spawned, is climate change and drought. – Prince Charles

One of the most significant contributions to our understanding of terrorism is the realization that terrorism is a social construct. Indeed, terrorism is not a given in the real world, but an interpretation of events and their presumed causes. Such interpretation is not an unbiased attempt to depict truth; rather, it is a conscious effort to manipulate perceptions to promote certain interests at the expense of others. Definitions of terrorism typically reflect the interests of those who do the defining, and in many social conflicts the government and related agencies … are the primary definer and hold de facto definition power. – Ramón Spaaij

One way for us to reduce world wide terrorism is to stop engaging in it. – Noam Chomsky

Only a developed society, for example, only a strong democratic system in modern conditions can create a climate in which any manifestation of terrorism is unacceptable and can also make the state itself stronger. – Vladimir Putin

Only fanatics — in religion as well as in politics — can find a meaning in someone else’s death. – Elie Wiesel

Only the unknown frightens men. But once a man has faced the unknown, that terror becomes the known. – Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Our communities face many challenges, from keeping our kids safe in public, to the war on terrorism. But few have such immediate consequences as we face from methamphetamine. – Mark Kennedy

Our enemies are fully aware that they can use oil as a weapon against America. And if we don’t take this threat as seriously as the bombs they build or the guns they buy, we will be fighting the War on Terror with one hand tied behind our back. – Barack Obama

Our kids have to face enough threats at home without sending (them) overseas to a place where terrorism has happened. – Richard Purcell

Our nation was horrified, but it’s not going to be terrorized. – George W. Bush

Our objective should be to firmly deal with terrorism and its sponsors, financiers, and arms suppliers. At the same time, our doors should always be open for processes which would restore peace, development, and progress to societies which have been devastated by terrorism over many generations. – Atal Bihari Vajpayee

Our plan is to struggle against terrorism and have security for the country and help draft a democratic constitution as soon as possible. – Jalal Talabani

Our songs touch people, and take them back to a time when there was no threat of terrorism, when you didn’t have to lock your doors and when Mom and Dad took care of everything. – George Grove

Our values and way of life will prevail – terrorism will not. – John Linder

Ours is a world which feels so unsettled and dangerous in large ways, whether it’s terrorism or global financial meltdown or climate change – huge things that affect us deeply, and yet things about which we can do, individually, very little. – Sarah Waters

Over time it’s going to be important for nations to know they will be held accountable for inactivity. You’re either with us or against us in the fight against terror. – George W. Bush

Pakistan is also a victim of terrorism. We obviously condemn all forms of terrorism; we should cooperate in facing the menace and stem it. – Shehbaz Sharif

Part of this new world of completely improvisational terrorism is that there were codes of war that disintegrated in the face of terrorism. – Diane Sawyer

Peace along with freedom and justice are the pillars for attaining both security and stability and will pave the way towards the eradication of oppression, extremism, and terrorism in our world. – Najib Mikati

People are capable of doing an awful lot when they have no choice and I had no choice. Courage is when you have choices. – Terry Anderson

People are getting inured to the whole terrorism thing, – Mark Mobius

People forget about the past too easy, and the effects terrorism has in all its forms. – Gary Thompson

Philosophy is as far separated from impiety as religion is from fanaticism. – Denis Diderot

Political leaders still think things can be done through force, but that cannot solve terrorism. Backwardness is the breeding ground of terror, and that is what we have to fight. – Mikhail Gorbachev

Politicians have been spreading fear, saying if we’re letting in refugees, we’re letting in terrorists. It’s not the truth. We’ve got to recognise the difference between terrorism and people who are refugees; people who are struggling. – Jimmy Barnes

Politicisation of terrorism for narrow gains is not good for society in general and the country in particular. – Oscar Fernandes

Poverty must be eradicated, the resources of our planet used sustainably, human rights respected, equality between men and women strengthened, HIV/AIDS and other diseases prevented, terrorism stopped, and disarmament and non-proliferation secured. – Goran Persson

Preliminary, what we believe is that that was the name of either a band or a song. At this point it does not appear to be terrorism related. – LaRae Quy

President Bush has asserted the right to wiretap and eavesdrop on any American without a warrant in the name of fighting terrorism. He has asserted presidential power beyond stated constitutional rights, and there is no Republican gutsy enough to call his hand. – Helen Thomas

Producers are so much better-educated in issues related to terrorism. – Mike Johanns

Religion is never the problem; it’s the people who use it to gain power. – Julian Casablancas

Responding to terrorism inevitably implies military consequences. This may shock some people, but these groups must also be dealt with on a military footing. I won’t use the word ‘combat’ to avoid being painted as a crusader. – Paolo Gentiloni

Rich people don’t like to be in the military. The shoes are ugly and the uniforms itch. Rich people don’t go in much for revolution or terrorism, either. – P.  J. O’Rourke

Ridicule first, then shame and condescension are the weapons and ammunition – in the mental manipulation and psychological terrorism of the oppressed. Self-esteem, truth and fellowship among peers are their able defenses – in a counter-attack on the lies: of fear, inferiority and a mandatory deference – intended by the oppressors. – Mike Knezevich

Sadhvi Pragya is an answer to those who have maligned the image of Hindus by using the phrase ‘Hindu terrorism.’ – Yogi Adityanath

Saying We will destroy terrorism is about as meaningful as saying: We shall annihilate mockery. – Terry Jones

Sea Shepherd is to terrorism what Groucho was to Marxism. – Paul Watson

Shamefully we now learn that Saddam’s torture chambers reopened under new management, U.S. management. – Edward Kennedy

Similar legitimate law enforcement tactics are crucial in violent crime, terrorism and other contexts, – Ted Olson

Simply put, Guantanamo is one of the best propaganda tools that terrorists have today. Our enemies use it to justify terrorism and recruit others to carry out violent jihad, and our allies continue to criticize it as a violation of the rule of law. – Dianne Feinstein

Since suicide terrorism is mainly a response to foreign occupation and not Islamic fundamentalism, the use of heavy military force to transform Muslim societies over there, if you would, is only likely to increase the number of suicide terrorists coming at us… Suicide terrorism is not a supply-limited phenomenon where there are just a few hundred around the world willing to do it because they are religious fanatics. It is a demand-driven phenomenon. – Robert Pape

Since war itself is the most extreme form of terrorism, a war on terrorism is profoundly self-contradictory. – Howard Zinn

Some media outlets refer to ‘protesters’ and ‘militia members,’ not ‘terrorists,’ even though armed antigovernment extremists seizing federal property and expressing a desire to kill and die is a textbook description of domestic terrorism. – Ibrahim Hooper

Spaniards were condemned for appeasing terrorism by voting for withdrawing troops from Iraq in the absence of U.N. ization – that is, for taking a stand rather like that of 70 percent of Americans, who called for the U.N. to take the leading role in Iraq. – Noam Chomsky

Suicide terrorism stops when we stop intervening abroad. – Ron Paul

Switzerland is part of the fight against terrorism. There is no neutrality against this threat. – Samuel Schmid

Tentacles of terrorism spread everywhere. – John Major

Terrified people do not want to be free, they want to be protected. If you can keep the people in a state of terror, you won’t have to take away their freedom they’ll give it to you willingly. – Alden Loveshade

The best way to perpetuate poverty is by spending on arms and military, and the best way to fight terrorism is by fighting the basic needs of humanity, because hunger and poverty perpetuate crime. – Oscar Arias

The big threat to America is the way we react to terrorism by throwing away what everybody values about our country–a commitment to human rights. America is a great nation because we are a good nation. When we stop being a good nation, we stop being great. – Robert Francis Kennedy

The biggest danger of this terrorism and extremism is the tarnishing of the reputation of our beloved religion… We will not allow this to happen. – Mohammad bin Salman

The bottom line is this. When it comes to preventing violent extremism and terrorism in the United States, Muslim Americans are not part of the problem, you’re part of the solution. – Denis McDonough

The car bomb is the poor man’s air force. – Mike Davis, Buda’s Wagon

The central role in the fight against terrorism is with nationalities. – Gijs de Vries

The challenge of predicting terrorism is that unlike fraud, we don’t have the same volume of historical data to learn from. Compounding this is the fact that terrorists are constantly changing their methods and do their best to avoid leaving any digital footprints in the first place. – Jeff Jonas

The challenge we have in the war on terrorism is looking around for those pieces that matter and trying to fit them together. – Mac Thornberry

The Charleston shooting is a result of an ingrained culture of racism and a history of terrorism in America. It should be covered as such. – Anthea Butler

The clever, albeit fragile, coalition against terrorism brought together by the U.S. government might be able to advance the transition from classical international law to a cosmopolitan order. – Jurgen Habermas

The commonly accepted definition of terrorism is that it is politically motivated violence directed at civilians by entities other than a state. These kind of attacks can come from the far right, the far left, racists of every stripe, as well as jihadists. – Peter Bergen

The Constitution is never tested during times of tranquility; it is during times of tension, turmoil, tragedy, trauma, and terrorism that it is sorely tested. – Mike Honda

The core belief that drives terrorism is the notion of a “holy place,” along with the idea that some people belong there and other people don’t. That’s why the only solution to terrorism is for religious scholars to hold a global summit to agree on the definition of “holy place.” Once they agree on a definition, it will be easier to mock it into submission. – Scott Adams

The core distortion of the War on Terror under both Bush and Obama is the Orwellian practice of equating government accusations of terrorism with proof of guilt. One constantly hears U.S. government defenders referring to ‘terrorists’ when what they actually mean is: those accused by the government of terrorism. – Glenn Greenwald

The diagnosis that poverty, lack of education, or lack of opportunities have much to do with terrorism requires a fundamentally optimistic view of human nature. This diagnosis leads to the prognosis that all we need to do to solve the terrorism problem is to create societies that are less poor, better educated and have more opportunities. – Peter Bergen

The difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter is a matter of perspective: it all depends on the observer and the verdict of history. – Kaarlo Pentti Linkola, Can Life Prevail?

The dropping of bombs on people – isn’t that terrorism? – Alice Walker

The enemy for the fanatic is pleasure, which makes it extremely important to continue to indulge in pleasure. Dance madly. That is how you get rid of terrorism. – Salman Rushdie

The evil of predatory global capitalism and empire has spawned the evil of terrorism. – Chris Hedges

The expectation that terrorism may disappear under a new world order is anchored in two fallacious premises. The first is the supposition that, by and large, terrorism is perpetrated by states, directly or indirectly. A new world order, which is powerful enough to dictate non-violent rules of international conduct by threatening rogue states with a credible, painful punishment if they misbehave, would thus result in the disappearance of this form of misbehavior. This premise is erroneous because, by far, most terrorism is domestic in all respects, i.e., it is carried out by local groups against local targets, and is not aided, directed or controlled by foreign states. Hence, a change in the rules of international conduct would not affect it in any way. – Ariel Merari

Terrorism Quotes

The fact is, working stiffs with few opportunities and scant education are generally too busy getting by to engage in revolutionary projects to remake society. And history, in fact, shows us that terrorism is generally a bourgeois endeavor. – Peter Bergen

The fate of Syria hangs in the balance, but it is entirely possible that the fall of the Assad regime will result in anarchy and cause Syria to turn into a second Afghanistan, a base for anti-Israel terrorism. – Martin Van Creveld

The fault lines are shifting from the boundaries of nations into the web of our societies and the streets of our cities. And, terrorism and extremism are a global force that are larger than their changing names, groups, territories and targets. – Narendra Modi

The FBI. is a massive culture. It’s been a culture that served America well, and it’s been focused on prosecution. But what we need in terms of terrorism is prevention. – John Ashcroft

The fight against international terrorism isn’t just a fight against a bunch of misguided extremists; it is a fight to defend the values that we hold dear. – Vikas Swarup

The fight against terror cannot stop as long as terrorism itself is not stopped, but the path of war must change: it must lead directly to terrorists and not be waged on the backs of three million Palestinians. – Yossi Sarid

The fight against terrorism and fundamentalism knows no frontier. We need to act together and to step up cooperation at a global level. – Paolo Gentiloni

The fight against terrorism is not a confrontation against any religion. – Sushma Swaraj

The fight against terrorism will not be over tomorrow or next month, or even next year. The fight will endure for years to come, and as the threat changes, so too must we adapt to these transformations. – Will Hurd

The fight, this war, this fight against the remnants of terrorism will go on for some time. – Hamid Karzai

The global response to global terrorism must not endanger fundamental human rights and freedoms. – Stjepan Mesic

The government itself has said you are free to praise groups that engage in terrorism as a means of achieving their ends, … This case concerns Dr. al-Arian’s right to speak, our right to hear what he has to say and the attempt of the powerful to silence him. – William Moffitt

The greatest danger of a terrorist’s bomb is in the explosion of stupidity that it provokes. – Octave Mirbeau

The greatest preventative to terrorism is Muslim religious literacy. – Hamza Yusuf

The Gulf War is responsible for the huge and horrifying rise in Islamic terrorism. – Pierre Salinger

The horrible pictures we saw here today of these murderous acts by the Palestinians are stronger than any words. This terrible act — the continuation of the Palestinian terrorism — it is this terrorism that we have to fight, and that is what we shall do. – Ariel Sharon

The Hussein regime’s support for terrorism, within and outside of its borders, its appetite for the world’s most dangerous weapons, and its openly declared hostility to the United States were a combination that was a gathering and growing danger to our country. – Jim Gerlach

The idea of a federal betting parlor on atrocities and terrorism is ridiculous and it’s grotesque. – Ron Wyden

The idea of living with terrorism – I’ve tried to make it more applicable to the concerns Americans are going through now. – George Romero

The Internet plays an ever more significant role in the sedulous promotion of terrorism. We know that in the U.K., groups gather to view the preaching of violent men located many thousands of miles away and that this does have a powerful effect on young minds. – Pauline Neville-Jones

The investor knows quite well that we don’t have anymore the widespread terrorism here in Peru. – Alberto Fujimori

The Islamic terrorists of our time believe in a violent, zero-sum clash of civilisations. That should not be surprising, as their ideology mirrors the dominant ideology — neo-conservatism — of western foreign policy establishments. Both sides are locked in a terrifying dance of death. Both believe that two “civilisations” exist and are incompatible, that they are in a fight to the death, and that any measures are justified to achieve victory because the struggle is existential. We use drones and “humanitarian intervention” to destabilise their societies; they use cars, guns, knives and bombs to destabilise ours. – Jonathan Cook

The Israelis are becoming increasingly like the white supremacist South Africans, viewing the Palestinians as a lower form of life, not hesitating to kill a great many of them and justifying this on the grounds that they are being the objects of terrorism, which is true. – Zbigniew Brzezinski

The key battleground in the war on terrorism, therefore, is in the minds of the American public. – Patrick J. Kennedy

The key to tackling Islamist fundamentalism and terrorism from the Islamist community is in the hands of moderate Muslims. – Gijs de Vries

The liberation of those who commit murder and terrorism is unacceptable. – Alberto Fujimori

The majority of the world’s Muslims do not believe that terrorism is a legitimate strategy or that Islam is incompatible with democracy. – Gijs de Vries

The mishandling of the would-be airplane bomber Umar Farouk Abdul Mutallab’s visa is only the latest piece of evidence that the granting of visas should be taken away from the State Department. For the granting of visas – especially today, when terrorism is such a complex threat – is far closer to being a law-enforcement function. – Elliott Abrams

The more equality women have, the fairer, more civilized and tolerant society will be. Sexual equality is a lot more effective against terrorism than military strength. – Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero

The most common form of terrorism in the U.S.A. is that carried on by bulldozers and chain saws. – Edward Abbey

The most dangerous thing about terrorism is the over-reaction to it. – Yuval Noah Harari

The most powerful military in the world cannot invade, kill or capture a network or destroy every loose weapon on the planet. The best response to this network of terror is to build a network of our own — a network of like-minded countries and organizations that pools resources, information, ideas, and power. Taking on the radical fundamentalists alone isn’t necessary, it isn’t smart, and it won’t succeed. – Joe Biden

The new age of terrorism isn’t on the battlefield: it’s in your own backyard. Whether it’s at a concert in France or a restaurant in the United States, terrorism doesn’t have to happen in a military installation by any stretch of the imagination. – Bill Goldberg

The new rule says that the FBI has the right to go to public places on the same terms and conditions as other members of the public for counter-terrorism purposes. – John Ashcroft

The news in Europe, West and East, is still showing America in flames, flood, etc. Cities are shown underwater; befuddled American officials are shown trying to explain why we are winning the war on terrorism. – Richard Reeves

The news that comes out of Pakistan is always geared toward terrorism and fundamentalism. But when you give people freedom of expression and the freedom to go out and be social and to express themselves, you will see a change. I see that coming about in my country. – Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy

The next few months are critical to Pakistan’s future direction as a democratic state committed to promoting peace, fighting terrorism and working for social justice. – Benazir Bhutto

The nexus between terrorism and nuclear weapons, or even nuclear material, is obviously a current concern. – Mitchell Reiss

The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me? – George Orwell

The only way to address terrorism is to deal with the issues that create terrorism, to resolve them where possible, and where that’s not possible to ensure that there is an alternative to violence. – Cofer Black

The only way we can put a permanent end to terrorism is to stop participating in it. – Noam Chomsky

The original PATRIOT Act greatly increased our nation’s ability to share intelligence information, made better use of technology, and provided terrorism investigators tools that have long been available in cases involving illegal drugs and organized crime. – Mike Simpson

The other major issue you have no doubt heard about the decision to build a fence between Israel and the Palestinians. There is no doubt in my mind that a fence will be built, political pressure are too heavy to resist. There is also no doubt that it will be ineffectual. Every day thousands of Palestinians enter Israel illegally. The vast majority seek work. The tide of humanity will overwhelm the fence and its guardians. Terrorists will follow in their path. – Elan Pavlov

The overwhelming public sentiment in India was that no meaningful dialogue can be held with Pakistan until it abandons the use of terrorism as an instrument of its foreign policy. – Atal Bihari Vajpayee

The Pakistani government under Musharraf is a strong and key player in the global war on terrorism, and their contribution has been second to none. – Cofer Black

The PATRIOT Act brought down the wall separating intelligence agencies from law enforcement and other entities charged with protecting the Nation from terrorism. – Chris Chocola

The Patriot Act requires all financial institutions to set up identification procedures to protect our country from terrorism and money laundering. – Chris Hammond

The people of Northern Ireland will now judge Sinn Fein on their actions over the coming days, … An end to the war means the weapons of terrorism must be destroyed and all forms of paramilitary violence must cease for good. – David Trimble

The PLO and the Palestinian people adhere to the renouncement of violence and rejection and condemning of terrorism in all its forms, especially State terrorism, and adhere to all agreements signed between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel. – Mahmoud Abbas

The plunder of black communities is not a bump along the road, but it is, in fact, the road itself that you can’t have in America without enslavement, without Jim Crow, terrorism, everything that came after that. – Ta-Nehisi Coates

The public has been told repeatedly that terrorism is ‘evil,’ which it undoubtedly is, and that ‘evildoers’ are responsible for it, which doubtless they are. But beyond these justifiable condemnations, there is a historical void. – Zbigniew Brzezinski

The purpose behind terrorism is to instill fear in people – the fear that electrical power, for instance, will be taken away or the transportation system will be taken down. – Vint Cerf

The purpose of terrorism is to terrorize. It’s to change the behavior of the people that are being terrorized. – Donald Rumsfeld

The purpose of terrorism lies not just in the violent act itself. It is in producing terror. It sets out to inflame, to divide, to produce consequences which they then use to justify further terror. – Tony Blair

The real reason to stay away is the weather, not terrorism. Terrorism isn’t a threat; this is a safe place. – James Sweeney

The real threat comes from terrorism. – Francois Hollande

The reason that I choose this meeting, as my first meeting on my first trip to the Middle East is to talk about the courage of this institution, … I praised Sheik Tantawi for his courage, and he said it is not courage but I did the right thing to speak out against terrorism and extremism. – Karen Hughes

The relationship between Britain and the US is fantastically important when confronting terrorism. – Tony Blair

The Republic will destroy terrorism. – Francois Hollande

The Republic will not be destroyed by terrorism. – Francois Hollande

The risk from terrorism remains acute and the private market cannot continue to operate without a government backstop. – Michael Oxley

The sacrifices in the war against terrorism reflect complete and strong determination of Pakistan against terrorism. – Shehbaz Sharif

‘The Secret Agent’ remains the most brilliant novelistic study of terrorism as viewed from the blood-spattered outside. But ‘Under Western Eyes’ dares to leap inside – not only into the terrorist mind, but also into the troubled zone that divides West from East, ‘the autocracy in mystic vestments.’ – Tom Reiss

The solution to terrorism is education, not bombs. – Greg Mortenson

The stability and security of authoitarian regimes cannot create but terrorism and violence and destruction. Let us accept the choice of the people. Let us not pick and choose who we would like to rule their future. – Wadah Khanfar

The stories from Iran’s present and past are reminders that freedom, democracy and human rights, or fundamentalism, fascism and terrorism are not geographically and culturally determined, but universal. – Azar Nafisi

The story of terrorism is written by the state and it is therefore highly instructive… compared with terrorism, everything else must be acceptable, or in any case more rational and democratic. – Guy deBord

The strength of democratic societies relies on their capacity to know how to stand firm against extremism while respecting justice in the means used to fight terrorism. – Tariq Ramadan

The terrible thing about terrorism is that ultimately it destroys those who practice it. Slowly but surely, as they try to extinguish life in others, the light within them dies. – Terry Waite

The terrorism is not in the bombs, in your hands; the terrorism is in your unconscious. – Rajneesh

The terrorist and the policeman both come from the same basket. – Joseph Conrad

The thought of security bears within it an essential risk. A state which has security as its sole task and source of legitimacy is a fragile organism; it can always be provoked by terrorism to become more terroristic. – Giorgio Agamben

The threat and use of violence is stimulating nuclear proliferation along with jihadi terrorism. – Noam Chomsky

The truth is that there is no terror untempered by some great moral idea. – Jean-Luc Godard

The Tunisian people will not bow. We will stay united against terrorism until we wipe out this phenomenon. – Beji Caid Essebsi

The U.N. and other international bodies, along with wealthier nations, could manage the unavoidable migration from poorer countries if there were greater focus on stopping the larger chaos created by leaders who finance and support terrorism in the name of Islam. – Richard Grenell

The U.N. brings everybody together. And without it, we can’t deal with Ebola or terrorism or climate change. But it’s 70 years old. It’s tired. It’s acquired a lot of bad habits. And often it feels like only new bad habits get added and old bad habits don’t get taken away. – Samantha Power

The U.N. has brought peace and order to many places around the world. However, terrorism, violent extremism, violations of human rights, natural disasters caused by climate change – they all threaten the lives of people today. Add migration, insufficient health care, lack of education, and the picture gets even bleaker. – Miroslav Lajcak

The U.S. government has in recent years fought what it termed wars against AIDs, drug abuse, poverty, illiteracy and terrorism. Each of those wars has budgets, legislation, offices, officials, letterhead – everything necessary in a bureaucracy to tell you something is real. – Bruce Jackson

The uncertainty of the danger belongs to the essence of terrorism. – Jurgen Habermas

The United States happens to be the only state in the world that has been condemned by the World Court for international terrorism. – Noam Chomsky

The United States is now harbouring Luis Posada Carriles. His continued freedom mocks victims of terrorism everywhere. It also shows how heavily the ‘war on terror’ is overlaid with politics and hypocrisy. – Stephen Kinzer

The United States is squandering international prestige and goodwill and intensifying global anti-American terrorism by unofficially condoning or abetting the Israeli confiscation and colonization of Palestinian territories. – Jimmy Carter

The unspoken thing, the elephant in the room, is the war against terrorism, it’s tainting everything. – Joanne Liu

The war against terrorism is a war against those who engage in torture. – Ed Markey

The war against terrorism is one we must win. – Lisa Murkowski

The war against terrorism is terrorism. – Woody Harrelson

The war against terrorism should not be used to interfere with an independent, sovereign state. We need to identify concrete terrorist targets and do no harm to civilians. – Nong Duc Manh

The war and terrorism in the Middle East, the crisis of leadership in many of the oil-supply countries in the developing world, the crisis of global warming – all these are very clearly tied to energy. – Julia Louis-Dreyfus

The war being fought in Afghanistan and Iraq is bringing about a fundamental change to the environment that has given rise and power to the extremists who export terrorism. – Craig L. Thomas

The war in Iraq has as much to do with terrorism as the administration has to do with compassion. – Julian Bond

The war on terrorism has made national security a legitimate concern, and a rising deficit, changes brought on by globalization and even the price of oil have thrown the nation’s economic health into question. – Roger Mahony

The war on terrorism was a bait and switch operation. – Eric Alterman

The war we are fighting today against terrorism is a multifaceted fight. We have to use every tool in our toolkit to wage this war – diplomacy, finance, intelligence, law enforcement, and of course, military power – and we are developing new tools as we go along. – Richard Armitage

The waves of religion based on terrorism in the 1990s are based on the tormented response of a mutilated Muslim society whose progressive forces have been savagely emasculated. Why on earth is the Arab world so hostile to women? Why can it not see women as a force for development? – Fatema Mernissi

The way to defeat international terrorism is through international cooperation based on international law, clear intelligence, and a measured and appropriate military response. – Charles Kennedy

The West is in for a long, irregular confrontation – not with terrorism, which is simply a tactic, but with radical Islam. – Rand Paul

The West sees liberation movements as terrorist movements, and that is why I am accused of supporting terrorism: because I support liberation movements. – Muammar al-Gaddafi

The West should be tougher on Pakistan. It is trying to play both ends against the middle – to look like the friend of the revolutionaries on the one hand and a friend of the West in the fight against terrorism. It can’t be both things. – Salman Rushdie

The world seems concerned with Pakistan primarily as an actor in global attempts to combat terrorism. – Mohsin Hamid

The world’s biggest challenge comes from the threats of climate change and terrorism. In India’s case, terrorism is not bred in some faraway land but from across our border. – Sushma Swaraj

Then the administration tied it in to the regional dispute between Israel and its enemies, as if that’s about international terrorism. No, it’s not. – Chris Matthews

Then we can help these failed states turn around and give their people a better life. This, too, is a critical part of this global war on terrorism, and Canada and the United States are together. – Paul Cellucci

There are many people who live with terrorism every day. – Morena Baccarin

There are no automatic links between poverty and terrorism. Among millions of poor people in the world, only a few turn to terrorism. – Gijs de Vries

There are no globalized, youth-led, grassroots social movements advocating for democratic culture across Muslim-majority societies. There is no equivalent of Al-Qaeda without the terrorism. – Maajid Nawaz

There are people, particularly in the United States with which I am most familiar, who would say how ironic that Tehran would be the sponsor of an anti-terrorism conference, because there are people who say that Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism. – Cynthia McKinney

There are two different kinds of terrorists. I think what happened in Las Vegas or in Texas shows we need to expand our definition of terrorism. In my mind these are incidents of terrorism, just as what happened in New York to those bikers. If the act is designed to kill people and instill fear in people’s hearts it is terrorism. – David Baldacci

There being no absolute and universal standard of right, terrorism must be held to be wrong in every case. – Mahatma Gandhi

There can be no doubt that these attacks are deliberate acts of terrorism, carefully planned and coordinated and as such I condemn them utterly. Terrorism must be fought resolutely wherever it appears. – Kofi Annan

There is a clear link between illegal migrants coming to Europe and the spread of terrorism. – Viktor Orban

There is a difficulty in combating the type of terror that is perpetrated by groups of radical Jews. It’s terror from within, and it is difficult to bring these perpetrators to justice; we need to create tools in order to combat this style of terrorism. – Reuven Rivlin

There is a great deal of urgency about this. I think it is the most important thing on the agenda in Iraq, which is to respond to the efforts of the terrorists to divide by terrorism by uniting through democracy. – John Reid

There is always a point at which the terrorist ceases to manipulate the media gestalt. A point at which the violence may well escalate, but beyond which the terrorist has become symptomatic of the media gestalt itself. Terrorism as we ordinarily understand it is innately media-related. – William Ford Gibson

There is an enormous amount of evidence that Saddam has weapons of mass destruction, is doing his best to develop more lethal weapons, and funds and supports terrorism. – Mike Pence

There is great concern in the European Union about the need for Syria to take much more action to control terrorism in its territory and from its territory, – Jack Straw

There is no excuse or justification for the Sunni brothers to boycott after we accepted all their demands and suggestions without changing a letter in them, … Their task now is to participate with us and vote ‘yes’ for the constitution, and cooperate with us to fight terrorism and the people who want to destroy the country. – Jalal Talabani

There is no great sport in having bullets flying about one in every direction, but I find they have less horror when among them than when in anticipation. – Umberto Eco

There is no indication of any terrorism connection in this matter right now, but again we also can’t discount that until we know more. – Matt McLaughlin

There is no life to be found in violence. Every act of violence brings us closer to death. Whether it’s the mundane violence we do to our bodies by overeating toxic food or drink or the extreme violence of child abuse, domestic warfare, life-threatening poverty, addiction, or state terrorism. – bell hooks

There is no place in a fanatic’s head where reason can enter. – Napoleon Bonaparte

There is no possible negotiation with these killers. Our aim is to win over terrorism. Only by being firm we can stop terrorism. We must be firm fighting the terrorists and opposing the final aims they want to achieve. – Jose Maria Aznar

There is no question that terrorism has to be addressed. But we are equally sure that the remedies being applied … are not the best way of eliminating terrorism. More terrorists are being created than are being eliminated. – John Pace

There is no religion of terrorism. – Shahrukh Khan

There is no such things as “Islamic terrorism,” because terrorism differs from Islam. There’s just terrorism, not Islamic terrorism. But the term “Islamic terrorism” has become widespread. – Bashar al-Assad

There really is no vacation from the world in which we live. – Michael Chertoff

There should be no cricket and Bollywood ties with Pakistan till Pakistan stops cross-border terrorism. – Gautam Gambhir

There should be no place for terrorism and extremist ideas in post-ISIS Iraq. We must join forces in building our country; we must contribute together to achieve security, stability, and prosperity for the benefit of all Iraqis. – Nadia Murad

There was a clarity to the Nineties. It was pre-9/11, before that anxiety kicked in that exists right now about the financial crisis or terrorism. We were all just going to move forward into the millennium and everything was always going to get better. Then, whoops, that didn’t happen. – Carrie Brownstein

There was no terrorism in the Middle East until Washington brought it there with invasions, bombings, and torture. – Paul Craig Roberts

Therefore, every country has to understand that fighting against international terrorism is not for the sake of the United States, but for the sake of themselves, and, to a larger extent, in the name of stability of international relations. – Omar Bongo

There’s a difference between those who breed terrorism and those who fight terrorism. This difference should be recognised by the people of India. – Kapil Sibal

There’s a huge conviction in the Wall Street community that this will be a successful, surgical, short-lived military incursion. That it will not cause any collateral damage to oil fields, that it will not destabilize Middle Eastern governments and that it will not lead to acts of terrorism in the United States. – Bill Sullivan

There’s no national strategy to deal with combating terrorism and foreign fighters. – Michael McCaul

These [NSA] programs were never about terrorism: they’re about economic spying, social control, and diplomatic manipulation. They’re about power. – Edward Snowden

These days, gun violence can strike anywhere, from a church hall in Charleston to a movie theater or a Planned Parenthood office in Colorado. But our response to it depends on whether that violence is understood to be terrorism. – Lawrence M. Krauss

These Israeli decisions are part of the policy of repression, terrorism and collective punishment against our people. – Ismail Haniya

They definitely don’t have to carry out a specific act of terrorism to be found guilty; otherwise, the whole material support statute wouldn’t fly. The government has a strong case against Mr. Padilla. I think he’s in a heap of trouble. – David Rivkin

They know the importance of their mission and of America’s commitment to combating and defeating terrorism abroad, and they know that they are making a real difference in bringing freedom to a part of the world that has known only tyranny. – John Boehner

They were unable to stand up and say: ‘Here’s our policy. It’s Unite the world against terrorism.’ – Chris Matthews

They’ve actually talked the talk. It is now time for them to walk the walk. They have to arrest the terrorists, confiscate the weapons, dismantle the infrastructure of terrorism and seriously embark on a process series of negotiations. – Dan Gillerman

This administration has been far too close for far too long to the Saudi ruling family, a family that has supported terrorism for over a decade. – Charles Schumer

This book recommends a watchful attitude to the view that terrorism constitutes a permanent threat and as such is a pressing problem of societies today. Such caution is appropriate, first of all, because of the conceptual problem anyone is facing when speaking, debating and reasoning about terrorism. Without doubt, ‘terrorism’ is one of the most ambiguous and blurry terms in the public debate, and it is often far from clear what the term actually refers to. Consequently, when terrorism is being presented as a threat and a pressing problem, we should inquire into what exactly this threat is about. Directly linked to this question is the problem of the more or less systematic exploitation of the terrorist threat by politicians. – Anne Schwenkenbecher

This case is important because it puts again, into our law, one more way to stop that kind of violence and domestic terrorism against providers and against patients who need services. – Karen Pearl

This crusade, this war on terrorism is going to take a while. – George W. Bush

This fanaticism is what feeds terrorism. And this is precisely why Muslims must play an active role in opposing hate sermons and incitement to terrorism and extremism in their mosques. – Otto Schily

This is a major, major act of war and act of terrorism that will have widespread economic consequences. – Jeremy Siegel

This is an act of terrorism and apparently the KFC was the target. – Manzoor Mughal

This is just the type of barbarism that the war on terrorism is determined to stop. I express my sympathies to the families of the victims. – Christina Rocca

This is not a battle between the United States of America and terrorism, but between the free and democratic world and terrorism. – Tony Blair

This is the new wave, the new generation of terrorism. It’s gone viral. It’s very dangerous, and it’s very hard to stop. – Michael McCaul

This is what terrorism is occupied with as well: making real, palpable violence surface in opposition to the invisible violence of security. – Jean Baudrillard

This issue of terrorism is as much an issue for Pakistan as it is a Western issue. – Shehbaz Sharif

This mass terrorism is the new evil in our world today. – Tony Blair

This may sound trite, but bad things happen to good people, and when you’re facing terrorism, natural disaster, you can have every wonderful plan in place, but I am a realist. – Warren Rudman

This report shows the war on terrorism became a war on immigrants, – Anthony Romero

This thing called Patriot Act, through which we abdicated a lot of our civil rights to defend the country against terrorism, it’s a four-year story. – Neil Young

This war on terrorism is going to continue for an indefinite period of time. – Tom Ridge

This was not an act of terrorism, but it was an act of war. – George W. Bush

Those are the things that, in the wrong hands – and certainly in our war on terrorism we also must attack proliferation and those nations that proliferate with chemical, biological and nuclear type devices, because that can cause the most catastrophic results. – Hugh Shelton

Those who are no longer involved in terrorism are welcome to join the peace process and take part in the elections. – Karim Rahimi

Those who committed these cowardly acts may believe that they have shaken our resolve to defeat terrorism. They could not be more wrong. – Doc Hastings

Those who cozy up with state sponsors of terrorism will not be tolerated, – Paul McNulty

Those who stand on our side in the fight against terrorism are our friend. Those on the opposite side are our enemy. – Recep Tayyip Erdogan

Those who think terrorism in Iraq is the result of the presence of multinational forces are wrong. – Jalal Talabani

Tightening up border and immigration controls go nowhere in addressing the underlying causes of terrorism in our society and in our world. – John McDonnell

To a degree, the West is reaping what it sowed from a major strategic blunder in the aftermath of 9/11 – the entire concept of a war on technique, that is, terrorism. Defining the enemy when fighting a concept was impossible. – Kurt Eichenwald

To make us a terrorist target in a region that is full of terrorism is dumb and unforgiveable. – John Hewson

Today, a day of mourning, a new disaster hit us, … Terrorism has declared war on us … Terrorists are trying to scare the Russian people. They are trying to demoralize the state. – Boris Yeltsin

Today, we talk a lot about terrorism, but we rarely talk about state terrorism. – Bianca Jagger

Today’s terrorism is not the product of a traditional history of anarchism, nihilism, or fanaticism. It is instead the contemporary partner of globalization. – Jean Baudrillard

Together with international unity and resolve we can meet the challenge of this global scourge and work to bring about an international law of zero tolerance for terrorism. – Manmohan Singh

Too many people in the American media have lost any concept of loyalty to their country — if they even consider it their country, rather than just their residence.
Yeah, that’s right, I’m playing the patriotism card. But not the way you think.
Our country is at war. And it’s a war in which victory absolutely depends on the Muslim world perceiving it as a war between the U.S and its allies on one side, and fanatical murderous terrorists on the other.
If it is ever perceived as a war against Islam, then we have lost. The world has lost.
So during such a difficult time, even people who think the Iraq War or even the whole war on terror is a horrible mistake still have an obligation of loyalty to the nation that offers them protection, prosperity, and freedom. – Orson Scott Card

Too often, stories about Afghanistan center around the various wars, the opium trade, the war on terrorism. Precious little is said about the Afghan people themselves – their culture, their traditions, how they lived in their country and how they manage abroad as exiles. – Khaled Hosseini

Tourists are terrorists with cameras. Terrorists are tourists with guns. – Anon

Terrorism Quotes

Transnational terrorism, in the form of the Salafi Jihadist movement, is fundamentally a function of globalization. – Thomas P.M. Barnett

True satisfaction and true justice, in my belief, will only come for Americans, and for that matter now for Spaniards and Turks and Saudis and Moroccans, when we put an end to terrorism. – Richard Armitage

True terrorism, you know, weaponized fear. In defense of ourselves, we’re fighting – actively fighting something else. But if you’re going to fight terrorism, to me, you fight the root causes of terrorism. – Lupe Fiasco

Undoubtedly, the U.S. harbors leading international terrorists, people described by the F.B.I. and the Justice Department as leading terrorists, like Orlando Bosch, now Posada Carriles, not to speak of those who actually implement state terrorism. – Noam Chomsky

Unless and until something concrete is done about addressing the Israeli-Palestinian issue you won’t get a real start on the war against terrorism. – Bob Hawke

Upholding human rights is not merely compatible with fighting terrorism, it is essential. – Joichi Ito

Very often when we talk about war, conflict or terrorism, we talk about it very politically. We forget that there are people involved. – Rasika Dugal

Wanton killing of innocent civilians is terrorism, not a war against terrorism. – (Avram) Noam Chomsky

War can only be abolished through war, and in order to get rid of the gun it is necessary to take up the gun. – Mao Zedong

War is terrorism, magnified a hundred times. – Howard Zinn

War on terrorism defines the central preoccupation of the United States in the world today, and it does reflect in my view a rather narrow and extremist vision of foreign policy of the world’s first superpower, of a great democracy, with genuinely idealistic traditions. – Zbigniew Brzezinski

We also have a public health system that’s been gearing up for terrorism and other threats, and really stood pointed and ready to engage in this effort. – Julie Gerberding

We are all hostages, and we are all terrorists. This circuit has replaced that other one of masters and slaves, the dominating and the dominated, the exploiters and the exploited. It is worse than the one it replaces, but at least it liberates us from liberal nostalgia and the ruses of history. – Jean Baudrillard

We are effectively destroying ourselves by violence masquerading as love. – R. D. Laing

We are making it very clear to all countries that nothing justifies terrorism. There are no political reasons that justify it; there is no cause, no grievance that justifies it. And we will do everything possible to make sure that all countries of the world understand that. – Antonio Guterres

We are ready to engage in international co-operation against terrorism with a view to safeguarding national interests and regional security and stability. – Li Peng

We can fight the War on Terrorism in other places around the world or we can fight it here in America. The right choice is to fight those terrorists where they are. – Randy Neugebauer

We can invade everyone from Grenada to Afghanistan, but if anyone spills a drop of our blood, it’s terrorism. – Paul Christopher

We can only move to a long-term resolution regarding terrorism and war by planting seeds of peace. We have to start with ourselves. – Peter Yarrow

We cannot solve the problem of terrorism by asserting our will on the world. – Armstrong Williams

We can’t be politically correct – right or left – in the war on terrorism. – Period.David Hunt

We can’t completely isolate ourselves from international terrorism and the problem the world faces. – Nigel Farage

We condemn all shades and hues of terrorism and militancy and want to cooperate with India to fight this menace. – Shehbaz Sharif

We criticize the approach carried out by the UK to support the U.S. in combating terrorism through unilateral approach, ignoring the role of the multilateral organization, the United Nations. – Din Syamsuddin

We discover (in the gospels) a groundwork of vulgar ignorance, of things impossible, of superstition, fanaticism and fabrication. – Thomas Jefferson

We do not create terrorism by fighting the terrorists. We invite terrorism by ignoring them. – George W. Bush

We do not sponsor any form of terrorism anywhere in the world. Never have, never will. – Robert Gibbs

We fight terrorism. It threatens our sovereign, democratic, compassionate and decent way of life. – Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

We first fought the heathens in the name of religion, then Communism, and now in the name of drugs and terrorism. Our excuses for global domination always change. – Serj Tankian

We give parity to all terrorism regardless of ideology. – Amber Rudd

We have adopted zero-tolerance policy against terrorism. We have not fed biryani to terrorists. – Yogi Adityanath

We have had dealings with terrorists for a long time. From 1948 until 1990, we had domestic terrorism because the pro-communist groups wanted to overthrow the colonial government. – Mahathir Mohamad

We have no control over the outcome of anything. Like the planet and global warming, we don’t control that. If politicians want a war we don’t control that. Acts of terrorism, we can’t control them. – will.i.am

We have our own home-grown terrorism, and to the extent that we can obliterate terrorism all over the world, then our own terrorism will be much easier to neutralize. – Gloria Macapagal Arroyo

We have supported state terrorism against the Palestinians and black South Africans, and now we are indignant because the stuff we have done overseas is now brought right back to our own front yards. America’s chickens are coming home to roost. – Jeremiah Wright

We have to stand together against terror and the reasons for terrorism, which are poverty and ignorance. – Shimon Peres

We know that terrorism is going to happen in the future, and we need to be prepared for it. – John Fleming

We know that we can defeat Islamist terrorism without violating our ideals; indeed, we must. These ideals, these American ideals. – Evan McMullin

We learned from history that terrorism is a cancer. World War Two started with the burning of synagogues and then they burned people. – Yona Metzger

We live in a time of terror, and contrary to what we see on television and allow ourselves to believe, the real goal of terror is not to kill people but to kill thought; to so demoralize a society that it implodes from within. – John Lahr

We may fight terrorism through brute force, but the terror that is unleashed in the name of religion can only be challenged through moral courage. – Asma Jahangir

We must address the root causes of terrorism to end it for all time. […] I believe putting resources into improving the lives of poor people is a better strategy than spending it on guns. – Muhammad Yunus

We must be unanimous in our strong condemnation of such state sponsorship of terrorism and demand its end in our lifetime. – Frances Townsend

We must expel Arabs and take their places. – David Ben-Gurion

We must fight terrorism as if there’s no peace process and work to achieve peace as if there’s no terror. – Yitzhak Rabin

We must find out where the roots of terrorism lie. – Brent Scowcroft

We must have the approach of ‘zero tolerance’ against any type of terrorism. – Rajnath Singh

We must pass a national energy policy to continue our successes in the War on Terrorism. – Zach Wamp

We must start to prepare for a warming world in the same way that we prepare for the possibility of terrorism – by making sure our infrastructure is secure and by working to minimize threats as much as possible. – Jackie Speier

We must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend. – Margaret Thatcher

We need intelligence services to fight against terrorism, but they have to respect the principles of good relationships between allies and protect personal, confidential data. – Francois Hollande

We need new partnerships in fighting terrorism and building peace. – Anna Lindh

We need to aggressively take on radical Islamic terrorism but not at the expense of our American values. – Joe Biden

We need to bear in mind that we don’t have religious tests in this country, and we also need to remember that some of our best allies in the war against Islamic terrorism are Muslims. – Mitch McConnell

We need to get ready for a world where terrorism will not ever fully go away. – Major Owens

We need to strengthen our analytic capacity in Washington, we need to centralize the anti-terrorism effort. – John Ashcroft

We need to take lessons learned from fighting terrorism and apply them to cyber crime. – Robert Mueller

We often speak of domestic terrorism and hate crimes in the same breath, and there is a fine line between the two, and certainly overlap in some cases. – James Comey

We regard terrorism as an evil that threatens the world community. All countries must join hands in this common cause, – Pervez Musharraf

We remain vulnerable. There is no such thing as 100 percent security against terrorism. – Gijs de Vries

We shall continue to work for a Middle East that is free of strife and violence, living in harmony without the threat of terrorism or the dangers of weapons of mass destruction. – Hosni Mubarak

We should cooperate much more closely in fighting terrorism, which is a great challenge. – Vladimir Putin

We should not look at terrorism from the nameplates – which group they belong to, what is their geographical location, who are the victims. These individual groups or names will keep changing. Today you are looking at the Taliban or ISIS; tomorrow you might be looking at another name. – Narendra Modi

We should pass the U.N.’s Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism. At least it will clearly establish whom you view as a terrorist and whom you don’t. We need to delink terrorism from religion – to isolate terrorists who use this interchange of arguments between terrorism and religion. – Narendra Modi

We should protect free speech by repealing offences that stifle legitimate debate – like ‘glorification’ of terrorism and religious hatred – but take a ‘zero-tolerance’ approach to extremists inciting violence. – Dominic Raab

We still lack a global definition of terrorism. – Gijs de Vries

We support every effort to combat international terrorism through the formulation of international conventions and hope that the international community will take further steps to improve the anti-terrorism international legal framework. – Li Peng

We totally and absolutely renounce all forms of terrorism. – Yasser Arafat

We will not allow you to escape your responsibilities. We will not tolerate terrorism and the primary objective will be to guard the border. – Dan Halutz

We will not be intimidated or pushed off the world stage by people who do not like what we stand for, and that is, freedom, democracy and the fight against disease, poverty and terrorism. – Madeleine Albright

We will not import crime, terrorism, homophobia, and a brand of anti-Semitism that sets synagogues ablaze. – Viktor Orban

We will starve terrorists of funding, turn them one against another, drive them from place to place, until there is no refuge or no rest. And we will pursue nations that provide aid or safe haven to terrorism. Every nation, in every region, now has a decision to make. Either you are with us, or you are with the terrorists. – George W. Bush, “He that is not with me is against me… (Matthew 12: vs. 30 and Luke 11: vs. 23)”

Well, one thing’s very clear, that terrorism isn’t just a threat which is external to Western countries. It’s not simply a foreign menace that comes from overseas to strike our cities. It can and it does, as we now know, come from within our own countries and from inside our own populations. – Pauline Neville-Jones

We’re living in a fearful time. Since 9/11 people have become more afraid than before, because of terrorism. There’s a lot of confusion about evil, where it’s all coming from. – Charles Stanley

We’re never going to be able to get rid of terrorism, because there is always going to be evil in the world. – Abdullah II of Jordan

We’re not going to cure terrorism and spread peace and goodwill in the Middle East by killing innocent people, or I’m not even saying our bullets and bombs are killing them. The occupation that they don’t have food. They don’t have clean water. They don’t have electricity. They don’t have medicine. They don’t have doctors. – Cindy Sheehan

We’re not going to negotiate about the terms of terrorism. You don’t negotiate about terrorism. It’s is wrong to engage in terrorism, and there isn’t anything to negotiate. – Condoleezza Rice

We’re still stymied by the old stand-off between those who wish to fight terrorism and resistance fighters. – Gijs de Vries

We’ve got jihadists. That doesn’t mean that all Muslims are problems with respect to terrorism, but there is something going on here. We’ve got a problem dealing with one aspect of one portion of modern Islam – just as hundreds of years ago the world had a problem with Torquemada and the Spanish Inquisition. – James Woolsey

We’ve seen some aggressive opposition in the New York area, … It’s a sign that terrorism is alive and well in this country. – Chris Simcox

What causes terrorism is disrespect, a lack of justice, and poverty. – Jodie Evans

What distinguishes terrorism is the willful and calculated choice of innocents as targets. – Benjamin Netanyahu

What I am going to tell you is this: Although it is commonly believed that the War on Terrorism is a noble effort to defend freedom, in reality, it has little to do with terrorism and even less to do with the defense of freedom. – Edward Griffin

What I want to make clear though is that we oppose terrorism in any form. However, any operation against terrorism should be under the framework of the United Nations and follow the fundamental principles of international laws. – Nong Duc Manh

What is perhaps most disturbing about this announcement is that it says that terrorism is legitimate in certain areas and terrorism will be stopped in other areas. We will not accept, we will not greet any kind of announcement which says killing Israelis here is OK but killing them there is not OK. – Dore Gold

What may be seen as a glorification of terrorism by one person might be seen as an explanation of the causes of terrorism by another person. – Azzam Tamimi

What’s the definition of terrorism? It’s to achieve an objective through the use of force and fear. These are just nasty, evil, disgusting human beings who disrespect human life. – Tim Kennedy

When a man wrote a political screed against the IRS and flew into its building, he was deemed mentally ill, even though it was clearly a political act. There’s a double standard, which is: If his name is Muhammad, it’s automatically terrorism. – Hamza Yusuf

When a person is humiliated, when his rights are being violated, and he does not have the proper education, naturally he gravitates toward terrorism. – Shirin Ebadi

When Canada works to counter extremism and terrorism, particularly in the Middle East, Israel is always a natural partner and a close ally. – Chrystia Freeland

When facing terrorism, especially in the wake of awful events, there is a tendency to despair, to see in the battle a problem without a solution. – Rich Cohen

When it comes to terrorism, governments seem to suffer from a collective amnesia. All of our historical experience tells us that there can be no purely military solution to a political problem, and yet every time we confront a new terrorist group, we begin by insisting we will never talk to them. – Jonathan Powell

When listening to politicians, distinguish certain words. Look out for the expansive use of ‘terrorism’ and ‘extremism.’ Be alive to the fatal notions of ‘exception’ and ’emergency.’ Be angry about the treacherous use of patriotic vocabulary. – Timothy D. Snyder

When terrorism strikes, divisive anger is a natural response. – Mohsin Hamid

When the blood dries, the stains will remain and there will be a challenge to us, that we have to fight and defeat terrorism and we will take everyone’s cooperation for this. – Atal Vajpayee

When we are reflecting on terrorism we can grieve for many things we do and have done. – Mary Douglas

When we have dealt with bin Laden and his network we will then broaden the campaign to go after other terrorists all around the world. – Colin Powell

When we think of the major threats to our national security, the first to come to mind are nuclear proliferation, rogue states and global terrorism. But another kind of threat lurks beyond our shores, one from nature, not humans – an avian flu pandemic. – Barack Obama

When you talk about aiding this country against that country or about fighting terrorism, when you actually take that decision and strip it down, it always comes down to one person in the field giving specialized training to somebody else in the field. – Robert D. Kaplan

Whenever counterterrorism professionals see punditry and media make grand pronunciations on terrorism that defy all demonstrable evidence, an unrepeatable oath is usually muttered. – Malcolm Nance

Wherever you have weakening states and turmoil, you will have a fertile petri dish for terrorism. – Robert D. Kaplan

Whether it be the Foreign Enlistment Act 1870 or the Terrorism Act 2000, there is no shortage of offences with which to prosecute those who go abroad to fight or train and who may threaten us on their return. – Dominic Grieve

Whether it’s at a concert in France or a restaurant in the United States, terrorism doesn’t have to happen in a military installation by any stretch of the imagination. – Bill Goldberg

Whether you call it terrorism or resistance, and whether you like Hamas or not, it is a political entity that no one can ignore. – Bashar al-Assad

While I agree that homegrown terrorism and the jihadist threat deserve continuing attention, a single-minded approach ignores all other threats. – Bennie Thompson

While religious fundamentalism is treated as a serious social problem because it has the potential to lead to rare but devastating acts of terrorism against the public, with a variety of programmes and interventions to address it, everyday violence against women occurring in the name of fundamentalism has long been neglected. – Deeyah Khan

While the vast majority of hackers may be disinclined towards violence, it would only take a few to turn cyber terrorism into reality. – Dorothy Denning

Whistle-blowing and publishing should not be seen as a crime, and certainly not as terrorism. – Sarah Harrison

Whoever gives in to terrorism has to be prepared to do so many times. – Gonzalo Sanchez de Lozada

Why are people saying it’s too soon? Like the people on that flight, we need to agree about what to do about terrorism. And I think we need to have that conversation now. – Paul Greengrass

Will anything but fanaticism make for change? Wisdom and compromise come later. – Dorothy Gilman

With guns you can kill terrorists, with education you can kill terrorism. – Malala Yousafzai

With keeping the tragedy of 9/11 in mind, it’s the nexus between narcotic sales and terrorism — that’s the focus that the international community needs to get at rather than just get after the warlords or get after poppy. – Elizabeth Jones

Without fanaticism we cannot accomplish anything. – Evita Peron

Words of Muslims are important. It’s important for people to know that Muslims think that terrorism is the epitome of injustice because it targets innocent people. People need to hear those words, and they’re more credible from Muslims themselves. – Karen Hughes

You can gesture at the transnational problem of Islamist terrorism all you like, but it’s just hot air unless you invest in proper security on the ground in your own country, with the right safeguards to civil liberties. – Giles Foden

You cannot avoid war in life, you cannot avoid the fear of terrorism, you cannot avoid those things now, they are a part of everyday demeanor. – John Mayer

You cannot win a War on Terrorism. It’s like having a war on jealousy. – David Cross

You can’t ever make serious progress against terrorism unless you deal with Israel. – Mario Cuomo

You can’t leave the fight against terrorism to the government because it affects us as well. – Soha Ali Khan

You can’t make war against terror. Terror is a technique of battle. It’s a tactic that has been employed since time immemorial. You can conduct clandestine action against terrorists, and that must be done. – John le Carré

You talked about national identity cards and the terrorism bill. We have made a government that has grown used to viewing us as subjects, has grown used to seeing its role as commanding us. – Malcolm Wallop

You’re always going to have terrorism. – Abdallah II of Jordan

Terrorism quotes

From Wikiquote

  • Terrorism thrives on administrative violence and injustice; that is the only atmosphere in which it can thrive and grow. It sometimes follows the example of indiscriminate violence from above; it sometimes, though very rarely, sets it from below. But the power above which follows the example from below is on the way to committing suicide.
    • Sri Aurobindo, July 24, 1909, quoted from Sri Aurobindo, ., Nahar, S., Aurobindo, ., & Institut de recherches évolutives (Paris). India’s rebirth: A selection from Sri Aurobindo’s writing, talks and speeches. Paris: Institut de Recherches Evolutives. 3rd Edition (2000).
  • They say they believe in freedom and share our values. They say a few bad apples shouldn’t bring down judgment on their entire kind. Don’t be fooled. Though they walk among us with impunity, they are, in the words of Henry Farrell, a political scientist at George Washington University, “a group that is notoriously associated with terrorist violence and fundamentalist political beliefs.”
    They are engineers.
    Farrell, of course, was kidding. He posted that comment on a blog shortly after Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab (confessed Al Qaeda operative and engineering student) tried to blow up an airliner over Detroit last winter. But the satire was rooted in a statistical fact: in the ranks of captured and confessed terrorists, engineers and engineering students are significantly overrepresented. Maybe that’s a numerological accident. The sociologist Diego Gambetta and the political scientist Steffen Hertog don’t think so.

    • David Berreby, “Engineering Terror”, New York Times, (Sept. 10, 2010).
  • Terrorism is defined as political violence in an asymmetrical conflict that is designed to induce terror and psychic fear (sometimes indiscriminate) through the violent victimization and destruction of noncombatant targets (sometimes iconic symbols). Such acts are meant to send a message from an illicit clandestine organization. The purpose of terrorism is to exploit the media in order to achieve maximum attainable publicity as an amplifying force multiplier in order to influence the targeted audience(s) in order to reach short- and midterm political goals and/or desired long-term end states.
    • Carsten Bockstette, (2008). “Jihadist Terrorist Use of Strategic Communication Management Techniques” (PDF). George C. Marshall Center Occasional Paper Series (20). ISSN 1863-6039. Retrieved January 1, 2009.
  • The rebellion of the exploited is never terrorism.
    • Alfredo M. Bonanno, “Of the Terrorism of Some Idiots and Other Matters” (1979)
  • At length, after a terrible struggle, the (Directory) Troops prevailed over the Citizens (…) To secure them further, they have a strong corps of irregulars, ready armed. Thousands of those Hell-hounds called Terrorists, whom they had shut up in Prison on their last Revolution, as the Satellites of Tyranny, are let loose on the people.
    • Edmund Burke – To The Earl Fitzwilliam (Christmas, 1795.) In: Edmund Burke, Select Works of Edmund Burke, vol. 3 (Letters on a Regicide Peace) (1795).
  • When people live in freedom, they do not willingly choose leaders who pursue campaigns of terror. When people have hope in the future, they will not cede their lives to violence and extremism. So around the world, America is promoting human liberty, human rights, and human dignity. We are standing with dissidents and young democracies, providing AIDS medicine to bring dying patients back to life, and sparing mothers and babies from malaria. And this great republic born alone in liberty is leading the world toward a new age when freedom belongs to all nations… Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere. Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right. This nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth. We must always be willing to act in their defense and to advance the cause of peace.
    • George W. Bush, farewell speech to the nation (15 January 2009).
  • While our nation is safer than it was seven years ago, the gravest threat to our people remains another terrorist attack. Our enemies are patient and determined to strike again. America did nothing to seek or deserve this conflict. But we have been given solemn responsibilities, and we must meet them. We must resist complacency. We must keep our resolve. And we must never let down our guard. At the same time, we must continue to engage the world with confidence and clear purpose. In the face of threats from abroad, it can be tempting to seek comfort by turning inward. But we must reject isolationism and its companion, protectionism. Retreating behind our borders would only invite danger. In the 21st century, security and prosperity at home depend on the expansion of liberty abroad. If America does not lead the cause of freedom, that cause will not be led.
    • George W. Bush, farewell speech to the nation (15 January 2009).
  • Maintain our moral clarity. I have often spoken to you about good and evil. This has made some uncomfortable. But good and evil are present in this world, and between the two there can be no compromise. Murdering the innocent to advance an ideology is wrong every time, everywhere. Freeing people from oppression and despair is eternally right. This nation must continue to speak out for justice and truth. We must always be willing to act in their defense and to advance the cause of peace.
    • George W. Bush, farewell speech to the nation (15 January 2009).
  • When I was still a member of what is probably best termed the British Jihadi Network, a series of semi-autonomous British Muslim terrorist groups linked by a single ideology, I remember how we used to laugh in celebration whenever people on TV proclaimed that the sole cause for Islamic acts of terror like 9/11, the Madrid bombings and 7/7 was Western foreign policy.

    By blaming the government for our actions, those who pushed the ‘Blair’s bombs’ line did our propaganda work for us. More important, they also helped to draw away any critical examination from the real engine of our violence: Islamic theology.

    • Hassan Butt (2007-07-01). “My plea to fellow Muslims: you must renounce terror”. The Observer..
  • You should not be walking through the lobbies with Jeremy Corbyn and a bunch of terrorist sympathisers.
    • David Cameron, during a private meeting of Tory MPs the evening before a crucial debate and vote on whether Britain will go to war in Syria – “David Cameron brands Jeremy Corbyn a ‘terrorist sympathiser’ for opposing Syria air strikes” The Independent (2 December 2015)
  • No-one becomes a terrorist from a standing start. It starts with a process of radicalisation. When you look in detail at the backgrounds of those convicted of terrorist offences, it is clear that many of them were first influenced by what some would call non-violent extremists.
    • David Cameron, speech at Ninestiles School, Birmingham. (transcript by The Independent)
  • We should together challenge the ludicrous conspiracy theories of the extremists. The world is not conspiring against Islam; the security services aren’t behind terrorist attacks; our new Prevent duty for schools is not about criminalising or spying on Muslim children. This is paranoia in the extreme.
    • David Cameron, speech at Ninestiles School, Birmingham. (transcript by The Independent)
  • We need our internet companies to go further in helping us identify potential terrorists online. Many of their commercial models are built around monitoring platforms for personal data, packaging it up and selling it on to third parties. And when it comes to doing what’s right for their business, they are happy to engineer technologies to track our likes and dislikes. But when it comes to doing what’s right in the fight against terrorism, we too often hear that it’s all too difficult.
    • David Cameron, speech at Ninestiles School, Birmingham. (transcript by The Independent)
  • We’ve got to show that if you say “yes I condemn terror – but the Kuffar are inferior”, or “violence in London isn’t justified, but suicide bombs in Israel are a different matter” – then you too are part of the problem. Unwittingly or not, and in a lot of cases it’s not unwittingly, you are providing succour to those who want to commit, or get others to commit to, violence.
    • David Cameron, speech at Ninestiles School, Birmingham. (transcript by The Independent)
  • We know from long experience in Iraq and Afghanistan to take territory, hold territory, and govern territory and prevent a reemergence of a terrorist group.
    • Ash Carter, interview with Charlie Rose (February 2016).
  • One has to ask whether there was transparency in the invasion of Iraq. The world knows President Bush lied openly about Iraq having chemical weapons, They keep on bombing cities, killing children, they have become a terrorist state.
    • Hugo Chávez, Chavez: US is a terrorist state (14 February 2005).
  • If fine speech-making, appeals to reason, or pleas for compassion had the power to move them, the terrorists would long ago have abandoned the field.
    • Dick Cheney, May 21, 2009.[1].
  • Fifteen years ago, there was this country called the Soviet Union that had over 10,000 nuclear warheads pointed at us… they’re not there anymore. That’s a good thing. And when people talk about how the world is more dangerous now than it was because we had these terrorists running around, my reply is, you know, a terrorist is like a buzzing mosquito. About 15 years ago, there was a great, big vampire bat; that’s several orders of magnitude different from a mosquito. So the world is much safer — a lot safer than it was. It’s not perfectly safe, but it’s a heck of a lot safer than it was.
    • Tom Clancy, Larry King Live Weekend (27 August 2000).
  • Ending your own life is not something the average person does. Everybody’s assuming these are Islamic terrorists. Well, if so they’ve defiled their own religion. Islam does not permit suicide. It says you go to hell if you do something like this… We saw people in Northern Ireland, Catholics acting like savages and Protestants acting like savages… We have people who call themselves Muslims acting like savages. It’s not because of their religion, it’s because they’re fools.
    • Tom Clancy, interview with Judy Woodruff (11 September 2001), CNN.
  • Others are engaging even in an eco-type of terrorism whereby they can alter the climate, set off earthquakes, volcanoes remotely through the use of electromagnetic waves.
    • William Cohen, U.S. Secretary of Defense, DoD news briefing, April 28, 1997 [2].
    • discussing threats from other countries’ scientific projects
  • In this tragic moment, when words seem so inadequate to express the shock people feel, the first thing that comes to mind is this: We are all Americans! We are all New Yorkers, just as surely as John F. Kennedy declared himself to be a Berliner in 1962 when he visited Berlin.
    • Jean-Marie Colombani, Le Monde (liberal), Paris, France, Sept. 12, 2001.
  • When I think about the violence of my own youth in Birmingham, Alabama, where bombs were planted repeatedly and houses were destroyed and churches were destroyed and lives were destroyed and we have yet to refer to those acts as the acts of terrorists. You know terrorism which is represented as external, as outside, is very much a domestic phenomenon. Terrorism very much shaped the history of the United States of America.
    • Angela Davis, Freedom is a Constant Struggle: Closures and Continuities, Birkbeck Annual Law lecture at Birkbeck, University of London (25 October 2013). Transcrip
  • By one measure at least, the world is getting less dangerous. There were 10% fewer deaths from terrorism in 2015 than the year before, according to the latest Global Terrorism Index compiled by the Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP). It was still the second deadliest year on record though, with 29,376 people killed in terrorist attacks.
    Despite news coverage which often seems to suggest that terrorism is an ever-present threat all around the world, the reality is that a small number of countries suffer disproportionately. On the basis of the IEP’s definition of terrorism – illegal violence by non-state actors designed to intimidate or coerce others, or in pursuit of a political, economic, religious or social goal – more than 72% of terrorist deaths last year occurred in just five countries, and although there were 274 known groups that carried out terrorist attacks, just four of them (Islamic State / ISIS, Boko Haram, the Taliban and Al Qaeda) were responsible for 74% of all deaths.

    • Dominic Dudley, “The Ten Countries Most Affected By Terrorism”, Forbes, (Nov 18, 2016).
  • Terror consists mostly of useless cruelties perpetrated by frightened people in order to reassure themselves.
    • Friedrich Engels, letter to Marx (4 September 1870).
  • Terrorism grows when there is no other option, and as long as the world economy has at its center the god of money and not the person.
    • Pope Francis, as quoted in “Pope Francis Says Ills of Global Economy, Not Islam, Inspire Terrorism,” The Wall Street Journal, (August 1, 2016).
  • Terrorism has rattled us, starting with 9/11 but continuing through lesser forms of murder and mayhem ever since—the kind perpetrated by radical Muslims via internet indoctrination (for example, Ft. Hood, Boston Marathon, San Bernardino, Orlando) and the more nativist kind perhaps more so (for example, Columbine, Sandy Hook, Parkland, Dylann Roof, Stephen Paddock, and, just this past week, Cesar Sayoc and Robert Bowers). Terrorism does its damage not mainly through body counts but by undermining the social trust that keeps communities engaged, united, and optimistic. The bureaucratized paranoia we have allowed to develop as a consequence hasn’t helped in the least—“If you see something, say something” spoken a hundred million times a day across the country by our now ubiquitous automatonic ghosts. By essentially reminding people of the real prospect of mass murder several times a day, it’s been on balance counterproductive as well as very expensive.
    • Adam Garfinkle, “Be Afraid? Yes, But Don’t Overdo It” (29 October 2018), The American Interest
  • There is always a point at which the terrorist ceases to manipulate the media gestalt. A point at which the violence may well escalate, but beyond which the terrorist has become symptomatic of the media gestalt itself. Terrorism as we ordinarily understand it is innately media-related.
    • William Gibson, Official blog at williamgibsonbooks.com (31 October 2004).
  • There are real people out there who are organized to kill people in religion and based on race. But it’s 2015 there are people out there looking for Christians to kill them. So this is a mean time we live in.
    • Lindsey Graham, as quoted in “Lindsey Graham Says SC Church Shooting Suspect Dylann Roof Was His Niece’s Classmate” (18 June 2015), by Ali Dukakis, ABC News.
  • It is a telling paradox indeed that this central, all-justifying word [Terrorism] is simultaneously the most meaningless and therefore the most manipulated. It is, as I have noted before, a word that simultaneously means nothing yet justifies everything. Indeed, that’s the point: it is such a useful concept precisely because it’s so malleable, because it means whatever those with power to shape discourse want it to mean.
    • Glenn Greenwald in The sham “terrorism expert” industry: A highly ideological, jingoistic clique masquerades as objective scholars, all to justify US militarism, Salon, (16 August 2012)
  • Many of the benefits from keeping Terrorism fear levels high are obvious. Private corporations suck up massive amounts of Homeland Security cash as long as that fear persists, while government officials in the National Security and Surveillance State can claim unlimited powers, and operate with unlimited secrecy and no accountability. In sum, the private and public entities that shape government policy and drive political discourse profit far too much in numerous ways to allow rational considerations of the Terror threat.
    • Glenn Greenwald in The sham “terrorism expert” industry: A highly ideological, jingoistic clique masquerades as objective scholars, all to justify US militarism, Salon, (16 August 2012)
  • There’s a very similar and at least equally important (though far less discussed) constituency deeply vested in the perpetuation of this fear. It’s the sham industry… “terrorism experts,” who have built their careers on fear-mongering… and can stay relevant only if that threat does.
    These “terrorism experts” form an incredibly incestuous, mutually admiring little clique in and around Washington. They’re employed at think tanks, academic institutions, and media outlets. They can and do have mildly different political ideologies — some are more Republican, some are more Democratic — but, as usual for D.C. cliques, ostensible differences in political views are totally inconsequential when placed next to their common group identity and career interest: namely, sustaining the myth of the Grave Threat…
    in order to justify their fear-based careers, the relevance of their circle, and their alleged “expertise.” Like all adolescent, insular cliques, they defend one another reflexively whenever a fellow member is attacked, closing ranks with astonishing speed and loyalty; they take substantive criticisms very personally as attacks on their “friends,” because a criticism of the genre and any member in good standing of this fiefdom is a threat…

    • Glenn Greenwald in The sham “terrorism expert” industry: A highly ideological, jingoistic clique masquerades as objective scholars, all to justify US militarism, Salon, (16 August 2012)
  • There is no term more potent in our political discourse and legal landscape than “Terrorism.” It shuts down every rational thought process and political debate the minute it is uttered. It justifies torture (we have to get information from the Terrorists); due-process-free-assassinations even of our own citizens (Obama has to kill the Terrorists); and rampant secrecy (the Government can’t disclose what it’s doing or have courts rule on its legality because the Terrorists will learn of it), and it sends people to prison for decades (material supporters of Terrorism).
    • Glenn Greenwald in The sham “terrorism expert” industry: A highly ideological, jingoistic clique masquerades as objective scholars, all to justify US militarism, Salon, (16 August 2012)
  • Refusing to accept a life of submission, the suicide bomber turns life itself into a horrible weapon.
    • Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Multitude
  • What do groups like ISIS and al-Qaeda, and even Hamas, want? They want to impose their religious views on the rest of humanity. They want to stifle every freedom that decent and educated and secular people care about. This is not a trivial difference. And yet, judging from the level of condemnation that Israel now receives, you would think the difference ran the other way. This kind of confusion puts us all in danger. This is the great story of our time. For the rest of our lives, and the lives of our children, we are going to be confronted by people who don’t want to live peacefully in a secular pluralistic world because they are desperate to get to paradise, and they are willing to destroy the very possibility of human happiness along the way. The truth is, we are all living in Israel; it’s just that some of us haven’t realized it yet.
    • Sam Harris, “Why Don’t I Criticize Israel?” (27 July 2014), Sam Harris
  • Actually, who is the terrorist, who is against human rights? The answer is the United States because they attacked Iraq. Moreover, it is the terrorist king, waging war.
    • Hamzah Haz, “Indonesian VP: United States Is ‘Terrorist King'” (2003), Common Dreams
  • Usually, terrorists film their attacks for future information operations and social media use. They may have had terrorist videographers in specific locations for that purpose.
    • Mark Hertling, “What videos reveal about Paris killers” (7 January 2015), CNN, Fulton County, Georgia: Cable News Network
  • On one point, at least, everyone agrees: terrorism is a pejorative term. It is a word with intrinsically negative connotations that is generally applied to one’s enemies and opponents, or to those with whom one disagrees and would otherwise prefer to ignore. ‘What is called terrorism,’ Brian Jenkins has written, ‘thus seems to depend on one’s point of view. Use of the term implies a moral judgment; and if one party can successfully attach the label terrorist to its opponent, then it has indirectly persuaded others to adopt its moral viewpoint.’ Hence the decision to call someone or label some organization terrorist becomes almost unavoidably subjective, depending largely on whether one sympathizes with or opposes the person/group/cause concerned. If one identifies with the victim of the violence, for example, then the act is terrorism. If, however, one identifies with the perpetrator, the violent act is regarded in a more sympathetic, if not positive (or, at the worst, an ambivalent) light; and it is not terrorism.
    • Bruce Hoffman (1998). “Inside Terrorism”. Columbia University Press. p. 32. ISBN 0-231-11468-0. Archived from the original on April 16, 2009. Retrieved January 11, 2010. Google cached copyCS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  • We need intelligence services to fight against terrorism, but they have to respect the principles of good relationships between allies and protect personal, confidential data.
    • François Hollande, as quoted in “Exclusive: President François Hollande Talks Syria, Spies and Secrets With TIME” (5 February 2014), by Catherine Mayer, Time
  • You get used to terrorist attacks… [B]ecause you get used to everything. No human force, not even fear, is stronger than habit.
    • Michel Houellebecq, “The New York Times – The Opinion Pages”, commentary about the November 2015 Paris attacks (21 November 2015)
  • Civilization is based on a clearly defined and widely accepted yet often unarticulated hierarchy. Violence done by those higher on the hierarchy to those lower is nearly always invisible, that is, unnoticed. When it is noticed, it is fully rationalized. Violence done by those lower on the hierarchy to those higher is unthinkable, and when it does occur is regarded with shock, horror, and the fetishization of the victims.
    • Derrick Jensen, Endgame. p. IX
  • Atheism is the only real hope against terrorism.
    • Penn Jillette, as quoted in “Morality, Religion, and Bullshit” (December 2012), American Humanist.
  • We cannot lose to terrorism, we must not yield to brute force.
    • Junichirō Koizumi, as quoted in “Beheaded Japanese to be flown home” (31 October 2004), CNN.
  • America has made many accusations against us and many other Muslims around the world. Its charge that we are carrying out acts of terrorism is unwarranted.
    • Osama bin Laden, The unreleased Osama bin Ladin interview by Al Jazeera Satellite channel reporter Tayseer Allouni (21 October 2001). Retrieved on 2008-08-30..
  • The difference between a terrorist and a freedom fighter is a matter of perspective: it all depends on the observer and the verdict of history.
    • Pentti Linkola, Can Life Prevail?: A Revolutionary Approach to the Environmental Crisis. page 160
  • I know that you personally do not fear giving up your own life in order to take others; that is why you are so dangerous. But I know you fear that you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society and I can show you why you will fail. In the days that follow, look at our airports, look at our sea ports and look at our railway stations and, even after your cowardly attack, you will see… They come to be free, they come to live the life they choose, they come to be able to be themselves. They flee you because you tell them how they should live. They don’t want that and nothing you do, however many of us you kill, will stop that flight to our city where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another. Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.
    • Ken Livingstone, speech in response to the London terrorist attacks on that same day July 7, 2005
  • Terror struck into the hearts of the enemies is not only a means, it is the end in itself… It is the point where the means and the end meet and merge. Terror is not a means of imposing decision upon the enemy. It is the decision we wish to impose upon him… Terror… can be instilled only if the opponent’s Faith is destroyed. Psychological dislocation is temporary; spiritual dislocation is permanent. Psychological dislocation can be produced by a physical act but this does not hold good of the spiritual dislocation. To instill terror into the hearts of the enemy, it is essential, in the ultimate analysis, to dislocate his Faith …
    • Malik, Brigadier S.K., The Quranic Concept of War, Lahore, 1979, New Delhi reprint, 1986. , quoted from S.R. Goel, The Calcutta Quran Petition Section 1, Chapter 3. (1999)
  • I define a ‘terrorist’ as a non-state actor who attacks civilian targets in order to strike terror into the hearts of the enemy community… A ‘state terrorist’ is a state doing the same thing.
    • Michael Mann, Professor of Sociology, UCLA in Incoherent Empire, p. 159.
  • The international community has never succeeded in developing an accepted comprehensive definition of terrorism. During the 1970s and 1980s, the United Nations attempts to define the term floundered mainly due to differences of opinion between various members about the use of violence in the context of conflicts over national liberation and self-determination.
    • Angus Martyn, “The Right of Self-Defence under International Law-the Response to the Terrorist Attacks of 11 September”, Australian Law and Bills Digest Group, Parliament of Australia Web Site, 12 February 2002. Archived 16 February 2012 at the Wayback Machine
  • Researchers and journalists for the news site Quartz said they used data compiled by the Global Terrorism Database that has tabulated terrorist events around the world since 1970. The database is supported by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), affiliated with the University of Maryland.
    “A Quartz analysis of the database shows that almost two-thirds of terror attacks in the (United States) last year were tied to racist, anti-Muslim, homophobic, anti-Semitic, fascist, anti-government, or xenophobic motivations,” its posting says.
    The remaining attacks, the web site said, “were driven by left-wing ideologies … and Islamic extremism.”
    Globally, terrorist attacks dropped from about 17,000 in 2014 to about 11,000 in 2017, including a 40 percent decline in the Middle East, according to Quartz’s analysis of the START data.

    • Bill Morlin, “Study shows two-thirds of U.S. terrorism tied to right-wing extremists”, Southern Poverty Law Center, (September 12, 2018)
  • No one can terrorize a whole nation, unless we are all his accomplices.
    • Edward R. Murrow, broadcaster, CBS television broadcast “See It Now” (7 March 1954)
  • The root cause of terrorism lies not in grievances but in a disposition toward unbridled violence. This can be traced to a world view which asserts that certain ideological and religious goals justify, indeed demand, the shedding of all moral inhibitions.”
    • Benjamin Netanyahu, former Israeli ambassador and current Israeli prime minister.
    • As quoted in —Terrorism—How the West Can Win. Awakeǃ magazine, 1/8 – 1987.
  • The terrorists have won… What was their goal 15 long, sad years ago? To strip from the world’s greatest power, their traditions of growing tolerance. To hamstring the international interests of a country that barely stuck to the international double-white line of the moral road, but came closer than any other. To take our energies from trying… to help the world move forward, and instead make us direct those energies inward, at one another, within our own borders.
    • Keith Olbermann, “The Terrorists Have Won” (November 2016), The Closer, YouTube
  • You know, the media and the politicians would have us believe that there’s something inherently immoral about terrorism. That is, they would have us believe that it’s not immoral for us to destroy a pharmaceutical factory in Sudan with cruise missiles, but it is immoral for someone like Bin Laden to blow up a government building in Washington with a truck bomb. It’s okay for us to take out an air-raid shelter full of women and children in Baghdad with a smart bomb, but it’s cowardly and immoral for an Iraqi or Iranian agent to pop a vial of sarin in a New York subway tunnel. Really, what should we expect? They don’t have aircraft carriers and cruise missiles and stealth bombers. So should we expect them to just sit there and take their punishment when we wage war on them? I think that it is the most reasonable thing in the world for them to hit back at us in the only way they can. It actually takes more courage to be a terrorist behind enemy lines than it does to push the firing button for a cruise missile a hundred miles away from your target. And yet we certainly will see Bill Clinton and every other Jew-serving politician in our government on television denouncing as a “cowardly act” the first terrorist bomb which goes off in the United States as a result of a war against Iraq. And don’t be surprised when the FBI and the CIA announce that they have studied the evidence carefully and have determined that it was Iranian terrorists who built the bomb, so that the Jews will have an excuse for expanding the war to take out Iran as well as Iraq.
    • William Luther Pierce, neo-Nazi leader, as quoted in Why War? (1998), “American Dissident Voices Broadcast” (21 November 1998).
  • Every morning
    I wake up with the news
    of bloodshed.
    I feel my body,
    desperate to know whether
    I’m still alive.

    • Suman Pokhrel, Every Morning
  • Thank God,
    my name isn’t in the list of those
    who died or were
    killed yesterday!

    • Suman Pokhrel, Every Morning
  • Terrorists aren’t trying to kill us because we offended them. They attack us because they want to impose their view of the world on as many people as they can, and America is standing in their way. We need to make it unmistakably clear that we will do whatever it takes, for however long it takes, to defeat radical Islamic terrorism. We will punish — we will punish their allies, like Iran — and we will stand with our allies, like Israel.
    • Marco Rubio, Conservative Political Action Committee speech, 2010-02-19.
  • Islamic terrorists are against us because of what we do, not who we are…if we did not attack them, then their leadership would have trouble persuading their followers that they need to die attacking the American way of life.
    • Michael Scheuer, ex head of CIA anti-terrorist unit on the ABC (Australian Broadcasting Commission) 7.30 report (23 November 2004).
  • Governments are terrorists, but they hide their actions behind the label of nationalism and patriotism: war becomes defense; theft becomes ‘taxation’; slavery becomes ‘conscription’; terrorism becomes ‘defense.’ Few people question the violations; rather, if they do protest, it is because the government is oppressing the ‘wrong’ group of people, and not because they regard coercion itself as wrong.
    • L.K. Samuels, Facets of Liberty: A Libertarian Primer, edited L.K. Samuels, Freeland Press (2009), chapter 17: “Who’s Afraid of No Government” pp. 139-140.
  • A terrorist act is the logical if extreme outcome of white supremacy and intolerance. Apparently, reasons this particular white supremacist gunman, ‘if you can’t own them, exploit them, or remove them, you kill them’.
    • Brooks D. Simspon, “Charleston: White Supremacy, Black Lives, and Red Blood” (21 June 2015), Crossroads.
  • The terrorist kills because he cannot compete with his adversaries. Instead of responding to Salman Rushdie’s ill-structured and unreadable novel with a novel that is well-plotted and properly written, the terrorist calls for his murder. The terrorist cannot challenge Theo van Gogh’s controversial documentary with a better one and thus decides to stab him to death. The history of contemporary Islamist terrorism is full of instances of cold-blooded murder ordered by those who could not compete in literary, political, social or even theological fields against those better than them. With the advent of globalization, Islamist terrorism is now able to strike beyond the frontiers of the Muslim world. But the same lazy mentality is at work. The terrorist knows that he is incapable of building an alternative civilization capable of competing with the one he despises. So he tries to destroy what becomes the cause of his humiliation.
    • Amir Taheri, “Terrorism Cannot Win: This is Why”, Elaph.com, (January 16, 2014).
  • Terrorists may end up like the man who, having won a great many tokens at the roulette table, is surprised when the casino tells him his winnings cannot be cashed.
    • Amir Taheri, “The jihadis’ master plan to break us” in the New York Post (15 November 2015)
  • Terrorism is terrorism, violence is violence, and it has no place.
    • Muhammad Tahir-ul-Qadri, Fatwa against Terrorism (2010), “Muslim Leader’s Edict Decires Terrorism” (3 March 2010), The Washington Times.
  • Well, what if you said something like — if this happens in the United States, and we determine that it is the result of extremist, fundamentalist Muslims, you know, you could take out their holy sites.
    • Tom Tancredo, as quoted in MSNBC (July 16, 2005).
  • We must try to find ways to starve the terrorist and the hijacker of the oxygen of publicity on which they depend.
    • Margaret Thatcher, Speech to the American Bar Association (15 July 1985).
  • In our eyes, individual terror is inadmissible precisely because it belittles the role of the masses in their own consciousness, reconciles them to their own powerlessness, and turns their eyes and hopes toward a great avenger and liberator who someday will come and accomplish his mission.
    • Leon Trotsky: On Terrorism in the Pathfinder Press pamphlet “Marxism and Terrorism”; original in Der Kampf, November 1911, trans. M. Vogt and G. Saunders.
  • Criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes are in any circumstance unjustifiable, whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or any other nature that may be invoked to justify them.
    • 1994 United Nations Declaration on Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism annex to UN General Assembly resolution 49/60, “Measures to Eliminate International Terrorism”, of December 9, 1994, UN Doc. A/Res/60/49.
  • Terrorism is the war of the poor, and war is the terrorism of the rich.
    • Peter Ustinov, Achtung! Vorurteile (2003)
    • Original German: “Der Terrorismus, der im furchtbaren 11. September kulminierte, ist ein Krieg der Armen gegen die Reichen. Der Krieg ist ein Terrorismus der Reichen gegen die Armen.” typically cited in short: “Terrorismus ist der Krieg der Armen und der Krieg ist der Terrorismus der Reichen.”
  • We must answer hatred and violence from terrorists with exclusion and intolerance and show who’s the boss.
    • Geert Wilders, NRC Handelsblad (22 July 2005), as quoted in Tradition and Future of Islamic Education (2009), by Wilna A.J. Meijer, p. 24
  • Thousands of people have been killed by the terrorists and millions have been injured. I am just one of them. So here I stand, one girl among many. I speak not for myself, but so those without a voice can be heard. Those who have fought for their rights. Their right to live in peace. Their right to be treated with dignity. Their right to equality of opportunity. Their right to be educated.
    • Malala Yousafzai, as quoted in The full text: Malala Yousafzai delivers defiant riposte to Taliban militants with speech to the UN General Assembly, The Independent, (12 July 2013).
  • We must address the root causes of terrorism to end it for all time. […] I believe putting resources into improving the lives of poor people is a better strategy than spending it on guns.
    • Muhammad Yunus; quoted in Karl Ritter and Doug Mellgren (10 December 2006). “Nobel laureate: Poverty fight essential”. Associated Press (via Yahoo! News). Retrieved on 2006-12-10.
  • The next time you hear of a terror attack, no matter where it is, no matter what the circumstances, you will likely think to yourself, ‘It’s Muslims again.’ And you will probably be right.
    • Fareed Zakaria, “Why They Hate Us” (9 April 2016), CNN

In fiction

  • Terrorist villains were a popular go-to in the 15 years preceding 9/11. Many films, like Air Force One (1997) and Die Hard (1988), featured Eastern European and Russian terrorists with more of a Cold War bent, depicting a Soviet-themed antagonist as something that felt real but no longer presented an existential threat. Others, like True Lies (1994), produced in the aftermath of the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, featured Arab terrorists — a topical threat at the time, but ultimately not a real danger to American hegemony.
    After 9/11, terrorism was a topic no longer to be joked about, a trend that persists to this day. Friends had a significant edit in the episode “The One Where Rachel Tells Ross,” in which Chandler is taken into custody by the TSA after making a quip about bringing a bomb onto a plane; that scene was removed. Films like The Bourne Identity (2002), whose plot featured terrorism and a villainous CIA, were extensively re-edited and reshot, not just for the terrorist elements but for fears that a villainous CIA might be seen as anti-American.

    • Lindsay Ellis, “Movies, patriotism, and cultural amnesia: tracing pop culture’s relationship to 9/11”, Vox, (updated Sep 11, 2017).
  • Huey squeals to the Feds’ terrorism hotline –
Huey: Why do you keep hanging up on me? I’m telling you the truth!
The CIA trained Osama Bin Laden in using terrorism against the soviets during the Reagan-Bush administration they gave the Afghanistan rebels countless amounts of covert funding!
FBI: Don’t you have better things to be doing?
Huey: Better than fighting terrorism? Heck no! We’re at war!!

  • Aaron McGruder, The Boondocks, (10/5/2001)
  • Huey helps the FBI wage war on terrorism
Huey: Wait, before you hang up. I have one more important tip!
G.W. Bush gave the Taliban government $4.3 million this May! This May!! How much of that money will be spent on weaponry that will be used against U.S. soldiers?
FBI: Wow – I didn’t know that …
Huey: He lives at 1600 Pennsylvania – hey, are you writing this down? And I suggest bringing really tight handcuffs.

  • Aaron McGruder, The Boondocks, (10/8/2001)
  • Huey: Speaking honestly is not being insensitive. You think I’m not scared like everyone else? I’m scared to death!
    I know those terrorists don’t care about my leftist philosophies. I know they’ll kill me just as soon as they’ll kill anyone else matter of fact. Terrorist attacks are now my new number one fear!
Caesar: What was the old number one fear?
Huey: Vivica Fox beating me up. She seems like the violent type.

  • Aaron McGruder, The Boondocks, (10/10/2001)
  • FBI: FBI terrorism tip line.
Huey: It’s Huey again. Got another hot lead on a terrorist.
FBI: Lord…Huey, we don’t have time for this. I’m hanging up.
Huey: Wait! I got a good one this time!
FBI: (sigh) .. (Uh-huh…
Huey: Kissinger, Henry, Former secretary of state under Nixon, allegedly responsible for the deaths of about 950,000 civilians in Laos and Cambodia in the early 1970s.
if you’re having trouble finding him, ask the guys who gave him the Nobel peace prize.
Hello?

  • Aaron McGruder, The Boondocks, (1/22/2002)
  • What people often forget, of course, is that Magneto (unlike the lovely Sir Ian McKellen, is a mad old terrorist twat. No matter how he justifies his stupid, brutal behaviour, or how anyone else tries to justify it, in the end he’s just an old bastard with daft, old ideas based on violence and coercion. I really wanted to make that clear.
    • Grant Morrison in “Grant Morrison: Master & Commander” by Jonathan Ellis, popimage.com, (2004). Archived from the original on December 3, 2013. Retrieved September 16, 2006.

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