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Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: United Kingdom
The difference between a ‘terror’ attack and an act of terrorism?
As you probably know, there was a pretty scary event in Manchester today.
According to the BBC: “A man, 41, is being held on suspicion of terror offences after three people were stabbed and two others were hurt.”
Someone has created ‘terror’, then is held for a terror offence. Ok, got it.
Did we call such things terror events in the past? Does it sound too close to - and is hence confused for - a ‘terrorist’ attack? Usually a terrorist attack has some political or religious motivation behind it, or is conducted by a terrorist group. A terror attack is usually conducted by someone with, well, issues.
Calling events like today’s a terror attack could make or scare folks into thinking there are many more ‘terrorists’ among us, which probably isn’t true.
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