The word terrorist refers to a person who advocates terrorism. The person can be a member of a group that advocates terrorism. A terrorist instills fear to people. This can be the use of either crude or sophisticated weapons. These weapons can be guns, bombs, axes and machetes. The use of the word terrorist can be in different forms. Some consider referring it to people who resist. The media and politicians have been using the word terrorist for a long time. This has created mixed reactions of the general public and the the world. One thing is clear: the use of the word terrorist causes nervousness to the public.
In Heryanto definition of the word terrorist, the word never existed; it was created by politicians to induce fear to the general public (161). When people hear this word they tend to freak out. They get scared and look around in case there is one of them nearby (Heryanto 161). People assume that terrorists are associated with weapons of mass destruction. Terrorists commit suicide with the intention to kill as many people as possible. These people don’t have to be their enemies; a terrorist is perceived by the public to participate in terrorism. The words terrorist and terrorism are not new. Terrorists have been in existence since the beginning of the recorded world (Heryanto 162). Their emergence cannot be traced. Terrorists assume they are performing a holy task. They use terrorism, because they perceive themselves as the weaker side. They use it to cripple their enemies, because they do not have the courage or power to face their enemies (Heryanto 163).
Smith evaluated the nature of terrorists by stating that they are secretive in nature and do not give their enemies time to organize in order to deter them (15). The word terrorist is defined in different ways by different people. Sometimes criminal activities are confused with terrorism. The United States government defines a terrorist as a person who uses calculated moves of unlawful violence to induce fear. Terrorist does this in order to pursue goals that are generally political or religious (Smith 28).
According to Smith, terrorists perform criminal acts that influence an audience outside the immediate victim (54). The plan of a terrorist is to commit violence that attracts the attention of the local people, the government, and the rest of the world (Smith 56). Terrorists can be closely related to a bunch of selfish individuals who want nothing else, but attention from the rest of the world. A terrorist can be closely related to a person who wants fame, but uses violence to gain it. People like Osama bin Laden are considered to be terrorists because of their actions. Terrorists do not see themselves as evil (Smith 89). They consider their actions as holy. The population that is affected considers the person as a terrorist; thus, they use the word terrorist.