The term terrorism originated during the French Revolution
from 1789, from the period of the Reign of Terror. Thousands of people were
guillotined to enforce law and order on them by the authorities. The French
radical politician, Robespierre, said 'terror is nothing but justice,
prompt, severe and inflexible'. We must beware when politicians define
terrorism; ask them for their political interests. They may be trying to
manipulate you for their own ends to approve laws that prop up their powers but
conflict with a free society and work against your personal freedom.
Robespierre ordered mass arrests, torture and executions but finally fell prey
to the guillotine himself.