But when the IRA bombed army barracks, were they not acts of terrorism? Why should British troops not be counted as victims of terrorism simply because they aren't 'civilians'? Put it this way: how many people would agee with the slogan "One person's rapist is another person's seducer"? Terrorism, which involves the deliberate targeting of civilians with a view to killing and maiming them and if possible in large numbers, is a crime against humanity under international law. It is not, consequently, a partisan matter to refer to terrorists as 'terrorists'. There are, in contrast, distinctions often made that ought not to be. What is or is not "terrorism" does not depend on the badness or goodness of the cause, nor on whether those espousing it have the chance to express their demands democratically.