Terrorism is the process of using fear as a means of coercion. It is used as a tactic of groups hoping to force a change to meet their ideological values. Individuals who carry out acts of terrorism are known as terrorists.
Terrorism had largely disappeared from Earth by the mid-21st century. A number of terrorist groups, including the Alliance for the Twelfth of November and the Irish Republican Army, joined forces to try to capture a pair of Vulcans stranded on Earth in 2045; their failure and eventual deaths and arrests led to the end of their organizations. (TOS novel: Strangers from the Sky)
In the 23rd century the Klingon High Council maintained a zero-tolerance directive on terrorism. Acting under this directive, in 2267, Kor, son of Rynar ordered that two hundred Organians be rounded up and executed in response to the Organians aiding the escape of James T. Kirk, whom he considered to have carried out a terrorist act in the sabotage of the Klingon's ammunition depot. When Kor's first officer, Kahlor, son of Kolox, questioned the honor of slaughtering two hundred innocents, Kor noted the High Council directive and pointed out that "today's terrorist is tomorrow's revolutionary". (TOS comic: "Against Their Nature")
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