First of all, there is no agreed upon definition of terrorism. All I did was mention the etymological history, i.e. the way the word entered the English language. You ask a lot of questions boy. California punishes "criminal threats," if I'm not mistaken. Is that interchangeable with "terrorist threats"? I'm saying that terrorism is etymologically inextricable from political violence. Well, I'd have to a pain in the ass and say that intimidating or coercing a civilian population virtually implies a political dimension. Often, civilians are intimidated and/or coerced so that their behavior serves political ends.