For years, the United Nations has been bogged down over the question of what a terrorist is -- one person's terrorist is
another's national resistance leader. Was Nelson Mandela a terrorist? Are the Tamil Tigers freedom fighters?
Now Secretary-General Kofi Annan thinks he has an answer: "Any action constitutes terrorism if it is intended to cause death or serious bodily harm to civilians or non-combatants with the purpose of intimidating a population or compelling a government or an international organization to do or abstain from doing any act."
Whatever the cause, there can never be any justification for...