Meaninglessness of 'Terrorism'

Suzanne Breen’s thoughtful probing of a word that means all things to all men:

“The White House works with terrorists and terrorist states – bin Laden in his mujahedin days and Saddam during the war with Iran – when it suits its strategic purposes. It entertains Provo leaders at official receptions but wants bin Laden, who remains uncompromisingly opposed to its interests, in a wooden box. Downing Street treats the Provos and the UVF, who still practise terror but don’t threaten its political agenda, very differently to how it treats the Real IRA and the LVF.”