The supposedly democratic nations of the world may have declared a new war against "terrorism," but as it may turn out; no one is sure just what "terrorism" is or how to universally best define it. This includes the governments of the world put together; they are unable to declare terrorism in one word and this is confirmed by the US State Department, which says in a world terrorism report of 2000 that no one definition of terrorism has gained universal acceptance.
To many people world over, democratically elected governments included, the key elements to terrorism are obvious, which are; violence against constitutionally set institutions, attacking noncombatant targets, deep intention of spreading fear among the population and baffling political aims. Nevertheless, designing a sound and commonly accepted definition has proved difficult.
In the new emerging world order, Christians and Jews are no longer protected minorities under Islam. As a result, there is a dangerous trend among militant Islamist clerical authorities, especially from Saudi Arabia, justifying not only acts of terrorism against individuals, but also mass murder against whole groups of people regarded as infidels. Their call for the complete extermination of peoples means they have moved ideologically toward the justification of genocide.