Interesting question. And yes, I think this is an important question: What is a terrorist? Because the words we use – and the words used by the police and government and media and… – matter. Words matter a lot.
The NPQ article: “FBI Arrests Animal Rights Activists as Domestic Terrorists.” The Greenwald question: Is Dylann Roof a terrorist?
Does any of this matter? My perspective: Yes. The vocabulary we use matters a whole lot.