Calling it terrorism might be embraced by those who practice it.
But for those who don't, it's probably because most definitions of terrorism involve deliberate targeting of innocent bystanders.
the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion
A system of terror.
1. Government by intimidation as directed and carried out by the party in power in France during the Revolution of 1789-94; the system of the ‘Terror’ (1793-4): see TERROR n. 4.
2. gen. A policy intended to strike with terror those against whom it is adopted; the employment of methods of intimidation; the fact of terrorizing or condition of being terrorized. Also transf. Cf. TERRORIST 1b.
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