I know I’m hardly the first to say this, but it bears repeating: When you deliberately murder civilians, you are no longer a “militant” or an “insurgent”; you are a terrorist. It’s that simple. Whatever other claims you may have to legitimacy are overridden by the calculated decision to target innocents in an effort to affect policy by inspiring fear. There is no grey area here. It doesn’t matter if your cause is just and your grievances are real. People who kill civilians are terrorists, murderers, common thugs; they do not deserve the respect conferred by more neutral terms. The media would do well to [re-]learn this distinction. Yes, the term has been overused of late; but that’s no excuse for failing to apply it to those who unambigously meet the definition.