Dot, I understand your argument, but I have to ask, who says that "war" must be in accordance with your definition. Of course terrorism is a tactic, but that does not eliminate a tactic as being an ACT of war. And if we follow that logic, then the war is the nation that harbors, supports or encourages such "tactics". That makes us at war with Libya, if you need to put a label on whether it is a "war" or a "tactic". You can play with words if you like, but your words cannot define out of existence the fact that the Libyans declared war on the United States, by your use of the words.