Terrorism after September 11, 2001 went to high importance, because most of the victims were USA citizens and residents and also occurred on the USA soil.
The Afghan war to punish those terrorists who were sheltered by Taliban was expanded to capture and kill Saddam Hussein before even capturing the leaders of Alqaida in Afghanistan.
In Iraq the word terrorism is exploited by USA forces and the resistance to their own advantage and USA and UK claim fighting foreign terrorists and the resistance is claiming fighting foreign occupation forces who are terrorizing Iraq.
The USA and UK have also now allied themselves with Pakistan's Musharraf who himself is terrorizing his opposition and another known dictator Melese Zenawi of Ethiopia who is terrorizing his political opponents and killing hundreds of their supporters in broad day light and now massacring Somalis in Mogadishu in the name of fighting terrorists in Mogadishu.
It is indeed terrorism and terror is in the eyes of the beholder and we will be in this mess for a long time to come.