To paraphrase Trotsky, you might not be interested in war, but war is interested in you.
At Christianity Today there is a sobering piece every leader in the Church should read. My emphases.
Islamic State attacks Pope, says its war against Christians is most definitely a ‘religious’ war
Islamic State has denounced Pope Francis for stating that the war being waged on the West by Islamic State terrorists is not a “religious war”.
The terror group, also known as Daesh, says the acts of terrorism it carries out are most certainly religiously motivated and even bear the blessing of Allah as testified in the Koran.
It says Pope Francis and others who argue that Islam is a peaceful religion are delivering a “false narrative“.
The chilling religious propaganda behind IS [Islamic State] is spelled out in the latest issue of Dabiq, reproduced in a “safe” format by the Clarion counter-extremism project,
IS warns there will be no let up in the terror. It condemns Christianity as a “religion of polytheism”.
It contains a feature of the same name, and another headlined: “Why we hate you and why we fight you.”
It says the recent Orlando shooting was “most definitely” an act of terror: “Muslims have been commanded to terrorise the disbelieving enemies of Allah.” [More on this issue of “terror” at the end of this post.]
[…]The magazine comes just days after Pope Francis insisted the war on terror being waged across the world is not a religious war. Speaking to journalists on the plane to Poland for World Youth Day, after a Catholic priest in France had his throat slit by two IS followers, he said the world is at war but it is not a religious war.
“It’s war, we don’t have to be afraid to say this,” he said. But it was a war of interests, for money, resources. “I am not speaking of a war of religions. Religions don’t want war. The others want war.”
IS says in its magazine that it is in fact a war of religion.
“This is a divinely-warranted war between the Muslim nation and the nations of disbelief,” the magazine states. “Indeed, waging jihad – spreading the rule of Allah by the sword – is an obligation found in the Koran, the word of our Lord, just as it was an obligation sent in the Torah, the Psalms, and the Gospel.”
The magazine adds: “The fact is, even if you were to stop bombing us, imprisoning us, torturing us, vilifying us, and usurping our lands, we would continue to hate you because our primary reason for hating you will not cease to exist until you embrace Islam.”
Among those who have also reported on the IS magazine is Breitbart, which reports other disturbing statements, such as: “The blood of the disbelievers is obligatory to spill by default. The command is clear. Kill the disbelievers, as Allah said, ‘Then kill the polytheists wherever you find them.’“
In this book, Gorka describes one of the reasons why these people choose to inflict terror.
According to the Pakistani general, there is only one target of importance in war: the soul of the enemy. The infidel foe must be converted to Islam or crushed. Lastly, since the only target that matters in war is the soul of the infidel, Malik concludes that the most effective weapon in war is terror. Here we see the relevance of his book to groups like Al Qaeda and ISIS. The enemy’s belief system must be utterly destroyed, and terror is the most effective way to do that. That is why 9/ 11 was so important. It is the highly symbolic suicide attacks, the crucifixions, the beheadings, the bombings of civilian crowds, and the videos of immolations that will destroy the will of the infidel to go on.
According to the Quranic concept of war, and because these terrorists are inspired to bring about the eschatological fulfillment of their religion, they wage war on the souls of the non-Muslim and, in their view, the insufficiently-Muslim. Their war has an eschatological view. They must destroy the spirit of their enemy. This is why they use terror and why they commit atrocities which they record and broadcast.