To inflict fear with the end result being demoralization.
The Quranic Concept of War and Terror
S.K. Malik’s The Quranic Concept of War: “In war our main objective is the opponent’s heart or soul, our main weapon of offence against this objective is the strength of our own souls, and to launch such an attack, we have to keep terror away from our own hearts… Terror struck into the hearts of the enemies is not only a means, it is the end itself. Once a condition of terror into the opponent’s heart is obtained, hardly anything is left to be achieved. It is the point where the means and the end meet and merge. Terror is not a means of imposing decision on the enemy; it is the decision we wish to impose on him.” (p. 59)
This is a stunning and telling statement. His war doctrine states that terror is not a means, but an end. But this is usually where the analysis of Malik’s argument stops in the American military journal articles. Why impose terror on an enemy as a thing good in itself? On the very next page, he describes the role of terror:
“It (terror) can be instilled only if the opponent’s faith is destroyed…To instil terror into the hearts of the enemy, it is essential, in the ultimate analysis, to dislocate his Faith” (p.60)
More here. H/T Doris Wise Montrose
TT: This is why they do the horrific things that they do, and why we are right in pinning it on the founder of the Islamic ideology, mohamed himself. These ‘modern day’ 7th century throwbacks are only carrying out what mohamed had commanded them to do, anyone saying anything different, is either an ignoramus, or a bald faced liar.