“….Wherever Islam achieves Power And Control it takes one of three actions regarding those things the conquered people hold sacred / dear:
1) It destroys them for the exact reasons Mark cites;
2) It ransoms them to raise money to support and expand their Jihad; and
3) It converts some of the buildings into Mosques.
The Mohammedins will destroy those buildings, documents, and works of art that are of no use to them or whose destruction, they believe, will add significantly to the Demoralization of the Conquered and their Allies.
The conversion of a building held sacred by a beaten people into a Mosque creates very powerful symbol of the Might of Islam and, therefore, is designed to Demoralize and send a warning to those who are considering recapturing their taken lands and, also, to Demoralize and put Fear into the Hearts and Minds of those Allies that will, it is hoped, cause them to seek to appease the Muslims.
Of course, no deal ever struck with the Mohammedins is worth the paper it is printed on because Allah allows his Children to lie to Infidels in order to obtain time to gather strength for the next phase of Jihad [Taqiyya, anyone?].
When a work of art or sacred document is deemed to be of no significant use to the Jihadists, it is often ransomed, so that the Infidels indirectly end-up funding the Jihad against them. After all: to the Muslim, since the destruction of the Infidels will be completed at some point, they’ll eventually be able to destroy those items anyway.
This is who the Muslims are; this is what they do.
Too many in The West still refuse to see and accept this Truth, to face the Reality that Islam is at War with us and thinks this way.
And — make no mistake — the Mohammedins see this conflict as a War Of Extermination.”