What a fanciful, romantic PC idea that terrorism is not done for profit. Terrorism is the oldest profession LOL! No, the ideology is the tool of the terrorists.
Nice inversion. Tolstoy in War and Peace illustrated that leaders are constrained by what is happening with the masses. Or put another way, leaders make opportunistic use of the tendencies of the masses.
We can admire the Russian people in 1812 executing the scorched Earth policy (a form of terror since it exploded civilized rules of law and war) as an act of patriotic will saving Europe from Napoleon, a usurper.
But we must utterly reject Islamist terror while recognizing it has some of the same characteristics.
You said greed. I conflate that with the will to dominate. The terror masters USE for their "greedy" purposes, the Islamist ideology. They induce "patriotic" (but barbarous) acts which the individual terrorists can be recruited to perform. That is evil.
The inversion was by the author. I corrected it.
You make my point yourself: the ideology helps to recruit, and supplies political cover, for the terrorism. Russia's scorched earth policy is a weak example of terrorism though saving the country was obviously to the Russians' profit.
Terrorism is business. Columbus didn't terrorize the indians for religious reasons.
Ironically, the Aztecs probably debated the ideological nuances of Cortez' attack upon them. I can understand their superstitious belief in the exceptionalism of Cortez' terrorism.
The PC attitude of "there are no bad boys" distorts not just our view of enemies but of ourselves. And it does it to great effect when this subject is addressed.