Islam is no different than Christianity. There are countless verses about love, respect, compassion, empathy, etc. etc. but there are also a few about vengeance, intolerance, punishment, etc. It just depends on which ones the followers emphasizes. Some use the power of belief to push their political goals, most simply use it to make sense out of the world. Lets just hope the latter wins out in both religions.
Actually most of the people out there dont like muslims as it is the world's fastest spreading religion so they have made a few muslim models that they use to do sketchy things and then muslims are blamed for it. (To be honest there are bad and good people in every religion)
All religions are "religions of death and war." Islam is intended to be a religion of peace, and there are millions here and elsewhere in the world that treat it that way. But there are wack jobs that just want to kill all non-muslims. They have been indoctrinated in a version of islam that is not true to the words of the Koran. (Quaran)
Almost all religions are "religions of peace." And almost all religions have extremists who resort to violence to get their way. To condemn a whole religion because of violent extremists is like throwing out the baby with the bath water.