As mentioned recently I have been reading, just finished actually, “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden?” by Morgan Spurlock. A sometimes humorous search for Bin Laden and why people become Jihadists (used in a loose sense in this context).
The book points out that people sometimes turn to religiously motivated terrorism, not because of any particular religious beliefs but because the religion is saying it can help them out of their current dour situation. Recruitment of future Jihadists is often done in refugee camps, ghettos, or other areas where people have become downtrodden. Politics, poverty, lack of education, no foreseeable future, and dispossession are often greater contributing factors to a person becoming a suicide bomber than anything to do with religious beliefs.
They may be hiding behind their religious beliefs in order to justify their terrorist acts, and their beliefs may make it easier to commit said acts (believing they are doing it for a ‘higher purpose’ and they get ‘unearthly rewards’). But ultimately, is it the terrible situations some of these people are in (often created by ‘the enemy’ in the first place) that drives these people to join radical religiously based organisations, like Al Qaeda, in the first place?
On the other hand, some of the leaders of organisations like Al Qaeda are very open with the fact that they just want the whole world to be under Muslim rule. They are also prepared to do whatever necessary to create this state. Al Qaeda even developed a seven phase plan, as follows:
Phase one is the “Awakening” in the consciousness of Muslims worldwide following the September 11, 2001, suicide attacks. The aim of the attacks was to provoke the US into declaring war on the Islamic world and thereby mobilising the radicals.
Phase two is “Opening Eyes“, between 2003 and 2006. The terrorists hope to make the “Western conspiracy” aware of the “Islamic community” as al-Qaeda continues to mould its secret battalions ready for battle. This period includes preparation for electronic Jihad utilising the Internet.
Phase three, “Arising and Standing Up“, should last from 2007 to 2010, with increasingly frequent attacks against secular Turkey and arch-enemy Israel. With aims of strengthening Al Qaeda’s reputation and recruiting abilities.
Phase four, between 2010 and 2013, will see the downfall of hated Arab regimes, including Saudi Arabia and Jordan. Oil suppliers will be attacked and the US economy will be targeted using cyber terrorism.
Phase five between 2013 and 2016, Western power will be weakened in the region; at which point an Islamic state, or caliphate, can be declared.
(Note: in Spurlock’s version the caliphate is declared in phase seven)
Phase six, from 2016 on, will be a period of “Total Confrontation“. As soon as the caliphate has been declared, the “Islamic army” will instigate the “fight between the believers and the non-believers” that has so often been predicted by al-Qaeda’s leader, Osama bin Laden.
Phase seven, in 2020, the final stage, is described as “Definitive Victory”.
adapted from “Where in the World is Osama bin Laden” ( page 137/138 ) and “Al-Qaeda chiefs reveal world domination design” (theage.com.au 24 August 2005)
Scary isn’t it?
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