Posted by Lorren on December 8, 2015
For the past 15 years, militant Islamic groups like Al Qaida, and now ISIS, have terrorized our world. In light of recent events, I have decided to reprint an article that I originally published to Associated Content/Yahoo! Voices on February 4, 2011. Since Yahoo! took all of their Voices content off their site and returned all rights to the original authors, I am reprinting the original article in its entirety without any changes. Obviously, the situation has changed somewhat in the last (almost) five years, so I am providing an update at the end.
Recently, Glenn Beck revealed his caliphate theory, that the current instability in Egypt and other countries in the Middle East could eventually lead to a caliphate in the region. He stated that this was the goal of the Moslem Brotherhood, and that if they were to take over, their goal would be to form a caliphate with other surrounding Arab nations. Leaders in Turkey and Iran have also expressed interest in a caliphate. What he hasn’t mentioned are the plans that Al Qaida also has for a caliphate. In fact, Al Qaida’s plans were revealed in 2005 in an Arabic book called Al-Zarqawi – al-Qeada’s Second Generation. In this book, written by Jordanian journalist Fouad Hussein, who interviewed some of the top leaders in the terrorist organization, the author revealed Al Qaida’s seven-phase plan that began on September 11th, 2001, and not only included an Islamic caliphate, but would end in world domination.
Phase 1: Awakening
Phase 1 began on September 11, 2001, according to this document. The goal was to encourage the United States to declare war on Islam, which would mobilize the adherents to radical Islam. After the September 11th attacks, George Bush declared a “War on Terror.” Since then, the US has fought in Iraq and in Afghanistan, and radical Islam seems to have been emboldened. It looks like Al Qaida succeeded with this part of the plan.
Phase 2: Opening Eyes
In phase 2, which was the phase that Al Qaida was apparently in when the book was written, Al Qaida would make the Western nations become more aware of the Islamic community. Today, it’s pretty hard to ignore the Islamic community. It seems to be on the news every day. I think that this phase was a success on their part.
Phase 3: Arising and Standing Up
In phase 3, there would be more attacks against Turkey and Israel. There has been increased terrorist activity in Turkey for several years now. The United States and Britain warn citizens traveling to the area to be cautious of terrorist attacks. In Israel, the United States has a current travel warning for its citizens that wish to travel to the country, due to the danger of terrorism there. It looks as if Al Qaida’s plans in this area have also succeeded.
Phase 4: Hated Arab Governments Topple
The fourth phase of Al Qaida’s plan was scheduled to occur between 2010 and 2013; they plan to topple Arab countries that Al Qaida hates, including Jordan and Saudi Arabia. The recent uprising in Egypt could be a part of this plan; Egypt has recently been on good terms with Israel and the United States. Jordanian King Abdulla II recently dismissed the current government in response to protests. While this phase of the plan hasn’t been completed yet, it looks like it is in the works.
Phase 5: An Islamic Caliphate
Phase 5 of the plan was to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. Al Qaida’s target date for this to happen was between 2013 and 2016. Some of the leadership in Iran and Turkey already favor a caliphate; if the Moslem Brotherhood can gain control of Egypt, there would be at least three countries that favor this government. With the current instability in the Middle East, it doesn’t seem too far-fetched that this could occur.
Phase 6: Total Confrontation
Phase six has been planned to start shortly after the caliphate has been announced. This is the most frightening part of the seven-phase plan, because it involves an Islamic army fighting against those people that are non-believers. If Iran perfects the nuclear bomb, this would help the terrorists with their plans. This may not be necessary though, because if nuclear-capable (and Islamic) Pakistan joined the caliphate, they would have nuclear capability with or without Iran. Hopefully, the world will not reach this phase, as the resulting war would probably result in many, perhaps millions, of casualties, and would probably involve nuclear weapons. Al Qaida doesn’t believe that this war will last for more than two years.
Phase 7: Definitive Victory
Al Qaida believes that they will win this war, and that the world will be so downtrodden after nearly two decades of struggle that they will capitulate to worldwide caliphate. Let’s hope that they are wrong, and this terrorist scheme is nipped in the bud at phase 4, where it seems to be today.
Bond, Pamela. “A Crisis in Jordan“. Examiner.com Wilmington, 3 February 2011.
Glenn Beck, 1 February 2011.
Glenn Beck, 3 February 2011.
Hall, Allan. “Al-Qaeda Chiefs Reveal World Domination Design.” The Age.com, 24 August 2005.
“Turkey Country Specific Information.” Travel.State.gov, 4 February 2011.
“Travel Advice By Country > Europe > Turkey.” Foreign & Commonwealth Office. 4 February 2011
“Travel Warning: Israel, the West Bank and Gaza.” Travel.State.gov, August 10, 2010.
Update: Since I wrote this article in February of 2011, obviously ISIS and the Caliphate did not exist at the time of original publication. Phase 5, written about in this article, has been completed. With recent developments that have been happening around the world, if I were to write this article today, I would probably say that Phase 6 doesn’t seem too far-fetched now. Ouch.