CHARLOTTE, N.C., November 11, 2014 — Some of the background about the rise of the Islamic State sounds like a conspiracy theory run amok, but the evidence is frightening.
Middle East expert Raymond Ibrahim has written a step-by-step analysis of the growth of ISIS — including President Barack Obama’s input, inadvertent or otherwise — that dates back to the turn of this century.
Perhaps most disheartening is that most of ISIS’s 7-phase plan has already been accomplished, yet nothing of consequence has been done to stop it.
According to Ibrahim, Yassin Musharbash, a Jordanian journalist with inside access to al-Qaeda, claims, “there is ‘no way’ al-Qaeda can follow the plan ‘step by step’; the idea that al-Qaeda could set up a caliphate in the entire Islamic world is absurd.”
Not only does Ibrahim strongly refute Musharbash’s claim, he details each phase of the al-Qaeda master plan and demonstrates how much of it has already come to pass.
Phase One, “The Awakening” included the 9/11/01 terrorist attacks. Says Ibrahim, they were designed to incite the U.S. and the West into a war on Islam.
“To many Muslims, the strikes of 9/11 were inspiring and motivating, giving credence to Osama bin Laden’s characterization of America as a ‘paper tiger,'” writes Ibrahim.
“Opening Eyes” was the second phase. It took place between 2005-2006; the terrorists’ goal was to make the West aware of the “Islamic Community” while using the time for recruiting and developing into a full-fledged movement.
It was during this period that al-Qaeda became more visible and vocal. Meanwhile, Western nations turned to appeasement as a solution and accused those who spoke out against Muslims as being “Islamophobes.”
Step three was “Arising and Standing Up,” with the primary focus on Syria. This phase was scheduled to operate from 2007 until 2010 but that offensive was delayed until 2011.
Part of Phase Three included, “Attacks on Turkey and — even more explosive — in Israel are predicted. Al-Qaeda’s masterminds hope that attacks on Israel will help the terrorist group become a recognized organization.
“None of this was a surprise, of course, as U.S. intelligence always indicated that if American forces withdrew from Iraq, the jihadis would take over,” writes Ibrahim.
The next two phases, four and five, were believed to be the most difficult, if not impossible, aspects of the al-Qaeda plan.
Between 2010 and 2013, the goal of al-Qaeda in Phase Four was “to bring about the collapse of the hated Arab governments,” and at the same time carry out attacks “against oil suppliers and the U.S. will be targeted using cyber terrorism.”
It is here that Ibrahim reminds us of the amazing circumstances which began as the so-called “Arab Spring”; first Egypt and the Muslim Brotherhood, then Libya and al-Qaeda’s jihadis, and finally Syria, which continues today with the incarnation of al-Qaeda known as ISIS.
Most frightening however is that in each case – Egypt, Libya, Syria – Barack Obama’s foreign policies played a role by empowering terrorists in the name of “democracy.”
The next step, Phase Five, is remarkably current because it is the point where an Islamic State, or “new” caliphate, is declared. The schedule runs between 2013 and 2016, which means we are currently living this aspect of the plan.
As the al-Qaeda formula states, “Western influence in the Islamic world will be so reduced and Israel weakened so much, that resistance will not be feared. Al-Qaeda hopes that by then the Islamic state will be able to bring about a new world order.”
Certainly Western influence has been minimized and is no longer feared. It remains to be seen whether Israel will be weakened, but they certainly get little if any significant support from the Obama administration.
From 2016 forward will be a time of “total confrontation” where the Islamic army will be officially declared and will begin the “fight between the believers and the non-believers.”
Here Ibrahim cautions that “non-believers” can also be Muslims if they do not follow the dictates of Islam in its purest sense.
The final, and Seventh Phase, claims to be the “definitive victory” because “the rest of the world will be so beaten down by the ‘one-and-a-half billion Muslims’.”
According to the plan, this war will end in 2020 and will not last more than two years.
Far fetched as this might seem, Ibrahim reminds us of the recent uproar created by actor Ben Affleck when he vehemently and repeatedly apologized for Islam with Bill Maher.
In conclusion, Ibrahim writes, “considering that the preceding phases have all largely come to pass – with a passive West doing nothing to prevent them – there is certainly no good reason to think Western leadership will stop the final phrase from occurring.”
Points worth considering.
Bob Taylor has been traveling the world for more than 30 years as a writer and award winning television producer focusing on international events, people and cultures around the globe. Taylor is founder of The Magellan Travel Club (www.MagellanTravelClub.com)
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