Back in 2005 an Al Qaeda commander, interviewed by Der Spiegel, set out the timetable for imposing Islamic rule on the West by force. There are seven phases, of which four are already behind us: we are now in phase 5: "2013-2015 ... Declaration of the Caliphate". This leaves:
6. 2016 onwards, "Total Confrontation";
7. "Definitive Victory".
At that time the public were quite unacquainted with the notion of a caliphate: it was specialist knowledge. If it had been publicised it would have fallen on uninformed deaf ears. Indeed it was airily dismissed in 2011 by the Director of the CIA, the tainted John Brennan:
"Al Qaeda's grandiose vision of global domination through a violent Islamic caliphate. That vision is absurd ... a feckless delusion that is never going to happen."
Brennan's statement is dishonest bluff, designed to take the spotlight away from Islam and pour cold water on people's concerns. Significantly he is reported by co-workers to have converted to Islam while in Saudi Arabia. Muslims are authorised to lie.
The Caliphate is no fantasy. It has been declared in Iraq, amidst much bloodshed and striking of terror, by Caliph Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a devout Muslim with a doctorate in Islamic Studies. David Cameron disparages it as a "so-called" Islamic State. He is wrong. It is not "so-called": it is self-declared, as were many caliphates before. There is nothing pejorative about that status: the United States of America was self-declared. Islamic State has declared war on the West. The West, although not recognising it as a state, is nevertheless bombing its positions in Iraq.
In spite of his admission that he is no religious expert, Cameron authoritatively declares that Islamic State has nothing to do with Islam. He is wrong. The well-versed Caliph is following the example of Mohammed, who beheaded unarmed captives - hundreds of them - after they had given themselves up. Mohammed also authorised the rape of captive women, selling them and their children as sex slaves for his mujahideen, his fighters. All these gruesome actions have been happening in Islamic State's Caliphate, all true to the "beautiful pattern" of Islam's "perfect man".
Here is what Islam stipulates for non-Muslims, the kuffar:
"Okay, they have three choices, either they became a Muslim, or they have to pay the jizya, or to be killed."
In Islam's ideology non-Muslims, because they do not follow the true path, sharia, are guilty. If they refuse the 'invitation' to Islam they have to be killed:
"And whoever is a disbeliever, his wealth is legal for a Muslim to take and his blood is legal to spill. His blood is like the blood of a dog; there is no sin for him in spilling it nor is there any blood money to be paid for doing such." - Islamic State press release
This is all correct Islamic teaching, with nothing 'extremist' about it: it is just ordinary basic Islam, its usual ideological political movement.
What is the "Total Confrontation" promised for 2016? Islamic State's press release gives a taste:
"If you are not able to find an IED or a bullet, then single out the disbelieving American, Frenchman, or any of their allies. Smash his head with a rock, or slaughter him with a knife, or run him over with your car, or throw him down from a high place, or choke him, or poison him. ... If you are unable to do so, then burn his home, car, or business. Or destroy his crops."
Attacks like these are already happening. An unemployed Muslim in Ottawa somehow obtained a rifle and shot dead a Canadian soldier on duty at the War Memorial. Immediately afterwards he ran into the Parliament building continuing to shoot. Deliberate running down of kuffar by car has already happened in Canada and Israel (twice) with fatal results. A Muslim in New York used an axe to attack police. British police warn that a major plot targeting airlines with small bombs in mobile telephones is being developed: a ban on hand luggage is being seriously considered.
"We are at war and I am a soldier", said Mohammed Siddique Khan, 7/7 bomber, in his video message. He and his fellow bombers were faithful jihad martyrdom killers, promised paradise because "They fight in the cause of Allah, so they kill and are killed" (Koran 9:111). Throughout its history Islam has used military terminology. The West is Dar al Harb, 'the Realm of War'. We, our media, and our leaders have failed to take it seriously. The mujahideen killers mean what they say.
Wake up, England! Wake up, Britain! Paul Weston of Liberty GB, standing for Parliament in Luton South in 2015, makes clear the dire position facing us all:
"We, in twenty-first century England, are looking at a battle for survival over the coming decades - the battle for western civilisation and the battle for our children and our grandchildren."
Make ready. Prepare for 2016 - "Total Confrontation". Not long now.
The Koran is consultable online www.quran.com
The Manual of Islamic Law is a free download at www.shafiifiqh.com/maktabah/relianceoftraveller.pdf
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