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"On 11 March 2005, Al-Quds Al-Arabi published extracts from Saif al-Adel's document 'Al Quaeda's Strategy to the Year 2020'. Abdel Bari Atwan summarizes this strategy as comprising five stages to rid the umma from all forms of oppression:
1 Provoke the United States into invading a Muslim country.
2 Incite local resistance to occupying forces.
3 Expand the conflict to neighboring countries, and engage the U.S. in a long war of attrition.
4 Convert al-Qaeda into an ideology and set of operating principles that can be loosely franchised in other countries without requiring direct command and control, and via these franchises incite attacks against countries allied with the U.S. until they withdraw from the conflict, as happened with the 2004 Madrid train bombings, but which did not have the same effect with the 7 July 2005 London bombings.
5 The U.S. economy will finally collapse under the strain of too many engagements in too many places, making the world wide economic system which is depended by the U.S. also collapse leading to global political instability, which in turn leads to a global jihad led by Al-Qaeda and a Wahhabi Caliphate will then be installed across the world.
Atwan also noted, regarding the collapse of the U.S., 'If this sounds far-fetched, it is sobering to consider that this virtually describes the downfall of the Soviet Union.'"
The source cited in the wikipedia article is from a book and has a much more detailed explanation of these points: *LINK DOESN'T WORK, Check Reddit post if you want the book*
Im just a terrorist from Iceland (well in the eyes of the british)
Originally posted by drew1749
reply to post by Spacedman13
Greed is the terrorist. It could be argued that we went into iraq because of greed. Ect