The Blueprint for Cultural Jihad
by: the Common Constitutionalist
Unlike us, but much like American progressives, Islamists are a patient lot. They know it takes time to conquer the west.
In 1982 the Muslim Brotherhood drafted a document called The Project. It was, and still is, a how to take over the west guide. It was discovered during a raid by Swiss authorities in November, 2001.
Only through the work of a Swiss journalist, Sylvain Besson of Le Temps, and his book published in October 2005 in France, La conquête de l’Occident: Le projet secret des Islamistes (The Conquest of the West: The Islamists’ Secret Project), has information regarding The Project been made public.
The Project was unearthed during a raid of a villa in Campione, Switzerland on November 7, 2001. The target of the raid was Youssef Nada, director of the Al-Taqwa Bank of Lugano, who had active association with the Muslim Brotherhood for more than 50 years and who admitted to being one of the organization’s international leaders. As we know, the Muslim Brotherhood, regarded as the oldest and one of the most important Islamist movements in the world, was founded by Hasan al-Banna in 1928 and dedicated to the credo, “Allah is our objective. The Prophet is our leader. Qur’an is our law. Jihad is our way. Dying in the way of Allah is our highest hope.”
The raid was conducted by Swiss law enforcement at the request of the Bush White House in the initial crackdown on terrorist finances in the immediate aftermath of 9/11. U.S. and Swiss investigators had been looking at Al-Taqwa’s involvement in money laundering and funding a wide range of Islamic terrorist groups, including Al-Qaeda, HAMAS (the Palestinian affiliate of the Muslim Brotherhood), the Algerian GIA, and the Tunisian Ennahdah.
Included in the documents seized during the raid of Nada’s Swiss villa was a 14-page plan written in Arabic and dated December 1, 1982, which outlines a 12-point strategy to “establish an Islamic government on earth” – identified as The Project. According to testimony given to Swiss authorities by Nada, the unsigned document was prepared by “Islamic researchers” associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Yes, the same Brotherhood who’s members work in our current administration.
What makes The Project so different from the standard “Death of America! Death to Israel!” and “Establish the global caliphate!” Islamist rhetoric is that it represents a flexible, multi-phased, long-term approach to the “cultural invasion” of the West. Calling for the utilization of various tactics, ranging from immigration, infiltration, surveillance, propaganda, protest, deception, political legitimacy and terrorism, The Project has served for three decades as the Muslim Brotherhood “master plan”.
Below is a list of tactics, techniques and recommendations made in The ‘Project’.
(remember, this was 1982. Thirty years ago)
How many can you recognize that have either been established or are being actively pursued presently either in the U.S. or Europe?
- Networking and coordinating actions between likeminded Islamist organizations;
- Avoiding open alliances with known terrorist organizations and individuals to maintain the appearance of “moderation”
- Infiltrating and taking over existing Muslim organizations to realign them towards the Muslim Brotherhood’s collective goals
- Using deception to mask the intended goals of Islamist actions, as long as it doesn’t conflict with Shariah law
- Avoiding social conflicts with Westerners locally, nationally or globally, that might damage the long-term ability to expand the Islamist powerbase in the West or provoke a lash back against Muslims
- Establishing financial networks to fund the work of conversion of the West, including the support of full-time administrators and workers
- Conducting surveillance, obtaining data, and establishing collection and data storage capabilities
- Putting into place a watchdog system for monitoring Western media to warn Muslims of “international plots fomented against them”
- Cultivating an Islamist intellectual community, including the establishment of think-tanks and advocacy groups, and publishing “academic” studies, to legitimize Islamist positions and to chronicle the history of Islamist movements
- Developing a comprehensive 100-year plan to advance Islamist ideology throughout the world
- Balancing international objectives with local flexibility
- Building extensive social networks of schools, hospitals and charitable organizations dedicated to Islamist ideals so that contact with the movement for Muslims in the West is constant
- Involving ideologically committed Muslims in democratically-elected institutions on all levels in the West, including government, NGOs, private organizations and labor unions
- Instrumentally using existing Western institutions until they can be converted and put into service of Islam
- Drafting Islamic constitutions, laws and policies for eventual implementation
- Avoiding conflict within the Islamist movements on all levels, including the development of processes for conflict resolution
- Instituting alliances with Western “progressive” organizations that share similar goals
- Creating autonomous “security forces” to protect Muslims in the West
- Inflaming violence and keeping Muslims living in the West “in a jihad frame of mind”
- Supporting jihad movements across the Muslim world through preaching, propaganda, personnel, funding, and technical and operational support
- Making the Palestinian cause a global wedge issue for Muslims
- Adopting the total liberation of Palestine from Israel and the creation of an Islamic state as a keystone in the plan for global Islamic domination
- Instigating a constant campaign to incite hatred by Muslims against Jews and rejecting any discussions of conciliation or coexistence with them
- Actively creating jihad terror cells within Palestine
- Linking the terrorist activities in Palestine with the global terror movement
- Collecting sufficient funds to indefinitely perpetuate and support jihad around the world
An international scholar of Islamist movements, Reuven Paz, reflected on The Project in its historical context:
The Project was drafted by the Muslim Brotherhood as part of its rechartering process in 1982, a time that marks an upswing in its organizational expansion internationally, as well as a turning point in the alternating periods of repression and toleration by the Egyptian government. In 1952, the organization played a critical support role to the Free Officers Movement led by Gamal Abdul Nasser, which overthrew King Faruq, but quickly fell out of favor with the new revolutionary regime because of Nasser’s refusal to follow the Muslim Brotherhood’s call to institute an ideologically committed Islamic state. At various times since the July Revolution in 1952, the Brotherhood has regularly been banned and its leaders killed and imprisoned by Egyptian authorities.
Since its formation, the Muslim Brotherhood has advocated the use of terrorism as a means of advancing its agenda of global Islamic domination. But as the largest radical movement in the Islamic world, it has attracted many leading Islamist intellectuals. Among the group of Muslim Brotherhood intellectuals is Youssef Qaradawi, an Egyptian-born, Qatar-based Islamist cleric.
Qaradawi’s publication, Priorities of the Islamic Movement in the Coming Phase, published in 1990, and The Project, which predates Qaradawi’s Priorities by eight years are strikingly similar.
It is speculated that The Project was either used by Qaradawi as a template for his own work, or that he had a hand in its drafting in 1982. By sheer coincidence, Qaradawi was the fourth largest shareholder in the Al-Taqwa Bank of Lugano, the director of which, Youssef Nada, was the individual in whose possession The Project was found.
If the experience over the last thirty years seen in Europe and the U.S. is any indication, the “Islamic researchers” who drafted The Project must be pleased. To see their long-term plan to conquer the West and see the Green flag of Islam raised over its citizens realized so rapidly, efficiently and completely must be satisfying . If Islamists are equally successful in the years to come, Westerners ought to enjoy their personal and political freedoms while they last.
Attribution: Militant Islam Monitor