Dr. Patrick Sookhdeo, an acclaimed British expert on Islam, professor at the British Defense College (he's also an Anglican Priest and a former Muslim) outlines radical Islam's timetable for the Jihad. Their goal, he says, is the restoration of the Muslim empire, or caliphate, that achieved the height of its power during the 16th Century. Radical Islam claims that empire was ended by European colonialism in 1923. "All land conquered by force beome the God-given property of the Muslim community as a whole for all eternity," Dr. Sookhdeo said, explaining the Islamic extremist view. "If such lands are lost, it's imperative that they are restored to the Muslim community." Dr. Sookhdeo believes Al Qaeda plans to establish the caliphate in 2016. At that point, he says, the jihad (or "struggle") begins "to restore Islam's glory, power and dominion and to create a universal Islamic state. This 'state' would be ruled under the Shari'a or God's religious law."
2000 to 2003: Provoke the West into Conflict
2003 to 2006: Period of Recruitment
2007 to 2010: Spread of Attack Throughout the Middle East, and Against Israel
2010 to 2013: Collapse of Governments in teh Middle East and End of Western Influence in the Region
2013 to 2016: Declaration of Caliphate. Finally a Period of "Total Confrontation" Between Muslims and Non-Muslims.
Dr. Sookhdeo said that today half of the failed states in the world have a Muslim majority. Further complicating matters is that these failed states have a distorted view of the western culture. These distortions are creating fertile ground for Islamic extremism. He proposes several solutions to combat this trend:
-Supporting the liberal and secular minority who are trying to reform Islam.
-Encourage Muslim states to tackle the theological, ideological and social problems that breed terrorism.
-Push mainstream Islam to suppress the potential for violence and oppression.
"Those involved in strategic and tactical planning must focus not only on the radical Islamic terror groups, but use the whole plethora of information on Islamic theology, history and contemporary development."
Here is the Wikipedia entry on Patrick Sookhdeo
Source: U.S. Special Operations Command's Tip of the Spear Magazine