Al-Qa'ida Book on 'Managing Savagery'

Al-Qa'ida Book on 'Managing Savagery' Describes Stages for Creation of Islamic Nation; Urges Terrorism, Violence source: Isralert subscriber/intelligence analyst Bruce Tefft

On 2 March, "Irhabi3," a new member in Al-Ikhlas forum, posted a link to a new book "Managing Savagery - The Most Crucial Period to Be Faced by the Nation," by Abu-Bakr Naji. The 113-page book was published by the al-Qa'ida-affiliated Center for Islamic Studies and Research. In the book, Naji presented an elaborate plan for the recreation of an Islamic Nation, starting in limited areas, and spreading worldwide. He called for scattered small attacks against "enemy interests" to cause security disarray, seizure of power by the mujahidin, and establishment of the Islamic nation. In his introduction, the author said that the book discusses the subject of Savagery Management in general, and only goes into details when absolutely necessary. He said that the minute details will be left to the experts and to the actual leaders in the field.

Abu-Bakr Naji was a regular contributor to the al-Qa'ida-affiliated online magazine Sawt al-Jihad. The magazine, published by the al-Qa'ida Organization in the Arabian Peninsula, has not appeared since October. The Saudi Al-Ikhlas forum at is critical of the US and Saudi Government and dropped its password requirement in late December.

A translation of the table of contents and highlights of the content follows:

- Introduction

- Introductory Topic: The World's Order Since the Sykes-Picot Agreement

- Illusion of Power: Centrality of Superpowers between Super Military Power and False Media Glory

- First Topic: Defining Savagery Management, Citing Historical Occurrences

- Second Topic: The Path of Empowerment

- Third Topic: The Most Crucial Principles and Policies, Which, When Followed, Facilitate the Plan of Action, and Realize the Goals of [the Weakening And Exasperating Force] Phase in General, and the Goals of [Savagery Management] Phase in Particular- God Willing

A. Chapter One: Mastering the Art of Management

B. Chapter Two: Who Leads, Who Manages, and Who Approves Basic Administrative Decisions?

C. Chapter Three: Adopting Tested Military Principles

D. Chapter Four: Managing Violence

E. Chapter Five: Establishing Force

F. Chapter Six: Getting Clear Understanding of the Rules of the Political Game - for Those Who Agree and Those Who Do Not Agree - And Moving Toward Implementation

G. Chapter Seven: Polarization

H. Chapter Eight: Enrollment Regulations

I. Chapter Nine: Mastering the Security Domain, Dispersion of Eyes, Infiltrating the Enemy and Opposition Lines

J. Chapter Ten: Paying Attention to Education as Was the Case during the First Era [the dawn of Islam]

- Fourth Topic: Major Problems and Obstacles Which We Will Be Facing Us And Means of Dealing with Them

A. Decrease in the Number of Believers

B. Shortage in Administrative Cadre

C. Old Loyalty to Administration Elements

D. Infiltration and Spies

F. Breaking Away or Revolt of Individuals, Groups, or Even Whole Areas

G. Over-enthusiasm and Its Outcome

- Fifth Topic: The Conclusion - Is there any Easier Solution than Jihad?

A. First Article: The Battle of Patience

B. Second Article: Getting Caught Between Our Human Essence and God's Intent in Our Call for Islam

C. Third Article: Our Men and the Enemy's Personnel Under Fire

D. Fourth Article: Universal Laws between the Chosen and Those Who Deviate

E. Fifth Article: Our Method Mercy to All Creation

F. Sixth Article: The Great Crisis of Terminology - The public Interest Versus the Public Harm

G. Seventh Article: Polarization and Money

Author Presents Three-Stage Plan, Including Security Disarray, for Establishing Islamic Nation

The book opened with a description of the state of the world superpowers and the situation in the Muslim world and claimed that societies have faced fast moral deterioration. Naji argued that, according to God's intent for his creation, morality and social justice can only be restored through power and fighting, and not through peaceful means like the ones promoted by Gandhi. He stressed the importance of his plan, as explained in the book, to use citizens and the mujahidin's organized forces to restore the Muslim nation. He suggested applying his plan first to a small group of countries: Saudi Arabia, Northwest Africa, Nigeria, Pakistan, Jordan, and Yemen, before spreading worldwide. He presented the necessary three major phases to establish his proposed nation:

First: The Weakening and Wearing Down Phase - This is the phase during which jihadist groups, in various parts of the world, create security disarray by carrying out attacks against various targets. He urged smaller attacks as they do not require approval of "high command" and provide more flexibility to the groups. He said that such "attacks will attract the youth to jihad, free these areas from the existing apostate regimes, and prepare their forces for the next phase of Savagery Management."

Second: The Savagery Management Phase - The mujahidin will take control and manage the anarchy resulting form the previous phase. During this period, they will preserve the security of the area under their control, provide citizens with food and healthcare, strengthen their combat abilities, establish the legal system in the area under control, provide Shari'ah and jihad education, establish an intelligence system, sign treaties with groups in surrounding areas, and improve the administrative abilities in preparation for the establishment of the Islamic State.

Third: The Empowerment Phase [The Establishment of the State] - The author suggested that the 11 September attacks "caused the US to lose its grandeur and were planned to force the United States into the trap of revenge by invading Afghanistan and coming face to face with the people of the occupied lands." He suggested expanding attacks against the "Crusaders and Zionists" worldwide and urged concentrating on "economic targets especially oil" to weaken the "forces and economies." The author predicted that by the end of this phase the enemy would join the mujahidin so as to "die as martyrs instead of tyrant infidels . . . and the enemy might resort to peaceful means and settle to protecting their economy and wealth . . . security disarray follows . . . and the mujahidin will continue their progress." He added that the plan requires both military and media strategies to support it.

Author Emphasizes Importance of Good Leadership, Services

In the third topic, the writer discussed the importance of mastering the art of management to uphold the new nation. He discussed leadership and management issues that will need to be resolved. He said that decisions on whom to target and whom to spare as individuals or groups should be made by the "high command," or in light of its clear policies.

He stressed the importance of legalizing tested military principles, even those set by non-Muslims and the need to have operations at a steady rate "to send a message to the people and the enemy that the mujahidin's power is growing." He said: "Small operations scattered over a large area should serve the purpose initially."

Author Urges Use of 'Paying the Price Policy,' Gives Scenario of Attack on Egyptian Diplomats

In chapter four, the author discussed how to limit severity in attacks, in accordance with Shari'ah, but emphasized the importance of a "Paying the Price Policy." He said: "The enemy should pay the full price for their crimes, especially if they attempt to stop the mujahidin." He said that the "Crusaders" are not the only enemies but that "apostate governments like Egypt are included." He then posed the scenario of the Egyptian Government capturing a group of mujahidin and suggested that a number of "mujahidin from the Peninsula or Northwest Africa may carry out an attack against an Egyptian Embassy and publish a statement to justify their act, or kidnap Egyptian diplomats as hostages, until Egypt releases the group of mujahidin." He said that "if the mujahidin's demands are not met, the hostages would then be killed in a horrific manner to plant fear in the hearts of the enemies and their collaborators." The author urged spreading jihad worldwide to make it impossible for "the enemy to have enough forces to fight them." He also suggested that any group that chooses jihad can be considered part of this campaign even if they had different views on some of the issues.

Author Says Understanding Political Game, Rallying Supporters Important

In chapter six, the author discussed the importance of understanding the rules of the political game and understanding the views of those who agree or differ with the mujahidin. He stressed the importance of the role played by the media in interpreting attacks and how to prepare by publishing a legitimate justification for each action ensuring it reaches the largest number of people worldwide. As an example, the author presented a scenario in which the mujahidins' media team researches oil prices and value, and after discovering that it is worth more than the market price, a statement would be issued by the mujahidin. To be effective, the author explained, the statement should contain a brief description of the findings of the oil prices study and a demand that countries buying oil from Muslim countries pay the true value for the oil. He said the statement should give these countries a deadline and a warning to attack oil establishments if the demand is not met. Naji also suggested that to ensure that such a statement reaches as many countries and homes as possible, the mujahidin should kidnap a "Crusader engineer or manager, preferably from the oil industry, or a journalist, and demand that his release be contingent upon publishing the full statement in the media." He suggested attacks against oil supplies in Senegal and Nigeria.

In chapter seven, the author discussed the importance of rallying people to join the mujahidin and support them and suggested that the best way to attract quality youth was to carry out operations that can be justified and make sense.

In chapter eight, Naji discussed the enrollment regulations during the final stage of establishing the Islamic State and how the various jihadist groups should unite and decide on a leader.

In chapter nine, the author concentrated on the subject of infiltrating the enemy lines, as well as the establishments and individuals that cooperate with them. He wrote about the necessity to penetrate enemy lines especially the police, the army, political parties, the intelligence, Muslim groups, oil companies, and sensitive private establishments. He also stressed the importance of selecting the right persons to be used in the infiltration missions.

Author Says Jihad Only Solution, Peaceful Means Will Not Resolve Situation

The Fourth Topic dealt with the obstacles that will face the movement and the means to deal with them. Naji discussed how to deal with the decrease in the number of believers, many of whom would have died in combat, the shortage of administrative cadre, loyalties to previous leaderships, infiltration, loyalty shift, and over-enthusiasm which can lead to recklessness and foolishness.

In the conclusion, the author reiterated that jihad is the only solution as "peaceful solutions suggested by some cannot bring the results sought after by the mujahidin."

Book Includes Number of Articles on Importance of Jihad

The book also included a number of articles from the author's archives. Three of the articles have previously appeared in the al-Qa'ida-affiliated online Sawt al-Jihad magazine.

A list of the articles follows:

- "The Battle of Patience." The article explained that it takes patience to win a battle. He offered advice on how to stay steadfast in the face of the enemy, and how to push the enemies into an uncomfortable position forcing them to run out of patience.

- "Getting Caught between Our Human Essence and God's Intent." The writer discussed the difference between the afflictions of prison and torture as compared to that of jihad.

- "Our Men and the Enemy's Men under Fire," discussed how the mujahidin under fire, though smaller in numbers and less-experienced, have "shown more courage than the enemy's soldiers." He called on the mujahidin in Iraq to remain firm in their jihad and assured them the victory promised by God and His Prophet.

- "Universal Laws between the Chosen and the Ones Who Deviated from them." In this article, the author said that God's plan for us through His universal laws is to fight for His cause, and not to take the peaceful path which was promoted by Gandhi. He expounded that the Muslim Caliphate would not have been established if it was not for its army. No other path, according to the article, will bring victory to the Muslims but jihad and fighting.

- "Our Methods, Mercy For All Creatures - and We Sent Thee Not But As a Mercy For All Creatures [Koranic verse]." The article stressed the importance of devotion to Islamic law and how hypocrisy results from lack of devotion to necessary duties. [See FBIS GMP20040813000196]

- "The Great Crisis of Terminology - The Public Interest Versus The Public Harm: An Example." The writer refuted the validity of "reality jurisprudence," an approach adopted by a more pragmatic Islamic school of thought that seeks to interpret and apply Islamic law by weighing the public good versus the public harm and giving priority to the former. [See FBIS GMP20040830000248]

- "Polarization and Money, the Final Installment," discussed the different perspectives of those involved in jihad.
Source-Date: 03/08/2005

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