Hizb ut Tahrir: Hatchery of Islamist Radicalism

The following short article was published on January 30, 2007, and was sent to the Australian Government on the same date. It’s republished here as the government now considers the banning of Hizb ut Tahrir.

By Con George-Kotzabasis

Hizb ut Tahrir’s spokesman Washim Doureihi’s claim that his party’s goal “was not to change the nature of Australia,” is either blatant dissembling, taqqiyya–characteristic of Muslims–or historically ignorant. The establishment of a caliphate in the Indonesian archipelago and beyond, which is the goal of Hizb ut Tahrir, with a population of more than five hundred millions, would not merely “change the nature of Australia,” but would irrevocably obliterate Australia and New Zealand as the outposts of Western civilization in the region.

However, the statement of John Howard, as reported in The Age, on January 30, 07, should be of some concern to Australians. He stated that “people…should be able to say ridiculous things in democracy without that language constituting violence and extreme incitement to violence.” This judgment of the PM is based on rational criteria. The trouble is that all the actions of the terrorists are based on a patent of irrationality, and indeed, their whole movement of jihad has a ridiculous base, i.e., religious fanaticism. And it’s by propagating these ridiculous things that their propagandists, such as Dr. Ismail Yusanto, chairman of the Indonesian arm of Hizb ut Tahrir, who was the main speaker at the conference last weekend, are getting their deadly recruits of terror. That is why political leaders who have committed their military forces to fight global terror, have to take these “ridiculous things” with seriousness. They cannot allow a hatchery of Islamic radicalism to function in the midst of their countries as a fifth column of global terrorism.

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