Friday, July 17, 2009

"America Alone" and Hizb ut-Tahrir

I just finished re-reading Mark Steyn's excellent book "America Alone" about the decline of the West and the pending takeover of Europe by Islam. This is really a must-read book, both profound and extremely well written. One of his points is that we're allowing the infiltration of western society by Islamic organizations dedicated to our destruction, and he has many examples of this process.

Well, here's another example:

"Hizb ut-Tahrir is a global Sunni network with reported ties to confessed 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and Al Qaeda in Iraq's onetime leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. It has operated discreetly in the U.S. for decades.

Now, it is coming out of the shadows and openly hosting a July 19 conference entitled, "The Fall of Capitalism and the Rise of Islam," at a posh Hilton hotel in a suburb of Chicago...

Hizb ut-Tahrir, rather than training members to carry out terrorist acts like Al Qaeda, focuses instead on indoctrinating youths between ages of 9 and 18 to absorb the ideology that calls for the formation of an empire — or "khilafah" — that will rule according to Islamic law and condones any means to achieve it, including militant jihad.

Hizb ut-Tahrir often says that its indoctrination "prepares the infantry" that groups like Al Qaeda take into battle, [Islamic expert Walid] Phares said.

'It's like a middle school that prepares them to be recruited by the high school, which is Al Qaeda,' he said. "One would compare them to Hitler youth. ... It's an extremely dangerous organization."

Phares said Hizb ut-Tahrir has strongholds in Western countries, including Britain, France and Spain, and clearly is looking to strengthen its base in the U.S...

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed is one of the group's most famous alumni... In addition to plotting the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, he also is implicated in the World Trade Center bombing of 1993, the Bali nightclub bombings and the murder of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl."

So what are we doing about it?

"Hizb ut-Tahrir ... is not recognized by the State Department as a known terror group...

Hilton Oak Lawn General Manager Rick Harmon said Hizb ut-Tahrir used its own name when it reserved the room for the conference, but the hotel was not aware of the content of the event, which includes lectures entitled "Capitalism is Doomed to Fail," "The Global Rise of Islam," and the "Role of Muslims in America," until after the contract was signed.

Still, Harmon said the hotel is open to all kinds of meetings, that don't necessarily reflect its position or beliefs.

'We're United States citizens and an American business — if it's legal, we're able to host it, as long as it's nothing that disrupts our other guests' privacy and security.'"

Presumably, organizing the destruction of western civilization won't disrupt their guests' security.

While radical Islam works tirelessly on a thousand fronts, we snooze on.


Anonymous said...

It seems good for each to consider whether one ought to oppose Hizb ut-Tahrir by every prudent means. For even the greatest lawmakers have not prescribed the actions appropriate to every extreme case. And just as they merit excuse for not remedying what they could not foresee, those lawmakers, who must have wished to see their orders preserved, might grant some excuse to us for performing those actions they did not prescribe, but which tend to the preservation of their orders.

It was the wise Machiavelli who first turned to the education of a new infantry. Nevertheless, the training of a new infantry is a mode that his enemies can also employ. Machiavellian modes in the service of Islamic orders seems an extraordinarily dangerous combination. And Machiavelli provides many examples of modes by which one may stop such abuse. To let opportunities pass for prudent opposition would be cruel pity toward the piously cruel.

Wakefield Tolbert said...

Presumably, organizing the destruction of western civilization won't disrupt their guests' security.

While radical Islam works tirelessly on a thousand fronts, we snooze on.

Well said. Another Steynian in bud stage, at least.

That being said, I say that tirelessness IS the issue, and that sometimes I think we Americans are just TIRED of all the conflict and like Dorothy clicking her heels, pine away for a simpler time with the folks in Kansas.