By Ryan Mauro:
Though our efforts compelled the Meadows Club to back out of hosting Hizb ut-Tahrir’s anti-American, anti-democracy Khilafah Conference, the group had just enough time to find another venue. On Saturday night, just hours before the event, the Chicago Daily Herald reported that the Lexington Houseof Hickory Hills, Illinois, had agreed to host Hizb ut-Tahrir.
Hizb ut-Tahrir tried to stream the event online from noon to 4 PM on Sunday, June 17, along with a post-event press conference. The streaming was sporadic and had very poor audio, so at about 1:30 I called the Lexington House and asked to speak to the manager. The woman who answered confirmed that it was hosting the conference and I asked if she was aware of what Hizb ut-Tahrir is. She said that the event was booked about a week ago under a person’s name and she only learned about the group yesterday. When I asked what she thought of Hizb ut-Tahrir, she said “no comment” and hung up.
I called back, thinking that my cell phone signal may have dropped. “No. I hung up on you. I don’t have anything else to say,” she said as she again hung up on me.
At around 2 PM, I sent the Lexington House an email with a link to our article about HUT, offering one more chance for a comment and, if they wanted to, an apology or explanation. I have not heard back thus far.
Another person who called the Lexington House said the same thing happened. The woman confirmed she was the one who agreed to host the extremist group and hung up after saying, “No, I am not concerned and no, I will not talk to you anymore.”
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It was very difficult to understand what the conference speakers were saying as the streaming often failed and had poor audio, but I listened carefully and virtually the entire conference was dedicated to condemning the U.S., democracy and capitalism and telling Muslims that a war is being waged on Islam and it is being led by America. As far as I could tell, there was not a single positive thing stated about the U.S.
There was no explicit call to violence except for in defense of Muslims in Syria but it is easy to see why HUT’s ideology would trigger violent jihad. Later in the conference, a speaker said Islam must be spread non-violently, but as we reported, HUT is officially non-violent as an organization even though it has endorsed violent jihad in Muslim lands and Israel.
One of the first things I noticed when the streaming came online was how the U.S. is damned by HUT no matter what it does. The first speaker I saw slammed the U.S. for supporting the Saudi Royal Family, the Shah of Iran, Saddam Hussein, Hosni Mubarak and Bashar Assad. A significant amount of time was spent portraying Assad as an ally of the U.S. even though he has been one of America’s worst enemies, even helping to kill U.S. soldiers in Iraq. Even Iran was described as a “tool” of the U.S. during the question-and-answer period at the end.
The fact that the U.S. abandoned the Shah, overthrew Saddam Hussein, publicly called on Mubarak to resign and is demanding that Assad leave power and is backing the Syrian rebels makes absolutely no difference to HUT, who sees these actions as part of an American imperialist scheme. The U.S. is condemned if it does nothing and is condemned if it does anything.
HUT used the conference to preach that the Arab Spring, referred to by one speaker as the “Islamic Upheaval,” is an Islamist revolution to bring about Sharia-based governance that was sparked by U.S.-backed oppression. The speaker also mentioned poverty as a cause of the “Islamic Upheaval” and preached that the West’s economic troubles prove the failures of capitalism and the failure of any system not based solely on Islam as HUT sees it.
He also gleefully mentioned Islamist victories in elections in Turkey, Egypt, Tunisia, Algeria and Palestine. HUT criticizes the Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas for participating in elections but still looks kindly upon their election victories. Their extremism, including their terrorism, as far as I could tell with poor audio, was not condemned even once. On the other hand, it seemed like barely a minute went by without the U.S. being condemned.
HUT’s immediate objective is mobilizing support for the Bashar Assad fight against Bashar Assad in Syria. The speaker discussing this topic warned that the U.S. had laid a three-part trap for the rebels based on the “Yemeni solution:” Sell out the leadership, control the rebels and betray the revolution. HUT teaches that the U.S. wants to sideline Assad but keep the current regime in place and only supports the rebels so it can control them. The speaker told the Muslim armies that they are obliged to “intervene militarily” and it is not enough to just provide humanitarian assistance.
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Ryan Mauro is RadicalIslam.org’s National Security Analyst and a fellow with the Clarion Fund. He is the founder of WorldThreats.com and is frequently interviewed on Fox News.
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Exclusive: Illinois Khilafah Conference “Capitalism is to Blame”
There were four speakers at the event, three of which that wanted to remain unidentified, with the center of attention focusing upon the key note speaker, Dr. Mohammed Malkawi aka Abu Talha, Hizb’s Deputy Spokesperson. The following are some of the claims made by the four speakers:
- American Capitalism has caused all that is wrong with the Muslim world today.
- The Capitalist System was created to restrict Muslims.
- Jews and Christians will not be happy with Muslims until they adopt their way of life.
- The fall of Communism and the decline of Capitalism sends a clear message that the rise of Islam is imminent.
- Capitalism has failed due to its high suicide, high poverty, and many other adverse rates, while at the same time there were no statistics mentioned about the same rates in Arab Nations.
- Capitalism systematically creates poor people.
- The Democratic process in the US and around the world is a mirage.
- Obama failed on two issues, Palestine and dealing with the entire Muslim world.
That they are a peaceful non-violent movement, however, while viewing the diagram on the overhead projector showing the structure of the Sharia governing cabinet, it listed a private secretary in charge of Jihad.