Remember that “journalist” at the Guardian who got canned last year when Scott Burgess exposed him as a member of a radical Islamic group?

Meet the group. Pound for pound, perhaps the most Orwellian paragraph I’ve ever encountered:

“[President] Bush says that we want to enslave people and oppress their freedom of speech,” says Abu Abdullah, a senior member of Hizb ut-Tahrir, the Party of Liberation. “But we want to free all people from being slaves of men and make them slaves of Allah.”

You’ll have to read all of this one, I’m afraid. Too much, and too important, to blockquote. Stick with it until the end or you’ll miss the best part.

The BBC aired a report on Hizb ut-Tahrir three years ago. Video is available at the link but it’s low-quality. Read the transcript instead and note how, for all of the group’s bluster about persuasion through nonviolent means, lots of Muslims were/are worried about them. With good reason:

ZAKARIA:
We don’t believe peace at any cost, first of all. Second of all is that, it is not encouraging violence, it is encouraging retaliation, there’s a difference. Violence is unprovoked, without reason. That is not what the party is encouraging. What they’re saying is that we have the right to retaliate.

GlobalStrategy’s primer on the group is here. Zeyno Baran’s treatment in NRO from 2004 is even better, describing them as a “conveyor belt for producing terrorists” and citing intel sources who claim one of the group’s most famous graduates is none other than Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

There’s an official webpage here, but the British chapter’s site is livelier. Think they’re serious about this Caliphate thing?

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If you have to ask whether “Director of Jihad” is equivalent to a Department of “Defense,” you didn’t read the CSM article carefully enough.

Update: Imagine my surprise: SeeDubya links Hizb ut-Tahrir to the cartoon jihad.

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