The war in Syria is a vast human tragedy, as this speaker’s opening remarks make clear. There is a silver lining to be had in it, though, to hear him tell the story. It is not the story that you probably think you know. In this version of the story, Assad and Iran are Western puppets to such a degree that America controls Iran’s elections. The Islamic State (ISIS) is also a Western puppet, a ‘caricature’ made in Hollywood to make the world hate the idea of a caliphate. The Russian airstrikes on American-backed CIA-trained militias? Somehow that proves that America and Russia are in this together, against the Syrian rebels. The happy ending to this story is that it’s not working, and the wicked Western puppet-masters are only hastening the coming of the realcaliphate.
Robert Spencer at Jihad Watch points out that the man’s position is that helping the Syrian refugees is part of the same movement as bringing this real caliphate about.
Mazin Abdul-Adhim says: “The problem is that we don’t understand our own system — the Khilafa (caliphate). And therefore, how do we support the people of Syria? We must send money and help the refugees that are coming here in every way that we can.” The Toronto Sun reports: “Helping Syrian refugees coming to Canada and building an Islamic caliphate are part of the same cause, according to a pro-Shariah speaker at an Islamic conference in Hamilton.”… The refugee increases Muslims’ political and societal clout and strengthens these calls for “the full implementation of Islam.”
Who is this speaker? The major clue is that he is speaking in front of the flag of Hizb-ut Tahrir. This group calls for the overthrowing of every government on earth, with the caliphate coming to replace them all. Though Hizb-ut Tahrir proclaims itself to be nonviolent, this seems to be for strategic advantage rather than out of genuine commitment. A nonviolent, political organization can operate freely in the West. Thus, Hizb-ut Tahrir is banned in all but three Arab nations, but operates freely in the United Kingdom, the United States, and — as this video shows — in Canada.
Hizb-ut Tahrir’s critics point out that it has served as a radicalizing agent for young Muslims who later go on to become violent jihadis. Its alumni include such lights as al Qaeda leaders Abu Musab al-Zarqawi and Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
“Hizb produces thousands of manipulated brains, which then graduate from Hizb and become members of groups like al-Qaeda,” says Zeyno Baran, director of international security and energy programmes at the Nixon Centre, a think-tank based in Washington, DC. “Even if Hizb does not itself engage in terrorist acts, because of the ideology it provides, it acts like a conveyor belt for terrorists.”
It is impossible not to feel for the suffering men, women, and children described in the opening few minutes of these remarks. In considering how to respond to the refugee crisis, we also have to keep men like this speaker in mind. He has plans for them far beyond helping suffering souls. There are alternatives for helping them that do not play into his hands. Resettling refugees in the United States costs 12 times what it costs for them to shelter in neighboring countries, “$64,370 in the first five years, or $257,481 per household.” The choice does not have to be between opening the door and doing nothing. We could help far more people without giving this man the recruiting pool he seeks.
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