Hizb ut-Tahrir

The picture above accompanied an article on page A4 of The New York Times yesterday. The article dealt with efforts by the British police to crackdown on homegrown extremist threats without resorting to profiling. The caption to this photo read: “A Hizb ut-Tahrir rally in London Saturday expressed anger over the war in Lebanon and the investigation of a terrorist plot by Islamic radicals.”

Perhaps the photo was cropped in such a way that we simply do not see the signs that express anger over the war in Lebanon, or the police tactics used to investigate the recently uncovered terrorist plot. In any event, the caption seems incredibly misguided. Of the two signs that are clearly legible, one expresses explicit support not for innocent Lebanese victims of the recent (and for all intents and purposes ongoing) war, but for Hezbollah. In addition, a rather paradoxical sign in the rear of the photo calls for the end of US imperialism while simultaneously calling for the restoration of Islamic imperialism.

The article itself did a better job explaining the march, which was organized by the British branch of Hizb ut-Tahrir, a group which describes itself as a nonviolent organization seeking pan-Islamic rule. In a paragraph tacked on to the end of the piece, it reports that 1,200 Muslim demonstrators filed past the US Embassy in London “feting Hezbollah as the ‘victor’.”

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