More on Hizb ut-Tahrir and the Caliphate
Charlie at OPFOR notes the same article this afternoon and spares few adjectives in describing the three interviewed in the article "waxing philosophical about the governmental structure of the caliphate." He reaches a very logical (and in my view very correct) conclusion.
Who would rule in this new caliphate? Shias or Sunnis? What about the Alawites, Sufis, Moros, Berbers, and other minorities? Which nations would hold the seats of power? Who controls the oil? What about the threats from America, China, Russia, and Europe to this “rising power”? Everyone could probably agree on a capitol: Mecca, but that’s probably all they could agree on.
Indeed, if consensus cannot be agreed upon at the UN regarding nuclear weapons or even a definition of terrorism, imagine the ‘battle royale’ that will emerge once an internal Sunni-Shi'ite power struggle commences for the control of the future of Islam.
If the world thinks the hatred for the West and Westerners shared by the radical among them is unending, with beheadings of infidels with dull Gerber hunting knives and the suspending of charred corpses from bridges for public celebratory purposes, just wait (theoretically) until they have no enemy but each other, Beheader v. Beheader, Shi'ite v. Sunni and Clan v. Clan.
Also note the response given by one of the younger followers in the article to a question about how the Caliphate will eventually convert the world's Western governments to inclusion within their global Caliphate.
"In the beginning, the Caliphate would strengthen itself internally and it wouldn't initiate jihad."
"But after that we would carry Islam as an intellectual call to all the world," says Abu Mohammed, a pseudonym. "And we will make people bordering the Caliphate believe in Islam. Or if they refuse then we'll ask them to be ruled by Islam."
And after that? Abu Mohammed pauses and fiddles with his Pepsi before replying.
"And if after all discussions and negotiations they still refuse, then the last resort will be a jihad to spread the spirit of Islam and the rule of Islam," he says, smiling. "This is done in the interests of all people to get them out of darkness and into light."
In their mind, though they see themselves as a 'peaceful' movement today (British 7/7 bombings by splinter members of the same group notwithstanding, of course), jihad is the answer for the world's rejection. So, as Charlie suggests they do, Hizb ut-Tahrir will indeed "pick up an RPG and join the revolution" (again, the bombing of London notwithstanding).
What I would add to Charlie's assessment is simply that the threat posed by Hizb ut-Tahrir has nothing to do with whether Hizb ut-Tahrir's reestablishment of the Caliphate is realistic or not. Rather, the threat has everything to do with their firm belief in its necessity and deep conviction to make it so.