Australia: Interview only encouraged the view that Hizb ut-Tahrir is a dangerous collective whose words pose a very real threat

If you don’t want to be known as a terrorist organisation, it really isn’t that hard.

The natural first step would be to denounce the murderous tactics of other terrorists intent on striking fear into our hearts.

Perhaps then, people wouldn’t be intent on banning your group or cancelling your lectures.

That radical Islamic group Hizb ut-Tahrir was even given a platform on the public broadcaster earlier this week is, frankly, disturbing.

But it was an opportunity for senior member and former spokesman Wassim Doureihi to prove to the country that the group isn’t – as Prime Minister Tony Abbott claimed – “thoroughly objectionable” and deserving of a potential red-carding.

Instead, Doureihi’s appearance on ABC’s Lateline on Wednesday night descended into a slanging match between him and host Emma Alberici, who grew increasingly frustrated with her guest’s refusal to answer simple questions…

(Photo: Hizb ut-Tahrir spokesperson Wassim Doureihi speaks at a Muslim protest at Lakemba train station)