Hizb ut-Tahrir in Canada: Providing the Mood Music to Which the Suicide Bombers Dance

What may be Canada’s fastest growing Islamist group believes that all Canadian soldiers are war criminals.1 The perceived leader of the Canadian arm of the group says publicly that Muslims should not vote in elections unless they are voting for Sharia Law. Hizb ut-Tahrir is able to grow as it has a fluid organizational system and receives considerable practical support from government officials such as the Mayor of Mississauga and the City of Hamilton.

The Canadian public frequently questions why Canada has produced a growing stream of suicide bombers, martyrs, ISIS propagandists and a string of jihadist fighters for a variety of Islamist causes. One reason, and perhaps the primary one, is that Canada has a series of Islamist extremist groups that create the necessary social, political and cultural space for an extremist ideology to blossom into political violence; that is to say terrorism.

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