Robert Spencer uncovers British jihadists (not)

“Jihadist groups operate ‘with impunity’ in UK.” Well, it must be true. Robert Spencer of Jihad Watch says so, and he has it on the authority of General Musharraf of Pakistan. You couldn’t find more reliable sources than that, could you?

Jihad Watch, 27 July 2005

However, when you read the Times article on which Spencer’s claim is based (see here), you find the only two “jihadist groups” that Musharraf claims “operate with full impunity” in Britain are Al-Muhajiroun, which dissolved itself last year, and Hizb ut-Tahrir, which states:

“Hizb ut-Tahrir is convinced that the change we seek must start in the minds of people and we do not accept for people or societies to be forced to change by violence and terror. Consequently, Hizb ut-Tahrir does not advocate or engage in violence. The party strictly adheres to Islamic law in all aspects of its work. It is an Islamic intellectual and political entity that seeks to change people’s thoughts through intelligent discussion and debate. We consider that Islamic law forbids violence or armed struggle against the regime as a method to re-establish the Islamic State.”

A sect that has a negative impact on Muslim communities in Britain, you could argue. But a “jihadist group”? I don’t think so.