Kristia Cavere Markarian
Hilton Hotel hosted Islamic terrorism conference in Chicago
By Kristia Cavere Markarian
July 23, 2009

This past Sunday a Hilton hotel right outside of Chicago hosted a conference for Hizbut-Tahrir, an Islamic extremist group connected to terrorist groups, including Al Qaeda. The seminar was entitled, "The Fall of Capitalism and the Rise of Islam" and was attended by approximately 500 Hizbut-Tahrir members. As the title of their gathering suggests, the speakers condemned capitalist systems while encouraging a growth of global Islamic influence.

Hizbut-Tahrir's official English-speaking website stated this conference, to be held in several cities around the world, will "illustrate the coming era of global change." The first session is entitled "Fall of Capitalism," which will "address its destructive mechanisms the world over." Part one addresses how "Capitalism is Doomed to Fail," whereas the second portion illustrates "The Suffering Under Capitalism." The second session, "Islamic Perspective on Economy," focuses on the "issue of distribution." The third and final session, "Rise of Islam," gives examples of the expansion of Muslim power.

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of September 11, 2001 as well as the 1993 World Trade Center bombings, was a member of Hizbut-Tahrir. Abu Masab al-Zarqawi, the leader of Al Qaeda in Iraq until his death in June 2006, also belonged to Hizbut-Tahrir.

The former worldwide leader of Hizbut-Tahrir, Sheikh Abdul Qadeem Zalloom, wrote that those who do not live under an Islamic system must "either retract or be killed...even if this led to several years of fighting and even if it led to the killing of millions of Muslims and to the martyrdom of millions of believers." The official position of Hizbut-Tahrir regarding plane hijacking states, "If the plane belongs to a country at war with Muslims, like Israel, it is allowed to hijack it, for there is no sanctity for Israel nor for the Jews in it." In one of their publications from March 2009, Hizbut-Tahrir promotes "a state of war against America."

In an interview with, the only major media outlet who mentioned this story although they did so very briefly, Walid Phares, director of the Future of Terrorism Project at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, stated, "Hizbut-Tahrir is one of the oldest, largest indoctrinating organizations for the ideology known as jihadism." Mr. Phares explained that this group focuses on indoctrinating young Islamic men between 9 and 18 years old to believe in the "khalifah," the formation of a Muslim empire using any means necessary including jihad.

Although Hizbut-Tahrir does not openly train their members to perform terrorist acts, their indoctrination prepares these men to commit to performing terrorism. Mr. Phares stated, "It's like a middle school that prepares them to be recruited by the high school, which is Al Qaeda. One would compare them to the Hitler youth...It's an extremely dangerous organization."

How to increase and enhance their enrollment methods was the purpose of Hizbut-Tahrir having their conference in our country. "The aim of this conference is to recruit within the Muslim community in America," said Walid Phares. Hizbut-Tahrir already has visible networks in some Western countries such as Britain, France, and Spain, although they are forbidden in Germany, Russia, and several countries in central Asia.

Hizbut-Tahrir is not recognized by the State Department as an outright terrorist organization. This is very foolish and careless, as the evidence is overwhelming that Hizbut-Tahrir is engaged in actively promoting Islamofascist terrorism and aggressively encouraging war against America.

It is also very foolish and careless for a hotel in the United States to allow such a group to have access to their meeting facilities. The General Manager of the Hilton Oak Lawn, Rick Harmon, stated to that, "if it's legal, we're able to host it, as long as it's nothing that disrupts our other guest's privacy and security."

The State Department should immediately identify Hizbut-Tahrir as a terrorist group, and have the appropriate government agencies investigate their members in America and monitor their future activities. The Hilton conglomerate should be boycotted until an apology is issued and a promise is given that any group working for the hostile overthrow of America will be denied access to their meeting facilities.

Hizbut-Tahrir, while not actually training terrorists, is targeting those who would actively commit terror against America. They identify those who are sympathetic to terrorism, and recruit and cultivate them to actual jihadists. Although such groups may be, in Mr. Harmon's words, "legal," they should not be given support of any type. Commerce and business, by their indifference, have offered material aid to those who wish to destroy us.

This situation illustrates commerce at any cost and the deplorability of such unrestrained capitalism that, for a price, would give assistance to those who are striving for the overt destruction of America. How low has ethics sunk for American corporate responsibility? The Hilton Oak Lawn is only one example of how businesses have not done their best to thwart terrorism. The laissez-faire capitalistic approach of these corporations makes them accomplices in the Islamofascist plan for a forceful overthrow of American principles and government.

For those who wish to contact Mr. Harmon, or the executives of the Hilton Corporation, their information is below.

Hilton Oak Lawn General Manager Rick Harmon (708) 425-7800

Hilton Management 1-800-445-8667

© Kristia Cavere Markarian


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