It's been hard to keep track of all the rioting that's taken place around the world lately, purportedly in response to the film The Innocence of Muslims, so it would be thoroughly understandable if you missed the news about the protests in Sydney on Saturday, September 15, at which participants carried signs reading "Behead all those who insult the prophet" and "Shariah will dominate the world." Several police officers were injured and a number of arrests were made.
The rioting occurred exactly one day after Taji Mustafa, spokesman for the British branch of the Muslim group Hizb ut-Tahrir, delivered a passionate, and at times fierce, sermon in Sydney about The Innocence of Muslims. Hizb ut-Tahrir, as you may know, is an international Islamist organization that is the largest group of its kind in Britain. It supports the goal of a caliphate and, by virtue of its continuing legality in that country (which has been frequently but unsuccessfully challenged), serves as a living symbol of the fecklessness of the British government in the face of jihadism. Mustafa is one of the most high-profile Islamist agitators on the scept'red isle, where, in 2006, participating in a TV debate about freedom of speech after the Pope's Regensburg speech, he presented himself as reasonable and mild-mannered, insisting in a firm but relatively temperate tone that "in no civilized society should people accept the right to insult others" and that he "should not have to live in a society where my belief is insulted."