The jihad conference in Australia was supposed to be beamed to eager jihadists around the world, but the techies dropped the ball. World dominance may be a bit farther down the road than they’re hoping. “Radical cause hits a glitch,” by Sian Powell in The Australian, with thanks to JE:
A DAY-long conference in Sydney’s Lakemba run by the fundamentalist Muslim organisation Hizb ut-Tahrir, known for its anti-democratic, anti-Semitic views, was meant to be beamed out across the world via a live webcast. “Hizb-ut Tahrir Australia is proud to present the Khilafah conference Sydney 2007,” the site said. “This live webcast will bring together Islamic knowledge, content and community to deliver a connected experience throughout the day.”
The keynote speaker was Hizb ut-Tahrir’s Indonesian chairman Ismail Yusanto, the radical who has previously demanded the jailing of US President George Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair for the “war crime” of the 2003 Iraq invasion. But the Khilafah webcast was beset with all sorts of problems, boding ill for Hizb ut-Tahrir’s future world dominance, or even an Islamic super-state (another of its favoured ideas). To begin with, there was neither vision nor sound. Then there were disjointed pictures, almost a frame at a time, but still no sound. Viewers from across the world, waiting for the webcast, sent in questioning messages but the site remained unresponsive, apart from some posted instructions, none of which worked.