Here in the United States, reporters seem to be almost an extinct species. That is true in the United Kingdom as well, except that some relatively disreputable organs, like the Sun, actually investigate things from time to time. It was the Sun that infiltrated radical mosques and filmed cleric Anjem Choudary telling his followers how to make war on the West. The Sun’s account is all pretty disgusting, but what was most striking to me was Choudary’s urging his followers to subsist on welfare while they plot jihad:
Scrounging hate preacher Anjem Choudary has told fanatics to copy him by going on benefits — urging: “Claim your Jihad Seeker’s Allowance.”
He cruelly ridiculed non-Muslims who held down 9-to-5 jobs all their lives and said sponging off them made plotting holy war easier. …
He laughed as he told supporters: “You find people are busy working the whole of their life. They wake up at 7 o’clock. They go to work at 9 o’clock. They work for eight, nine hours a day. They come home at 7 o’clock, watch EastEnders, sleep, and they do that for 40 years of their life. That is called slavery.” …
Former lawyer Choudary — twice banned from running organisations under the Terrorism Act — said some revered Islamic figures had only ever worked one or two days a year, adding: “The rest of the year they were busy with jihad (holy war) and things like that.”
He went on: “People will say, ‘Ah, but you are not working’. But the normal situation is for you to take money from the kuffar [non-Muslim].
So we take Jihad Seeker’s Allowance. You need to get support.”
Choudary practices what he preaches:
Figures obtained by The Sun in 2010 showed the extremist cleric received £15,600 a year in housing benefit to keep him in a £320,000 house in Leytonstone, East London.
He also got £1,820 council tax allowance, £5,200 income support and £3,120 child benefits — equivalent to a taxed salary of £32,500.
Which equates to $50,375 at current exchange rates. The Sun notes that Choudary is paid much more by the British government than the soldiers who are fighting jihadists in Afghanistan.
Can the West survive? It doesn’t seem likely, does it?