Also included in this editorial is the fact that Anjem Choudary receives Â£25,000 a year in benefits. Are they afraid taking it away might “radicalize” him? No, that ship has sailed.
As noted below, European welfare states were designed on the assumption of a cultural unity and set of values wherein people considered themselves a part of the broader society, wanted to contribute to that society (as opposed to subjugating it), and lived in monogamous family units. It did not count on a population growth artificially spiked by unrestrained immigration. It did not count on a growing imbalance of producers and consumers of resources made worse by the native population’s acquired distaste for reproducing, the influx of populations expecting to be supported, and spun further out of control by the unwillingness by the establishment to stand up to taxpayer-funded polygamy, and to demand that the able-bodied work to support themselves. That includes oldÂ “Andy” Choudary.
Saul Bellows’ “Good Intentions Paving Company” has found a booming business in Europe, which is funding its own economic and civilizational collapse, and still trying to solve the problem by throwing more money at it. “Why does Britain have an Islamist problem while America doesn’t? Answer: the welfare state,” by Ed West for theTelegraph, April 26 (thanks to JW):
- WikiLeaks: Two Jihadists Lived Off Government Benefits While Recruiting Terrorists To Kill Americans
London was the global headquarters of Islamic terrorism in the years before and after 9/11. This fact wasn’t exactly a closely guarded secret, but the WikiLeaks GuantÃ¡namo Bay files shed interesting new light on the American perspective. (I especially like the detail that the US government suspected theÂ BBCÂ of being a “possible propaganda media network” for al-Qaeda after aÂ BBCÂ phone number was found on a terrorist. What do they mean “possible”? Have they not listened to Radio 4?)
London became the world terrorist hub partly because the country had a long tradition of shielding dissenters of all stripes; because it had a very unintrusive state compared to its European neighbours (no ID cards); and because of Britain’s historic links with many Arab countries. But there was another reason, and this is central to the reason why Europe has an Islamist problem and the United States doesn’t â€“ the welfare state. Welfare is intimately linked to the failure of western European countries to integrate their Muslim populations, and explains why Britain has such a problem with Islamism.
Look at the two figures named by US intelligence as responsible for recruiting dozens of terrorists, Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza. Qatada, a Jordanian preacher and advisor to shoe bomber Richard Reid and Zacarias Moussaoui, the 9/11 plotter, was expelled from Kuwait for supporting the Iraqi invasion, then claimed asylum in Britain on the grounds of religious persecution. We granted it, naturally. Come in!
While spending his time raising money for the destruction of the West (he was once caught with Â£170,000 in cash, including Â£850 on an envelope with the less-than-enigmatic words “For the Mujahedin in Chechnya” on the front), he was happy to receive Â£400 a week in government benefits â€“ Â£322 for housing and Â£70 for disability.
Abu Hamza, the hook-handed Yemeni, was a phenomenal sponger. His London house cost taxpayers Â£2400 a month, and at one point he was receiving over Â£500 a month for incapacity benefits while his wife received an additional Â£1300 a month. Abu Hamza even sued the government for extra benefits.
Always taking the Euro-moral high ground, the British had refused to extradite Hamza to his native Yemen in 1999 because it had the death penalty; he then went on to radicalise the 7/7 bombers, so that 52 innocent people died in the place of one guilty man.
Cursing the kuffar with their mouths full:
In fact the one thing religious extremists in Britain and Europe almost all have in common is their willingness to take money from the kuffir.Another tabloid regular, “Tottenham Ayatolla” Omar Bakri, sponged Â£275,000 in welfare, including a Â£31,000 Ford Galaxy people carrier to ferry around his seven children. And between them the July 21 bombers, who were admitted into Britain as refugees from war-torn east Africa, received Â£500,000 in welfare payments before repaying the British people by trying (and failing) to murder lots of innocents (who were only saved because the mastermind of the plots had been through the British state education system and so was incapable of doings the sums necessary to make a bomb).
Then there is Anjem Choudary, co-founder of the outlawed Al- Muhajiroun movement, and a qualified solicitor although he has never worked as one, who receives Â£25,000 a year in benefits. As Douglas Murray once pointed out, this is Â£10,000 more than a soldier in Afghanistan is paid: “It’s probably not the first time in history where one side has paid its enemies and its own men, but it’s probably the first war in history where somebody has paid its enemies better than its own men.”
Everywhere in Britain Islamism is taxpayer-funded, the welfare system helping to fill idle young minds with poison, and fuelling a sense of resentment amongst (often emotionally fragile) second-generation immigrants.
One only has to look at America’s experience with Islam to see how welfare and diversity do not mix. EU Muslims are over six and a half times more likely, proportionately, to be arrested for terrorist offences than American Muslims. In surveys well over two thirds of American Muslims said they believed they can make it in America with hard work, a higher proportion than Americans generally, reflecting their belief in the American Dream.
Fewer than half think themselves Muslims first and Americans second, compared to 81 per cent in Britain. Yet America is, by any measurable standards, far more “Islamophobic” than Britain, with far more public criticism and mockery of that religion. In place of the American Dream,Â Britain has the European Nightmare, a welfare system that disincentives assimilation and breeds resentment.
Welfare states were designed for fairy [sic] ancient, largely homogenous European countries in the retirement stage of civilisation; butÂ combined with open borders, as Milton Friedman predicted, welfare is unsustainable, socially divisive and potentially dangerous. The Americans have every right to despair at the strange, self-destructive behaviour of their ally.
This story is best read in tandem with theÂ Telegraph editorial posted here earlier, detailing how Britain and other European countries are funding their own destruction. “WikiLeaks: GuantÃ¡namo Bay terrorists radicalised in London to attack Western targets,” from theÂ Telegraph, April 26:
Abu Qatada and Abu Hamza, two preachers who lived off state benefits after claiming asylum, are identified by the American authorities as the key recruiters responsible for sending dozens of extremists from throughout the world to Pakistan and Afghanistan via London mosques.
The leaked WikiLeaks documents, written by senior US military commanders at GuantÃ¡namo Bay, illustrate how, for two decades, Britain effectively became a crucible of terrorism, with dozens of extremists, home-grown and from abroad, radicalised here.
Finsbury Park mosque, in north London, is described as a “haven” for extremists. United States intelligence officials concluded the mosque served as “an attack planning and propaganda production base”.
The files will raise questions over why the Government and security services failed to take action sooner to tackle the capital’s reputation as a staging post for terrorism, which became so established that the city was termed “Londonistan”.
The documents show thatÂ at least 35 detainees at GuantÃ¡namo had passed through Britain before being sent to fight against Allied forces in Afghanistan. This is thought to be more than from any other Western nation.
Of those, 18 were originally from abroad. The other 17 were British nationals or citizens granted residency here after claiming asylum, who were indoctrinated before being sent to terrorist training camps in Afghanistan.
The Government has paid millions of pounds in compensation and benefits to people regarded as highly dangerous by the US authorities.
Qatada, who was paid compensation under human rights laws for being “unfairly detained”, is described as “the most successful recruiter in Europe” and a “focal point for extremist fundraising [and] recruitment”. Hamza is accused of encouraging “his followers to murder non-Muslims”.
Four mosques in London and an Islamic centre are highlighted as places where young Muslim men were radicalised and turned into potential terrorists. Finsbury Park mosque “served to facilitate and training of recruits,” note the files, adding that it was “a haven for Islamic extremists from Morocco and Algeria.” […]
Now, the key role that Britain and British-based preachers played in the lives of many of the GuantÃ¡namo detainees can be disclosed.
British intelligence services also provided information, including lists of suspected extremists seized from raids on Islamic centres, to the US military as it interrogated detainees. The information was passed on despite the Government publicly condemning the use of torture at GuantÃ¡namo. The leaked documents also reveal that:
â€¢ Sixteen detainees sent back to Britain are regarded as “high risk” by the US authorities and are liable to plan attacks against the West. However, they have been paid a reported Â£1â€‰million each in compensation by the Government. For the first time, details of their alleged extremist activities, including travelling to Afghanistan to fight against British troops, are disclosed […]
The top-secret documents show how Muslim men travelled to European countries such as France, from where they obtained fake EU passports.Â They then crossed the channel to take advantage of Britain’s generous asylum system.[…]
According to one document, Finsbury Park mosque was “a key transit facility for the movement of North African and other extremists in London to and from al-Qaeda training camps in Afghanistan”….
Read it all.