I årevis har Anjem Choudary fritt kunnet promotere sharia og jihad i Storbritannia og andre steder, på skattebetalernes penger. At han nå er arrestert kan være et tegn på at krigen mot ISIS får følger også på hjemmebane. En regjering som skal krige mot ISIS kan ikke ha tilhengere gående løs som hisser til motstand. Det er forståelig hvis myndighetene vil markere en grense. Choudary har overskredet den systematisk.

Douglas Murray  er en av dem som i flere år har undret seg over at Choudary kunne si hva han gjorde – akkurat som Ubaydullah Hussain – uten at det fikk konsekvenser.

If Choudary and friends are found to have broken the law then I look forward to them receiving the maximum possible sentences. But the larger questions raised by Choudary should also be addressed. After the slaughter of Drummer Lee Rigby I appeared on Channel 4 opposite Choudary and pointed out to him that he and his family probably received more money in benefits for working against Britain than Drummer Rigby received for fighting for this country. I have marvelled over this for years. The not-unqualified Choudary has been sitting on £25,000 of benefits a year. Conviction and prison is one thing. But the question must also still be asked about how it is this country ended up not just paying our enemies, but paying them better than we do our own soldiers. It is a symptom of a recent national madness. Perhaps today’s arrests are one sign that this national madness might finally be lifting.

Why are we paying more benefits to Islamist preachers than our own soldiers?