17 July 2016

I Am Not Making This Up Dept.

With such a delegation of responsibility [for combating terrorism to an entity not part of the Swedish security establishment], the government seems either to be trying to hamper efforts to combat violent extremism, or it does not understand the nature of the threat.

The lack of understanding of violent extremism, combined with politicizing the problem, has been evident, for instance, in Malmö, Sweden's third largest city. After the November 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris, the city councilor responsible for safety and security in Malmö, Andreas Schönström, said that European right-wing extremism is a bigger threat than violent Islamism. And on June 5, 2016, Jonas Hult, Malmö's security manager, wrote: "The right-wing forces in Malmö are the biggest threat."[1]

It's easy to see the Swedish government – duly elected by the Swedish electorate with malice aforethought and with every opportunity to vote for a non-lunatic, right-wing government – as being the World Champions of Down-to-the-Bone Stupidity. Even the Swedes, however, can't be this stupid though I realize that this assertion has me rowing upstream against a mighty current of evidence to the contrary. Still and all, Swedes differ only in degree from most other European governments in this regard and I simply have too much faith in the basic common sense of people to eventually get it right about reality. At least, once they realize that their "leaders" are in fact actively conniving at their destruction. It's taken 70 years for this to awakening but it appears the populist giant is stirring and the toothpaste isn't going to go back in the tube.

So, bottom line, the Swedish government is trying to hamper efforts to combat "violent extremism." They'll call out the infantry and their masked AntiFa shock troop auxiliaries if there's a neo-Nazi bake sale in Hasvik[2] have no doubt but about tackling obvious problems with Muslims they're not so brave.

Notes
[1] "How Serious Is Sweden's Fight against Islamic Terrorism and Extremism?" By Nima Gholam Ali Pour, Gatestone Institute, 7/17/16 (emphasis added).
[2] Remote village in far north of Sweden.

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