Several hundred Swedes have joined Islamic State militants in recent years, making the country second only to Belgium as a source of European recruits to the “caliphate”.
“I can understand why people are asking whether Sweden has been too open, even naive,” said Anna Carlstedt, Sweden’s national coordinator against violent extremism.
Finally! And so, what are you doing about ir?
“This open, tolerant and democratic society is extremely important to us, it is in our blood, in our souls,” Carlstedt said.
“There are voices asking, ‘can Sweden continue to be like this?’
I understand why people ask these questions, but at the same time we need to be extremely careful and ask ourselves, is it true that countries with very repressive policies and legislation have been spared?”
Carlstedt is the third national coordinator against violent extremism in less than a year; a previous incumbent quit after a corruption scandal and then her successor said she couldn’t cope with the mess she inherited.
Ah, well. It’s only the poor Swedish taxpayer stumping up for the glorious social experiment…
“The anti-radicalisation programme in Sweden has been a joke. Nobody answered the phone and funds went to questionable activities without any effect, while the police and social services didn’t share information,” said Klas Nilsson, a private security consultant in Stockholm.
“I think people are more and more aware that the current politics are leading Sweden down a dangerous path, and that next year’s election will likely be a wake-up call to many – like the US election last year.”
Yes, clearly, that way lies madness! Better to just try and double-down on the ‘tolerance’, eh?
Among the crowds at Drottninggatan yesterday on Saturday, Joakim Berggren said he feared the moment now when Trump would say something about Sweden.
Clearly, more than he fears a panel truck doing 70mph down a pedestrianised street full of his fellow citizens…
“I am so afraid of it – one of the worst things when these things happen is that all the dark forces get the wind in their sails,” said Berggren, 32, who runs an events company. “Trump will come out and say ‘I told you so’, and we don’t need that, humanity doesn’t need that.”
There’s other things humanity doesn’t need. But you don’t seem to have realised that.