When I saw the SvD headline about Margot Wallström’s “Greatest Respect for Islam”, I thought that perhaps, like Saul on the road to Damascus, in her case she had seen the light and was probably now on the verge of converting to the deen or had converted, but I was mistaken.
There’s still some small comfort that at least that unrepentant Swedish scoundrel Lars Vilks has not been penitent enough to say ditto, that he too has “The greatest respect for Islam” or apologised. He does not seem to care that he may end up in Jahannam along with others of his ilk
At this stage, the United Nations is not yet a World Government, so all the positive, good-willed forces should be trying to heal the rift caused by Margot Wallström’s feminist initiative approach which today with her as FM, is the main driving force behind Swedish foreign policy towards the internal state policies of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It’s all too easy to see and to say that our foreign Minister is interfering in the domestic affairs of the heartland of al Islam in which, not Swedish Law but the Sharia Law of Islam, believed to be Divinely ordained, prevails.
If we had Ayaan Hirsi Ali instead of Ms Wallström as foreign minister how much different would she sound? In my view, our Foreign Minister’s claim that her criticism of Saudi praxis “has nothing to do with Islam” is disingenuous and that’s putting it mildly, when Islam is the foundation, the letter and the spirit of the law in Islam’s Holy Land.
In all the printed literature that I have read so far, about Human Rights and Islam, starting with Sultan Hussein Tabandeh’s A Muslim Commentary on the Universal Declaration of Human, apart from the general aspects of dhimmitude, only two articles of the Universal Declaration, namely article 18 and Article 19 pose any problem to the non-Muslim…
Since Ms Wallström has declared her abiding respect for Islam as a world religion, we should all note that hopefully her aim is not to transform the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia into a kingdom that begins to resemble a Western Kingdom, such as the Kingdom of Sweden – such as doing away with hijab and burqa, halal slaughter, the circumcision of baby boys, and by populating the scene with the prevalence of beach bunnies on the Saudi beaches, female taxi drivers, kissing and what not in public, gay marriage, lesbian marriages, and of course no prohibitions on the consumption of alcohol in private residences, in restaurants, pubs and hotels that the Swedish government would normally grant a licence to operate.
It’s very serious, such a very sensitive issue. It’s surprising that with the wealth of knowledge about Islam, and with people like Ingmar Karlsson , the former Swedish Ambassador who became Muslim, to consult with, and seasoned people like Professor Jan Hjärpe to give sound advice – and – Sweden has produced a prodigious political psychologist such as Professor Jim Sidanius and there must surely be many others such as him, produced by Stockholm University, yet Sweden is unable to deal with this matter deftly and with great respect !
The media is full of it – full of the fallout from Margot Wallström’s diplomatic indiscretions – Arab News : Margot Wallström and in Sweden she is being summoned by the Parliamentary Constitutional Committee to answer some questions :
“In less than half a year, the Foreign Minister has incurred more reports than her predecessor Carl Bildt made throughout the last term in office, says Committee’s chairman Andreas Norlen (M).”
In Friday’s Economy section of DN the news was that The Arab World’s criticism (of Margot Wallström) is growing
Two days after she was denied the opportunity of lambasting Saudi Arabia at the Arab League Summit in Cairo, she (the government) tore up the military co-operation agreement with Saudi Arabia and yet, obviously the way forward as I see it and all the more reason for military co-operation with Saudi Arabia is to fight the Jihad threat posed by Islamic State who would like to replace all of the Islamic countries with a Caliphate headed by their leader Caliph al-Baghdadi.
So it was gladdening news to read today’s front page headline news in SvD Sweden speeds up operation against IS – that before the beginning of this summer, the Swedish military could soon be in place in Iraq fighting alongside the coalition against the Islamic State…
Before passing judgment of course Wallström must be given a fair hearing either here or in a court in Saudi Arabia
Here’s a synoptic view of the parliamentary debate in which our foreign minister explains on behalf of herself and the Swedish government and people who she represents, exactly what she is about.
As Ingrid Carlqvist opines in Dispatch International,
Margot Wallström has opened Pandora’s box
And so she has….
The cartoon on page 2 of Saturday’s SvD is about Zlatan, Sweden’s crowned Football King
“Zlatan has blown up his ego to pure cosmic dimensions” and talking about himself in the third person etc… “ Soon he may well start using the Royal “We”: “We Zlatan Ibrahimovic, with God’s grace make it known that the referee is an idiot ! ”
The same insights might as well extend to Margot Wallström, Sweden’s uncrowned Queen of Diplomacy. All she may have to add is a “With God’s grace” if it is “victory” that she’s after, although when she says “ We” I don’t think that she is using the Majestic Plural - just as in the Holy Qu’ran, Allah sub han t’ala speaks in the Majestic plural…
This is very important:
King Carl XVI Gustaf is concerned about the last few days of Sweden’s conflict with Saudi Arabia and wants to help solve it.” – That’s really good news, but as usual some besserwisser reactionary forces would like to stand in the way: here
I was very surprised when I read The autobiography of H.I.M Haile Selassie (in two parts, translated by Edward Ullendorff) about the good relations between the Emperor of Ethiopia and our King’s great grandfather…they were good friends…
We know that Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne has good contacts with the Saudi Monarchy and I guess that we could safely surmise that if the UK’s government were to find itself in a similar crunch, there surely would be no objections to Prince Charles’ input, an input that would also be good for business.
We live in a world of cause and effect and here’s an analysis of Wallström’s arguments for what she hopes or had hoped to achieve with her pronouncements. Philosopher Dan Munter concludes,
“ Had the government used such a decision-making method, all the later speculation would have been avoided, and Stefan Löfven and the government would have emerged as both more intellectually honest and competent”
It’s akin to this kind of situation:
“During the Vietnam War, an officer was training a group of recruits
in the tactics of attack and defence. After discussing different types
of emergency situations in which they might find themselves, the
officer asked Private Caplin, “ Suppose you are alone in the jungle
and a Viet Cong guerrilla jumps out of hiding with a huge knife in his
hand. What steps would you take?”
He replied, “ Huge steps, Sir – very huge steps!”
About power relations, vis-à-vis Israel and the United States:
More food for thought:
“An American Jew and an Israeli met in Paris in the Cafe de la
Paix. The American asked, “ Do you know the United States?”
“ I’ve never been there ,” answered the Israeli.
“Have you ever heard of the Empire State Building?”
“ Of course!”
The American said proudly, “My Father built that! And have you heard
of the Brooklyn Bridge? My father built that too. And who do you think
built the White House in Washington? My father!”
This was too much for the Israeli , who said, “ And you I’m sure, have
heard of the Dead Sea?”
“But of course! What about it?”
“Well, let me tell you – my father killed it!”
Speaker Boehner to visit Netanyahu
It will be “We control America” until Obama’s presidency runs out.
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