A strong response to my last post, by Salimonou Kadiri
Jimmie Åkesson and Mattias Karlsson :
Trump Is Right: Sweden’s Embrace of Refugees Isn’t Working
Give credit where credit is due: To his credit, President Trump has probably heard it said that “Sweden has not been at war for over two hundred years“, enough reason for him to be flustered and flabbergasted and and that’s why we hear him say and take it to heart:”You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this?” Our own Jimmie Åkesson too could say, “Fings ain’t what they used to be” and maybe he too would like to Make Sweden Great Again.
Bear with me – “for me to stay I’ve got to be me”
The late Al Jarreau sang,
I listened to the late Brother sing, over here at the concert house in Stockholm, sometime ago,
“You got a right to shout,
You’ve been living the Golden Rule” (Letter Perfect)
I’m not at all angry. Why should I be?
This was a hit song in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, in 1981 : It’s my house (and I live here)
I remember someone knocking on my hotel door (Aba Lodge). I open the door and it’s a call-girl stinking of perfume and waving a bottle of beer that she’s holding in her hand as she enquires, tipsy and a little unsteady on her feet, “Where is the man who used to live here?” I tell her “I don’t know” and then she has the temerity to ask me, “Can I come in ?”
That was many years ago.
2017. I know what I’m saying, because I live here, have lived here since 1971 and I am aware. Aware that there are no polar bears running around in the streets of Stockholm
I know that it’s a matter of national honour that in Sweden everything’s okidoki, immigration, integration, national health, education, and that it was only as far back as two weeks before the Merry Christmas of 2010 and not last night or a couple of days ago that we could talk about one Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly who blew himself up in the middle of one of Stockholm’s crowded main streets, Drottninggatan (the Queen’s Street) in the middle of the mad Christmas shopping hours, his hope being that he would thereby take as many innocents with him, as possible. Fortunately for his intended victims, the street around him was not as crowded as he had prayed it should be just at that precise moment around him when he detonated the explosive device strapped on his person and because he bungled the job – only had himself and fate to blame for things not working out as he had planned. So, he ascended alone to Paradise and to his reward, the 72 holy virgins waiting there for him.
Although this is not something that happened last night, we can still ask, “Why Sweden?” Why Sweden that never did Taimur Abdulwahab al-Abdaly any harm?
“Sweden angry with Trump” (Holy, sactimonious Swedes’ “righteous indignation”)
And why Blame Trump? Because he said “last night”? He would only need a little foresight to talk about tomorrow (any day now) and then crow, “I told you so!”
Ditto : France, Germany, the EU headquarters, Belgium.
God save Sweden, the queen and the United Kingdom…
The original question: Why blame Trump? Because he viewed and believed and was thereby misled by the serpent of a TV documentary that was misleadingly stitched together about Sweden and aired on Fox News? We could argue that if only Trump had access to the upbeat rosy, glowing assessments of our late great Hans Rosling he would have had a better grip on reality when it comes to exactly how things are in Sweden and the rest of the big bad world, would have had less reason for despair about his troika of China, Russia and Iran, more reason to dream about a more positive future for the developing world, Africa, Asia, South America, even Antarctica…
A better title yet, this book by J.A. Rogers which I gave to Chernor J many years ago, then published as “Don’t blame nature ” – because sooner or later each and every young Afro-Swede has to grapple with realities around that sort of problem.
Why blame nature?
… the nature of The Beast (the name of the presidential limousine.)
It’s almost like a sickness now, blaming Trump for everything. As the Holy Quran tells its readers,
As the Nobel Laureate prophesied,
In fact Mr. Dylan was very clear about the state of things as far back as 1983 – and if you don’t believe me, just check out these here lyrics in “Union Sundown”
“They don’t make nothin’ here no more
You know, capitalism is above the law”
sounds like an essential part of Trump’s election platform about Making America Great Again!!
Change has come!!!!!
In Sweden, something like all our last nights and all our yesterdays becoming our tomorrows. Indeed, we are living in the last days….
On Tuesday’s idea & critique it was Peter Englund, not asking “Who’s afraid of Virginia Woolf/ Margaret Thatcher/ Theresa May/ Anna Kinberg Batra ?” but informing us that
This kind of media opinion being penned in Sweden. “Sweden ! Who would believe this?”
Who would believe this powerful article by one Hynek Pallas surfacing on the culture pages of yesterday’s Dagens Nyheter? Like Dagens Nyheter’s commander-in-chief Peter Wolodarski and indeed almost without exception from the army of the Swedish nation’s journalists worth their salt, this one was not only taking out his knife and fork for President Trump, this time he was going to have his devil, Trump’s chief adviser Stephen Bannon for breakfast – in this epistle according to Pallas:
at one point comparing Bannon who appears on Time Magazine’s cover – as “The great manipulator” comparing him to the role played by Iago in Shakespeare’s Othello
The bard is on the ball as usual: “Manipulator of crowds, you’re a dream twister”
“The bridge at midnight trembles
The country doctor rambles
Bankers’ nieces seek perfection
Expecting all the gifts that wise men bring” (Love Minus Zero / No Limit)
but it’s not all Machiavellian cloak and daggers, the devil’s smoke and mirrors skulduggery. Stockholm has so much to offer in terms of creative living. As late as only last week Monday (13th February ( I almost said “last night”) I discovered poetess Kristina Frostenson – winner of the 2016 prize for Nordic Literature, in conversation with Ingrid Elam a literary critic, also a representative of the Nordic Council and of course K-F’s lyrical reading her own poetry – as nobody else can – at the rotunda at Stockholm’s main public library at Sveavägen.
She spoke highly of another Swedish poet, Vilhelm Ekelund and – not a surprise for a Nordic Literature prize winner, she spoke positively about the Danish Language. That was some quality evening , had to resist going over to tell her what I thought but finally didn’t, for fear of unnecessarily maybe occupyig too much space…
Stockholm, Sweden. On Tuesday, more poetry, this time at the Romanian Cultural Instituteat Skeppsbron 20 in the Old Town, where Magda Carneci (Romanian poet) and Agnes Gerner (Swedish poet) read some of their poetry in their respective languages. A special mention must be made of the Swedish actor who read Magda Carneci’s poetry as rendered in translation into Swedish – he read so beautifully, followed by a discussion between the two poets, conducted by a moderator. The evening concluded with some refreshments (wine) and a mingling of the guests, met a very interesting lady from Spain and another lovely Swedish lady poet who won a prize in Hong Kong – for actually singing her poetry..
Today at 1800 hrs at ABF what promises to be a very informative evening about another epic tragedy: The civil war in Yemen with these participants:
Afrah Nasser, a journalist, a well-known blogger in the Arab World
Steen Hohwu-Christensen, former Swedish Ambassador in Saudi Arabia
Walid al-Saqaf, researcher at Stockholm University, Yemen specialist
Moderator: Thair Ismail, method developer, Olof Palme International Centre