USA. The brutes.
More infamy from the USA land of the free: More Police brutality
US cop guns down seventeen year old Laquan McDonald in cold blood
Ta-Nehisi Coates on Police Brutality: “The Violence is Not New, It’s the Cameras That are New”
A Major world event (excuse the typos etc.) : Pope Francis in East Africa
Astounding: Mr. President bites the bullet : The Gambia bans female genital mutilation
An issue that would invite endless debate in our country Sweden:
What right do countries have to exclude some would be immigrants?
I hope that it never gets to a point where Sweden shoots down a Russian plane. I doubt that Sweden would dare to do that outside certified national Swedish airspace. Did you see how calm Vladimir Putin was? It was time for him to bang his shoe on the podium like Nikita Khrushchev, but he didn’t, he only spoke beautiful Russian, softly. Now if any nation in the Syrian skies had shot down an American bomberplane, the pressure on Brother Obama to talk and act tough would have been enormous. Pressure from the Republicans, pressure from Bill and Hillary Clinton, maybe even pressure from baby Lewinsky
From Brother Nathanael: More distressing news:
“Why the Jews Love Hillary” (some of them)
Ingrid Carlqvist is at it again:
Sweden: Rape Clinic for Men, Publicly Funded “Virginity Tests“
In Swedish the word is Kalabalik
I intended to point out the fallacies in Big Daddy Löfven’s defence of Margot Walltsröm thoughts about the terrorist violence in Paris and I should get round to it after the Sabbath, even if that palaver with Israel seems to have subsided at least for the time being until something else crops up. In the meantime I have been expecting some thoughts – at least a little squeak from foreign minister Ms Wallström about e.g. Saudi court sentences Palestinian poet to death for renouncing Islam
I’ve refrained from updating this blog the past two week because it’s been like
“And don’t speak too soon
For the wheel’s still in spin
And there’s no tellin’ who
That it’s namin’”
The past three weeks in Sweden have been a roller coaster. Things have been moving so rapidly, the state apparatus like a huge, crazy, three-dimensional kaleidoscope spinning out of control in our own country, on our own planet Aniara hurtling through space….
The result was a short period of calm, but nothing like the day – or rather the morning after Olof Palme was assassinated – shot in the back at close range as he walked home from the cinema with his wife Elisabeth, right there on Sveavägen in downtown Stockholm, a five minute walk from where I lived – the whole of Sweden was in shock – and a few days later the phantom picture, said to be that of the assassin was in circulation and people were seeing remarkable resemblances of the said assassin everywhere, in the tunnelbana (the tube) on busses, in crowded shopping centres. Just as when last week – on Monday there was a news flash, some kind of unofficial terror warning for everybody – especially civil servants to stay at home and that anybody going to the Swedish Parliament on the following day (Tuesday) would be doing so at his or her own risk and I thought, another Guy Fawkes coming – maybe some terrorists are going to blow up the Swedish Parliament tomorrow, maybe bomb the monument from the air, maybe by drone? And the very next day (Tuesday) SÄPO called a press conference and made the astounding announcement that kept us all on our toes, our eyes popping out of our heads in vigilance. Know dear citizen or non-citizen that SÄPO is not our enemy nor is SÄPO or any other human being or organisation of human beings omniscient. Yes, the following day (Wednesday) SÄPO put out the picture of the terror suspect, one Moder Mothanna Magid said to be dangerous and on the loose – in Sweden or on the way to Sweden to commit some terrorism – the terror alert throughout the Kingdom was raised to level 4 – the highest level yet, and after what the world had just seen of terror in Paris, every heart and soul – and every body – was on high alert. It’s probable that some people looked under their beds before turning off the lights to go to sleep – as I sometimes did in Nigeria – looked under bed to make sure there was no snake curled up there and waiting to strike or bite just when I was most vulnerable and unawares…
Now people are saying this and that about SÄPO; some people are just plain stupid, some even think that they are smarter than SÄPO, but how can that be and what do they know? It can be because they look at the cause and not at the effect: some people are still angry with SÄPO scaring the hell out of all of us just because the aforementioned most dangerous 22-year old Moder Mothanna Magid, turned out to be a sweet and innocent boy and not at all guilty when he was finally apprehended in Boliden living in a refugee apartment, peacefully living under his own name, not armed and not at all dangerous.But the level 4 terror alert remains. So please let’s not relax into complacency, not yet – it could just turn out to be the calm before the storm, before the terrorists strike. Remember the 2010 Christmas bombing? It will be a lot worse the next time.
The effect of all this worry and stress is that in the general Swedish consciousness, Swedes and foreigners alike are aware that there is at least a theoretical possibility that among the many refugees could be one or two or even many potential terrorists (in the 1980s some of Saddam’s men (and women) were already here). For this heightened awareness we must apologise to Magid but we must thank SÄPO. And who do you think is keeping us safe? Please be grateful.
Kalabalik. Yes, that’s the word that best describes the last two weeks in Swedish History, the history of immigration and refugeeship, from open your hearts (“a friend in need is a friend indeed”) to stop them at the border and if possible – if their papers are not in order then send them back – back to from whence they came, to where they first arrived in Europe. The rest of Europe have to do their share thunders Sweden’s Prime Minister who is now the leader of the choir, the choir master, and Batra, Lööf, Romson, Busch, and my man Björklund the leader of the Liberals echo back – yes stop them at the gate before it’s too late . At this point only Lefty’s Jonas Sjöstedt is blowing against the popular wind. And as for Jimmie Åkesson and his “I told you so”, like it or not, his prophetic status has now been enhanced – at 26, 7% he is now the most popular and trusted party leader in Sweden and smiling. He doesn’t even have to say anything (the Swedish government and the rest of the opposition minus Sjöstedt are all scrambling to adopt Sweden Democrats‘ anti-immigration policy – as much as they possibly can – failing which there would be a crisis in government and fresh elections, after which Jimmie Åkesson would be seated on the saddle as Sweden’s next Prime Minister. Which reminds me, there are elections in France on the 6th of December – and as you can rightly guess after the latest terrorism in Paris the National Front is going to do very well in that election.
It could get like this in our Sweden: Check it out:
The latest from our Jimmie Åkesson is that just as Donald Trump in the US wants all Muslims registered so too to be on the safe side, Sweden’s Jimmie wants all the Muslim people’s opinions in Sweden registered – to determine the extent of dangerous radicalism/sympathy for militant Islam and if need be to weed out potential terrorists. It could be something like the McCarthy period in the US under Trump and Sweden under Åkesson – and it is a possibility – all that’s needed is a major terrorist attack in Sweden and one more in the US – the new surveillance laws would then be a fait accompli.
Last night – a few minutes after midnight I was at Galway’s (an Irish pub on Kungsgatan) and quite impressed listening to a guy singing (like Bono). Must return to the scene of the song…
Right now, wishing everybody SHABBAT SHALOM!