The turbulent Middle East is on her plate, not least of all her pals, Israel with whom she has a special relationship (Margot Wallstrom and Israel) and – evidentially – her very real pals the Palestinians and all their allies who must have voted for her. Let’s watch and see how she handles Islamic terrorism as an everyday reality because in her own home turf this is also reality : The Imam Celebrated by the Church of Sweden: “The Jews are Behind the Islamic State!”
Is that not incitement and hate speech?
Well, here’s the definitive policy statement by Sweden’s Foreign Minister Margot Wallström (on the same trajectory she could soon be elected First Female Secretary-General of the United Nations):
As in Keat’s conclusion to Ode on a Grecian Urn
“Beauty is truth, truth beauty,— that is all
Ye know on earth, and all ye need to know.”
And that’s all we’d need to know today but for the not so beautiful reality of the unholy Islamic terrorists striking again last night on the 23rd night of Ramadan , one of the holiest nights in the Ramadan month of mercy – one of the possible nights ( 21st, 23rd, 25th, 27th, 29th) known as lailatul qadr – the night of power the night when the Quran was sent down – a night believed to be equal to more than a thousand other nights, this time striking terror at the heart of Ataturk’s Airport in Istanbul, killing 41 innocent people and injuring another 239 innocent fellow human beings – same style but better planned and co-ordinated than when they struck the last time at the Brussels Airport on 22 March 2016.
May the souls of their victims rest in peace.
From tragedy to the mundane.
The fallout from Yesterday’s main soccer attraction continues with lamentations on the loss of Empire such as Bernard Porter’s hyperbolic lamentation; imbued with the excellent British qualities of understatement and self-restraint, proud English weeps : “The British Empire had no definite beginning. It just sort of emerged out of the gloom. Nor did it have a definite end – until yesterday.“
and put-downs such as
“Where England a country with 54 000 000 inhabitants gets its ass whipped by Iceland, a country with a population of a mere 320 000 “
Reminiscent of a certain Arab-Israel war of which it was said that
“Never have so many had their butts kicked by so few.”
Should performace – including sexual performance and reproductive skills be judged in terms of the proportionality of populations then it’s not only Liechtenstein and Tuvalu who would like to defeat China, the undisputed world champion…
And there are other kinds of matches that we could look forward to, such as USA – Russia, Russia – Ukraine, and hypothetical international friendlies between the ethnic enclave Biafra (phantom or real) and the remains of a former Nigerian Empire, Federal in nature or one between Israel and the hypothesized future Islamic Republic of Palestinians (although, sadly, Israel cannot play in any Arab Countries – or in Iran, the official, very unsportsmanlike reason having been given that “the safety of the lives and limbs of the Israeli players cannot be guaranteed in the soccer arena or outside of it”. More than likely after the first ten minutes of play about five red cards would have already been awarded for violence and the Israeli side would have by then been reduced to seven brave men.
Talking about hate speech, this is how mathematics was being taught in some schools in Gaza: Subtraction : You have seven Israelis and you wipe out five of them, how many remain? As bad as South Africa’s PAC (Pan African Congress) who had as policy, “One bullet, One settler”
This opens up another Pandora’s box : Politics and sports.
But this takes the biscuit – of course coming from an Englishman, “anti-imperialist”(British to the bootstraps) even if because of the accidents of history he may be the first to deny
“Tis a glorious charter, deny it who can,
That’s breathed in the words, “I’m an Englishman.”
His current distress: remorse at the loss of Empire (it’s worth a repeat):
And then just as those who want a recount of the referendum votes just to make sure there was no hanky-panky and the British minority clans who are still praying for a new referendum that would beat Brexit, there’s some potential here :
Brexit – in Sweden and elsewhere the markets are recovering from the initial shock
Maybe because of the very insular nature of the British Isles, Europe has always been referred to as “the continent”. Consider Joseph Conrad here (chapter 1,introducing Mr. Verloc: “He generally arrived in London (like the influenza) from the Continent, only he arrived unheralded by the press….”(The Secret Agent)
More Brexit News:
George Soros (global Hungary) : Brexit and the Future of Europe
Though a glass darkly, just like Blake’s England as The New Jerusalem
S?awomir Sierakowski (Poland) : The UK Will Survive,but Europe Won’t