This is not some of the election Christmas Pork that is being handed out by left right and centre. With these sort of rational proposals, Mr Åkesson is on a winning streak.
Mr Borg can counter Åkesson with the assurance that we can afford to play a responsible role in response to suffering, in the world – even if the SD will enjoy sound sleep and no pangs of conscience by drastically reducing the number of asylum seekers that can be helped, here in Sweden
Hamas, was it really worth it?
After 50 days during which 6, 000 tons of bombs were dropped on little Gaza, along with the thousands of Israeli missile strikes causing over 2,000 Palestinian deaths and six billion dollars worth of destruction to Gaza’s terror networks, launching sites, control-and-command centres, a few bunkers, and other non-military infrastructure such as hospitals, schools, 17,000 homes (according to a UN estimate), various other properties, private residences, offices, administrative buildings, the main Israeli-fuelled electricity power station, UNHCR centres and prayer mosques, and a church (probably the only one in Gaza), from which Hamas and the Iranian-sponsored Islamic Jihad were hiding and firing, a so called permanent truce has been agreed on and so as to accomplish the goal that Mr Netanyahu set out,“Either Hamas will stop the rocket fire or we will”, the de-militarisation of Gaza is on the negotiations and talks agenda, which is due to take place in a month’s time.
“Upon the establishment of the ceasefire, I can say that there is a major military achievement here, as well as a major diplomatic achievement for the State of Israel. Hamas was hit hard and it did not receive even a single one of the conditions that it set for a ceasefire, not even one” (The Prime Minister of Israel)
Qatar is offering to help rebuild Gaza. I guess that, open-hearted and with one final generous flourish, to put our money where his mouth is, Fredrik the great Reinfeldt or Cal Bildt will soon commit a few hundred million dollars worth of the Swedish Taxpayers Money to Gaza’s ailing economy. Jimmie Åkesson will probably prefer that the Alliance donate $400 million to Gaza – over there – I’m sure that for not entirely xenophobic or islamophobic reasons alone he would balk at the prospect of the Alliance or any other Swedish Government for that matter, taking in 45, 000 refugees from Gaza.
He says that “it’s the economy, stupid”, the possible breakdown in law and order and the threat to Swedish culture and the Swedish way of life as we have known it since before Christopher Colombus discovered America..
The priority for the post-war reconstruction money is for building playgrounds, schools, hospitals, rebuilding local industries and rebuilding people’s shattered lives, people’s shattered houses and all the non-military infrastructure that has been demolished and which we are told will take at least eighteen years to rebuild.
The fishermen must be happy that their fishing rights have been extended a few more miles but the harbour (which some already fear would be used to import hardware from Iran) is on hold, at least for the time being…
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