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Support for Swedish NATO membership drops

TT/The Local/dl · 19 May 2011, 09:29

Published: 19 May 2011 09:29 GMT+02:00

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Every other Swede believes that Sweden should refrain from joining the NATO defence alliance.

In addition, 23 percent indicated they were positively inclined toward Swedish NATO membership, according to a poll conducted by the Sifo polling firm and published on Thursday in the Svenska Dagbladet (SvD) newspaper.

The results show that the number of Swedes in favour of NATO membership has dropped by 10 percent since a previous poll conducted in March 2009, while the number opposed to Sweden joining NATO remains at the same level.

The remainder of the respondents, 27 percent, are unsure or don't know about their opinion on the issue.

While the Liberal Party (Folkpartiet) has long championed the cause of Swedish NATO membership, the poll revealed that only 29 percent of the party's voters are in favour of the idea, and 46 percent are opposed, SvD reports.

According to the poll Moderate Party and Sweden Democrat voters are the most positive to NATO membership, with 33 percent and 32 percent, respectively, saying they are in favour of Sweden joining the defence alliance.

However, the figure still represents a 10 percent drop in support for NATO membership among Moderate voters since the 2009 poll.

The number of voters opposed to NATO membership is larger than the number in favour across all political parties, with the Green Party registering the highest percentage of respondents opposed – 62 percent.

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The result come from 1,000 telephone interviews conducted between May 4-10.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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10:26 May 19, 2011 by Lars J
Why do you write that NATO is a defensive alliance? NATO has not been defensive since the breakup of the Soviet Union. Nowadays NATO is an alliance of aggression attacking countries all over the world under arbitrary pretext. No wonder Swedes are sceptical about joining such an aggressive alliance. Swedes are peaceful in general. NATO is not.
11:33 May 19, 2011 by johnny1939
I agree but, but Sweden participates in NATO operations just the same w/o being a formal member to great expense mind you. What about that? My country does not seem to be very peaceful anymore. What about Afghanistan? I don't think that we belong there either except for the usual do gooding that we are so fond of.
12:00 May 19, 2011 by Frank Arbach
....... so say (for the sake of argument) Sweden is invaded by a foreign power such as Russia. Are you then (having NOT joined NATO) going to tell them: its OK we'll defend ourselves?

Don't think so somehow....Makes me so angry sometimes that you come this "Swedes are peaceful in general" stuff, but you're able to enjoy freedoms because of sacrifices made by other countries in the past
12:09 May 19, 2011 by technoviking
Liechtenstein could take over Sweden if it weren't for NATO....

@ Frank

Exactly. Peaceful entirely based on the sacrifices of others.

Hell, despite their own actions even. They sold the Nazis ore and gave them free passage. Those who want out of NATO are the same who would be cooking bulle for the Nazis if they came today.
12:32 May 19, 2011 by Luckystrike
NATO and the UN are nothing more than a war machine for the globilist elites. End of. Thank God people are starting to wake up.
12:32 May 19, 2011 by calebian22
The UN's peace keeping forces will take care of Sweden. Oh wait, that's right, the UN treats war like two monkeys banging a football. No clue.
12:40 May 19, 2011 by muscle
Thank god!!! Sweden, you never let me down :)

NATO is just like fighting war of US AND UK, and creating enemies for nothing! THANKGOD the people are waking up!

A country is destroyed by invaders like US and UK. they have ruined their own economies and they want to ruin others now!!! All the the EU countries have to bear with the displaced people! At that that NATO does not help you. Why not send these displaced people to US. just send them their, afterall, THEY FEEL THEY ARE INVADING COUNTRIES IN THE NAME OF SELF DEFENCE!
13:02 May 19, 2011 by rafa1981
Well, let' s hope that they aren't waiting the moment when the polls are positive to throw the referendum to the arena and then don' t offer referendums to get out, like in Ireland voting the Lisbon treaty until it is favorable.

But hey, what? "The result come from 1,000 telephone interviews conducted between May 4-10." Is the sample big enough to be representative?
14:41 May 19, 2011 by johnny1939
Yes we sold iron ore to Germany but we also sold ball bearings to the allies and other things. Just business. We made quite a bit of money out of the second world war....nothing wrong w/ that and we put ourselves on the map. Nobody heard of little Sweden before. Oh well, that's how it goes.
17:55 May 19, 2011 by technoviking
@ johnny1939

Yes, amoral cowardice in the face of absolute evil.

Admirable quality.
18:56 May 19, 2011 by Zhorka
@ technoviking

If joining a military alliance is based on sacrifices made in struggle against nazi then Sweden should be entering a military alliance with Russia, not with NATO.
18:58 May 19, 2011 by Michael Whitfield
No country, ie Liechenstein will take over Sweden. The taxes are too high. Realistically, Sweden should remain neutral. Just be a casual participant in NATO military exercises.
19:31 May 19, 2011 by DOZ
Stay Neutral. NATO is nothing but a North American Tool used to keep the War Machine an economic viability. If War didn't keep Americans and the Canadian Puppets employed there would be a lot more Peace.
20:29 May 19, 2011 by technoviking
@ zhorka

Brilliant reasoning. I'm sure being a Soviet puppet colony would have been a wonderful experience. Ask some older Eastern Europeans about that.

Of course, who stopped that from happening during the Cold War? That would be NATO.

You are free SOLELY because the Allies and NATO saved you from the Nazis and the Soviets.

By their good graces you exist and live free.
22:31 May 19, 2011 by Zhorka
@ technoviking

It looks like a lot of things got mixed up in your techno-head.

First let me remind you that, whether you like it or not, the USSR was one of the Allies and furthermore it was a major participant who did 80% of damage to nazis. So, it's an offence to logic to justify joining NATO, which had nothing to do with defeating German nazi, by referring to that struggle. It's due to good graces of the Red Army that I exist, not that of NATO.

Secondly, countries of Eastern Europe that got into Soviet sphere of interests did remain there and no NATO could save them. With respect to the countries further west of USSR, there is absolutely no evidence that Soviets wanted to get them. In fact, USSR did not need Eastern Europe either except as a buffer against aggressive West. When there were sufficient guarantees that a country would be able to uphold its independence and stay neutral, such countries were left alone (Austria is an example). So, if anything, it is creation of NATO that ceated unnecessary tensions and made USSR keep its grip on Eastern Europe (and for good reasons, as later events demonstrated). Post USSR period showed clearly who was the real aggressor, with NATO having bombed and still bombing countries in Europe, Asia, and Africa, and having insatiable urge toward expansion.
00:33 May 20, 2011 by technoviking
@ Zhorka

Once again flawless reasoning.

The Russians were critical in defeating the Nazis as a part of Allied forces...

And then they became the Nazis. No actually they were worse. 20 million dead making the Nazis look like Amnesty International.

Secondly, you are clearly an FSB shill or an idiot. Your revisionist history of the Cold War, your justification of the horrors of Soviet occupied Europe and the atrocities they committed would be laughable were they not offensive to the memory of the people who actually lived under it.

Another cowardly apologist for evil living in the alternate reality of Swedish fantasy land.
01:21 May 20, 2011 by Zhorka
@ technoviking

Let me apply my flawless logic again. Since you are unlikely to be a reincarnation of Dr. Goebbels, you must be then a brainwashed cretin. It come as no surprise that you are a nazi apologist as well.
11:07 May 20, 2011 by technoviking
@ Zhorka

Dazzling comeback. Considering that my relatives were fighting and losing limbs to stop the Nazis while yours were selling them the bullets, I'm not sure how accurate that is.

If Goebbels were here today I'm sure you'd be one of those supporting a cowardly collaboration with him from the safety of your emascuated bubble.
23:25 May 20, 2011 by Muff
Lets be honest. With the exception of France, Britain and the commonwealth all other countries acted like Sweden did in WW2. Not our fault that they were less successful.
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