What would ABBA do?


Historical karma is a bitch. Once, the Vikings used to rape and pillage their peaceful neighbours; a thousand years later, people come to rape and pillage the peaceful Vikings (pictured above: not ABBA):

Sweden will do whatever it takes, including sending in the army, to end a wave of gang violence that has seen a string of deadly shootings, Prime Minister Stefan Lofven said in Wednesday.

Sweden’s murder rate is relatively low in international terms, but gang violence has surged in recent years and Swedes are worried that the police are unable to cope.

In 2016, the latest year for which official statistics are available, 106 people were murdered in Sweden, a country of 10 million.

But Swedish TV reported there were over 300 shootings, mostly in turf battles between gangs over drugs, protection rackets and prostitution.

Four people were shot dead in the first week of this year. One man died after picking up a hand grenade outside a subway station in a suburb of Stockholm.

Law and order is likely to be a major issue in a parliamentary election scheduled for September with the populist, opposition Sweden Democrats linking public concern about the rising crime rate to a large increase in the numbers of immigrants.

Swedish politicians, of course, are badly misinformed; there is no such thing as (migrant) gangs – there are only “young people coming together and networking through social media and then engaging in criminal activity”, according to the Victorian Police Commissioner, Graham Ashton. Or “just a group of young kids who are going together in a group and they are terrorising people”, according to the South Sudanese community leader Richard Deng. Sweden is just so behind Victoria. On the other hand, it just doesn’t sound very impressive when you threaten to send in the army the end the violence associated with young people coming together and networking through social media and then engaging in criminal activity. It’s also true to note that Melbourne has not yet graduated to the Stockholm levels of groups of kids getting together and terrorising people; maybe you need hand grenades for that.

“People are shot to death in pizza restaurants, people are killed by hand grenades they find on the street,” Sweden Democrat leader Jimmie Akesson said in parliament on Wednesday.

“This is the new Sweden; the new, exciting dynamic, multicultural paradise that so many here in this assembly … have fought to create for so many years,” he said sarcastically.

Be careful what you wish for. No doubt completely unrelated, but rapes were up by ten per cent in 2017. “Last year’s survey also found that the proportion of Sweden’s population who had been victims of ‘crime against an individual’ was at its highest since 2006, when records began. This included crimes such as sexual offences, assault, threats, muggings and fraud.”

Similarly unrelated:

When Molotov cocktails, or similar improvised weapons, were hurled at the synagogue in the Swedish city of Gothenburg Saturday evening, while Jewish youths had a party in the adjacent community center, it was shocking – but not surprising.

The burning of the Israeli flag near the U.S. and Israeli embassies in Stockholm earlier the same day was shocking – but not surprising.

The demonstrations in central Malm on Thursday and Friday, where chants like “We’re going to shoot the Jews” were shouted in Arabic, were shocking but not surprising.

It is mindboggling that, in 2017, a group of 200 people can gather in a public square in Sweden (Sweden!) and shout their intention to kill Jews, apparently without fear of reproach.

It’s also reprehensible that the incident would likely even have gone unnoticed were it not for a report by a single local journalist, apparently the only one with enough nous to sense that a protest against a U.S. presidents decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel could lead to incitement against Jews in Sweden.

I’m old enough to remember when back in February last year everyone was making fun of Donald Trump for his comments about a non-existing terrorist attack in Sweden. Including the Swedes – the confidence in a US president doing the right thing in world affairs has fallen from 93 per cent under Obama to 10 per cent under Trump. Laugh they well may, but it’s not the dumb Yanks who might soon have troops on the streets to deal with gang violence.

Now, this is actually completely unrelated:

Sweden is preparing to reissue a pamphlet first sent out during World War II — on how to respond if war breaks out — to 4.7 million households as it deals with Russia’s aggressive actions in the region..

The booklet, titled If Crisis or War Comes will advise people on how they can take part in the “total defence” of the country, according to the New York Post.

It will also offer practical information on how to prepare their homes, secure food and water, and even what clothes to pack in case of evacuation, Quartz reported.

The updated manual will also tell Swedes how to react in case of a terror attack or a natural disaster and give advice on handling false information and propaganda, the website reported.

The 21-st century is really not turning up at all the way the Swedish people have expected.