I really didn’t mean to start Memorial Day with a series of posts on Islam but today is a day for remembrance of people who served, some giving the ultimate sacrifice to protect us from the very things that some in our “evolved” society want to wish away.
I was dumbstruck today about an article in the New York Times about the recent week’s worth of riots in Sweden. Yes, that is Sweden – one of the most permissive and multi-cultural, socialistic countries. This article included gems of logic like this:
The riots, now subsiding, have produced less damage than the earlier ones in Paris and London, which also involved mostly immigrants. But the unrest has shaken Sweden, which has a reputation for welcoming immigrants and asylum seekers, including those fleeing violence in countries like Iraq, Somalia and Syria, and regularly ranks in surveys as one of the world’s happiest places.
“I don’t know why anybody would want to burn our school,” Ms. Bromster said. “I can’t understand it. Maybe they are not so happy with life.”
In an earlier Reuters sourced article (May 22) titled: Sweden: Riots Continue in Immigrant Neighborhoods, the Times indicates what is “alleged” to have started the riots:
The riots appear to have been started by the police killing of a 69-year-old man wielding a machete in Husby this month, which prompted accusations of police brutality.
According to a Swedish English-language newspaper, The Local:
Local activists said the shooting sparked anger among youths who claim to have suffered from police brutality and racism.
Given Sweden’s long reputation abroad as one of the world’s most tranquil countries, the riots have come as a surprise to many foreigners.
The unrest has prompted Britain’s Foreign Office, the Dutch foreign ministry and the US embassy in Stockholm to issue warnings to their nationals, urging them to avoid the affected suburbs.
Among the Swedes themselves, the riots have triggered debate over the integration of immigrants, many of whom arrived under the country’s generous asylum policies and who now make up about 15 percent of the population.
Who are these “immigrants”?
The New York Times gives you a clue:
“…including those fleeing violence in countries like Iraq, Somalia and Syria…”
EU statistics for 2012 note that the “immigrant” population of Sweden is 574,000 or a little over 6%.
Yet the Times mamaged to write a 1,342 word report on a weeks worth of riots, car burning and violence without once using the word Muslim or Islam.
The area where the riots started is a majority of “immigrants”:
In Husby, the neighborhood west of Stockholm where the violence started Sunday, around 80 percent of the 11,000 residents are either first or second generation immigrants. Still, the area appears well kept and nothing like a slum.
“We have such wonderful things. We have a mixture of cultures. You go out on the streets and you know your neighbors,” said Soruco, 26, who lives in Husby.
However, she also said youth unemployment is high there and that nearly 50 percent of the kids in Husby finish junior high school with grades too low to get into high school.
“I do not think that Sweden is as equal as some people try to paint it to be. We see it every day: people trying to get jobs and get rejected because of their last name, because of how they look, or even because of where they live,” she said.
Outside a grocery store, local soccer coach Shain Akbari, 30, stood talking to a group of youths. He is upset that youths hurled rocks at police and firefighters, burned down buildings and set nearly 100 cars ablaze.
“It is tragic … it’s wrong,” he said. But Akbari, a Swede of Iranian background who grew up in Husby, said the neighborhood has changed drastically in the past 10 years.
“Before it wasn’t like this. Before we had Swedish friends who played on the same football team. We went to school together and they helped us integrate into society. You got a job through friends. But it isn’t like that now. Now they are locked in here. They don’t leave the area. … They have no possibilities.”
Despite Sweden’s high living standards and its egalitarian ways, the country has seen the biggest surge in inequality of any Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development country over the past 25 years, according to a recent OECD report.
Swedish authorities in the southern city of Malmo (search) have been busy with a sudden influx of Muslim immigrants — 90 percent of whom are unemployed and many who are angry and taking it out on the country that took them in.
“If we park our car it will be damaged — so we have to go very often in two vehicles, one just to protect the other vehicle,” said Rolf Landgren, a Malmo police officer.
Fear of violence has changed the way police, firemen and emergency workers do their jobs