Mona Sahlin is a Socialist politician in Sweden. She is pictured at right during a famous incident when she donned a veil when visiting a mosque.
Our Swedish correspondent LN has been following Ms. Sahlin’s career for years, and sent us the following article about her.
Caritas-Caritatis, or a Lady of Dubious Credibility
The Swedish Social Democratic Workers’ Party got a new and female leader last Sunday. If the Socialists come back into power after the next election in 2010, she will probably become Prime Minister.
The new leader, Ms. Mona Sahlin (50), started her career early: at seven she founded the Barbie Club, and ten years later she joined the Socialists. What is and has been typical for her is her habit of intermixing feelings and carelessness in all her doings, which means that objectivity, stringency and analytical precision get lost.
The former prime minister Göran Persson describes his party chum (1997) in quite biting terms: “What crosses her lips is not very remarkable; her strength is not in her thinking, but her ability to convey a message.” For Ms. Sahlin, minority issues have always been the big ideological topic, something that by definition requires the ruling people, the majority — the true democratic foundation — to yield.
For nine years she has always been among those leading the procession at the annual Pride Festival in Stockholm. On this occasion HBT persons (Homo-Bi-Trans-sexuals) fill the streets of the capital in order to proclaim their disposition. In an interview on the festival’s web page in the summer of 2006 she declared: “Of course I always speak about HBT in almost everything I do. It is even possible to connect to HBT questions when you discuss ‘nuclear energy’ or ‘energy policy’.”
Ms. Mona Sahlin in her element
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In the multicultural world of Ms Sahlin it is the reverse order that is valid. Ethnic Swedes must, when searching for employment, leave room for immigrants. If two persons, a Swede and an immigrant with similar qualifications, apply for a job, according to Ms Sahlin the employer must chose the person called Mohammed. It will be counted as a ‘decisive qualification’ to have ‘another ethnic background’. (GöteborgsPosten 001022)
“We Swedes have neither culture nor history!”
She does not refrain from deprecating Sweden and its history and culture of peace, democracy, equality, and decency, plus more picturesque elements such as the midsummer celebration. When she participated in Euroturk — the Turkish Youth Association’s congress — in the spring of 2002 she said: “I believe that what makes Swedes so envious of immigrant groups is that you have a culture, a history, something binding you together. And what have we got — ‘midsummer celebration’ and such corny things.”
One of her best friends, former immigration minister Jens Orback, according to Ms Sahlin, said in connection with the murder of Theo van Gogh in the Netherlands 2004, “We must be open and generous to the muslims and Islam, because when we become the minority we hope they will treat us likewise.”
The future of Sweden does not look hopeful, nor does it inspire confidence.