I’ve been posting a lot on Sweden lately, mainly because our Swedish readers keep sending us good tips and information. A faithful reader from Skåne has recently supplied us with a variety of material, revealing Sweden as a study in contrasts.
First, from February 2007, consider this article about Sweden’s military, which asserts that Sweden is now defended by a single company (from the summary; the full text of the pdf is in Swedish):
One Company in the National Reserve
A Network Effect
by Senior Editor Olof Santesson
Threat perceptions have changed. And so presumably has the need for ground troops protecting Swedish territory. Nevertheless it surprised many fellows of the Academy of War Sciences to hear from a representative of our Defence Headquarters how very small the so-called National Reserve is. Besides some Special Forces there seems to be only one light mechanised company to be reckoned with.
There are of course other troops in training on a yearly basis, among them units of enlisted soldiers within the Swedish-led EU Battle Group, but so far one has not seen any organised reserve battalions, even though the country still disposes of selected conscript contingents.
One of the reasons for this state of affairs, the author believes, is the result of over-confidence in Network Centric Warfare. Politicians were too easily persuaded by some military prophets that better sensors, better situation awareness and better intelligence in combination with arms of precision would diminish the need for actual combat units on the ground.
The US showed the way. But Sweden might have found it better to modernise more slowly and in the context of smallpower security needs.
So Sweden doesn’t want to devote any great effort to its military. Obviously, there are more important things to do. The Swedes simply have their priorities straight.
Perhaps the use of that last word is ill-advised, considering what Swedish priorities actually are:
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Some 50,000 people have marched through Stockholm on Saturday in the 2007 Stockholm Pride parade.
Groups representing teachers, police, members of parliament and priests marched in the parade to show support for gay rights.
Dress ranged, as usual, from minimalist to maximalist. Some men wore only leather pants and displayed rippling torsos; others, such as well known drag-queen Babsan, Lars-Åke Wilhelmsson, wore more elaborate outfits. Babsan paraded through town on a car roof wearing a glamorous confection.
One couple to stand out from the crowd was Joachim Schwartzbach and Frode Tolleröd. Their tiny outfits were complemented by large feather wings and 4,000 crystals placed around their bodies.
“It’s important to show who you are and dare to stand up for it,” said Schwartzbach.
This year’s parade was the first in which priests from the Lutheran Church of Sweden took part. Ann-Cathrin Jarl, the Archbishop’s closest aide.
“I think that it is time for the Church of Sweden to give itself some good PR,” she said.
A large number of members of parliament and ministers also participated. Finance minister Anders Borg said: “I think it’s important to take part in demonstrations for tolerance and openness,” he said.
Included in the festivities were representative of the Society of Gay Police Officers in Sweden:
And “pride” also means including members of Sweden’s vestigial military forces and the police in iconic imagery:
Project picture taken by photographer Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin.
The picture shows a lesbian priest, a transsexual military officer and a homosexual police officer, together raising the Rainbow Flag paraphrasing Iwo Jima on a small mountain in the south of Stockholm.
The photographer Elisabeth Ohlson Wallin is famous for her symbolic pictures, especially for her “Ecce Homo”, depicting the Last Supper with the homosexual Jesus surrounded by bisexuals, transsexuals and other homosexuals.
The full-size image (9MB tif format) is available here.
Kurt Lundgren, who kindly included information in English for us, has this tidbit in his blog (English slightly adjusted by BB):
In Sweden the chairman of the Socialist Party, Mona Sahlin, expected to be the next Swedish prime Minister, was yesterday a participant in the Pride Festival in Stockholm. She received the F***ing Medal Award, after answering some questions, among them this one:
What is a fountain-orgasm?
- A splash of water.
- A splash of sperm.
- Something nasty in your bed? No water, no sperm.
This is our next Prime Minister — can anybody help me out of this country? Please.
This “F***ing Medal” is not a hoax. I am not making any of this up.
There’s even a certificate — suitable for framing — granted to those who meet the grueling requirements. Its text reads: The undersigned has fulfilled the demands for the F***ing Medal and is therewith qualified to practice coitus.
I know I sound like some humorless homophobic spoiler of everyone’s libertarian fun, but this nonsense is appalling.
This is not just a matter of what consenting adults do in the privacy of their bed-and-bondage rooms. When politicians fall over themselves to participate, and when public money and officials are devoted to such pursuits, then something is seriously wrong with the body politic.
Just imagine Sweden’s tiny military — color-coordinated in their trim navy tunics with powder-blue sashes and a matching rakish beret that’s just so you, duckie — gathered in valiant defense against the Muslim invaders.
When the defense fails, and Sweden is overrun, the victorious barbarians will topple a wall on the whole sodomite lot of ’em.