Our Swedish correspondent LN emailed us on Christmas Day to report on the latest from the Swedish Intifada:
New riots in Tensta, Stockholm tonight 24-25 — lots of fires and explosives, burning tires and cars. Police say the age of rioters is 13 to 16. Two outbursts — then nothing at 1:00 a.m. — then the police went home; new riots started at 6:00 this morning.
LN has kindly translated an op-ed from a Swedish newspaper. Here’s what he had to say about it:
This is an interesting piece of journalism — from Tuesday’s Expressen. It is, I suppose, just on the border of what officially can be printed, without the author being symbolically decapitated — probably you must be an old fox in the publishing world like Ulf Nilsson to get away with partially telling the truth like this.
Nilson is about as tough and frank as can be published in a Swedish newspaper. And it’s not really all that tough, given what is at stake, but Nilson bills himself as being without “editorial modification”; well, call it censorship. In June a former UN officer formulated the whole horror scenario in a very unusual article: Sweden on the road to disaster. Stronger warnings are hard to come by.
And now the translation of Mr. Nilson’s op-ed:
Ulf Nilson: Unfortunately, Rosengård is not unique.
Rosengård exploded. Night after night there were bangs and detonations and fires. In newspapers and on the television we saw pictures that showed quite a different Sweden.
A Sweden in the middle of some kind of war. A Sweden full of policemen with shields and truncheons and all around them people with excited faces, sometimes knowingly frightened.
We can call them the ‘Rosengård Faces’, most of them Swedish for many long years, but still hardly Swedish — this is simply what it is all about.
Unfortunately, Rosengård is not unique. In Landskrona, 40 km north of Rosengård, there are serious problems, as well as in tiny Laholm (of all places). Gothenburg and Stockholm have heavily affected areas, and in Södertälje, police have not in a long time dared to appear without being escorted by — the police. The same applies to the most significant socially useful public institution that there is: the fire-department. Constant trouble and fights, constant stone-throwing — without protection there is no fire-extinguishing!
Just reflect for one second. Is it not utter madness that people are throwing stones at firefighters who are there to extinguish fires? Answer: yes, it’s insanity, but a very common form of insanity in those areas where cultures (try finding a better word) collide and people are getting on badly, feel marginalized, despised, depressed, kept out (try finding better words).
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For many years, too many, we who have reported on the mass-immigration problems have been told that we are xenophobic, that we are some kind of “folk-home-Nazis” (probably with a picture of Adolf in our wallets). We have been accused of voting for the Sweden Democrats, being in favor of discrimination and being against — yes, I do not know it all…
The truth is that what we have criticized — when we had the chance — is our own Swedish way of managing immigration. Everything went gallantly for all those years when we needed manpower. In the 1950s and 1960s Italians, Greeks, Yugoslavs, and some others arrived to find good jobs and excellent opportunities for adaptation and integration.
CANON: what we call integration, meaning that people of different kinds are living together in a civilized fashion, really happened then. Later new floods of strangers arrived, sometimes on the run from war and persecution, but at least just as often for economic reasons. We have received far too many in too short a time — I’ve written it before, and I write it once again right now.
Xenophobic, that’s what that is!
We were simply ill-prepared. No jobs — unemployment among the new arrivals has been sky-high for decades! — and there has been much discrimination.
Residence in ghettos (I cannot be bothered to list all the names) with all the problems that come with ghetto life: the most important being to get a crystal clear division between “us” and “them”, “the others”, “those who are not like us”.
Ordinary people have long been aware of the contradictions and problems, while the so-called elite has for a very long time chosen denial. Many have not even — and this is incredible! — noticed that the teaching of Swedish language (SFI), here in Sweden, has been totally inadequate.
In short, Rosengård, and the various ongoing outbreaks of riots, fights, gang violence and crime in different ghettos show us that we have to wake up — an pull up our socks.
Education, especially in Swedish, job creation (how do you do that?) and much greater efforts by the state, by municipalities, by various associations and by individuals, are needed to bring the various groups into positive contact.
The truth is that now we must succeed. Otherwise it will not be nice to live in the future Sweden…