Several people have emailed us with a tip about this news story, but Conservative Swede has the most interesting take on the topic:
Now that America has elected Obama, his supporters expect America to be loved across the world. Well, the European Left still hates America to the core, and we even see an increase of the stakes.
He was referring to an article from The Local:
Security Police Probe Södertälje Fires
Three supermarkets were destroyed and a fourth damaged as a wave of arson attacks hit Södertälje in central Sweden in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Security police (Säpo) have been called in to investigate a connection between the attacks and an anti-US extreme left wing group.
“We have classified them all as arson and are working on the theory that they were started deliberately,” said Kia Samrell at Södertälje police.
An extreme left wing group calling itself Global Intifada claimed responsibility for the December fires and according to reports in the Expressen newspaper, the two Willys stores destroyed on Thursday morning also received warnings from the group.
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“We have not been able to confirm that the group were behind the December fires. But the investigation is not yet completed,” underlined Kia Samrell.
Global Intifada, according to a Sveriges Radio report, has been responsible for dealing out leaflets in Södertälje encouraging the public to make Molotov Cocktails and use them on shops selling American products.
This threat, as yet unverified, has been communicated to the US Embassy in Sweden which considered it of sufficient importance to issue a statement confirming that it had been in contact with Södertälje police. The US authorities advised “caution while shopping and be attentive to suspicious behaviour”.
The US Embassy was refusing to comment on Wednesday’s attacks.
Conservative Swede continues with this analysis:
Three supermarkets set on fire by the “Global Intifada” in Södertälje. The motivation for this is that they are selling American products. We have seen a lot in Sweden, but this is a huge increase of the stakes of anti-Americanism. And just one month after the inauguration of Obama.
The ideological hatred of America (for her post-WWII “crimes”) has been translated into hatred of ethnic Americans, no matter what they do. Much as the ideological hatred of Germany in WWII is translated into ethnic hatred of Germans no matter what they do. And the ideological hatred of the Soviet Union in the Cold War is translated into ethnic hatred of Russians no matter what they do.
This is what the mental map of the West looks like. There’s a lot of hate going around, and there’s no shift in the minds of the haters. And the unalterable hate is not reserved for the groups that are real threats, but for the ones that should be friends or allies.
Mutual euthanasia, in addition to civilizational suicide, that is. And the stronger the “permitted” nationalisms grow, the stronger this ethnic hatred becomes, too.
At some point the American left and center will realize that, Obama or not, they are still equally hated and despised by the European Left. How will they react when they realize this? Will they grovel even more at the altar of Cultural Marxism in hope of receiving love?
CS is right, but I must point out that the Americans he refers to form only one facet of the American character.
Our Europhiles are the runny-brie-and-dry-chablis crowd, the metrosexuals, the sandal-wearing lentil-gobblers, the tree-hugging Volvo-driving denim-and-granola one-worlders. They’re the ones whose legs tingle and hearts melt in adoration over Obama. The Europe that they love is not France or Germany or Denmark or Portugal, but the European Union, the prototype for the coming World Government — the endgame of history from the Left’s point of view.
However, there’s another type of American who holds Europe in lower esteem — assuming that he pays attention to it at all: the Jacksonian. He views the Europeans as limp-wristed pansies — much the same way he views the elites of the East Coast liberal establishment — and takes no interest in Europe’s opinion of America.
The Jacksonians have been quiet in recent years, because times have been good. But when trouble comes to America the Jacksonians emerge — well-armed — and start asserting themselves in public affairs.
The elite Euro-lovers who run the federal government would do well to remember that the Jacksonians considerably outnumber them.
One notable thing about the Södertälje firebombing is the claim of responsibility by a group called “Global Intifada”. The hard-left anarchist types have appropriated the Arabic term for their own purposes, presumably because of its trendy anti-American cachet.
To the Left, “intifada” means “violent resistance to American and Israeli hegemony”. But that’s not what the Palestinians and the Arabs mean by the term (pdf source):
[The] Palestinian Intifadah [is] seen as a prelude to the great war of liberation and liquidation…
The Intifada is the Beginning of Liberation, Annihilation and Purification
“The Intifada of the people in Palestine is but the beginning of a liberation movement for the annihilation of that evil Zionist colonialism.”
“Our people wanted the Intifada to go on as an enlightening torch… and they shall not withhold their pure blood until the land of peace is purified of the filth of the usurper.”
That is, the intifada is about the annihilation of the Jews and the purification of the lands of the Muslims. It is about the triumph of Islam.
It is not about the triumph of Socialism.
However, there is one goal that the Muslim intifada shares with the Left: the establishment of a single world government. The entire world will submit to Allah. It will constitute a single unified Ummah, and be one nation under Sharia… forever.