Below is a view of the 9-11 anniversary as reflected in local political events in Sweden.
20 years after 9-11, you can be charged if you call an Islamist extreme
September 12, 2021
I didn’t write anything yesterday on the 20th anniversary of terror in the USA when Islamist terrorism claimed thousands of lives and forever tore open a bottomless wound in the free Western world. Social media still simmered and boiled filled with memories and reflections, mainly what people were doing themselves when news of the planes hitting the Twin Towers like an exploding suicide belt on all the information channels. Perhaps, I myself remember most clearly the feeling that it couldn’t be true. That it was a bad joke. And that the day after, we awoke to something that could be most described as a huge hangover, anxiety, and sadness. What strikes me today, 20 years and one day later, is how quickly the Islamization of Europe, in Europe in general and Sweden in particular. is going. Islam is gaining more ground, and with the argument of “religious freedom”, it advances its positions-though Islam primarily is a political ideology and a legal system, where religion is mostly a facade. Churches are proposed to become mosques, minarets are built, calls to prayer are permitted. More and more girls and women go around dressed in full-covering Islamic dress. In more and more areas, sharia trumps Swedish law. Imams decide, not Swedish courts. But worst is the mental breakdown of freedom of expression. Court proceedings against former Social Democrat politician Ann-Sofie Hermansson in Gothenburg [prosecuted for defamation as a result of her blog posts] is a clear symbol that Islamists use our own democracy to suppress and obtain the right to exercise their anti-democratic ideology. As I write this, I am thinking: Can I be reported for blasphemy?
You can read the background of the trial against Ann-Sofie Hermansson here.
In short, it can be said that Hermansson called extremists extremists. There is no other way to say it. And here is where it becomes difficult. Should we not be allowed to criticize a political ideology that in many ways goes against principles that all humans have equal value, equality before the law, freedom of speech, and our freedom to criticize ideologies and religions? I think that these positions being advanced are an extremely destructive and unfortunate development. Particularly when Swedish Public Service — which should be objective, non-partisan, and neutral — actually takes sides against Ann-Sofie Hermansson and thinks it is acceptable that her right to express her opinion must actually be tested. “A blessing,” they write that this, that the question be judged in a higher instance. Perhaps Public Service wants us to no longer call extremists extremists? That it should be criminal?
We already find ourselves on a slippery slope in Sweden. Islam is already a sensitive issue that cannot be discussed in any way because then comes the fabricated term Islamophobia, like a letter in the mail, and you are hit in the head by critics. In 2021, 20 years after 9-11, ISIS terrorists return to Sweden, together with their brainwashed children, and are welcomed in Swedish society at the Swedish taxpayers’ expense. Prisoners in Swedish prisons are offered halal food. Children in schools have the right to demand special diets based on Islam. We have small children who are forced to cover themselves with veils in preschools to hide themselves from men’s lustful looks. We have thousands of women who cannot participate in Swedish society because their Muslim-believing men view this as “haram”, that is, against the Koran. We have child marriage though it is forbidden, polygamy, genital mutilation, and naturally, so-called honor violence where young people are injured or killed after they are perceived to have brought dishonor upon their family. We have large clashes between different immigrant groups in society, where the religious motive sometimes is the cause. We also have Muslim prayers conducted outdoors, something Swedish society is faced with. Islam is advancing, and now we also have Nyans, a Muslim political party that has its sights set on Parliament.
The Taliban in Afghanistan declared, when they took over the country, that their goal was a caliphate. But not just in Afghanistan, but the entire world. Radical Muslims in Sweden also have this ambition, something they don’t exactly keep secret. Islam means submission — and they see it as their absolute right to demand submission also in the country to which they have come as refugees. Many have warned of this development but were dismissed. Now we see how extremists legally oppose free speech. How critics must bow while extremists celebrate new triumphs. That Soffan Hermansson is standing trial at all is a scandal and a shame for a democratic country like Sweden. Islamists here must never be allowed to set the tone. Not in debates or anywhere else. But here we have come, 20 years after Islamist terror’s biggest triumph and war against the West. The war is in full swing, and the kind and naïve Sweden Democrats have already become its victim.