I was cruel to a young Swede the other day when, without being at all rude, I told him unpleasant, unnerving truths about his country. First, I told him that his country never really had socialized medicine. Instead, it had “paid for by America” medicine. During the Cold War, Sweden was able to put aside a nation’s first obligation to its citizens, which is to defend it against foreign enemies, when America took on that role. With the money freed from defense, Sweden could have pretend socialized medicine.
The second thing I told him is that Sweden never had real socialism. (Yes, I’m sure this is a shocker to many of you, because Sweden is considered the ultimate socialist success story.) The reality, though, is that Sweden never truly had an all-powerful central government. That anomaly is due to something sui generis about the Scandinavian countries: In the years after WWII these countries were small, racially homogeneous, and comprised of citizens all of whose minds had the identical values. This meant that Sweden’s socialism was more of a societal collaboration. It never needed the strong arm necessary for socialization in countries lacking any one of those specific and unique factors.
The times they are a’ changin’, though, and Swedes are (and should be) getting worried. On the top of the list of worries is the fact that Obama is manifestly reneging on America’s long-standing promise to protect all those charming European socialist states. In the face of Putin’s aggression, Obama is just saying “Whatever.” He’s been completely apathetic regarding Ukraine, and there’s no reason to believe he’ll be less lethargic if Putin turns his hungry gaze to Sweden.
There’s no reason to believe that Putin won’t look further afield than Ukraine. After all, his policies and corruption have bankrupted Russia. With that gaping hollow place in the middle where an economy used to be, Putin can either look inward and let the economy implode, or he can expand and fill that empty space as empires have always done — with other nations’ wealth.
Sweden’s other big charge is that the Swedes are no longer a homogeneous people who happily collaborate on a pretend socialism. Thanks to their practically unlimited immigration policy aimed at Muslims from around the Middle East, they have become a racially diverse, heterogeneous culture. Had this diversity presented itself in the form of an in rush of Japanese immigrants, all educated, organization, well-behaved, and models of rectitude, all would have been well for little Sweden.
The Muslim immigrants, though, can be described as “the un-Japanese.” The hurt the economy because they refuse to play pretend socialism with the Swedes. Worse than that, the Muslims are misogynistic and are causing untold suffering to Sweden’s famously liberated women.
It seems that Sweden has become the rape capital of the West. And we’re not talking the kind of American college-campus, thought-crime rapes that ensnared the despicable Julian Assange during his sojourn with some Swedish ladies. Instead, we’re talking about what Whoopi Goldberg calls “rape rape” — the kind with knives, and guns, and fists, and boots, and blood, and multiple attackers:
Forty years after the Swedish parliament unanimously decided to change the formerly homogenous Sweden into a multicultural country, violent crime has increased by 300% and rapes by 1,472%. Sweden is now number two on the list of rape countries, surpassed only by Lesotho in Southern Africa.
Significantly, the report does not touch on the background of the rapists. One should, however, keep in mind that in statistics, second-generation immigrants are counted as Swedes.
In an astounding number of cases, the Swedish courts have demonstrated sympathy for the rapists, and have acquitted suspects who have claimed that the girl wanted to have sex with six, seven or eight men.
The internet radio station Granskning Sverige called the mainstream newspapers Aftonposten and Expressen to ask why they had described the perpetrators as “Swedish men” when they actually were Somalis without Swedish citizenship. They were hugely offended when asked if they felt any responsibility to warn Swedish women to stay away from certain men. One journalist asked why that should be their responsibility.
You can read more here.
At American Thinker, I wrote about the terrible dangers that arise when a nation lies to itself. Sweden, buoyed up by American dollars and a completely homogeneous culture, pretended that it was a successful socialist state that could expand endlessly to accommodate tens of thousands of immigrants, no matter how wide and deep the chasm between the immigrant culture and the Swedish culture. The Swedes were wrong, and their women are suffering.
(And if I don’t sound quite as sympathetic as I should, pardon me. I truly bleed inside for the women — and girls — who are sexually tortured by Sweden’s new citizens. However, given Sweden’s long history of both smugness and antisemitism, I’m probably a little more callous than I should be.)