The more information that becomes available regarding the problems Europe is having with the migrants coming from the Middle East and Africa, the more obvious it is that the culture these men and boys were raised in is not compatible with Western behavior There does not seem to be respect for women or for their rights or respect for the rule of law. It definitely seems to be a clash of civilizations. NancyTHE WEEKLY STANDARD
The Truth About SwedenAs Saul Bellow said, ‘A great deal of intelligence can be invested in ignorance when the need for illusion is deep’Firemen extinguish a burning car on the third straight night of riots by immigrant youths around Stockholm, May 21, 2013.
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“I often use Sweden as a deterring example.”
The words are not those of Donald Trump, but Anders Fogh Rasmussen. In an interview with Swedish public television in January, the former NATO secretary general and Danish prime minister described Sweden’s immigration policy as a failure and a warning to other countries. But it was President Trump’s unclear and slightly confused reference to Sweden during his February 18 rally in Florida that has turned attention to the Scandinavian country of 10 million and the details of its migrant experience. Sweden has accepted more refugees per capita in recent years than any other country in Europe. “Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They’re having problems like they never thought possible,” Trump said. Since then, Swedes have seen facts about their country, and many exaggerations and misconceptions, used as arguments in an American domestic debate.
But there are, in fact, good reasons for Americans to care about Sweden’s problems. First, because Sweden’s failure to integrate its immigrants, in line with Rasmussen’s observation, carries lessons for other countries; second, because Swedish news reporting and public discourse on immigration and integration are restricted by taboos. Swedish journalists and public figures who have been outspoken about the problems—and transgressed what the Swedes call the “opinion corridor”—have risked being labeled xenophobes or racists.