By Iain Channing | Dispatch International
Kebabland – Part 3
The Englishman Iain Channing returns to Sweden, the country he lived in during the 1980s. What has happened to the safe and well ordered country that was so admired throughout the world? Do people really appreciate the politicians’ radical experiment in social engineering? And what about Malmö – Sweden’s preeminent test tube? Here is Channing’s report – the last of three.
To understand how things have reached this pass—when an ordinary working class guy resorts to a self-censorship gesture used in communist countries—you only need to read the Swedish press. Mass immigration is not quite a taboo, but all criticism of it is censored, distorted or demonized. An almost daily barrage of hate and slander is directed at the Sweden Democrats (SD), the anti-immigration party that is now shaking up Sweden’s cosy coalition-based politics. “SD are trying to delude the working class.” “SD are still racists!” “How far to the right will [SD leader] Jimmy Åkesson go?”
Every single newspaper story I read about SD in a month in Sweden—and there were a lot, because its rise (to 10 percent in the polls) has become a real headache for the establishment—was negative and often littered with childish, abusive epithets originating in World War II. In such an environment, the party does not list an address on its website, and its three top leaders require police protection.
Referring to an earlier scuffle SD leaders were involved in, a well-known Swedish rapper told the Metro on November 28, 2013, “If I had been there I would have taken the iron bar and put all three of them in a coma.” I read these lines and thought, this is Sweden?
To get an unbiased or critical angle on the immigration crisis, many Swedes now turn to what can fairly be called samizdat sources: the online news-sites such as Dispatch International, Avpixlat and Exponerat. Some stories on these sites attract more comments than major British dailies (and Britain’s population is eight times’ Sweden’s); I know of no other west European country where the alternative media have become so mainstream. Aware of the threat they pose, major daily Expressen recently teamed up with far-left cybersnoops and launched a campaign of “outing” their donors and even Disqus commentators, hoping to get them “hung out” publicly, as the delightful Swedish term has it, and fired from their jobs. There is a rumpus at the moment about “opinion lists” (åsiktsregister), blacklists allegedly being drawn up by major media and other organizations. Yep, I’m not making this up. This is Sweden today.
And still the issue of immigration will not go away. On the contrary, the unmentionable topic has become a national obsession. According to columnist Hakelius, “[people who send me letters now] are interested in one thing: immigration. The discussion can begin wherever it likes, but it always ends with immigration. Immigration, immigration, immigration, immigration, immigration.”
There is one aspect of the crisis that cannot be censored, and it is one for which Malmö has become notorious. Mass immigration has led to a massive increase in crime in the city, and a massive decrease in that most cherished of Swedish values, trygghet. Every office door seemed to have “Be sure to lock up” or “No valuables here” sign on it. I have never seen so many locksmiths in any city, nor such huge locksmiths. A Låscentral store near my flat was the size of a small supermarket—and all it was selling was security devices.
The depth of the burglary crisis was clear from a single headline that autumn: “Today 16 Skåne families were victims of break-ins; Skåne is the worst affected län.” But it is rape and murder that have really ravaged Malmö’s reputation. The rape crisis has been officially swept under the carpet, but the city also has a less easily smothered gang problem. Between 2002 and 2008, crime-related murders in Sweden nearly doubled (compared to seven years in the 1990s) to 71, according to Sydsvenskan, and of these, 18 happened in Skåne and eight in Malmö alone, which makes it the murder capital of Sweden on a per-capita basis. The December 4 Metro reported that there were about 100 shooting incidents in 2013 in the city – mostly at cars and other objects, but including a couple of teenagers shot in the leg, a 25-year-old shot at a car wash, a 31-year-old man severely injured by three shots in Bergsgatan, close to where I was. OK, it’s not Chicago. But twenty-five years ago, this wasn’t Sweden either.
How does the Malmö press handle all this bad news? By pretending it has nothing to do with resident immigrants (or blaming slack Danish border police – seriously). In this, they are greatly abetted by the Swedish police, which do not publicize the ethnicity of perpetrators and suspects, though they do not censor personal names. A local paper ran a story warning parents about a suspected rapist hanging around two local schools: “Three children were exposed to rape in September and all three have said that the perpetrator was a man in his 20s. No suspects are currently under investigation.” A man in his 20s? In a city with well over 100 nationalities, that does not exactly narrow the field.
Metro ran a story about a woman abducted and forced by thieves to get money for them from a cash machine. She reported that the pair had a pistol and knife and disappeared in a dark blue Audi – no mention of perpetrator race, accent or appearance. I saw stories like this, with gaping holes, every day. But all facts that make the open-door immigration policy look bad are simply suppressed.
At the same time, the local media bend over backwards to present multiracialism as a boon for Malmö. “Enterprises that employ foreign-born people succeed more easily overseas,” ran a particularly unsubtle headline. Needless to say, they are very sensitive about the city’s image. After an Odense school cancelled an exchange trip with a Malmö school citing the Danish parents’ security fears (such is the city’s reputation all over Scandinavia), Vårt Malmö (Our Malmö), published by the city, ran a puff story in which residents were asked if they felt safe in their areas. “Yes, I do,” said Darwin Celebre, the ethnic interviewee. “Yes, it’s safe, with lots of families with children,” said Eric. “I feel very safe,” said a third. Added Tove: “I feel really safe, very quiet streets.” In truth, I had some sympathy with this pathetic piece of propaganda. It isn’t that bad. Danish schoolkids are not going to get hurt here.
But overall, the media aroused in me a new emotion towards Sweden, one I never dreamed I would ever feel: contempt. Things aren’t quite as bad as East Germany, as dissident Swedes are wont to say, but this country no longer has full freedom of speech. The far left – that is to say, the Swedish media and establishment – is not interested in “debating” mass immigration. They are ideologically committed to imposing it, come what may, for the greater good, and anybody who disagrees is a “hater,” a “fascist,” a “nazi” or a “racist.”
I’m not exaggerating. You see those words over and over in the Swedish media. Which is to say, Sweden itself has become the closest thing western Europe now has to a fascistic, Nazi-like, hate-based regime – only it is wrong-thinking ethnic Swedes who are its victims, at risk of assault, home-trashing and media humiliation for voicing opposition to state immigration policy.
[Comment WILF: Is Sweden today really “Nazi-like” as the author claims? Why not call it what it is, a communist anti-ethnic Swedish international dictatorship, where political correctness and the cultural marxist lead politicians have turned their backs on over 10% of the population (I suspect it’s a LOT MORE that harbour the same sentiments among ethnic Swedes). If the NAZIs were about ethnic cohesion and being pro-nationalist, then Sweden today is the furthest away possible from this concept. So to call Sweden “Nazi-like” is indeed a stupid and inaccurate epithet. Let’s call it what it is and not do more to confuse and exacerbate the already convoluted history of Germany during WWII. This article is otherwise an accurate observation of a very broken and divided country.]
I dipped into a book on contemporary Sweden, almost the only title I could find in the leading bookstore chain that even touched on the issue of mass immigration. It was called Partiet : En olycklig kärlekshistoria (The Party, an unhappy love story), by Eva Franchell, Aftonbladet leader-writer. It was about the decline of the Social Democrats, the party of Palme, the party most associated with the golden era of nice (and largely homogenous) Sweden. Towards the end, a single line stuck out: “It is 2012, and one in 10 Swedes can think about voting for a racist party.” Is it surprising that there is no real debate on immigration when one side refuses to even acknowledge the concerns of the other, and simply resorts to slander?
It would be wrong to portray Sweden as a country in crisis. At the moment, Malmö is the exception. Most of Sweden (and Scandinavia generally) is still overwhelmingly ethnic Scandinavian. Countries that have been diluting their populations for longer than Sweden, like Belgium, the Netherlands and Britain, are much closer to losing their ethnic identity. In some ways, Sweden still lags these pioneers of multiracialism. The loaded term “ethnic Swede” is still commonly used in public to discriminate between native and “new” Swedes, though this kind of classification has become controversial in the UK.
The country is too rich and comfortable for systematic unrest (as opposed to local outbreaks like the Rosengård riots). And it differs from nearly all other western countries swamped by Third World immigration in one key respect – there is no pressure on resources. Sweden is huge and rich in minerals, but suffers a falling birth rate. Unlike, say, Belgium, it could easily absorb another million immigrants. (Having said that, its major cities still manage to suffer severe housing shortages; Sweden’s wealth masks a great deal of bad government.)
Divisive as it is, the race-blind, open-door immigration policy is supported by many Swedes, who seem to believe that they have a mission to be the world’s nicest country. I’m not just being snide about that. The fact that Sweden did not participate in World War II and has virtually no citizens who have experienced war has left it with something approaching a very mild version of the German guilt complex. At a subconscious level, the utopian immigration policy is partly a gesture of atonement for not opposing Hitler. It is also a product of the highly left-politicized nature of Swedish society.
Tiny, vocal far-left parties abound, young people are far more likely to go to demos about Palestine or women’s rights than in, say, France or Scotland, Marxist terms like “class conflict” are still standard parts of the political lexicon, and you see hammer and sickle graffiti now and then. I don’t think there many free countries in the world where people paint that symbol on walls and mean it.
To me, all this is political self-indulgence. Sweden is not affluent because it is socialist; it is socialist because it is affluent – because it can easily afford the very considerable cost of trying to build an egalitarian model state, where every public building with a staircase also has a hundred-thousand-kronor lift for wheelchairs. It is affluent for two simple reasons: the practical, hardworking Lutheran traditions of the people, who, being homogenous, were long spared ethnic conflict, and its ideal population-resource balance. With few people and abundant timber and iron-ore reserves, Sweden was quickly able to develop an advanced manufacturing economy, which has remained strong to the present. To this Englishman living in a depressed Yorkshire city, Malmö and the rest of the country looked awash in money.
Despite everything, I think multiracialism has added some positives to Malmö life. Twenty-five years ago, eating out in Sweden meant a hotdog or icecream at a Sybilla stand or paying half a day’s wage for a mediocre pizza and a low-alcohol beer. Today, Malmö must have one of the richest ranges of restaurants in northern Europe. Because the restaurant business is the only option for so many immigrant jobseekers, competition is fierce and prices for Middle Eastern and Mediterranean meals are often very low. For better or for worse, Malmö’s streets are more lively than the average Swedish town centre – more shops, more stalls, more music, more noise, but also more panhandlers and less security.
But integration has clearly failed. In Britain, the universality of the English language and the old colonial links with migrant countries of origin have made the whole process much smoother and deeper than it is anywhere in Scandinavia. But Sweden, like a misguided Marxist aristocrat trying to give his mansion away, has simply opened its doors to a huge range of countries it knows almost nothing about, expecting its supposedly superior social model to be automatically internalized by all comers. “Can’t speak Swedish? No matter. Can’t find work? Don’t worry, here’s the cash. Can’t fit in? You’ll come round. Hostile to Christianity and prone to rioting? You’ll grow out of it.” Isn’t there something not merely naïve, but even patronizingly racist, about Swedish expectations?
What has actually happened in Malmö is population replacement, with an exodus of ethnic Swedes to the country. I tried but was unable to get historic demographic data relating to the city. One helpful woman schooled here in the 1960s guessed that the total foreign population was between 2,000 and 3,000 when she was a child—mainly Yugoslavs and other East Europeans, who were later joined by Latin Americans in the 1970s before the tidal wave began.
In other words, Malmö has gone from being nearly 100 percent ethnic Swedish to 50 percent in 50 years. If this pace of replacement is sustained, it will be effectively be a foreign enclave on Swedish soil within a few decades, a crime-ridden grab-bag of minorities with little in common except Islam and a heavy reliance on the restaurant business. Kebabland. Is that really what Swedes want whole swathes of their homeland to become?
For an idea of what local people think, use Google Translate to look through this site:
Article from : d-intl.com