I recalled recently a Wall Street Journal fluff piece from a couple of years ago. It was a 2013 interview with Björn Ulvaeus, a founding member of the renowned Swedish music group, ABBA. In it he ascribed both his success in particular, and his country’s in general, to–of all things–atheism.
Sweden is an open, liberal, secular and democratic country,” he says. “We strive towards achieving equality, we are forward-looking and refuse to be pulled back by social constructs, such as religion.”
In that moment he was euphoric. And while it seems counterintuitive that a smugly liberal and secular society would swamp itself with enfranchised illiberal theocrats, perhaps my mind isn’t sufficiently open to grasp the gambit. Or perhaps smug is the operative term. Regardless, I hope he keeps the refusal of swarthy Swedes to be pulled back in mind. Because newly arrived social constructs apparently haven’t been advised.
STOCKHOLM, Sweden – A number of suspected grenade attack explosions have rocked Stockholm over the past few days, echoing similar attacks in Malmo where immigrant gangs are going to war over grievances imported from their homelands.
The southern city of Malmo has become a byword for the seemingly ubiquitous grenade attack in Sweden in recent months, with almost 40 hand grenade and other detonations recorded this year. Yet similar such attacks, where property and vehicles are attacked in the dead of night in a series of tit-for-tat reprisals between gangs is new to capital Stockholm, which has seen two explosions in the same neighbourhood in three days.
Monday’s grenade attack, which took place outside a Kurdish people’s association office in a block of flats just before two o’clock in the morning left no casualties, but a number of windows blown out. Violent Turkish -Kurd confrontations took place in the city centre only hours before, but police have refused to comment on whether the events may be linked, reports local paper Aftonbladet.
On Sunday afternoon, thousands of Kurds and Turks held counter protests in the Sergel Square outside the central railway station. The event soon became confrontational, as stones and fireworks were thrown between the sides and scuffles erupted. Police moved in to calm the situation but were unable to prevent serious violence, with citizen-shot videos being rapidly shared on social media showing officers beating protesters to the ground while being pelted with objects.
Dear Bjorn: If you change your mind, I’m the first in line. My blog’s still free, take a chance on me.
Our most recommended aleatory pursuit in the presence of alien grenadiers is to be smug about more than just one’s pieties. Having an open, liberal, secular, and democratic society is like having a flock of flightless birds. Both are simply precious for the few moments before being consumed by grinning coyotes. The necessary adjustment is to ring your preening platform with a crust of intolerant men with machine guns. Thus suitably defended, geriatric crooners are safe to boast of their openness outside the casualty radius of a frag grenade.
Obviously not all Swedes are as oblivious as ABBA. The author of this now abandoned blog took pains to chronicle that country’s dreary multicult descent. Though within his farewell posting, one sentance in particular displayed the remarkable adaptability of the human mind. In comparing the situation in America, he mused on the presidential elections and described Trump as:
A racist ignoramus who takes pride in the worst qualities of a cranky eight-year old.
I’m wholly uninterested in his evaluation of the republican slate, though was amazed at the sentiment. To keenly lament the demographic dissolution of Sweden while retaining racist as aspersion ranks as a marvel of self shell-gaming. I want a Sweden of Swedes and deplore racism. My own mental hands were never quick enough to perform such prestidigitation. He’ll invariably find his opponents equally slow-witted. What a conundrum. Preserve your nation at the cost of an insult. I feel as though Martel could weather the words, though men were made of sterner stuff then. For many today, if air were called racist they’d drown themselves in a bucket. Maybe being dead really is better than preferring your own.
But that’s a chance I’m not going to take.