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Swedish Priorities

As you are no doubt aware, about two dozen suburbs of Stockholm, Sweden were on fire for a week starting May 19. Young Muslim men, encoded in most news reports as “youths” or “hooligans”, rioted nonstop, torching cars and setting buildings alight, including stores, offices, apartment buildings, schools, and even a police station. The riots erupted in the suburb of Husby after police shot and killed an old man waving a machete. 

The suburbs in question house predominantly immigrant populations with large contingents from Somalia, Eritrea, Afghanistan, Syria, and Iraq. The Sunday Telegraph visited Husby and discovered that the “police were hardly to be seen, and when they did arrive, it was purely to protect the firefighters dealing with the car blaze rather than make arrests.” The lack of a police response has resulted in few injuries, most all of them to policemen stoned by rioters.

The authorities did not, however, shirk their responsibility to issue parking tickets to the torched cars:

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A Fria Tider reporter noticed this meter maid hard at work in the suburb of Alby and asked her what she was doing:

When questioned, the officer explained that the ticket was issued because the vehicle lacked a tag showing its time of arrival. The fact that the vehicle had been effectively destroyed – its windshield smashed and the interior heavily damaged by fire – was irrelevant according to the meter maid, who asked Fria Tider’s photographer to destroy the photos he had taken.

As to the riots, Stockholm Chief of Police Mats Lofving was quoted in the Swedish newspaper Expressen as saying, “Our ambition is really to do as little as possible.” Lest that policy be in any way unclear, Lars Byström, media relations officer of the Stockholm Police Department, elaborated:

We go to the crime scenes, but when we get there we stand and wait. If we see a burning car, we let it burn if there is no risk of the fire spreading to other cars or buildings nearby. By doing so we minimize the risk of having rocks thrown at us.

The police did ultimately call in reinforcements to quell the rioting. Apology expected shortly.

  1. Mike LaRoche

    The stupidity of the European left never ceases to amaze.  Some fools never learn.

  2. Xennady

    Hilarious.

    And pitiful. A sad reminder of just how degenerate Western civilization has become.

    The riots weren’t a problem to be solved by the police. They were a problem to be solved by the Swedish Army.

    Sweden still has one of those, right?

  3. Dave Carter
    C

    Ah, they must have already passed comprehensive immigration reform! Their tolerance really is torching, ..er, …I mean touching! Does this mean the terrorists have to go to the back of the line?

  4. Chris Campion

    This says a lot about Sweden, and Swedish culture.  None of it very flattering.

  5. ctlaw

    I understand that the Metropolitan Police have posthumously charged Lee Rigby with vagrancy, disorderly conduct, jaywalking and improperly discharging biomedical waste.

  6. Valiuth

    So how does giving a ticket to a car without any identifying codes work? From what I can tell from the photo the licence plate of the chard car is gone. Why not just tow the vehicles away to the dump?

    On a serious note though what will happen when the Swedes snap. They must be repressing real hard, and at some point one of these yahoos is going to torch the wrong car and the whole nation will go up. That will be something terrible to see. 

  7. Basil Fawlty

    I prefer Steyn’s formulation of “excitable lads.”  Say what you will about their police, the Swedes do appear to have comely meter maids.

  8. Stephen Hall
    Valiuth: 

    On a serious note though what will happen when the Swedes snap. They must be repressing real hard, and at some point one of these yahoos is going to torch the wrong car and the whole nation will go up. That will be something terrible to see. 

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  9. BrentB67

    Valiuth – nothing will happen. When citizens allow the government to restrict their right to own guns this is a possible likely outcome. What are the Swedes going to do? Throw meatballs at the hooligans?

  10. J. D. Fitzpatrick

    Funny. Maybe in a few years Sweden will look like the world of Wall-E, with the city in shambles but deathless civil servants still rising diligently each morning to issue tickets, fines, and tax penalties. 

    What’s Swedish for “Go gentle into that good night”?

  11. She

    “We go to the crime scenes, but when we get there we stand and wait. If we see a burning car, we let it burn if there is no risk of the fire spreading to other cars or buildings nearby. By doing so we minimize the risk of having rocks thrown at us.”

    Surely this is copy from a Monty Python skit of some sort?

  12. J. D. Fitzpatrick

    @Stephen Hall

    No, no; that might attract the attention of the European Human Rights Commission. 

    Better to scurry than to turn. 

  13. Skarv

    First a disclosure: I was born in Sweden and lived there my first 37 years. I have lived in the US 16 years – Citizen now (Legal).

    Yes this is very sad. However, I think we are drawing the wrong conclusion if we think this is just Swedish or European folly and that it could not happen here.

    The cultural and political views that led Sweden to this disaster developed in the 60-ies and 70-ies and have flourished since then. However, they are not entirely different from what we here frequently from liberal politicians and our intellectual elite.

    When I grew up the kids and teenagers were admired if they questioned authorities. It did not matter how reasoned the questioning was or which form the protest took. We were told by our teachers that “everything is relative” and you have the “right” to … (fill in whatever).

    Economic madness (over-taxation and bloated welfare) grew in parallel with cultural decay. There was no social ill that did not become the target for tax-funded bureaucratic attention and lavish spending. Traditional institutions were diminished. Churches were maintained on tax money but empty. Marriages discouraged as co-habitation was made legally equivalent.  

  14. Skarv

    (continued) Immigration was particularly sensitive and never dealt with. Sweden prided itself for its openness and high spending on foreign humanitarian aid. We had a goal that 1% of the budget needed to go to aid. Results of aid or immigration were never discussed. Critics were shouted down as racists. Immigrants got local voting rights (development of a ‘class of grievance mongering representatives’); were not allowed to work until after a very lengthy process (appeasing the Swedish born working class); got housing subsidies in newly developed modern practical (but awfully ugly) suburbs leading to creation of ghettos.

    Environmental correctness developed to a faith. Sweden is a beautiful country with a lot of open space and most Swedes had deep rural roots as the almost everyone was (an independent – feudalism was never big in Sweden and most of it gone 400 years ago) poor farmer 150 years ago. Eschewing plastic shopping bags became the norm in the 70-ies and people paid gas prices that were 80-90% tax without revolt.

  15. Skarv

    (continued) Each new problem (or perceived or claimed problem) in the economy or culture was framed in the context of a State that must be benevolent and a culture that was merciless to anyone who questioned abandonment of family values, environment worship, and the celebration of diversity represented by uncontrolled and unassimilated immigrants.

    And the press was the biggest cheerleaders. Journalists were trained in universities and while priding themselves as siding with the little guy, they always advocated for more government. There were some “Joe the Plummer” voices but they were mocked into silence by the media.

    So what is the lesson? I sincerely hope that the difference is more than the timeline but I fear that unless we have real awakening in the US, it may not be the case.

  16. Sandy

    The precise opposite of the “broken windows” understanding of how to police that was enacted by former NYC police commissioner Bratton, the effect of this, not only on Sweden as a whole, but on the poor  and the weak within those suburbs, is entirely predictable.   But then the Left does not care about the ordinary people who  live in those neighborhoods, whose shops and cars and other properties now lie in ruins, unless it is to use their misery for its own purposes.  

  17. BrentB67

    Skarv – this could happen here for a short time. The 2nd Amendment will hopefully prevent a days long riot situation here. I do agree we are working diligently to ensure that the pieces are in place for such a thing led by republicans like Paul Ryan ensuring the federal budget grows every year and Marco Rubio expediting the path to amnesty.

  18. Valiuth
    BrentB67: Valiuth – nothing will happen. When citizens allow the government to restrict their right to own guns this is a possible likely outcome. What are the Swedes going to do? Throw meatballs at the hooligans? · 29 minutes ago

    Swedes have plenty of rifles about. At least that is my understanding, with respect to the country side. But, they don’t need to go all vigilante.  

  19. Skarv

    Valith: On a serious note though what will happen when the Swedes snap. They must be repressing real hard, and at some point one of these yahoos is going to torch the wrong car and the whole nation will go up. That will be something terrible to see. 

     

    The elite lives in a bubble. The Swedish lower and middle classes have been “educated” and are living on welfare. And they are disarmed. This makes a snap unlikely. Ongoing gradual decay with intermittent spectacular events like the recent car torching is more likely. This is not the first time spectacular things happened. It cools down in between and the slide downwards continues.

    BTW: Economically, Sweden has improved. Taxation is lower than it used to be and deficit/debt is under control. The pony-tailed (!) finance minister is one of the least bad in Europe. But as long as the culture is lost, I do not think it makes difference.

  20. Valiuth
    BrentB67: Skarv – this could happen here for a short time. The 2nd Amendment will hopefully prevent a days long riot situation here. I do agree we are working diligently to ensure that the pieces are in place for such a thing led by republicans like Paul Ryan ensuring the federal budget grows every year and Marco Rubio expediting the path to amnesty. · 1 minute ago

    What are you talking about? America has had plenty of riots, and the same Amendment that arms the shop owner also arms the hooligan coming to burn down the shop. That is why our police would try to be more active, because our citizens can theoretically be more dangerous if they get out of control.