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  1. EThompson Inactive

    In the three months since I got back from Washington, Europe has seen not a mere rise in anti-Semitism, but an explosion in overt hatred: murders in Belgium and France; riots, torched synagogues and defaced Holocaust memorial sites; and all this alongside a dramatic spike in hate crimes all over the continent.

    Ian Tuttle has recently written an excellent essay in NR entitled Anti-Semitism, Old and New on this very same topic. I knew what the conclusion to his article would be before I even began to read it:

    “Across Europe’s borders in recent years have flooded millions upon millions of immigrants, the overwhelming majority from North Africa and the Middle East. … the demographic makeup of Europe is changing rapidly. France may be home to Europe’s largest Jewish population (500,000) but it is also to its largest population of Muslims- some 5 million, just under 10 percent of the country’s total population. Four million Muslims in Germany. In Belgium, Muslims constitute 6 percent of the population—but 25 percent of Brussels. As of 2011, one in ten citizens in Malmö hailed from North Africa or the Middle East. Because of migration and birthrates, all of those numbers are projected to rise.”

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    • August 19, 2014, at 10:51 AM PDT
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  2. Annika Hernroth-Rothstein Contributor

    I have to read that in NR, thanks for letting me know!

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    • August 19, 2014, at 10:56 AM PDT
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  3. Amy Schley, Longcat Shrinker Moderator

    Every day, life resembles Yes Minister more and more:

    Bernard Woolley: What if the Prime Minister insists we help them?
    Sir Humphrey Appleby: Then we follow the four-stage strategy.
    Bernard Woolley: What’s that?
    Sir Richard Wharton: Standard Foreign Office response in a time of crisis.
    Sir Richard Wharton: In stage one we say nothing is going to happen.
    Sir Humphrey Appleby: Stage two, we say something may be about to happen, but we should do nothing about it.
    Sir Richard Wharton: In stage three, we say that maybe we should do something about it, but there’s nothing we *can* do.
    Sir Humphrey Appleby: Stage four, we say maybe there was something we could have done, but it’s too late now.

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    • August 19, 2014, at 10:57 AM PDT
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  4. Annika Hernroth-Rothstein Contributor

    Amy Schley:

    Wow. Yes, too close to the truth..

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    • August 19, 2014, at 10:59 AM PDT
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  5. Profile Photo Member

    Holding you and yours in prayer, Annika! Thank you for keeping us informed and for trusting us…

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    • August 19, 2014, at 11:02 AM PDT
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  6. EJHill Podcaster
    EJHillJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Do we need to set up an emergency safe house? Especially for the children?

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    • August 19, 2014, at 11:04 AM PDT
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  7. Annika Hernroth-Rothstein Contributor

    EJHill:

    Do we need to set up an emergency safe house? Especially for the children?

     I now have a police contact, and I am taking precautions. And long term, I have decided we can’t stay. I am raising my children alone and I need them to grow up somewhere where they are safe, and free. Thank you so much for your support.

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    • August 19, 2014, at 11:07 AM PDT
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  8. Annika Hernroth-Rothstein Contributor

    Nanda Panjandrum:

    Holding you and yours in prayer, Annika! Thank you for keeping us informed and for trusting us…

     Thank you for being such an amazing community!

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    • August 19, 2014, at 11:08 AM PDT
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  9. Amy Schley, Longcat Shrinker Moderator

    Annika Hernroth-Rothstein:

    Amy Schley:

    Wow. Yes, too close to the truth..

    The whole episode is like that, just packed full of “laugh or you’ll cry” humor. Sure, it’s 30 years old, but it feels completely current.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000J42YB0/ref=dv_dp_ep6

    Hacker: I gather we’re planning to vote against Israel in the UN tonight.
    Foreign Secretary: Of course.
    Hacker: Why?
    Foreign Secretary: They bombed the PLO.
    Hacker: But the PLO bombed Israel!
    Foreign Secretary: Yes, but the Israelis dropped more bombs than the PLO did.
    Hacker: But the PLO started it!

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    • August 19, 2014, at 11:09 AM PDT
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  10. ctlaw Coolidge

    Annika Hernroth-Rothstein: “Let me be very clear: This is not 1939. We will not see death camps in Sweden in 5 years. Is the situation dire? Yes, absolutely, but we must remember that this is not 1939.”

    The death camps were a unique thing. In part they resulted from a German obsession with order, mass production, and the like. They also were set against a relative decency of much of the German population who would clearly not murder Jews themselves and might not even advocate others do it. The transition from concentration camps to death camps also was something noteworthy Clearly, it was much easier for the German Volk to rationalize the former and then let the latter occur in semi-ignorance.

    The modern anti-Semites are closer to ISIS types. They lack the productivity to create death camps and the fastidiousness/squeamishness to even want them. They are perfectly willing to do the dirty work themselves and the sooner the better. There will be no near decade from Nuremburg Laws to final solution or half decade from Kristallnacht.

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    • August 19, 2014, at 11:11 AM PDT
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  11. Retail Lawyer Member

    I spent the summer of 1980 in Stockholm, and then travelled on to the Continent, and I find these reports of anti-semitism hard to reconcile with what I observed back then. I assume the overt manifestations you report, and I read about elsewhere, are the actions of recent Muslim immigrants. To what extent is the culturally European population engaging in this hate? I think it is insane to import hatred. How did the European governments think this would turn out? You are now expected to tolerate the intolerant.

    America has either transformed itself into a useless gasbag or is going through a period of confusion as it sorts itself out. I am hopeful, but for at least a few more years, America will not exert any moral authority, and any hope for positive influence on world events is misplaced. I hate to tell you that, but your predicament is deadly serious and you must see reality clearly. On the other hand, I am confident that jews will remain safe in America, so you and your son have a safe harbor here.

    I found your post very moving. It will stay with me for a long time.

    It is not 1939 – until it is!

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    • August 19, 2014, at 11:28 AM PDT
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  12. Merina Smith Inactive

    We live in evil times. Good is called bad and bad is called good. I’m praying for you, your children, your nation, ours and the world, Annika. My prayers have never been so heartfelt as they are now.

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    • August 19, 2014, at 11:31 AM PDT
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  13. Annika Hernroth-Rothstein Contributor

    Retail Lawyer:

    Yes, we imported the hatred, but the suspicion against Jews was also already here to create a welcoming environment. Sweden has little to no national identity, and can quickly be overrun. There are today 15 000 Jews in my country, and 900 000 muslims. The numbers are working against us.

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    • August 19, 2014, at 11:34 AM PDT
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  14. Annika Hernroth-Rothstein Contributor

    Merina Smith:

    We live in evil times. Good is called bad and bad is called good. I’m praying for you, your children, your nation, ours and the world, Annika. My prayers have never been so heartfelt as they are now.

     Thank you so much. And yes, these are evil times, and I too am praying every day for the world we live in. 

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    • August 19, 2014, at 11:41 AM PDT
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  15. PHCheese Member

    Obama is not part of the solution, he is part of the problem.

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    • August 19, 2014, at 11:57 AM PDT
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  16. She Reagan
    SheJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Annika Hernroth-Rothstein:

    To whom it may concern

     . . . .

    Well, it concerns me.

    And I think it’s going to concern a lot more people quite soon. At least, I hope so.

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    • August 19, 2014, at 12:14 PM PDT
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  17. Annika Hernroth-Rothstein Contributor

    She:

    Annika Hernroth-Rothstein:

    To whom it may concern

    . . . .

    Well, it concerns me.

    And I think it’s going to concern a lot more people quite soon. At least, I hope so.

     I hope so, too. I felt this was the very place to write this, because people on Ricochet not only care- but act. 

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    • August 19, 2014, at 12:16 PM PDT
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  18. MikeHs Inactive

    Ricochet Editors – Main feed, please, for Annika.

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    • August 19, 2014, at 1:31 PM PDT
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  19. SkipSul Coolidge
    SkipSulJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Annika Hernroth-Rothstein:

    EJHill:

    Do we need to set up an emergency safe house? Especially for the children?

    I now have a police contact, and I am taking precautions. And long term, I have decided we can’t stay. I am raising my children alone and I need them to grow up somewhere where they are safe, and free. Thank you so much for your support.

     Well, if you need to kip off and can make it to America, our doors are open. Got a downstairs suite with its own kitchen (somewhat gutted but I can re-assemble it in a hurry).

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    • August 19, 2014, at 2:05 PM PDT
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  20. SkipSul Coolidge
    SkipSulJoined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Retail Lawyer: America has either transformed itself into a useless gasbag or is going through a period of confusion as it sorts itself out. I am hopeful, but for at least a few more years, America will not exert any moral authority, and any hope for positive influence on world events is misplaced.

     America is careening towards its own civil war right now, with Barry gambling that his commie cronies will be on the winning side of things. 

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    • August 19, 2014, at 2:08 PM PDT
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  21. Annika Hernroth-Rothstein Contributor

    skipsul:

    Annika Hernroth-Rothstein:

    EJHill:

    Do we need to set up an emergency safe house? Especially for the children?

    I now have a police contact, and I am taking precautions. And long term, I have decided we can’t stay. I am raising my children alone and I need them to grow up somewhere where they are safe, and free. Thank you so much for your support.

    Well, if you need to kip off and can make it to America, our doors are open. Got a downstairs suite with its own kitchen (somewhat gutted but I can re-assemble it in a hurry).

     I may take you up on that! :)

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    • August 19, 2014, at 2:10 PM PDT
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  22. Annika Hernroth-Rothstein Contributor

    skipsul:

    Retail Lawyer: America has either transformed itself into a useless gasbag or is going through a period of confusion as it sorts itself out. I am hopeful, but for at least a few more years, America will not exert any moral authority, and any hope for positive influence on world events is misplaced.

    America is careening towards its own civil war right now, with Barry gambling that his commie cronies will be on the winning side of things.

     Let’s pray they are not.

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    • August 19, 2014, at 2:12 PM PDT
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  23. Ball Diamond Ball Inactive

    skipsul:

    Retail Lawyer: America has either transformed itself into a useless gasbag or is going through a period of confusion as it sorts itself out. I am hopeful, but for at least a few more years, America will not exert any moral authority, and any hope for positive influence on world events is misplaced.

    America is careening towards its own civil war right now, with Barry gambling that his commie cronies will be on the winning side of things.

     Ding ding ding!

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    • August 19, 2014, at 3:03 PM PDT
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  24. Doctor Bass Monkey Inactive

    It is frustrating to be on the other side of the world and not immediately able to do something, but I will continue to pray for the safety and peace of you and your family.

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    • August 19, 2014, at 4:39 PM PDT
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  25. Lash LaRoche Inactive

    Ball Diamond Ball:

    skipsul:

    Retail Lawyer: America has either transformed itself into a useless gasbag or is going through a period of confusion as it sorts itself out. I am hopeful, but for at least a few more years, America will not exert any moral authority, and any hope for positive influence on world events is misplaced.

    America is careening towards its own civil war right now, with Barry gambling that his commie cronies will be on the winning side of things.

    Ding ding ding!

    Yep, and we’ve already been undergoing a cold civil war for at least the last decade-and-a-half.

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    • August 19, 2014, at 4:49 PM PDT
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  26. Jules PA Member

    Annika Hernroth-Rothstein: The State Department official insisted that this is not 1939, and he was right. It is now 1933, and the world is watching as neo-Nazis enter the European parliament, Jews are driven from their homes and murdered in the streets while the dark forces tighten its grip on the forgotten continent.

     That guy was right…this is not 1939. It’s worse. We’ve already seen and dealt with the insane death path trodden from 1939–1944. All the more reason there is no excuse to ignore the possible reappearance of that path now, in 2014.
    And in response to the comment regarding the potential of death camps in this modern era, and that the ISIS and jihadists of today are not as fastidious as the Germans to create death camps…
    What difference does it make if people are murdered in a death camp? in their town, by murderers house to house? starved on the side of a mountain? or with a dirty bomb? It is still death by murder that can be prevented.
    Annika, I pray for your safety and peace. Come to America.

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    • August 19, 2014, at 5:05 PM PDT
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  27. EThompson Inactive

    Whiskey Sam:

    It is frustrating to be on the other side of the world and not immediately able to do something, but I will continue to pray for the safety and peace of you and your family.

    I feel the same way. I’ve done a lot of business travel but genuinely loved the time spent in Israel- Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Jericho, Eilat (ok, that one was not really business). Aside from the positive professional experience, I doubt I’ve ever felt so personally in sync with a “foreign” country. There is an energy, sophistication and warmth that is absolutely contagious. 

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    • August 19, 2014, at 5:08 PM PDT
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  28. ctlaw Coolidge

    Julia PA: And in response to the comment regarding the potential of death camps in this modern era, and that the ISIS and jihadists of today are not as fastidious as the Germans to create death camps… What difference does it make if people are murdered in a death camp? in their town, by murderers house to house? starved on the side of a mountain? or with a dirty bomb? It is still death by murder that can be prevented. Annika, I pray for your safety and peace. Come to America.

    You misinterpreted my comment. The Holocaust analogy suggests a long process. It ironically creates a false sense of security. People will think there will be a Kristallnacht, after which they will still have plenty of time to emigrate. For the reasons I noted, in Eurabia, the next Kristallnacht may include the next Final Solution.

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    • August 19, 2014, at 5:42 PM PDT
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  29. Jules PA Member

    ctlaw: You misinterpreted my comment. The Holocaust analogy suggests a long process. It ironically creates a false sense of security. People will think there will be a Kristallnacht, after which they will still have plenty of time to emigrate. For the reasons I noted, in Eurabia, the next Kristallnacht may include the next Final Solution.

     Agreed ctlaw, the death path will likely be retrodden quickly, and those leading the charge have little qualms for accomplishing their task.
    This is not 1939. Our World is very different now.

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    • August 19, 2014, at 5:57 PM PDT
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  30. MarciN Member

    Annika Hernroth-Rothstein: In 1914, Europe was home to 10.5 million Jews. Today, there are 1.5 million, . . . 

    These are surreal numbers.

    We have plenty of room here for the remaining 1.5 million. Tiny New York City alone is home to 8.5 million people; the huge state of Massachusetts is home to 6.7 million. A group of 1.5 million immigrants we wouldn’t even notice. There is plenty of room everywhere I look. We should start an airlift. Seriously.

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    • August 19, 2014, at 6:07 PM PDT
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