Tuesday, June 28, 2005

How very un-Swedish

How very un-Swedish

Australian Associated Press reports that Sweden’s Ulf Hjertström, who was held captive for several weeks in Baghdad before his release on May 30, is channeling the spirit of Charles Bronson. Apparently, Hjerström has “hired bounty hunters to track down his former captors, promising to eliminate them one by one.” “I have now put some people to work to find these bastards,” he told the Ten Network today. “I invested about $50,000 so far and we will get them one by one.”

Sweden reveals secret Iraq hostage

A Swedish man was kidnapped and held hostage in Iraq for more than two months before being released three weeks ago, Sweden's foreign ministry said Tuesday in the first public news of the abduction. The man, named in the Swedish media as 63-year-old Ulf Hjertström, told a newspaper that he had been kidnapped in Baghdad on March 25 and had been held for ransom under dreadful conditions for 67 days before his May 30 release. During his ordeal he was forced to watch other prisoners being killed and was subjected to mock executions himself, he said. "They talked about how I was an enemy of the country and other bullshit like that, but I knew right away what this was about. Money and nothing else," he said.

It's good he didn't ask the Swedish police for help. Sweden has only half the number of police officers per capita compared to the EU average, and during the summer holidays, even this very low number is reduced. The Swedish state can't afford to hire more police officers. It is too busy paying its own citizens or immigrants for not working, importing foreign war criminals or installing surveillance in schools to keep control of their Muslim immigrants:

Full speed ahead as police take it easy

It's one of the busiest times of the year on Sweden's roads, but this summer there could be no traffic police on duty in many parts of Sweden, as too many police have taken holiday at the same time. According to Swedish Radio (SR), police forces in many Swedish counties are completely abandoning traffic duty in the period following Midsummer.


At June 28, 2005 10:32 PM, Blogger Jude the Obscure said...

I think people are sitting up and taking notice all over the world now thanks to weblogs -Government takes control of Islamic school We go to the polls here in September with a huge swing to the right.

At June 28, 2005 11:07 PM, Blogger the adventuress said...

The un-Swedish Swede was probably "corrupted" by Douglas Wood, an Australian who has lived in the US for many years.

At June 29, 2005 12:13 AM, Blogger Don Miguel said...

Irene, let's give Douglas Wood his due. He is an Aussie, so he didn't need to have lived in the U.S. to be "corrupted." :)

At June 29, 2005 1:05 AM, Blogger erp said...

So Sweden has a strongman after all. I hope he inspires other men to rise and take control of their country.

At June 29, 2005 1:37 AM, Blogger the adventuress said...

Yes, don miguel, but he got a double-dose of the "corruption" by being exposed to both cultures.


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