Arson suspected in Sweden mosque fireIt is very hard to predict who is behind the arson. There was an "arson attack" at a mosque in Malmö a few years ago, and it later turned out to be an inside job. Perhaps it is for real this time. The vandalism against one of the city's churchyards is only a few weeks away. Adding to the general, everyday violence, it tells the story of a multicultural experiment gone horribly wrong:
Arson suspected in Sweden mosque fire
Police suspected arson caused a fire in a mosque in southern Sweden early Sunday. The fire caused only minor damage and no injuries before firefighters put it out, police said. "It was most probably the work of an incendiary," police spokeswoman Marie Keismar said. The mosque, in Sweden's third largest city of Malmo, 615 kilometers (382 miles) south of Stockholm, was empty at the time.
So how does the Swedish government react to all of this? By pretending there is no problem. Just to repeat my earlier post about Swedish Democracy Collapsing: This article in the newspaper Expressen about Prime Minister Göran Persson's visit to Malmö during May Day 2005 is brimming with sarcasm, presenting him as a modern Swedish version of clueless Marie Antoinette:
Swedish Prime Minister Göran Persson, surrounded by a dozen body guards, took part in the May Day demonstrations in the city of Malmö. "It is a splendid celebration, a manifestation of freedom and security", Persson says. Meanwhile, a couple of blocks from there, a handicapped man is beaten to the ground by a group of thugs. The victim was about to demonstrate under the slogan "Welfare is most important". Now he is kicked in the face and the chest. When two of the assailants are finally taken into police custody, the man is terrified and suffering from severe pains. "This is one of Sweden's finest meeting places," says the Prime Minister as he enters the platform after listening to Socialist anthem The Internationale. "In a Malmö I love. Sweden's face to the world." Persson doesn't notice that the police are taking action against a neo-Nazi counterdemonstration nearby. "Open to the winds of the world lies my fair country," says Persson. "There is no greater freedom than security. A society with clean air, clean water and safe people, open to the world.". It's 3.3o pm and a police patrol is cutting down a doll resembling a politician being hanged, carrying a photo of Malmö's Mayor Ilmar Reepalu. The Prime Minister has just promised improved dental care for young people, and concludes: "Look up! The fabulous fact is that the sun is breaking through." The police and the fire department get an alarm. The Örtagård school in Rosengård, an area of Malmö with close to 100 % Muslim immigrants, is burning yet again. Several police patrols are called out. But Prime Minister Persson has already been escorted by special security police into his bulletproof Volvo, on his way back to the Cabinet's private jet and out of Malmö.
There may be a change of government next year, but are the opposition parties really that much better? Is it too late to prevent a civil war in Sweden by now?
Sweden's Social Democrats, Greens agree 2006 coalition deal
Sweden's ruling Social Democrats and their ally, the Green Party, will form a coalition government if they win a general election next year, a leader of the Greens said in a radio interview on Saturday. The Social Democrats have ruled Sweden through a minority government with the backing of the Green and Left Parties since the early 1990s, but allies, especially the Greens, have demanded a place in cabinet after general elections in September 2006. "We have reached a situation where the leadership of the (Social Democrat and Green) parties are in agreement on forming a coalition government after the election next year," Peter Eriksson, one of the Green Party's two leaders, said in an interview with public service radio SR. Eriksson said that if the parliamentary make-up remained unchanged after the next election Prime Minister Goran Persson and the Green Party leadership were in agreement that a coalition government would be formed. However, the Social Democrat government has been hard hit in opinion polls over the past year, with a four-party right-to-centre coalition holding a comfortable lead over the government and its allies.