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I do hope readers do their best to spread this column. Last week it was published in Swedish. Our politicians should not be allowed to continue to spread the image of Sweden as a well-functioning humanitarian superpower, for the simple reason that it is not true.
As is well known, the Stockholm Syndrome refers to the phenomenon of kidnap victims showing solidarity with their kidnappers, against the police who are trying to free them. The Sweden Syndrome means that a nation’s ruling politicians and opinion leaders, on behalf of the electorate, put the interests of their own country and the security and welfare of their own population second. For them it is more important to take responsibility for ”helping the world”, to shoulder the role as a humanitarian superpower. The Sweden Syndrome also means that responsible politicians in general elections are given continued confidence by voters, who have been misled by the media.
The root of the Sweden Syndrome is the same problem as characterizes the Stockholm Syndrome – both are a form of misplaced solidarity. A concrete example:
The murder of George Floyd in May 2020 led to riots in Minnesota. In Sweden, too, young people joined in the thousands and demonstrated in Stockholm and Gothenburg, despite the ban against more than 50 people gathering, due to Covid. One has to realise that Sweden has no racist history of the American kind. There is also no comparable history of conflict between Swedish police and Sweden’s black citizens. If the demonstration had concerned Swedish care for the elderly, where mass deaths happen as the result of government incompetence, then I would have understood why the young people demonstrated. Or consider actual crimes against the elderly, a related issue.
Fraud against the elderly is something of a Roma speciality. When I did research for my book, Romany in Sweden (published in Swedish, 2015), I spoke to the outgoing head of the so-called Circa group in Vårgårda in southwestern Sweden, which specialized in combating crimes against old people. The group then had eleven employees, eight of whom were police officers. The ex-Circa head said that if they had had 50 policemen instead, they would have solved twice as many of these crimes.
The situation has not changed since then, but the crimes against old people continue according to the same pattern. It is not known how many such crimes are committed in Sweden annually. Many elderly people who have been deceived are ashamed and do not report the crimes. But it amounts to several thousand cases every year.
The boss who resigned had never had contact with any of the Swedish politicians who most eagerly advocated for Roma, as an oppressed minority: Maria Leissner, Thomas Hammarberg and Erik Ullenhag. Nor had Niklas Orrenius heard from him: In 2013, he was the journalist who used Sweden’s largest morning newspaper to sound the alarm about a police force registry of Roma, which set off one of the major media hysteria campaigns of recent years. I interpreted it that these politicians and journalists were being careful not to contact the Circa group, as it would threaten their ideologically based perception of reality. For them, the Roma are always victims and they absolutely do not want to hear any other point of view.
Even though it is known in the judiciary that it is mainly the Roma who are responsible for these heinous crimes against the elderly, it is a taboo subject among both politicians and the media. Those Roma from Romania and Bulgaria who still end up in court are often sentenced to deportation after serving their sentences, but since identities are not checked at Sweden’s borders, these EU citizens are free to enter the country again.
Free movement within the EU is so important that the Swedish people also are forced to live in a country flooded with beggars. The person who more than anyone bears the blame for the first wave of invasion by beggars is Sweden’s then EU Commissioner Cecilia Malmström. I have never seen any heavy criticism directed at her. On the contrary, she was and still is much admired for her political skills and language competence.
The Sweden Syndrome mainly affects Western welfare democracies. One question is: why would this self-destructive policy be named after Sweden in particular? The answer is that Sweden is the country where the national political class’s neglect of the national interest has gone furthest, and that the country should therefore set a warning example for the rest of the world. Look, this is how bad it can get.