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Sweden’s social democrats aim for dictatorship

Nothing beats leftist governments. Once you’ve voted them in once too often, this would be your last free election for a foreseeable time to come.

The one in Sweden has proven it beyond any doubt, reasonable or otherwise.

It entered into something to be known from now and forever as December Agreement. This deal has cancelled the forthcoming early elections that were supposed to take place this spring. To make sure everybody keeps their mouth shut, it said there’s not going to be any election until the year 2022 (at the earliest).

The deal is simple: the opposition parties would not vote against the government in no-confidence votes, which means social democrats’ budgets would pass literally without any issues.

The intriguing part: the social democrats got not only the leftist Greens to go along, but two centrist parties that are borderline on the other side of the spectre, too.

On the other hand, there are several parties that are alarmed. One of the major issues to be tackled (and – hopefully – decided) during the forthcoming vote dealt with immigration.

The main challenge: most of the newcomers to Sweden are of Muslim persuasion. To cater to them, the Swedish government went so far as to recognize an entity to be called the Palestinian state. Alas, the United Nations Security Council voted this particular nonsense down.

That the main political force within the area controlled by the so-called Palestinian Authority, Hamas, has opposed the Palestinian application for statehood within the United Nations, is another matter. Hamas is the group that the frightfully shortsighted European Union leaders want to be left off the list of terrorist organizations despite all the evidence that points to the fact that terrorism is Hamas’s middle name. And Hamas has got its reasons for not wanting to be recognized as a state: that would mean recognition of its current borders, or something very close to that, and that would – logically – mean the recognition of the state of Israel. And that is something Hamas has been on record as stating all along must not happen.

That Sweden has become the capital of rape, thanks to its influx of Muslims, does not mean anything to its government. One would have expected better from social democrats, loud as they have always been as defenders of women’s rights. Where will the feminist groups and organizations look for shelter now?

Considering it has always been one of the tenets of all Muslim faiths that women don’t count, not even as second-class citizens, they don’t count as citizens, and that’s it, Sweden’s government should be ashamed of itself.

But then again, so should a number of other governments that sweep this issue under the rug, be it Great Britain, Germany or France. They’ve got themselves into a dreadful mess, and now, Sweden’s social democratic prime minister Stefan Löfven says his party has at long last created a situation that will give it the power to govern without such hindrances like questions about the wisdom of their policies.

Judging by their record during their last few election cycles in government, those policies deserve that their authors face public spanking (to uphold Muslim ways of communal life).

Swedish political observers say the social democratic would-be dictators may wake up one day in the not-so-distant future, facing their nation united against them under the banner of the main opposition party, the Sweden Democrats (Sverigedemokraterna). This is the party that has raised the immigration question loud and clear. Sweden is a country of about 9.6 million inhabitants. The current government is planning to bring in about 105,000 more people during this year alone. Whence? Syria, mostly, but other spots in the Middle East, too. No specific word yet on the number of people coming from the Palestinian Authority region. Logic would dictate there would be none: it is a place, after all, that the current Swedish simply loves.

Sweden Democrats’ party chairman Jimmie Åkesson and Björn Söder, party secretary and parliamentary group leader, lead the assault on the current social democratic would-be dictators. They call them all kinds of names. No specific insults, just accusations of treason. Ho-hum.

Still, it may all turn out to be very ugly. And soon.

After all, then-Swedish prime minister, Olof Palme, was shot dead in 1986 for very similar reasons. The murder was reported on a lot, but one angle was not too popular with the mainstream media. Embarrassing evidence has kept coming up, showing that the late prime minister’s friendly relationships with all kinds of international terrorist gangs could have been behind the murder.

It’s not that long ago that Anders Breivik of Norway attacked a camp filled with young communists and anti-Israeli (and pro-Muslim) posters. He left a bloody path behind himself and most of the world, informed by the almost hysterical campaign headed by the so-called mainstream media, condemned him for his action.

Not that what Breivik has done ought to be condoned, but he saw no other way. Official silence about acts that will spell doom to his beloved Norway in the hands of Muslim immigrants and leftist politicians, that’s what he saw. Quite correctly, too. These leftist politicians are ignorant enough not to know they will be ordered to submit to Islam themselves, or be beheaded, as soon as the Muslim newcomers feel powerful enough. Considering the Muslim leaders have been on record for quite some time as saying they will run over Europe using their women’s wombs, all it will take would be a few nine-month periods.

And what do we get? Deafening silence coming our way from the so-called mainstream media.

Heja, heja, Sverige!

Like hippos in a china store

The government of Hungary is considering kicking U.S. chargé d’affaires André Goodfriend out of the country. It is of the view that the American diplomat is poking his nose into matters that are none of his business.

The country’s State Attorney has asked the foreign ministry to initiate stripping Goodfriend of diplomatic immunity so this office can prosecute him based on a legal action started by Hungary’s taxation administration chief, Ildikó Vida.

The foreign minister, Péter Szijjártó, said he’s sending an official request to the State Department. Whether he’ll succeed is more than questionable: the stuffed shirts at Foggy Bottom would go through the roof and describe Hungary’s request impertinent to nth degree, while President Barack Hussein Obama is expected to go ballistic.

Except: if the Americans, as is expected, tell the Hungarians to go and fly a kite, Goodfriend will be flying first: he Hungarian government will designate him as persona non grata, and if they are kind and generous, Goodfriend will have 48 hours to pack up and leave. If not, he’ll have to leave forthwith.

First, a bit of a definition: a chargé d’affaires represents his or her nation in the country she or he is accredited to. That means, this diplomat has to receive le agrément from the host government (for whatever reason, French is still the language of diplomacy). This means that the host government can always withdraw its agreement with the diplomat’s continued stay.

The chargé d’affaires enjoys the same privileges and immunities as a regular ambassador. In most cases, the chargé d’affaires only serves on a temporary basis, while the ambassador is away. Still, these diplomats can be appointed for longer periods of time, something that seems to have happened in Goodfriend’s case. As diplomatic protocol rules, a chargé d’affaires could be appointed also when the two countries disagree on something and they prefer to be represented by lower-ranked diplomats, basically in order to save face.

Now that we have the niceties behind us, here’s the scoop: several governments’ diplomatic representatives (including Canada’s) went public with their masters’ displeasure about what they described as corruption running amok in the countries where they are stationed. Not that it had the desired effect. General populations in these (mostly post-communist) countries are perfectly aware that their governments’ standards of honesty and decency are nothing to write home about. Still, they detest it when foreigners wag their fingers and tell them this isn’t cricket.

In the Hungarian case, the country’s chief taxation official, Ms. Vida, and five of her subordinate officers were denied entry visas into the U.S. this past November, based directly on accusations of corruption as expressed by none other than Goodfriend himself. Ms. Vida described his statements as slanderous and defamatory and libellous drivel, but her prime minister, Viktor Orbán, said this wouldn’t be enough. Sue the bloody Yankee, he told Ms. Vida, or I’ll fire you.

Wonderful. Except you can’t sue a diplomat who’s protected by immunity. You can only ask her or his government for permission to strip her or him of that immunity, and if no agreement is forthcoming, you can kick her or him out.

And this is where it seems to be headed.

President Obama, whom most of the post-communist countries’ citizenry detest about the same they used to detest their communist leaders, didn’t help matters when he announced that in Hungary, in his esteemed opinion, the something he calls “civic society” is in danger. What he had in mind precisely remains unclear, but Hungarian officials figured out that the U.S. commander-in-chief was unhappy because they refused to blindly follow his lead and call Russia and Russian president Vladimir Putin all kinds of names.

That the Hungarians might have a reason for a more nuanced view is something Obama has never considered. In fact, he seems to be frightfully unaware of this.

On the other hand, post-communist countries have been up in arms lately. They have detected that U.S. embassies in their countries have been interfering with their internal affairs. They are quite sensitive about these things: they’ve had their share of being ordered about by the communist leadership in Moscow. Bad enough that the European Union bureaucracy has been trying to replace the communist economic community system with a similar structure of their own. Post-communist countries, one and all, view this kind of behaviour askance.

For example, the Czech Republic is livid because the U.S. embassy has been supporting (financially) a movement to teach Islam in Czech schools.

Now, Canada’s ambassador Otto Jelínek has joined forces with his U.S. and Norwegian colleagues, trying to tell the Czechs that corruption is bad. The Czechs are perfectly aware of what kind of swindlers and fraudsters they have in their government. But they still feel that young Jelínek would do better tending to his knitting or, even better, to his family business that produces the finest plum brandy (slivovice) in the world.

What angers them even more is the gall with which the Americans and Canadians invited the Norwegians to join them in the chorus of anti-corruption condemnation. The Czechs and the Norwegians have been at swords drawn lately. A Norwegian social worker has taken away children from a Czech family that was in the northern country, citing abuse, without providing single proof. The Czech government has been trying to reason with its Norwegian counterpart, to no avail, thus far. And these busy beavers are going to tell us how to behave? is the tenor of the Czech public reaction.

That the Americans didn’t notice they were entering a minefield is behaviour typical for this administration. That ambassador Jelínek, who speaks and reads and writes Czech, was not aware of the backlash this step would create in his parents’ homeland is beyond shameful.

And most of the post-communist countries’ public opinion agrees: the Americans don’t like Putin. Not that we love him. In fact, not that we love the Russian bear, period. But, they say, nobody, and least of all Obama, is going to tell us what to do, what to think, and how to act.

They’ve been there, done that, got the t-shirts.

To heck with the Americans. Let them eat cake. But Canada’s government – of all governments in the world – should know better.