Tuesday, May 28, 2013

EUROPE: Mugged By Multiculturalism !

Mass immigration from poor, unkempt Muslim nations seems much harder than was sold to the citizens of Sweden. Stockholm braced for an eighth night of riots as violent unrest that began over a week ago in the northern suburbs of the Swedish capital continued to spread to other corners of the city. The unrest began on Sunday in the rundown, immigrant ''ghetto'' suburb of Husby when police shot a man brandishing a knife at them. About 80% of the population is either first or second generation immigrants, mostly from Muslim countries like Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and godforsaken Somalia. Up to 40 cars, a police station and a restaurant in the southern suburb of Skogas were set ablaze. Fire crews were pelted with stones -- mainly young men with their ugly faces covered -- as they attempted to douse the flames. Around 300 cars in and around the suburbs (see map) have been set on fire so far.

Is this what Sweden envisaged with mass Muslim immigration.  A more divided society, with ungrateful ethics and religious-infused riots?  More than few commentators and far-left politicians tried to link the violence to reductions in the size and scope of Sweden's welfare state -- one of the world's most expensive. ''Their welfare cheques weren't large enough!'' Some media reports alleged that the violence was a response to ''police brutality'' or ''structural racism''. Other, more clear-headed Swedes, lashed out at the immigrants ''who sit on their asses everyday, out of work watching satellite TV from their respective countries, not learning the language and thereby keeping their distance by living in ghettos, refusing to integrate and enjoying the largess of Swedish welfare offerings, from free schools, hospitals and  financial supports. What a Life!''

The Swedish Democratic Party, which seeks to implement broad restrictions on further immigration and were largely ostracized and demonized by state-funded media for their stance, made their first entry into Parliament last year. With increasing public support, they now have become the third largest political party....based on recent polls. With a general election set for next year, analysts and pollsters expect this party to see major gains with this current economic and social climate. Much of the native Swedish population is proud of the openness and tolerance in accepting foreigners, but as immigration continues unabated, significant segments of society are having second thoughts, saying the riots illustrated the ''failure of multiculturalism'' and the problems with allowing too many foreigners in without a real plan to make them assimilate.

This is not the first time this Scandinavian country has seen riots among immigrants. In 2010, up to 100 youths threw bricks, set fires and attacked the local police station in the immigrant-heavy suburb of Rinkeby for two nights. And in 2008, hundreds of youths rioted against police in the southern Swedish town of Malmoe (where the recent EuroVision contest was held), sparked by the closure of an Islamic cultural centre in the suburb of Rosengaard that housed a mosque. Malmoe has a sizable Muslim ghetto there and is sadly a no-go-zone for police, firemen and Swedes in general.

When mass Muslim immigration requires such an effort from the host country to make work, with such a high price for failure...is it really worth it?  The Integration Minister Erik Ullenhag said he was looking into reforms targeting such areas that would create a ''much more individualized process'' when it came to integrating immigrants. Note how the onus falls on the Swedes to make immigrants adapt, and not on the rioters. Thankfully some of the immigrants in Husby are smarter than the socialist Integration Minister. Marianne Farede (photo) agreed that high youth unemployment was part of the problem, but she put more blame on parents rather than a lack of support programmes from the Swedish state. ''It's how they've been raised. Everything comes back to their parents,'' she explained. ''It's not the state's fault. You have to take control of your life. If I lived in my homeland, I wouldn't have it as good as I do now. That's something I really appreciate,'' the Lebanon-born Farede stated. ''There aren't enough who do appreciate what they have here. They want even more...''

The Way I See It....the parents are ultimately responsible. They need to set boundaries. They need to have more of an interest and check on their lives. By failing to integrate into Swedish society, , these parents make it harder for their children to do so. Sitting at home, watching their foreign language TV stations, with no learnt Swedish language and living off benefits...they are stuck and so are their children. It's the individual child and their parents that must take responsibility for moving forward. But many don't; they only think about money and how to get benefits this month and next month. That grubby, greedy lifestyle affects their children There has to be a limit. Sweden has given them too much, frankly. Now Sweden has to swallow something it cannot digest.

It's time for late-to-the-party Sweden to seriously talk to the countries of England, Germany, France, Italy, Greece and the most advanced in anti-multicultural policies, Gert Wilders in The Netherlands for that all important reformation of turning back the Jihad-by-Stealth and scrapping the United Nation's antiquated UNESCO's International Migration and Multicultural Policies passed in 1995.

UPDATE:  When a government fails to defend its people from the consequences of its foolish mass migration programs, the backlash can be as ugly as it is utterly predictable. It's been revealed, now that the rioting has subsided, that on the fifth day Swedes had grown tired of the police's inability to put an end to the unrest took to the streets to defend their neighborhoods. The vigilantes were described as a motley crew of homeowners, neo-Nazi activists and concerned citizens. In the suburb of Tumba the police actually rounded up and dispersed a group of vigilantes trying to fend off rioters. The decision to round up vigilantes, while doing as little as possible to stop rioters, met with a wave of protests in various social media and on the Internet.

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