Some would argue that the Prime Minister’s message has come too late.
In response to the terrorist attack last week, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven promised on Sunday that Sweden would never again allow mass migration into their nation.
“Sweden will never go back to the [mass immigration] we had in autumn 2015 — never. Everyone who has been denied a permit should return home. This makes me feel enormously frustrated. If you have been denied a visa you are supposed to leave the country. Terrorists want us to be afraid, want us to change our behavior, want us to not live our lives normally, but that is what we’re going to do. Terrorists can never defeat Sweden, never.”
He made the comments after thousands of his fellow countrymen gathered in Stockholm to rally together to show their solidarity to the world. While the Prime Minister argued that he, and the Swedish people, wanted to continue to be known as an open and accepting society, there had to be limits on what they could accept in the future.
“I believe today’s [rally] was a clear message from Stockholm and Sweden that we intend to keep our open, warm and inclusive society. I am proud to have you as fellow countrymen. You can take this pride [in your actions] with you for the rest of your lives. Friends, this is our fundamental challenge, as social democrats and as Swedes, during this conference and this decade. We are here to respond to this uncertainty. We must prevent, obstruct and defend against terrorism with all the resources at our disposal. We will chase these killers with all the strength of our democracy.”
Löfven’s change of heart towards the refugee community is in reaction to last week’s horrific events in Stockholm.
The U-turn comes after a Muslim terrorist, who came to the country as a refugee and sought asylum, killed four people in a truck attack. Rakhmat Akilov, a refugee from Uzbekistan, hijacked a truck and deliberately drove into pedestrians on central Stockholm’s main shopping street on Friday.Akilov had applied for asylum but his final appeal failed in December. He was given four weeks to leave the country and was being hunted by police and immigration officials for deportation.
Löfven’s answer to the problem of fighting terrorism but remaining open and accepting? It’s unclear. He argues that Sweden must fight back against terrorism, but remains quite vague on how exactly he plans to do that. Neither does he offer a plan to deal with ongoing problems of terrorism and refugee crime.
While the recent terrorist attack may have been the catalyst for Löfven’s decision to shift away from his open-door migration policy, Sweden’s refugee/crime problem is nothing new.
Since 2015 there have been some 50 reported grenade attacks and about 26 reported grenade detonations in Sweden. The “grenade attack” as a problem is something that only recently has occurred in Sweden and anecdotally it seems connected to the rise in refugee populations from the Middle East.
Back in February President Trump commented on Sweden’s terrorism crisis and was mocked by the mainstream media, but conservatives used facts to support the President’s assertions.
Here are a few examples (all from before last week’s terror attack):
All of this… and we haven’t even touched on the sudden and insane rise Swedish sex crimes. Sweden is now the “rape capital” of the world!
Sadly, while we may have facts, data, and evidence on our side – liberals and their partners in the media continue to pretend that the problems of Muslim terrorism and mass migration are not connected. It’s a delusion that is costing lives across the Western world and it doesn’t seem likely to stop any time soon.