It appears President Trump, having warned that Sweden's huge intake of refugees would lead to "problems like they never thought possible," has been vindicated.
Following media mockery and Sweden's official Twitter account responding:
“Hey Don, this is @Sweden speaking! It’s nice of you to care, really, but don’t fall for the hype. Facts: We’re OK!”
And now nine months later, Trump's worst fears - and the lies of Swedish authorities - have been confirmed.
Bloomberg reports that the number of Swedes who were victims of crimes such as fraud and sexual offenses jumped to the highest level on record last year.
A survey by the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention showed that 15.6 percent of people suffered one or more offences against the person (defined in the survey as assault, threats, sexual offences, robbery, fraud or harassment) last year. That’s up from 13.3 percent in 2015 and the highest number recorded since the annual Swedish Crime Survey started in 2006.
The number of offences against individuals “was at a relatively stable level 2005 to 2014, at 11.3 percent to 13.1 percent, but the last two years show an increase,” the council said in the report published this week.
Now... what changed in the last two years in Europe? ...
The crimes “that have had the clearest development in the past few years are harassment, fraud and sexual offences,” the agency said.
Of the six types of offences against the person, five of six rose to their highest level on record last year. The number of assault cases reached its second-highest level.
“Young women aged between 16 and 24 is the group that’s most subject to sexual offences, with 14 percent of young women stating that they were victims of at least one such crime during 2016,” the council said.
“Among men in the same age group, 1.2 percent said they had been victims.”
And on the heels of that; buoyed by the stunning success of the It’s Ok To Be White campaign, Squawker reports that 4chan's infamous politically incorrect board has now seemingly moved on to their next example of expert level political trolling... taking aim at modern Sweden.
Operation Swedistan as users have taken to calling it, follows the usual 4chan strategy of attempting to trick extremist liberals into siding with a progressive cause that would seem ridiculous or even outright appalling to the average person.
In this case the goal is simple, convince Sweden to change its flag design. More specifically, to remove the Christian cross and install an Islamic crescent in its place.
To be clear, no one involved expects or or wants this to actually happen obviously. But if even one actual Swedish official is perceived to, for even for a moment actually consider implementing such a change. The hope is that will be enough to upset what the operations organizers refer to as the “left-leaning normie” masses.
A full rundown of the basic strategy can be seen here below.
A formal mass petition to the Swedish Prime Minister has also been launched sitting at over 2,300 signatures in less than 24 hours time already. Among other things it states the following.
“The Swedish flag is a constant reminder of our dark and oppressive past. Refugees and migrants are forced to live under its Christian Cross; a symbol of the Crusades and the slaughter of millions of innocent Islamic lives in Sweden’s past that makes them feel unwelcome and unsafe.
Sweden should be a safe space for everyone. As our outdated national symbol gradually becomes the banner of Xenophobic and racist extremist groups, we must think into the future. A future of peace, understanding and tolerance.”
We leave you with Sweden's new ambassador to Iceland's recent comments that sparked a major controversy after he warned that Sweden is "in the process of dismantling democracy" and could be on a slippery slope towards technocracy or a dictatorship.
Håkan Juholt, a former leader of the centre-left Social Democrat party and ambassador to Iceland since September, made the comments in an interview with the Svenska Dagbladet newspaper.
"How old is your son? Four?" he asks the reporter.
"When he is old he won't be living in a democracy but in a technocracy, or a dictatorship. It's sad as hell. I am sorry to say it, but I am 100 percent sure. We are in the process of dismantling democracy."
Later in the interview, he says:
"I don't think the threat is a dictatorship with tanks rolling on Sergel's Square (a well-known square in central Stockholm), but an expert rule where we do not let the citizens' values govern the country. Democracy is slipping through our fingers. Fewer people want to be elected, the parties are toning down their ideology.
Sure, I see a risk that it may become a dictatorship in the long run."
His brutal honesty in a diplomatic role appears to have ruffled more than a few feathers... much like President Trump's.