Swedish election results: less a step to the right, more a reality-check

September 17th, 2014 by ilyameyer

Or a health check.

Sweden voted in national, municipal and county council elections on Sunday September 14.

A lot has since been written about how this tolerant, welcoming and peaceful Scandinavian nation has “turned to the far right” because the Sweden Democrats (SD) party more than doubled its votes, taking 12.9 percent of the national vote and making SD the third largest party in Sweden after the Social Democrats (Labour) and the Moderates (Conservatives) at 31.2 and 23.2 percent respectively.

The Sweden Democrats ran on an unashamedly pro-integration ticket. Some would argue that it was in fact nothing but a virulently anti-immigration ticket.

With Sweden’s generous immigration and asylum policies stretching this country’s finances and infrastructure to breaking point – and immigration and asylum seemingly limited solely to applicants from Muslim countries – immigration may well be what determined the 2014 election results.

Meanwhile the country’s seven mainstream political parties have all vowed to ignore and totally side-line SD. If they continue with this policy as they have done for the past eight years, aided and abetted by Sweden’s rabidly left-wing mainstream media, immigration and integration will undoubtedly also determine the outcome of the next scheduled elections, in 2018.

Most likely to SD’s massive advantage.

Because the fact is that the sole reason the Sweden Democrats did so well in Sunday’s elections is Sweden’s abysmally failed policy on integration of its largely Muslim influx of immigrants. It is all well and good to talk about SD as a party with fascist and Nazi roots, and many armchair pundits in the political and media elite do just that. The uncomfortable truth, however, is that very same description can be applied to Sweden’s Social Democratic (Labour) party and its Moderate (Conservative) party, both of which were once firmly entrenched in virulently racist Nazi ideology. The parties on the left, most notably Vänsterpartiet (the Left Party, formerly known as The Communist Left Party) eagerly embrace fascist methods and ideologies in their determination to prevent the practise of democracy in Sweden. Yes, in 2014.

Continuing to do what all the other Swedish political parties and the country’s mainstream media did over the past eight years – ignoring the parallel issues of failed integration and vastly increasing immigration, pretending instead that the problem lies with an increasing swing towards fascism in Sweden – is precisely the attitude that has given SD its steadily rising support.

And equally so, continuing the failed policy of ignoring SD will continue to drive its electoral successes to new record-breaking levels.

I do not write this as an SD supporter, but as an objective liberal who sees with the utmost clarity that the sole reason SD have done so well is because Sweden’s other political parties have gone out of their way to ensure SD’s success – by ignoring what an increasing proportion of the country’s population regards as a major existential problem: failed integration and increasing radicalisation among the country’s Muslim immigrants. All at a gigantic financial cost to the country’s increasingly financially burdened taxpayers.

Interestingly, fresh statistics reveal that the electoral districts where the most rabidly anti-SD and pro-immigration politicians and journalists live are the districts that have absolutely no immigrant asylum facilities. Politicians and journalists living in unaffected comfort within homogeneous cocoons are the people pushing for increased immigration and asylum accommodation – in areas located far, very far, from their own homes and places of work.

Yet it is these same politicians and journalists, sitting in the segregated tranquillity of their own homogeneous communities, who pull out the “racist” card when local residents in the faraway communities directly affected by a large influx of non-integrated immigrants vote SD.

The truth is that majority Sweden is clearly in favour of immigration on humanitarian grounds, but is increasingly insistent on integration of the people to whom it throws open its borders.

Integration, not assimilation. Assimilation means deleting your ethnic, religious and cultural past and blending in with your new host society, whereas integration means openly embracing your ethnic, religious and cultural past within your new host culture, fitting in while nonetheless continuing to acknowledge and openly support your heritage.

Sweden has thus far abysmally failed to integrate the past couple of decades’ inflow of immigrants, the vast majority of whom come from an increasingly strife-torn Muslim world. Previous waves of immigrants – Danes and Norwegians during WW2, Holocaust survivors in the wake of WW2, Cold War asylum-seekers from Hungary and Poland, job-seekers from Finland, Yugoslavia and Turkey, political refugees from Argentina and Chile – all have integrated well over the decades. Not assimilated and effaced their past, but integrated and successfully interwoven their past with the new present. Failure to do just this is what is causing Sweden’s crisis of failed integration.

And failure to address this issue will only continue to increase SD’s electoral successes.

So remarkably, if Sweden does indeed turn to the right, it will be entirely thanks to a pathologically unquestioning, rabidly left-leaning media who steadfastly refuse to call the mainstream centrist political parties on an issue that patently obviously troubles a large – and expanding – swathe of the Swedish population.

In effect an unintended “coalition” between the media Left and the political Right, with the Left actively feeding the Right. Only the media Left aren’t smart enough to realise what they are doing.

Kind of funny, in a way. If only the situation weren’t so very serious.

Bridges Going NowhereIn

September 14th, 2014 by ilyameyer

“BRIDGES GOING NOWHERE”
Author: Ilya Meyer
Artwork: Nadav Meyer

Available on Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk.

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This is my first foray into publishing fiction.

Yes, I know that makes me sound like the Palestinian Authority Minister of “Information” but…

But this is REAL fiction. Or is it? Read on.

Bridges Going Nowhere” takes the reader from the dusty, stony and constantly turbulent hills of Judea and Samaria to the cold winter urban backdrop of Gothenburg on the west coast of Sweden.

Meet Adan Hamati and Haydar Murad, Palestinian Arab terrorists (or freedom-fighters if that’s your particular viewpoint); Amira Hart and Benny Hart, Israeli brother-and-sister duo in rival security services; and Marita Ohlsson and Samira Hersi, two Swedes with very different backgrounds.

The action, always bubbling under the surface, bursts into explosive duels with predictable ferocity.

This is the first of a trilogy of fast-paced novels with an unashamedly political backdrop: the never-ending turmoil of the Middle East.

As the plot unfolds, the scene shifts and the action picks up the pace, climaxing in an unexpected scenario far from home.

Bearing in mind that I first wrote this in summer 2012, it is perhaps not entirely unexpected that reality has in some respects overtaken imagination – some of the fiction I conjured up back then has since been reported as news in the media. Am I psychic or just plain ahead of my time? The reader can decide – if indeed there is any potential reader out there who is kind enough to spend three dollars and seventy-four cents ($3.74) or one pound eight-eight pence (£1.88) of their hard-earned on this first of my trilogy.

Oh, and did I mention that all net proceeds from the sale of this book will go to the Michael Levine Lone Soldier Center in Israel – the IDF lone soldiers fund in memory of the wonderful young man who died far too young while he and my older son served in the IDF during the 2006 Hezbollah war against Israel’s civilians.

Please spread the word and, above all, if you buy the book and like it, recommend it to others.

And do please, PLEASE star-rate the book AND write a review on Amazon – this will help exponentially spread the word.

Because I conceived this book, the first of a trilogy, as part of my ongoing Israel-advocacy work – soft “hasbara” in the form of fiction as a complement to conventional forms of getting the pro-Israel message out there.

It’s all in a VERY good cause.

Many thanks.

Fighting Fire with Fire

August 28th, 2014 by ilyameyer

I originally published the following in the Times of Israel on August 25, 2014

Is anyone else getting tired of hearing how successful Iron Dome is at defending Israeli civilians from genocidal attacks carried out indiscriminately by Gaza-based Islamic jihadi terrorists?

Is anyone else getting tired of hearing about how the genocidal Hamas terrorists of Gaza are constantly setting the agenda, deciding which Israeli civilians are to be allowed the privilege of sleeping an entire night in their beds rather than being chased into shelters every time a jihadi maniac is bored and wants to see some action?

Is anyone else getting tired of seeing the Jewish state’s hands tied behind its back in its response to indiscriminate attacks on its civilians by Gaza-based Islamic terrorists, while the world community berates Israel for its defensive measures and steadfastly refuses to apply its only viable tool against Hamas and its various other collaborators?

That tool is FUNDING. Hamas knows it can afford to see wholesale destruction in Gaza because the world community will always hasten to pick up the tab for its abuse of its own civilians in its genocidal war against the civilians of neighbouring Israel. Stop all funding to all parts of Gaza, and the population of Gaza will rise up and overthrow Hamas. It really is as simple as that.

Is anyone else getting tired of seeing how Israel responds to Hamas atrocities with one fearful eye on the world’s media and the UN and EU, bodies that steadfastly refuse to deal robustly with Hamas?

Well, there’s a saying: fight fire with fire. When a forest fire rages out of control, often the best way to prevent it from spreading is to start your own fire in a strategic location, denying the forest fire any combustible fuel by the time it reaches your deliberately set fire. It’s called a firebreak. The wildfire dies out because the bare soil of the firebreak’s broad, empty swathe denies it any fuel. It takes time, but the wildfire dies out.

The same goes for Gaza. Hamas terrorists rain rockets and mortars down on civilian communities in the Jewish state, to which Israel responds by limiting its attacks to Gaza terrorist sites. Very ethical, very moral, very principled. And not very effective. Fight fire with fire, bring the same weapons to the fight, use any adage or cliché of your choosing.

You don’t turn up to a brutal ice-hockey match wearing a pretty ballerina tutu and figure-skating footwear. You come padded, helmeted, wielding a hockey-stick to smash the puck in the direction you want it to go, if necessary through your opponents, and you use full-body contact to drive your opponents out of your way as you relentlessly make your way to the goal.

Nor do you turn up at a pistol duel waving a sword. You deal with your enemy as he deals with you.

There are two reasons why Hamas is so successful at waging its war of attrition against the Jewish state: the first was mentioned earlier – the world community always hastens to pick up the financial tab, so Hamas can afford to continue waging its genocidal, racist war until kingdom come. No Palestinian Arab atrocities against their own civilians or against Israeli civilians are ever deserving of proper censure by the world community, so why should they desist? There’s no incentive whatsoever. Stop the funding, and their terrorism will stop. No money means no funding for rockets.

The second reason was also mentioned earlier: do unto Hamas as they do unto you. Since they fire missiles indiscriminately at civilian targets in Israel, Israel should respond in exactly the same way. As it is, Israel has consistently responded in a measured way, as precisely as possible, aiming specifically at military targets.

This policy has not worked. It has not deterred Hamas – and why should it, since most of the really important Hamas military targets are safely embedded in civilian infrastructure such as schools, hospitals and apartment blocks – targets the IDF naturally shies away from attacking. And of course every single response by Israel, no matter how measured, how precise, has earned the Jewish state harsh criticism by a hypocritical world community. A world community that massively criticises ISIS Sunni Muslim jihadists carrying out bestial genocidal attacks on non-Muslims in Syria and Iraq, while passively ignoring Hamas Sunni Muslim jihadists carrying out bestial genocidal attacks on non-Muslims in Israel. The double standards are of horrifying proportions.

Who could possibly object to applying the same rules for Jews and non-Jews…

Since Israel is being roundly criticised by the world community for pinpointing its responses to terrorist attacks, and that policy has not silenced the terrorist attacks, the time has perhaps come for Israel to do to Gaza what the Gaza regime is doing to Israel: random missile attacks.

Then sit back and count to twenty. You probably won’t even get past ten, because the world community will suddenly, magically find a mechanism to stop all Hamas attacks against Israel.

Because the world community will not stand idly by while Gaza civilians are put in the position of Israeli civilians, with random rockets and artillery barrages striking any time of day or night, sometimes in open fields and sometimes in kindergartens, schools, shops, apartment buildings, business, cars, buses. It won’t happen – because the world community will always ensure that Gaza’s civilians are protected from the consequences of their elected Gaza government’s actions.

So THAT is how to fight fire with fire. By letting the world community do the work of building the essential firebreak.

Everything else has failed. Time for the UN, EU and US to do some useful work for a change. As Israel starts levelling the playing field, playing to exactly the same rules as Hamas.

After all, who could possibly object to applying the same rules for Jews and non-Jews…