Archive for September, 2014

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

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

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 Nowhere

Sunday, September 14th, 2014

“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.