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NYT Moves From “Bafflement” About Sweden’s Refugee Crime Problem To the Truth

NYT Moves From “Bafflement” About Sweden’s Refugee Crime Problem To the Truth

Actually cites Trump’s 2017 comment on Sweden’s refugee problem, a comment they ridiculed a year ago

The New York Times has experienced an amazing epiphany: Sweden’s open-door policy to refugees from Muslim countries has created a crisis of violence and crime in Sweden.  While they myopically attribute this crisis to “gangs,” they do dabble with the idea that integration of foreign nationals into the existing socio-cultural framework of the host country may be desirable after all.

This is a remarkable shift given the NYT’s attempts to cover up the escalation of violence, rape, and crime perpetrated by refugees in Sweden.  Remember their feigned shock when President Trump last year pointed out, quite rightly, that Sweden was feeling the negative affects of letting hundreds of thousands of refugees flood their country?

Sweden has famously been proud of its open-door refugee policy, yet this same policy led to a number of problems such as the ones we covered here at LI:  Sweden’s Troubles With Refugee Assimilation and Mass migration gives Sweden male gender imbalance worse than China.

Other problems reported included attempts by Swedish feminists to justify refugees raping Swedish women and allegations that Swedish officials attempted to cover up the growing problems within their country:

 Swedish Feminists Thread Needle Between Sexism and Racism in Migrant Controversy

This cover-up of sex assaults in Sweden is a gift for xenophobes

Torn apart by an open door for migrants: Sweden is seen as Europe’s most liberal nation, but violent crime is soaring and the Far Right is on the march.

In February of last year, Tucker Carlson aired a segment about the refugee violence and rape crisis in Sweden, and the next day, President Trump referenced the segment in a comment about how important it is to secure America’s borders.  His point was that a large influx of refugees has created problem in Sweden that we don’t want to see here.

As we noted at the time, the media jumped on this comment, even going so far as to suggest that the president imagined that a terror incident had occurred in Sweden.

The MSM is falsely portraying President Trump as having alleged on Saturday that a “terror” attack had occurred the night before in Sweden. Take, for example, this NBC story headlined “Donald Trump Explains Sweden Terror Comment That Baffled a Nation.” In addition to the misleading headline, the story includes a video clip of President Trump making his remarks. The chyron at the bottom of the screen reads “President Trump appears to refer to a non-existent terror incident in Sweden.”

But if you listen to the president’s remarks, you’ll see that he never mentioned terror. He said: “The bottom line: we’ve got to keep our country safe. You look at what’s happening in Germany. You look at what’s happening last night in Sweden. Sweden! Who would believe this? Sweden! They took in large numbers, they’re having problems like they never thought possible.”

[Here’s the segment in question:]

As President Trump subsequently clarified in a tweet, he was referring to a segment on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show in which filmmaker Ami Horowitz discussed the rape crisis in Sweden.  But leave it to the MSM to cast President Trump’s statements in the most problematic light.

The New York Times quickly published a story about how the president’s comment “baffled a nation.”  Implying that there is no refugee violence or rape crisis Sweden, the NYT sang Sweden’s praises for their open-door policy.

Mr. Horowitz said, “Sweden had its first terrorist Islamic attack not that long ago, so they’re now getting a taste of what we’ve been seeing across Europe already.”

It was not clear what he was referring to. In 2010, a suicide bomber struck central Stockholm, injuring two people. The bomber, Taimour Abdulwahab al-Abdaly, 28, was an Iraqi-born Swede who had developed an affinity for Al Qaeda. But that attack occurred long before the current wave of migrants.

Sweden has a long history of welcoming refugees — Jews, Iranians, Eritreans, Somalis, Kurds and people from the former Yugoslavia, among others — but even some of the most tolerant and idealistic Swedes have raised questions about whether the country can absorb so many newcomers so quickly.

Henrik Selin, a political scientist and deputy director of the Swedish Institute, a state agency dedicated to promoting Sweden globally, said he was puzzled by Mr. Trump’s remarks.

This 2017 NYT article concludes:

In an essay in the newspaper Dagens Nyheter, the journalist Martin Gelin speculated that “Trump might have gotten his news from the countless right-wing media in the United States that have long been reporting that Sweden is heading for total collapse.”

He added, “Among Trump supporters, there are common myths that Sweden is in a state of chaos after taking in refugees from the Middle East.”

These “myths,” however, are now being covered by the NYT as . . . well, there’s no other way to put it, news.

The New York Times is suddenly aware of Sweden’s refugee violence and are reporting it as if it’s manifested out of the clear blue sky.

In the Stockholm suburb of Varby Gard, it was not unusual to see the figure of a 63-year-old man pedaling a bicycle home after the end of his shift as an aide for disabled adults, hunched against the icy wind of a Swedish winter.

Daniel Cuevas Zuniga had just finished a night shift on a Sunday last month, and was cycling home with his wife, when he spotted a spherical object lying on the ground, stopped and reached down to take it in his hand.

It was an M-75 hand grenade. Manufactured in great numbers for the Yugoslav national army, and then seized by paramilitaries during the civil war in the 1990s, the grenades are packed with plastic explosives and 3,000 steel balls, well suited for attacks on enemy trenches and bunkers. When Mr. Zuniga touched it, he set off the detonator.

So surprised is the NYT by this revelation of “gang violence” in Sweden that they struggle to understand why it’s suddenly a problem.

Illegal weapons often enter Sweden over the Oresund Bridge, a 10-mile span that links the southern city of Malmo to Denmark. When it opened, in 2000, the bridge symbolized the unfurling of a vibrant, borderless Europe, but in recent years it has been more closely associated with smuggling, of people, weapons and drugs.

The influx of heavy weapons has caught Sweden’s criminal justice systems unprepared.

The border with Denmark is open, with insufficient personnel to search every vehicle entering the country. Hand grenades were, until last year, classified as “flammable products” rather than weapons, so sentences for detonating them were mild. The police are struggling to gather information in immigrant neighborhoods, and clearance rates for gun homicide cases have fallen steadily since the 1990s.

In a moment of the most intense irony, the NYT references President Trump’s 2017 comments about Sweden’s refugee violence and rape crisis (and no, they don’t acknowledge that they mocked and belittled him at the time).

Sweden’s far right-wing party blames the government’s liberal immigration policy for the rising crime, and will thrust the issue to the fore in the fall campaign.

Last year, Peter Springare, 61, a veteran police officer in Orebro, published a furious Facebook post saying violent crimes he was investigating were committed by immigrants from “Iraq, Iraq, Turkey, Syria, Afghanistan, Somalia, Somalia, Syria again, Somalia, unknown country, unknown country, Sweden.” It was shared more than 20,000 times; Mr. Springare has since been investigated twice by state prosecutors, once for inciting racial hatred, though neither resulted in charges.

Even President Trump weighed in on the issue, saying that after taking in “large numbers” of immigrants, Sweden was “having problems like they never thought possible.”

Police officials are more likely to attribute gang violence to a failure of integration, citing a recent study of a Swedish street gang that found 24 percent of its members were ethnic Swedes, and 42 percent had been born in Sweden.

But they, too, see an urgent problem.

Failure of Muslim refugees to integrate, dare we say “assimilate,” into their adopted society and culture is the problem?  You don’t say.


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There has to be some ulterior motive for the Times to write this. The day I find my ideas validated in the pages of the New York Times is the day I spend re-evaluate those ideas.

They know. They always known.

“This is a remarkable shift given the NYT’s attempts to cover up the escalation of [Muslim] violence, rape, and crime perpetrated by refugees in Sweden.” And not just in Sweden. Wherever Muslims appear, there’s trouble.

The NYT as representative of the left just refuses to acknowledge that the right is right. On all these social issues.

As examples. They KNOW that it’s a child, but still cheer on the abortionist. They KNOW that the absence of a father in the household is a major cause of the adverse pathologies in the “minority community,” but still cheer on more and more welfare spending for minorities. They KNOW that having increasing numbers of Muslims destabilize a society, but cheer on more and more government-dependent, skill-less, non-English speaking immigrants from Muslim countries being admitted. And on and on.

You’d almost think that there’s some sort of plan.

They aren’t dubbed the New York (‘Behind’ the) Times for nothing…

casualobserver | March 5, 2018 at 10:03 am

I’m a cynic when it comes to the ideological issues the NYT traditionally favors. So I expect there is a part II coming at some point. Perhaps they will now tell us that the problem is there primarily because the Swedes are racist and therefore responsible for the problem. Of course, they won’t be so blunt. They’ll use thousands of words and innuendo. But I expect somethin more than this. Especially since they give Trump an molecule of credit. Another angle is being developed to amplify one of their favorite tropes.

JusticeDelivered | March 5, 2018 at 10:29 am

Collectively, Europe and Muslims they allowed in serve as a stark warning that America should not allow anymore in, and we should be expelling any who get out of line. Actually, Europe is committing cultural suicide, and they should reconsider their position, then do the smart thing and start expelling their problem.

Immigration policy should always take into account reproductive rates,and lower entry numbers for those who mimic rabbits (or perhaps rats are a better analogy).

Paul In Sweden | March 5, 2018 at 10:46 am

Last week the Swedish State Politburo SVT sent reporters to do a segment at one of the migrant areas outside of Stockholm only to be harassed.

“– Stick härifrån! Du får inte filma här. Jävla hora! får hon till svar av en grupp män som döljer sina ansikten inför kameran.

– Ja… Det är lite obehaglig stämning när man står här, konstaterar Anna-Klara Bankel.”

– Go away! You can not film here. Fucking whore! she gets the response from a group of men who hide their faces from the camera.

– Yes … It’s a bit of an unpleasant atmosphere when you stand here, says Anna-Klara Bankel.

When the reporter spoke with shop keepers she was told that there were too many drug dealers all around and they hide drugs in the stores on the shelves and when the shop keepers complain about it they are threatened by the gangs.

When interviewing Somali women the reporter is told that the women spend their day minding the children and their men spend their days at the cafes.

Over 80% of migrants are unemployed and a greater number than that are on government welfare. One of the lies of the left was that we need to replace retiring workers with mass numbers of unskilled, uneducated and unemployable people from the third world who are dependent on welfare to balance out the system. That has worked out as predicted. Last week I also read the the medical community is up at arms because migrant medical staff are not up to western standards and there have been many mistakes in the treatment of patients.

This mass migration has been a boon to the economy of the friends of leftist politicians who build and maintain asylum and migrant housing. A lot of new millionaires have been forged by mass migration.

The leftists have a solution to the migrant problem. No they are not going to face reality they are going to stop people from retiring and have recently raised the age of retirement until 70.

The NY Times touches on the situation here in Sweden. The response from the police which has lost a great number of officers because they do not want to do the job anymore under these conditions is to hire 100s and 100s of police personnel to go after people who criticize the insane mass migration.

Last week another police station was shot up and the week before that another one had its front doors bombed and the week before that the parking lot of another police station was blown up.

The left wanted to make Sweden like the third world and that is just what they are doing.

    oldgoat36 in reply to Paul In Sweden. | March 5, 2018 at 12:34 pm

    I see this massive Islamic immigration as being more like an invasion. They have no real desire to assimilate into a country’s culture, they believe it is their moral imperative to change the countries they move to into Islamic states. It seems they are employing Cloward-Piven tactics, overwhelming the government and tax systems, and pushing to use the laws of those countries against them. This is a soft jihad, not using terrorism as the means of taking over, but using laws and freedoms and government largess to collapse their economy and bring about change.

    I never will be able to understand a full open door policy where your own citizens are placed at risk and the willingness to surrender your country’s sovereignty. The left seems hell bent on doing this. It is for short term gains in power, while the increasing tides of these peoples will ultimately destroy all in their wake.

    This isn’t compassion driven, this is suicide for the countries that are bringing in thousands who do not want the new country as it is, but to remake it in their image.

    Too many believe Islam to be a religion, when it is far more radical than that. It is a societal and political movement caged in a religious belief that limits any freedom and calls for its members to be submissive to rule. Those who don’t capitulate are subject to death.

    randian in reply to Paul In Sweden. | March 5, 2018 at 11:00 pm

    “the medical community is up at arms because migrant medical staff are not up to western standards”

    It’s far worse than that. From what I’ve read, Muslim medical staff aren’t merely incompetent in many cases, much of the time they’re ignoring non-Muslim patients and stealing things.

People in Sweden are allowed to have guns.

Rather than a mea culpa on integration problems, the article seems to focus on the need to reduce the availability of weapons. “The influx of heavy weapons has caught Sweden’s criminal justice systems unprepared.” … “In large cities, hospitals report armed confrontations in emergency rooms, and school administrators say threats and weapons have become commonplace.” etc., etc.

Just another push for gun control.

    Paul In Sweden in reply to elle. | March 5, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    After a lengthy license course and application guns may be purchased and locked at home or at a gun club in approved lockers. Machine guns are not allowed, for example the machine guns that were used to shoot up the home of a police officer this past October is illegal under any circumstances. The police officer, his spouse and his two children were in the home but uninjured as many of the shots went clear through the entire home. They were all taken into protective custody.

    Hospitals are moving towards a gated community approach. Just how they are going to do this I don’t know but the problem is a big one. Sweden has actively gone to third world S—hole Countries and taken people from both Waring sides and placed them side by side in communities here in Sweden, this causes problems that the leftists cannot recognize. Tolerance, anti-racism and diversity are constantly touted here in Sweden yet the flood of migrants seem to draw on the most intolerant, racist and tribal communities. So when one group or clan injures another and is taken by ambulance to a hospital often they are followed there by migrants that want to finish the job! Sometimes both parties are injured and are taken to the same hospital. It is not rare to have a dozen, two dozen or over 60 violent people in the lobby and parking lot of the hospital. Sometimes there are severe attacks resulting in injuries right there at the hospital.

    We have an election this September and the “Right Wing” Sweden Democrats(Which are basically moderate US Democrats – There is no actual Right Wing or Conservative Party in Sweden) will do even better than last time around but will not gain a majority. All the other parties will form an alliance and once again freeze the Sweden Democrats out of any part of government. All the Unions which fire and blacklist anyone that is vocal in opposition and over 90 percent of the media is comprised of the two most Far-Left party members and supporters. The schools are similar in craziness to the US but I haven’t heard or read much on the language issues that is plaguing the other western countries but hen, zee and a few others I have heard mentioned. The Tranny story time at the library started here. I think they should do Tranny Story time at the asylum centers because that would go over really well.

    The absolute brainwashing and compliance of a great number of the Swedes is staggering. I do not see opposition having even a remote chance at a change of course. I keep hearing and reading that one third of the people in the EU do not believe it will last another ten years. Ten years is too far away and with what I see in leadership here in Sweden ten years is far too late as the leadership here in Sweden is as bad or worse than Merkel and Brussels.

      I’m sorry. None of this can end well. We are lucky to have a bit of a break here, but I don’t know how long it will continue. But don’t be fooled that any other socialist/progressive will see the light. The final diagnosis of this alarm regarding your violent gangs will be that the government says it needs better tools to monitor citizens (more searches as people cross over that bridge) and that it needs to remove weapons from citizens so they can’t fall into the hands of gangs. Same formula they use here. The killing always occurs in gun free zones, but what do we need? More gun free zones and stricter controls on citizens with guns.

      Kudos to this NYT writer for good use of subtlety, adding a little truth to sell his lie and not letting a crisis go to waste.

        rdmdawg in reply to elle. | March 5, 2018 at 5:07 pm

        This is true, I’m not optimistic. Take Detroit for instance. The people there vote for the same tired Democrats with their same tired economic proscriptions that have devastated that town. It remains a disaster year after year, decade after decade, with no end in site.

        People do not learn.

Of course the intelligent ones knew the entire time. They read The Economist and The Guardian where a story is published about twice a week. The NYT would rather lie to denigrate Trump than tell its readers the truth. It would have been very simple just to say “Trump has a point. “

Emigration reform. CAIR, and first-order forcings including social justice adventures, color diversity, redistributive change, etc., pose clear and progressive problems for the native populations at both ends of the trail.

    n.n in reply to n.n. | March 5, 2018 at 2:04 pm

    That said, immigration in general should not exceed the rate of assimilation and integration before Planned Parenthood.