Tuesday, 12 November 2019

"Sweden's 100 explosions this year: What's going on?"

Headline by the BBC.

Everybody is totally baffled, as am I. Stumped. The whole thing is a mystery.

9 comments:

Lola said...

Could it be that the 'authorities' and not telling anyone the full story? Just askin'.

Mark Wadsworth said...

L, the Swedish government and police are equally at a loss. Surely, they wouldn't hide something from their own people. If the IRA blew something up, the UK govt told us, didn't they?

Lola said...

MW. I don't trust governments. They will lie and deceive us if it suits them. Someone will know exactly what's behind this, even though they haven't arrested anyone yet.

ThomasBHall said...

It's OK! The article tells us: This is a serious situation, but most people shouldn't be worried, because they are not going to be affected

Lola said...

The Gatestone Institute is not generally regarded as entirely without bias, but:

https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/14819/sweden-crime

Mark Wadsworth said...

TBH, most people won't be raped or murdered. Reassuring.

L, that's wacist.

Rich Tee said...

It is genuinely interesting to see how this plays out of the next few years.

The desirable scenario I suppose is that it peters out without the Swedes having to do anything in particular.

The other two scenarios with the unrest continuing:
- the Swedes have to crack down on it more, the police becoming more paramilitary and with curfews etc.
- the Swedes do little and Sweden becomes a failed state and falls into chaos.

Physiocrat said...

A couple of explosions and shootings a week here in Gothenburg. It gets in the papers. Sometimes these cases come to court and there are even convictions. Those convicted are NEVER named. It doesn't matter because people draw the obvious conclusions. Most people are seething about the situation but it does not get into the media.

In the meantime a spokesperson from Tullverket (customs) was on TV explaining that it would be illegal to bring in Cheddar cheese after Brexit, but they are unable to stop the torrent of automatic weapons and explosives.

The problem is mostly drug dealers' turf wars and would be easy to solve by selling the stuff and Systembolaget (the alcohol monopoly chain), which would kill the illegal dealing stone dead. Protection racketeering is harder to deal with. It is a form of rent collection. One way would be to levy higher property taxes and apply some solid policing - like the Met before stopping Islamophobia became a priority. The Swedish police are not used to dealing with this kind of thing.

Physiocrat said...

Warm and peeing with rain in Gothenburg at the moment. Too many mild winters. A seriously cold one would help. We have not had one since 2010 when the sea froze. All sorts of things like ticks and slugs survive if the winter is not cold enough. And it is too warm to brew the summer lager.