Terror threat spikes in Sweden as immigrant community grows

crime | Nov 20, 2015 | By Martin Barillas

Debate grows in Sweden over increased crime rates, willfull ignorance on the part of officials in dealing with the influx of migrants, and the rise of terrorism. The prime minister of Sweden recently had to admit that Sweden has been naive about terrorism, for example, emanating from the Islamic State.
For example, threats of terrorism caused the Jewish community of Sweden to close synagogues throughout the country on the eve of the Jewish Sabbath. Lena Posner- Körösi – who chairs the Official Council of Jewish Communities in Sweden – said on November 20 that authorities will reassess the threat level daily. On November 18, police said they were searching for a male suspected wanted for "planning a terrorist act.” According to the country’s head of domestic intelligence and counter-terrorism, Anders Thornberg, there is an arrest warrant for the man. Thornberg said "The man is being actively searched for," but could not confirm whether or not the suspect is an Iraqi who had fought in Syria.
On November 19, Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven admitted Sweden has been “naive” about Islamic State (ISIS) terror. He added that Sweden would be stepping up security measures.
A warrant was issued because of the suspect’s activities in Sweden. No connection to the deadly terrorist attack of November 13 have been announced. Hundreds died in Paris in that incident, and 129 died. Along with Denmark, Sweden has raised the terror threat level to “high”: the second-highest level on a five-point scale.
National Center for Terrorist Threat Assessment director Mats Sandberg told the press that the Islamic State – which carried out the attacks in Paris – also "considers Sweden a legitimate target."
The national coordinator for protecting democracy against violent extremism, Mona Sahlin, "We need to do more both on the repressive side, we have laws that are not enough and the government is well aware of that. And there are parts of Swedish society who don't consider that jihadism is a problem here. So we need to do more."
The threat to Jews in Sweden is consonant with the rise of anti-Semitism throughout Europe, the influx of migrants, and to a rise in violent crime. For example, Swedish public radio apologized earlier this year when a host asked the Israeli ambassador whether it is Jews themselves who are responsible for anti-Semitism. The question came in the wake of the shooting of a Jewish man in Denmark.  In October, at a large demonstration against Israel, there were raucous calls to "slaughter the Jews" and chants praising the stabbing of innocent Israelis.
Since 1975, when Sweden liberalized its strict immigration policy, the rate of violent crime has increased by 300 percent and rape has increased by 1,472 percent. Sweden now holds the distinction of being number two on the list of countries where rape is prominent. First place is held by Lesotho, in southern Africa. In 1975, 421 rapes were reported to the police in Sweden. In 2014, it was 6,620. A 2010 survey showed that Sweden has a rape rate of 53.2 rapes per 100,000 inhabitants, whereas rate for Lesotho is  91.6 rapes per 100,000 inhabitants.
Whether or not the rapes are committed by members of immigrant communities is often hard to assess, however. A recent report on rape in Sweden did not distinguish the national or ethnic identities of perpetrators. Second-generation immigrants are counted as Swedes. This follows the generally liberal attitude leftists have towards immigration in general, and the immigrant communities.
For example, internet radio station Granskning Sverige called on the respected Aftonposten and Expressen newspaper to complain that alleged rapists were described as "Swedish men" when they actually were Somalis without Swedish citizenship. The newspapers were apparently offended when asked if they have any responsibility of warning Swedish women away from immigrant men. One journalist asked why that should be their responsibility. 
In a great number of cases, Swedish courts showed sympathy for the rapists, acquitting those who testified that the girl or woman in question wanted sex with as many as eight men.
According to figures published by an agency of Sweden’s Justice Ministry - the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet; known as Brå) --  In 2011, 29,000 Swedish women reported that they had been raped (which may indicate that less than 25% of the rapes are reported to the police).
To explain the phenomenon, Sweden’s politicians and authorities appear to explain away facts, according to Ingrid Carlqvist and Lars Hedegaard of the Gatestone Institute. In their report, they write that authorities and media attempt to explain away facts:
“Swedes have become more prone to report crime.
The law has been changed so that more sexual offences are now classed as rape.
Swedish men cannot handle increased equality between the sexes and react with violence against women (perhaps the most fanciful excuse).”
They also pointed out to a feminist myth that a woman’s home is the most dangerous place for her, and that most rapes are committed by her familiars. The claim, they wrote, is refuted by the Brå's report:
"In 58% of cases, the perpetrator was entirely unknown by the victim. In 29% of cases the perpetrator was an acquaintance, and in 13% of cases the perpetrator was a person close to the victim."
Carlqvist and Hedegaard also point out that over the last 15 years, immigrants have come mainly from Muslim countries such as Iraq, Somalia, and Syria. They left open the question as to whether there was cause and effect illuminated here. However, they wrote “One possible explanation is that, on average, people from the Middle East have a vastly different view of women and sex than Scandinavians have. And despite the attempts by the Swedish establishment to convince the population that everyone setting foot on Swedish soil becomes exactly like those who have lived here for dozens of generations, facts point in an altogether different direction.”



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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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