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Sweden: Guide to the West's moral compass

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Submitted by Michael S (United States), Jan 12, 2015 at 13:58

"Stockholm syndrome is named after the Norrmalmstorg robbery of Kreditbanken at Norrmalmstorg in Stockholm, Sweden, in which several bank employees were held hostage in a bank vault from August 23 to 28, 1973, while their captors negotiated with police. During this standoff, the victims became emotionally attached to their captors, rejected assistance from government officials at one point, and even defended their captors after they were freed from their six-day ordeal.
-- Fitzpatrick, Laura (August 31, 2009). "Stockholm Syndrome" Time"

That was a clever and ironic title, Tovey. Europe has been held emotionally captive for over 50 years to Arab terroris, and it is responding like those bank vault hostages. It's odd, that the very incident the syndrome was named after is the country we're talking about.

What concerns me, and what Daniel and other pro-Israel pundits need to keep in their sights, is that Sweden is, as Daniel pointed out, about as typically European as a country can be; and that the Obama administration (with Republican support) is actively courting Swede and the rest of Europe to merge into an Apocalyptic megapower "beast". Even Turkey is in Washington's sights, to be part of a union that will contain a whopping 85% of the world's economy:

As a side note, the following article ought to dispel any doubts about Turkey:

Davuto─člu: Turkey cannot be blamed for Paris suspect's entry to Syria. Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davuto─člu said on Monday that Turkey cannot be held responsible for a suspected accomplice in last week's attacks in Paris having traveled through Turkey to Syria before the killings occurred.
-- http://www.todayszaman.com/diplomacy_davutoglu-turkey-cannot-be-blamed-for-paris-suspects-entry-to-syria_369577.html

Fortunately for all, Turkey is still on the margin of the TTIP talks, which aim to make one free trade area (and ultimately one political union) of the European Union (EU), the European Free Trade Area (EFTA) and the North American Free Trade Area (NAFTA). I don't know how the authors came up with the "85%" figure; but here's my own calculation of the military strength of the countries involved:

  • Europe (including the EU and EFTA, plus candidate countries such as the Ukraine and Serbia: 20%
  • NAFTA: 30% (over 29% without Mexico)
  • Turkey: <2%

Those figures alone ought to be enough to inspire awe. Add to this the strength of our Asian allies Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia and New Zealand (7% of the world's power), and what we know as, to use a favorite expression of Prof. Pikes, "the West", controls some 56% of the world's clout. That doesn't even include Turkey or Mexico, or the countries with which we are negotiating for the Transpacific Partnership (TPP: Brunei, Chile, Malaysia, Peru, Singapore and Vietnam).

Most of "the West" is already connected with the US through NATO and bilateral treaties; and their cohesion was demonstrated by the fact that nearly all of them contributed significantly to the US-led war in Afghanistan. These proposed economic agreements will pull these countries even closer together, binding them to each other with dozens of treaties and conventions and even, if this trend continues to an EU-style common parliament.

This isn't conspiriacy theory or science fiction: This is a matter being actively pursued by our President and our Congress, ESPECIALLY the newly-elected Republican majorities in the House and Senate. It's ironic, that the party that is the most pro-Israel in the US is also the party promoting a New World Government that will endanger Israel's existence...

...and Sweden is right in the middle of that prospective government, guiding its moral compass.

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