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Can Common Sense Save Sweden?

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Submitted by Dave (Canada), Aug 27, 2015 at 13:11

Currently, Malmo is about 20 percent Muslim, with many of the recent immigrants hailing from such hotspots as Iraq, Syria and Somalia. This year, violent attacks, often using grenades, are far outpacing last year's rate, as infighting and rioting bring a taste of the Islamic world's chaos to orderly Sweden. Rape is a big problem. The Jews of Malmo have one foot out the door, fearing for their safety, and the Christians won't be far behind. Despite the obvious root causes in Islamic cultural issues imported from abroad, much of the discussion in Sweden, and elsewhere in Europe, blames economic factors, such as unemployment. This argument is not only insufficient, but must sound very offensive to the natives who have provided a refuge and generous assistance to the new immigrants.

The reluctance to discuss culture, including its religious component, is an example of Marxist thinking, which tends to pigeonhole people as victims of economic circumstance. It is also an example of anti-racism taken to an illogical extreme, since culture is not a race, but a man-made construct and should be fair game for criticism.

In any case, Sweden's immigration policies, like the rest of Europe's, are suicidal, and if they continue at the present break-neck pace, the question will not be whether the new immigrants can be assimilated into European culture, but whether European culture can be assimilated into Islamic culture.

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