Apparently Sweden isn’t Leftwing enough to stave off Islamic “blowback.” Did you think you would be spared, Libs? Do you actually believe your Liberalism and “openess” immunizes you from this? This was supposed to end once the neocons of the Bush administration were expelled from office and Obama began to heal the planet. And Sweden’s crime is what exactly? Apparently they have 500 troops in Afghanistan as members of NATO (none engaged in combat), and their official “silence” regarding the Jyllands-Posten Mohammed cartoons.
The first thing you will notice about this article are the scare quotes the Associated Press uses for the word ‘terrorism.’ You see, everybody–even Swedish officials– acknowledge this attack was an act of terrorism, but I guess the AP isn’t yet convinced. The perception shapers in the mainstream media would have you believe that calling acts of violence such as this ‘terrorism’ is mere supposition on the part of racists and fearmongers, while the AP only deals in “cold hard facts.”
The next thing you will notice is the sound of dislocating vertebrae as Swedish officials bend over backwards to minimize the public perception fallout lest it threaten their multicultural project.
Officials condemn “terrorist” attack in Sweden
STOCKHOLM – Two blasts that shook a busy shopping street in central Stockholm were an act of terrorism, officials said Sunday. If confirmed as a suicide bombing, it would be the first such attack in the Nordic country. Police would not comment on a motive for the attack Saturday that killed the apparent bomber and wounded two other people. But a Swedish news agency said it received an e-mail threat just before the blast in which the writer claimed to have visited the Middle East “for jihad,” and referred to Sweden’s soldiers in Afghanistan and a cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad that outraged the Muslim world.
The terror threat alert is not being raised from its current elevated level, although security police are investigating the attacks as “a crime of terror,” spokesman Anders Thornberg told reporters. “When we go through the existing criteria and the series of events that occurred, it fits well within the description of a terror crime,” Thornberg said. He declined to elaborate and gave no information about the dead man.
Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt condemned the attack. The attack “is unacceptable because Sweden is an open society and an open society which has stated a wish that people should be able to have different backgrounds, believe in different gods or not believe in any at all, and live side by side in our open society,” Reinfeldt said at a news conference.
He warned against speculation that “could lead to conclusions that create tension which paints pictures that are then difficult to change.” Carl Bildt, the foreign minister, said it was “a most worrying attempt at a terrorist attack.” Bildt commented in a Twitter message that it “failed — but could have been truly catastrophic.”
Thornberg did not confirm local media reports that the man who died had explosives strapped to his body. He also would not say if the man was a suspected suicide bomber as widely reported by Swedish media, saying police have “a totally clear picture about that” but were not sharing the information.