Normally I don’t reblog or repost other people’s material, but the other day there was a guest column in conservative newspaper Svenska Dagbladet that caught my eye.
It is written by an immigrant engaged in the fight against the Islamist slaughter of Christians and minorities in Syria and Iraq. He puts the spotlight on one of the weakest and most dangerous parts of Sweden’s deplorable immigration policy: The absolute lack of control about who passes through the doors. The result is bad no matter how you turn.
Radicalized islamists can set up their terrorist organization and prepare for the caliphate with impunity. Real refugees, who have fled exactly those Islamists, get crowded out and may be denied asylum because an Islamist was a skilled liar and stole the spot. Or, as seen below, a real refugee may actually end up face to face with a known killer also enjoying full refugee protection by the Swedish state. Finally, Islamists with permanent residence can soon apply for citizenship. With his new Swedish passport in hand, he enjoys unrestricted travel with minimal security scrutiny in the rest of the western world.
In the Swedish political debate, parties and journalists alike tend to talk about “immigrants” as if it was a homogenous group. Nothing could be more faulty.
Without further ado, a guest column:
The difficult issues have to be discussed, not silenced
The speakers are playing Swedish singer Carola’s version of Christmas, Christmas, Radiant Christmas. I am at a hairdresser in Södertälje. The owner of the salon is from Syria and has been in Sweden for a few years, a very talented hairdresser. I can hardly breathe in there as he has mopped the floor with bleach. He apologizes when he sees my shortness of breath, and then point at his cell phone with outrage.
Three men have gathered around his iPhone. They watch a video of a funeral of a religious leader. A man in the funeral procession is holding up a black Islamic flag and shouting, weeping as he speaks to the dead: “We will do our utmost to fulfill your dream of an Islamic state!” There are about a hundred people at the funeral. The funeral is taking place in Sweden.
The hairdresser is so angry and upset that I get scared that he’ll slip with the scissors and hurt me when he’s cutting my hair. That, or he’ll cut off a finger.
“What’s with the Swedes? Why does not the government anything? Why are these people not in jail? Will they really get to threaten us and get away with it? Anyone wishing for an Islamist state in Sweden will also demand that we all bow down to Islam or die, whether you are a Muslim who refuses to follow the extremists, Christian or atheist. That’s what we have fled!”
I try to calm down the hairdresser and the other men start getting angry at me. They wonder if I’m crazy, why do I downplay the terrorist threat? A fourth man joins. He is also getting a hair cut, but after a minute he joins the conversation. He came to Sweden from Syria a few months ago and says that in some asylum receptions there are supporters of terrorist organizations such as al-Nusra Brigades and IS. He says that both Boko Haram in Nigeria and al-Shabaab in Somalia has sympathizers in the Swedish lodging for asylum seekers.
The men in the hair salon are getting fired up. They are all Christian Assyrians / Syrians / Chaldeans and has fled the international Jihadist atrocities in the Middle East. The new arrival who just recently passed through the asylum housing interrupts the others. Almost shouting, he exclaims: “Sweden must either keep close watch of the Islamists who come here, or close the borders completely!”
I ask what he means, since that means those who truly need asylum will not get it. That he could not obtain a residence permit and find shelter here. He continues to shout: “At the Migration Bureau, they have absolutely no control over who seek asylum here! The investigation goes in a flash, just like that, and you can cook up whatever lies for any story!”
They continue to interrupt each other and spew bile over Swedish migration policy; they are both angry and afraid, as they perceive it, that Islamists alike “may do as they please in Sweden” and “that anyone can come here, even mass murderers”.
One of them turns to me: “My cousin got married in Skåne a month ago, my second cousin from Södertälje was present at the wedding. At a nightclub afterwards he saw his brother’s killer, an al-Nusra member. Is that how it’s supposed to be?!”
I answer that we have a law for war criminals in Sweden. Me and my colleagues have reported on war criminals walking free on our streets, who mistakenly saw Sweden as a safe haven. I agreed that one should be tried for war crimes here.
I received more questions: “What do you think about those who travel here, Swedes who go to kill innocents in Iraq and Syria? Should they just be able to return here without being held accountable for their brutality?” I answer that I obviously think that no one should get away with kidnapping, rape and murder.
Some answers are simple. But many issues surrounding asylum migration are difficult and contradictory. My dad’s cousin Souhel is heading to Sweden; at least we hope that smugglers should be able to get him here. I want to Souhel to receive protection, but we do not want the terrorists he escapes from to also obtain a residence permit in Sweden. [editor’s note: all Syrians are automatically approved for permanent residence in Sweden, if they manage to reach the country.]
These kind of questions need to be discussed rather than silenced. Precisely because they are so complex and difficult. After all, Swedish laws capable of creating real legal certainty and security is a strong reason why we come here.
Nuri Kino is a writer, journalist and founder of the organization A Demand For Action available in 19 countries and works for the protection of minorities in Iraq and Syria.
[Posted with permission by the author. Translated by Google Translate and edited by this blog owner.]