Sweden in general, and the government in particular, isn’t too keen on recognizing the truth. But you can’t hide from reality. Sweden’s violent reality is undoing a peaceful self-image – POLITICO
In a period of two weeks earlier this year, five explosions took place in the country. It’s not unusual these days — Swedes have grown accustomed to headlines of violent crime, witness intimidation and gangland executions. In a country long renowned for its safety, voters cite “law and order” as the most important issue ahead of the general election in September.
Even discussing the issues is hard because of social taboo. The police complain that the foreign press “makes it seem like crime is out of control.” This is after a hand grenade attack on a police office, and a police car destroyed by explosion. (Sounds out of control to me.)
Where violent crime was once rare, shootings are now so commonplace they no longer make top headlines.
The government isn’t just trying to spin the news, they are just flat-out lying about the situation.
In March, Labor Market Minister Ylva Johansson appeared on the BBC, where she claimed that the number of reported rapes and sexual harassment cases “is going down and going down and going down.” In fact, the opposite is true, which Johansson later admitted in an apology.
In another lie, the Prime Minister, Stefan Löfven, denied the existence of No-go zones.
But the reality is different for those on the ground: The head of the paramedics’ union Ambulansförbundet, Gordon Grattidge, and his predecessor Henrik Johansson recently told me in an interview that some neighborhoods are definitely no-go for ambulance drivers — at least without police protection.
Why lie? Because cognitive dissonance is a powerful force. They KNOW Sweden is a peaceful country, so why bother with facts that attack their worldview? Plus, if they admit the truth, there will be all those questions come the next election. (Hat Tip to Moonbattery)