fredag, maj 04, 2007

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Gates of Vienna: Conversations with Fjordman
by Baron Bodissey
Tell me again about Europe and her pains,

Who’s tortured by the drought, who by the rains.
Glut me with floods where only the swine can row
Who cuts his throat and let him count his gains.
It seemed the best thing to be up and go.
— William Empson, from “Aubade”

When I was in Copenhagen staying with Steen at his apartment, I had the privilege of sitting in on some extensive conversations with Fjordman. Most of the time it was just the three of us, but for a while late at night after the Counterjihad Summit, several other Danes were there, as well as Gaia, a British member of Vigilant Freedom.
- The group discussed a wide-ranging set of issues concerning Muslim immigration in Europe.Fjordman and I agree that if Europe succumbs to the Jihad, then America won’t stand a chance — if they go down, we go down. We will last longer, but we will face the same fate. The European crisis stands before us to warn America of what is to come.
-Our biggest problem isn’t that a crazed horde of mujahideen might have access to French nukes or British military hardware — although that most definitely is an issue for our national security. The real problem is that American political culture is not vastly different from its European counterpart. Their response to the Islamofascist crisis — dhimmitude, collapse, civil war, or a reawakened sense of national purpose — is likely to prefigure our own.
-In Fjordman’s opinion, Sweden is more of a basket case than any other European country. Caught in a self-destructive spiral of immigration, high taxation, welfare spending, and denial, it faces a looming catastrophe.“Paul Weston wrote on your blog that Europe will face a civil war by the year 2025,” he said, “but I think he underestimates how soon it will be. Within five to ten years at the most Swedish society will collapse. It can’t be avoided; the Swedish welfare state is simply unsustainable.“But the civil war won’t start in Sweden. Sweden is too far gone. I think the civil war will appear first in Britain, which has the second-worst conditions. But the British still have a spirit of resistance.” [...]

While I was at Steen’s he showed me a recently-published book entitled Exit Folkhemssverige: en samhällsmodells sönderfall (Exit “The Swedish People’s Home”: A Model Community Disintegrates) by Ingrid Björkman, Jan Elfverson, Jonathan Friedman, and Åke Wedin. It’s about the end of the “Swedish model” and the coming implosion of Sweden’s welfare state along with its historical social consensus.
- Steen and Fjordman consider this an important book, and it's no surprise that it had trouble finding a publisher in Sweden. The authors supplied Steen with the text document of the entire book, and he has started a blog dedicated to its online publication, chapter by chapter. No English translation is available yet, however.
- The ideal of Folkhemssverige has driven Swedish policy for more than sixty years, and the fact that it has become untenable is difficult for Swedes to accept. That, plus the stifling blanket of consensus that is an endemic part of Swedish culture, has made it virtually impossible to construct an alternative public policy, or even to discuss the possibility of one. The Swedish polity, chained to the anchor of the welfare state, is being dropped gagged and blindfolded into the multicultural lagoon.
-No one I talked to, not even the Swedes, had much optimism for Sweden. But the Swedish delegates at the Counterjihad Summit were determined to do whatever they can to keep Fjordman’s dire predictions from coming true................................

Gates of Vienna ( foto af Baronen - Snaphanen. Fjordman vil ikke gerne fotograferes)

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Dansk folkepartis hjärtefråga inför nästa val är danskheten, danska värderingar, vad det är att vara dansk. I veckan la partiet ett förslag om att skapa en dansk värdekanon, ett antal riktlinjer om danska värden avsedda för lärare och pedagoger. Efter Krarups hakkorsjämförelse dog det en snabb död i folketinget. Alla andra partier gjorde tummen ner.
Elsebeth Gerner Nielsen, som har varit kulturminister för socialliberala Radikale, svarade med en mediehappening, avsedd att diskutera danskhet. Iförd mönstrad huvudduk, amerikanska jeans, afrikanska skor och islandströja ställde hon upp för intervjuer och bilder.
Det fick hennes partikamrat Naser Khader att störta till datorn i USA där han var på resa: ”Det är med bestörtning jag ser hur sjaldebatten har utvecklats hemma i Danmark,” skrev han i ett mejl till sina partikamrater.”Elsebeth, du går islamisternas ärenden! Det är precis det här de har nytta av i sin kamp för att tvinga fler kvinnor att bära huvudduk.”
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