SWEDEN. I have written about the alleged assault on a 12-year old boy and recently there was another case on the subway with a black, pregnant woman who didn’t pay the fee and caused a ruckus. The guards had to force her off the train and it looked very rough.

Many have cried racism and that the Swedish security guards targets those with non-Swedish apperance, but I think the problem lies within these cultures. Most Swedes would have just left the train when caught, but in other cultures there seems to be a sense of entitlement. You don’t accept the rules and try to make the best of the situation, you throw a hissy fit.

Think about the Iran deal and how they within hours where burning the American flag in parliament. They had got caught lying about their nuclear problem, but instead of diplomacy their first respons was to attack USA verbaly. They refused to acknowledge that they had broken the rules and instead turned themselves into victims. This is an attitude that I think is common and it poses a big problem when you try to live together.

Below is a translation of a part of Erik Sandewalls post Who gets subjected to assault for throwing rocks at the police? Erik is a retired Professor of Computer Science and his text is a response to Bilan Osmans chronicle on February 4. Bilan is a leftist journalist and she often call those who critizise Islam Islamophobic. She doesn’t think Islam needs to be reformed and couldn’t bring herself to condemn stoning when asked. And she’s against integration.

And talking about victimhood: Bilan Osman writes about the Swedish self-image, but it would also be interesting to have a conversation about the Muslim self-image, especially the one you often see among Muslims and Islamophile writers. If you always percieve yourself and your own group as victims, and if every time you get questioned it’s seen as “putting the blame on the victims instead of the guilty,” then you are stuck in your own homemade victimization*. Then the step to isn’t very far to interpret every reprimand as discrimination, even when no discrimination has occured.

Instead of talking about victims and perpetrators it would be better to look at these kind of problems as a clash of cultures which only can be handled if both sides try to understand the others motive and approach. For starters it demands that we talk with each others and not just about each others.

I really like Eriks approach, but the problem is when you have people like Bilan who doesn’t want to discuss and integrate. Who want everybody to keep clashing and who encourage conflicts.

*Erik use the word offerkofta which roughly translates to victim(hood) cardigan.

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