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Sweden's Unholy Alliance By: Nima Sanandaji
FrontPageMagazine.com | Friday, May 19, 2006

Recently, Atef Adwan, the minister of refugees of the Palestinian Hamas government, gave a speech in Malmö, the third largest city in Sweden. The speech was delivered during the fourth international conference, concerning the right of Palestinian refugees to return to a free Palestine. According to the Swedish daily paper Sydsvenskan, Adwan made the following remark: “By allowing me to travel here the Swedish government is sending a clear message to our people that somebody is at our side.”


Perhaps he is right. That a representative of the Hamas terrorist organization chose to begin his European tour by visiting Sweden, and that he was given a visa to do so, is telling of the soft mentality among European socialist governments towards terrorism. Swedish politics is full of similar examples. Two members of the Swedish Parliament have recently attempted to invite the group leader of Hamas, Salah Mohammed al-Bardawil, to the Swedish Parliament. The fact that Hamas is a terrorist organization with the blood of innocent civilians on its hands does not seem to bother the politicians too much.


Indeed, as the September elections draw closer, it seems as if the Swedish left are openly embracing radical Islamic groups. Recently, Swedish public television revealed that the leading Social Democratic party has started fishing for votes with the help of radical Muslims clergies. For several years the Christian wing of the Social Democratic party, called The Brotherhood, has been working with the influential Muslim leader Mahmoud Aldebe, president of Sweden’s Muslim Association.


But the new ally of the Social Democrats is anything but democratic. Already in 1999, Aldebe went on radio proposing that Sharia – the Islamic law – be introduced in Sweden. In addition, Aldebe has in a letter to the Swedish minister of Justice in 2003 involved himself in a heated debate regarding an incident of honor-related murder where a Kurdish girl was murdered by her two uncles, shot several times in the head. Aldebe did not condemn the murderers – rather he forcefully defended the perpetrators. Aldebe sees the entire debate regarding honor-related murders as an attack against the Islamic religion and claims in his letter that a public debate regarding these acts of murder risk to “encourage immigrant girls to revolt against the tradition of the families and their religious values.”

One might ask how a democratic party can justify co-operating with Sweden’s Muslim Association. During the above mentioned documentary the Social Democrat Ola Johansson referred to the book Social Justice in Islam by the Islamic ideologue Sayyid Qutb as proof that the social democratic ideology could find common ground with Islamic ideas. As the Swedish paper Expressen has exposed, Sayyid Qutb was not only a social thinker; he was also inspired by the German Nazi movement. He was an important figure in the Egyptian Islamic movement in the 50's and remains an inspiration for Muslim Extremists.

Sayyid Qutb calls for an all out war against the western civilization; he hates liberal democracy, views capitalism as a sick idea and is an extreme anti-Semite. Perhaps it is not a coincidence that Qutbs writings were translated to Dutch by Mohammed Bouyeri, the murderer of Theo van Gogh.

There is little sign that the unholy alliance between the Swedish Social Democrats and radical Muslims is ending. After the last election in 2002, Sweden’s Muslim Association sent a letter to the re-elected Social Democratic Prime Minister Göran Persson, congratulating him on his victory and hoping that Persson would work for implementing some of the demands of the Association in the future. It will be interesting to see if this emerging alliance will become part of daily political life in Sweden.

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