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Is a Country Merely Empty Space?
Fredrik Reinfeldt was Prime Minister of Sweden from 2006 to 2014. His center-right coalition government suffered a defeat in the general elections of September 2014. Allegedly conservative Prime Minister Reinfeldt stated that the native Swedish culture was merely barbarism; everything good was imported from abroad. He said this in 2006 following a visit to the town of Södertälje, near Stockholm.
In September 2005 a police station in Södertälje was hit by shots from an automatic weapon, following a confrontation between aggressive immigrant youths and the local police. The trouble started after a Swedish girl was called a "whore" and reacted negatively to the epithet.
If a leading politician had said that African, Asian or Islamic culture was "merely barbarism," there would have been a huge public outcry and calls for his immediate resignation due to "racism." His career might have been over. Yet disrespecting and mocking the traditions of Europeans is apparently no problem.
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