Doubtless, you have been following the riots in Sweden. A state that prides itself on its multiculturalism is beset by violence. To its shock, the violence is being committed by an ethnic group that has happily received all of Sweden's generous welfare benefits, but refuses to assimilate.
Hint: it’s not the Finns.
The Daily Mail reports this morning:
It is supposed to be the model multicultural state. But Sweden is facing problems of its own after gangs of immigrants spent a fifth consecutive night rioting in Stockholm.
Officers are battling to keep the capital under control after hundreds of cars were torched, a police station set alight and fire services kept from a major blaze by a stone-throwing mob of youths.
The riots seem more like an insurrection than an expression of grievances:
Lars Bystrom, a Stockholm police spokesman, said: ‘Such fires are mainly lit to lure the police to the scene, who are then attacked.’
He admitted officers have been forced to change their tactics, saying: ‘Now if there is a small fire that is not likely to spread, and there is no risk to life, we will send out a patrol and keep an eye on it from a distance.
‘But we are not going to bring in the fire brigade unless it’s really dangerous.’
The attacks on emergency service workers have led to private security companies telling employees to stay at home, as mobs have started attacking anyone wearing a uniform.
Several public transport routes have also been cancelled after rioters started hurling petrol bombs at buses.
A Swedish government that has been falling over itself to provide asylum to refugee-seekers from around the world has discovered that some cultures are not as pusillanimous as its own. It prides itself on its liberal socialist values. Now it is paying the price.
Some people prefer learning the hard way:
Government leaders have been stunned by the ferocity of the violence in a country which has long been touted as a paragon of social justice.
For decades, supporters of multiculturalism have pointed to Sweden as a classic example of a society which allows immigrants to continue practising their own culture while living peacefully alongside their host communities.
Around 15 per cent of Sweden’s 9.5million inhabitants were born outside the country.
Unfortunately for the idealistic Swedes, it’s almost impossible to integrate such large numbers of foreign-born immigrants in a short period of time. And this does not even consider the fact that large numbers of these new immigrants do not want to become part of Sweden.
Astonishingly, even the Daily Mail does not have the nerve to mention that the rioters are Muslims.