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Sweden: Back to the Autumn of 2015
The inside story.
The autumn of 2015: can any Swede forget? Can Sweden as a country recover?
The media blitz started with the doctored photo of 'Aylan' on the beach. The body had been moved for a better camera angle. People sunning themselves nearby were cropped out. Aylan's parents were already in Canada.
The storm had already begun in Sweden. Sweden's minister for finance Anders Borg had visited a think tank in the US where he blurted with glee 'you keep giving us the wars and we'll keep taking the refugees!'
But were they really refugees? The people behind the scenes in Sweden didn't care. The country's notorious green party 'MP' had been instrumental in opening the borders years earlier.
But, behind the scenes, several government agencies were at work, some in direct collaboration with the new and highly dysfunctional government of Stefan Löfven, a completely uneducated fixture on the executive committee of the Social Democrat Party who'd never been a member of parliament and who'd tried unsuccessfully on two occasions to complete his high school education. Something that didn't phase the Social Democrats much - like Wormtongues, they told the dimwitted Löfven what to do and what to say, and, when things hotted up too much, they hid him away until they could concoct a plausible cover story for the latest gaffe. Löfven was a national leader in name only, and even that is stretching matters to a slapstick degree.
This past week, perhaps in an effort at 'damage control', as even now the coming disaster of the 2022 elections looms like an icy shadow of Mordor over the country, two previously little-known agency bosses have come out of the woodwork to give their version of what really happened in the autumn of 2015 that caused the irreversible collapse of the world's most famous and most successful society.
Johan Westerholm is the founder and editor-in-chief of the website Ledarsidorna ('The Op-Ed Pages'). The initial idea had evidently been to keep a close watch on mainstream opinions, but his website has become so much more. Johan has a unique vantage point to see into the inner workings of Sweden's at times tragically clumsy governmental apparatus.
What prompted Johan to write this latest piece is the tactic by the magazine 'Kvartal' ('Quarterly') of publishing an interview of a sorts with Anders Danielsson, former general director of Sweden's Migration Agency. And what really got Johan going was the claim made in the interview:
'I was actually the one who took the initiative to write to the government about border controls in November 2015. The entire Dublin Agreement and regulated immigration were both on their way to collapse.'
Anders Danielsson should have thought twice about making such a claim.
Autumn 2015: Europe was chaotic. Hysterical. Reports came from everywhere, but especially from Sweden, that things were out of control, that nobody really knew what they were doing. And today, we see the result: the world's most famous 'paradise' in ruins, with gang criminality, with rapes, murders, demonstrative torturing of domestic animals, you name it, they're doing it, and the wise have long understood it was coming.
And the prime minister was forced to give an interview in the autumn of 2019 where he openly and blankly admitted he had no idea what was going on - something that's finally followed by ever-increasing demands for his resignation.
But to the topic. Former head of migration Anders Danielsson gives an interview where he basically exonerates himself from all blame for what happened - how a country of not even eight million can suddenly take in almost two million more, two million who, in over 80% of all cases, have no identification or documentation - and are not the 'torrent of competence' that the government and government media kept telling everyone - they were supposed to be mostly doctors and lawyers and scientists and they were going to save Sweden's society rather than ruin it. Anders wants to get off the hook. Someone somewhere has a gut feeling that the axe will soon fall.
But, as the super-knowledgeable Johan Westerholm points out, there are ample reasons to challenge that fairy tale.
'There are perhaps twenty people in Sweden who share the explicit and clear responsibility for what happened.'
Danielsson, despite his claim, was not the one behind the rush to close the borders on 24 November 2015. It was the cabinet of Stefan Löfven who told him to write a letter back to them, asking for the borders to be closed.
During political week in Almedalen in July 2016, Danielsson said:
'Sweden has not been broken by these 163,000 who arrived in 2015. Has anyone been adversely affected? Show of hands!'
Danielsson had well understood the impending doom months earlier. Already in September 2015 his agency went into an 'emergency condition', something he seems to have hesitated to declare for a long long time.
Following is a brief timeline provided by Johan Westerholm.
√ May 2015: The UNHCR sends out the first warning signals about things spinning out of control in Europe.
√ August 2015: Mikael Ribbenvik, Danielsson's operative chief, made the decision to prepare for a large scale refugee camp for ten thousand people in Scania.
√ At the same time, Johan's site received documentation (leaks?) about preparations to lease passenger ferries (!) to take care of the expected 'invasion'. This documentation was contracts for rentals, and it showed clearly that the Migration Agency had lost control.
√ Two weeks later, Sweden's inept Prime Minister Stefan Löfven stands in the rain in downtown Stockholm and gives his now infamous (and despised) speech with the words 'MY EUROPE DOESN'T BUILD WALLS!' Again: this is two weeks after those in the know already knew the situation was out of control.
√ 16 September 2015: Sweden's border police declare a 'national emergency' as they are close to losing control of the country's borders.
√ 21 September 2015: Sweden's border police formally declare they've now lost control.
√ Throughout the autumn of 2015, the national agency 'MSB' had been sending reports on a weekly basis to the Department of Justice (headed by Morgan Johansson) on the critical situation in the country.
√ Starting in September 2015, municipalities started sending in reports about the crisis. These reports were also sent to Morgan Johansson's Department of Justice.
√ At the end of October 2015, a number of veteran agency advisers contacted Johan in an attempt to 'get an idea of what was going on in the country' as he knew more than they did. (Morgan Johansson kept the MSB reports hidden from them.)
[It should be noted here that, in the wake of 2015, as the rise in crime in Sweden became alarming, Morgan Johansson stopped all attempts by the Central Bureau of Statistics to find out what was going on. Ed.]
√ October 2015: the administrative region known as Jämtland/Härjedalen reported that the situation was jeopardising patient security in primary and emergency healthcare.
√ November 2015: As one example, Johan points out that one third of the municipalities in the area known as Västra Götaland reported that they had 'lost control' and could no longer guarantee housing and care for newcomers. The situation in Bergslagen was even worse.
And it was first now, says Johan Westerholm, that the cabinet of Stefan Löfven reacted - by asking Anders Danielsson, head of migration, to write a letter back to them, asking them to close the borders.
Johan Westerholm's Ledarsidorna ('The Op-Ed Pages') was just about the only publication that reported on these developments. Sweden has some ten thousand registered journalists (!) and yet it was only one website that covered this matter?
Johan's take is that the 'climate' in Sweden was such that 'critical journalism' was simply not allowed. As for the factors behind this oppressive climate: Johan puts the blame squarely on the shoulders of Anders Danielsson and the mainstream media.
'It was only alternative media that reported accurately and impartially', says Johan Westerholm. 'And, even today, nothing has really changed.'
Sweden does not have, in effect, a cabinet at all right now. The 2014 coalition headed by the Social Democrats, itself a minority government, failed to win reelection in 2018, despite several reliable accounts of their widespread fraud. Several attempts were made to form a functional cabinet, but all have more or less failed. It's not thought that the country can survive much longer.
Ledarsidorna: 'Min sanning' med Anders Danielsson (SV)