Bruce Bawer is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.
Increasingly, the modern history of Sweden reads like something concocted by a stand-up comedian with a taste for black humor. Take, for example, the official claim that Sweden has “the first feminist government in the world,” complete with a distinctly “feminist foreign policy.” Yeah, it’s so feminist, as I noted in February 2019, that when a gaggle of Swedish diplomats traveled to Iran, the women all wore headscarves and refrained from shaking hands with their bearded hosts. Moreover, although violent Muslim immigrants are making more and more neighborhoods so dangerous that, as I quoted one woman saying in 2017, people “sleep with a hammer beside the bed,” Muslim immigration levels remain high, and while retired Swedes who spent their adult lives voting for this madness are, as I wrote last year, “warehoused in old shipping containers” – which sounds like a sick joke, but isn’t – new Muslim arrivals “get townhouses.” Last March some Ukrainian women and children were staying at a refugee hostel in Örebro when, at about 3 A.M., a gang of male Somali immigrants broke in, obviously up to no good. Thankfully, as I reported at the time, the Ukrainians were able to save themselves by running to their rooms and locking the doors, but some were so shaken that they wished they’d never left home. Why trade one war zone for another? And in May I wrote about the “Koran riots” – mass outbreaks of Muslim violence in several Swedish cities (car burnings, Molotov cocktails, etc.), all of it in furious response to thoroughly peacefully protests against, well, Muslim violence.
Now comes the latest chapter in this bleakly comic tale. On September 11, Sweden will hold parliamentary elections. This will represent the first national test for the Nuance Party (Partiet Nyans), which a fellow named Mikail Yüksel founded three years ago after being expelled from the Center Party for belonging to the Gray Wolves, a gang of Turkish neo-fascist jihadist types. Targeting Muslim voters, the Nuance Party has grown quickly – and why not? Where else will you find candidates who want to introduce harsh measures to fight Islamophobia, to anonymize housing applicants (so you can end up renting the spare room next to your daughter’s bedroom to one of those would-be Somali rapists mentioned above), to make the European Union less of a “Christian club” by admitting Turkey and Bosnia, to increase pressure on EU countries (such as Hungary) to take Muslim refugees, to compel proportional representation of ethnic groups in the police departments and counterterrorism services, to introduce blasphemy laws and limit free speech, to forbid the removal of Muslim children from their homes by child-protective services (which often remove them, mind you, because they’re being raped by members of their extended families), to build more mosques, to permit Muslim apparel absolutely everywhere, and to ban Koran burning and offensive commentary about Islam?
That’s not all. The Nuance Party wants Swedish school children to be taught about their country’s history of “Afrophobia and Islamophobia” (sound familiar?) and about Sweden’s – yes, Sweden’s – role in the transatlantic slave trade. In a mind-boggling reversal of reality, the party’s website tells us that “Sweden’s Muslims experience both physical and verbal personal attacks of a racist nature on a daily basis. Damage and vandalism of property are just a few examples of this horrific phenomenon.” The site also explains that Nuance “is a pro-Palestinian party” that seeks the dissolution of Israel, wants Sweden to sanction Israel as often as possible at the UN and in Brussels, and “does not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.” And then there’s this: “The Nuance Party does not take a stand for the Palestinian political government. The Nuance Party takes a stand for the Palestinian people.” In other words: we won’t criticize Hamas.
All in all, it’s “a clear Islamist agenda,” wrote Helena Edlund in Document – and therefore, in a country where at least 8% of the people are Muslims, most of them concentrated in enclaves, is electoral gold for the Nuance Party, whose leaders expect to win at least a few seats in the Riksdag (the national parliament) and to get voted on to city councils as representatives of some of the many neighborhoods where up to 90% of voters are “foreign-born” (or are the children of two “foreign-born” parents). The Social Democratic Party – whose leaders, living in the safest places in the country, have managed for decades not to get alarmed at all by the terrifying consequences of Islamization for more and more of their country’s people – is sure as hell alarmed now, because its years of catering to Muslims (and being rewarded in turn by their support at the polls) may now be at an end. “The Social Democrats have taken our votes for granted,” party secretary Rami Hussein said recently. “I would like to see other parties take our issues seriously, but they don’t. That’s why we have to get involved.” Translation: Muslims in Sweden have gotten everything they’re going to get out of the Social Democrats. Their numbers are now big enough to enable them to win power through their own Islamist-oriented party, and thereby take the process of stealth jihad to a new level. (This has already happened, by the way, in the Netherlands, where the Denk Party – denk is Dutch for “think” and Turkish for “equal” – has three seats in the Tweede Kamer, a.k.a. House of Representatives.)
Amusingly, the political, media, and academic elites that used to have nothing but pretty things to say about Islam have now changed their tune. Big time. “They claim not to be a Muslim party, but it is Muslims they are mainly trying to mobilize – above all Sunni Muslims,” Jonas Esaisson, a political scientist at Gothenburg University, told NRK. Tomas Morgan Johansson, Sweden’s Minister of Justice, warned that the Nuance Party will intensify division in Swedish society. Of course, division has been a fact of life in Sweden ever since Muslims began moving into the country in large numbers and forming their own enclaves in which, rejecting assimilation, they live according to Islamic law while bleeding the social-welfare system and committing heinous crimes against the people whose tax payments they live off of. Elites like Johansson used to celebrate this as “diversity.” Now it threatens them, and they call it division. In a recent article for Expressen, “Why We Should All Be Worried about the Nuance Party,” Gulan Avci, a Turkish-born Labor Party member of the Riksdag, wrote that she hadn’t “fled to Sweden in 1982 because of the fascist regime in Turkey” to live under a party that hates democracy and secular society.
It’s not only in Sweden that the elites are worried. In next-door Norway, where previous attempts to form a Muslim party have failed, Kamzy Gunaratham, a Labor Party member of Parliament who’s originally from Sri Lanka, told NRK: “I do not want Norway to be a country where individual groups have their own party.” Meanwhile, an investigation by the newspaper Sydsvenskan shows that several of the Nuance Party’s candidates have praised suicide bombers and spread Jew-hatred (and Shia-hatred) online; another paper, Dagens Nyheter, has reported that one out of seven of the Nuance Party’s candidates have been convicted of serious crimes, including assault. But so what? Among Muslim voters in Sweden, being arrested for transgressing secular law – the infidels’ law! – is probably a plus. The bottom line is that what we’re seeing here is the beginning of the inevitable next step in the modern history of a Western Europe whose political leaders have ignored – and even abetted – their countries’ gradual Islamization. In time, the Muslim parties in the Netherlands and Sweden will be joined by new Muslim parties in other Western European countries. As the Muslim population grows, those parties will gain strength. And over time, almost imperceptibly, power will change hands, and in Sweden, for example, a constitutional monarchy will turn into an “Islamic republic.” Don’t listen to me – take it from Basem Mahmoud, a Malmö imam who preached in February that “Sweden is ours. It’s ours, whether they like it or not. In ten to fifteen years, it will be ours.”
Yes, as they say in France (which, of course, has its own massive problems in this regard, and will undergo a similar transformation, more or less, perhaps, in the manner imagined by Michel Houllebecq in his 2015 novel Submission), “c’est à rire” – it is to laugh.