Thursday, July 18, 2013

Sweden's Perils

There are no easy solutions to assimilating refugees into a solid culture. When I did a year-long study in 2005 of European countries integrating Muslims into their cultures, France came the lowest of the rank. Sweden was not far behind, though, which is worrying as racism in France is much closer to the bone. One would expect the country of Olaf Palme, or Alice Lind, or Raoul Wallenberg, to somehow do better.
Stockholm is surely an urban planner's dream. Everything works. Everything looks good. But we live in times where revolutions and uprisings are rising from the disenchanted and the dispossessed. The riots here earlier in the summer were a warning call—that even the most seemingly perfect of cultures can get it wrong.

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