Etikettarkiv: Islam

On This Day Suicide Terrorism Came to Sweden. Or did it?

It is both saddening and tragic, in what seems like the first islamst-type suicide bombing ever in Sweden yesterday evening. As expected all major international news media reported on the issue and various speculations and theories immediately started to fire through the air, about how and why. Fear is through fiction and what-if scenarios already being instilled. Swedish prime and foreign ministers displayed a eerie dissimilarity on how they reacted to the crime. Foreign minister Carl Bildt tweeted: Most worrying attempt at terrorist attack in crowded part of central Stockholm. Failed – but could have been truly catastrophic.. while the prime minister Reinfeldt mildly exhorted concern by stating it was ”unacceptable”.

If anything we are now finding ourselves more and more at a constructed crossroads, where on the one hand debaters and writers will ensure the public that we have nothing to fear but fear itself. On the other hand so-called political ”hawks” or realists as we call them in political science, will do their best to shout out to a frightened public that They are the Chosen Ones to deal with this new class of terrorists and therefore you must obey every political move they propose. But this is so wring. Nothing has really changed.

Let’s all remain stressed, a bit pessimistic, fat and materialistic – that is, let’s go at it like we always have done. Let’s for a moment pretend that the world did not change yesterday. Because today that is the most sensible and yet the hardest thing we can do.

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Lars Vilks and the Morals of Artists (Now on the Radio)

Yesterday I commented the recently sabotaged lecture given by Swedish I-attract-radical-muslims-like-flies-on honey-provocateur Lars Vilks on Swedish national radio. My main thesis is that Vilks has to be accountable for his actions and indirect consequences they might occasion. Not because he is attacking muslim symbols like Mohammed, but because he is pursuing his little artistic, investigative crusade with quite stark means: He is consciously provoking idiot crowds of so-called muslims and doing it without any real explanation of how and when he is going to reach out to these people.

The end result is a blunt illustration of a post colonial truism – yes there are differences in cultures, democracies and politics, and yes, some people hate jews, homosexuals, muslim veils, social democrats and Christians. But the hard problem is not to illustrate that they exist, but to reach out to the different groups and individuals in order to facilitate dialogue and open conversations. Because, believe me, conversations can be held with most people. This is what Vilks is missing, and in the process, quite possibly helping the burgeoning extremists of the far far right in Sweden to spread their medieval message. As much as I support contemporary art I cannot support that.

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