June 20, 2007

The Royal Navy’s foreign foes have no reason to fear it – so the Brits have no reason to fund it.

Here are the highlights of the official investigation into the surrounding of a Royal Navy boarding team operating in international waters by the Iranians, the team’s immediate surrender, and its subsequent collaboration with its captors (my ellipsis):

No one has been blamed for a series of misjudgments in which fifteen sailors and marines were seized by Iran in the Gulf in March and were later freed to tell, and in two cases sell, their stories to the media.

…the events of March 23 were “not the result of a single gross failing or individual human error, but of the coming together of a series of vulnerabilities” which had placed the British personnel “in a position that could be exploited through a deliberate act by an unpredictable foreign power”.

…there was no case for disciplinary action against any of the individuals involved. “But (the) report does emphasize that many of those individuals could have done more to prevent what happened,” …

But facing off “unpredictable foreign powers” is precisely what the Brits, though their taxes, pay their Royal Navy to do.

Of course war is a series of cock-ups, but the winners learn from their own mistakes and their enemies’ successes.

The Royal Navy has declined to do this, and there’s nothing in the footling actions recommended by the report to prevent the Iranians pulling off the same trick again.

The Brits should spend the military cash on their splendid Army, not this crew of incompetents.


Sweden Won’t Make It

June 20, 2007

Sweden seems likely to be the first European nation to fall to Islam. That’s because it lacks political institutions robust enough to manage an influx of immigrants with quite different values.

On the face of it, this prediction is absurd – Sweden is the 6th least corrupt nation in the world, and because it stayed neutral in WW1 and WW2, its per capita GDP is a tad higher than the UK’s. Its 9 million courteous, clean and handsome people have made their country a tidy and beautiful park.

It’s still neutral – not a member of NATO and spending just 1.5% of GDP on defense. It is however an EU member.

Modern Sweden’s prosperity derives from the discipline and uniformity of its people. Its famously high taxation rests on a broad agreement that tax is a Good Thing, and indeed Swedish public services are very high quality.

The flip side of this uniformity however is that the Swedish government can commit outrages.

Take eugenics, the forced sterilization of “inferior” people. Many nations did this, notably the Nazis (who improved on it by just killing the untermensch). So you might expect the practice stopped everywhere in 1945.

In fact Sweden sterilized its last inferior person in 1975:

Between 1934 and 1976, when the Sterilisation Act was finally repealed, 62,000 people, 90 percent of them women, were sterilised.

15-year-old teenagers were sterilised for “crimes” such as going to dance halls. One woman was sterilised in 1960 for being in a motorcycle gang.

Orphans were sterilised as a condition of their release from children’s homes. Others were pinpointed on the basis of local neighbourhood gossip and personal grudges.

Some were targeted because of their “low intelligence”, being of mixed race, being gypsies, or for physical defects.

Our scruffier, more diverse, and more argumentative Anglo societies aren’t immune from junk science fantasies – witness the climate change nutters who want to keep the world poor. But there are plenty of contrary voices, and we protect dissent.

Sweden lacks that diversity – here’s how it deals with concerns about immigration:

The politician Dahn Pettersson has been sentenced to 100 fine-units a total of SEK 18,000, for agitation against an ethnic group.

The Malmö district court has determined that Dahn Pettersson, who represents the Alliance Party on the Burlöv municipal council, was spreading contempt against Kosovar Albanians in a petition in which he linked the availability of heroin to the immigration of Kosovar Albanians into Sweden.

The Kosovar Albanians (who do indeed run a lot of Europe’s drugs) are naturally pleased at this. But suppressing the dissent doesn’t make the problems go away.

Here’s another Swedish problem:

Sweden is in the midst of the worst rape wave in Scandinavian history. Judging from numbers from neighboring countries Norway and Denmark, this is probably intimately related to recent mass immigration, especially from Muslim countries…

The ethnologist Maria Bäckman, in her study “Whiteness and gender,” has followed a group of Swedish girls in the suburb of Rinkeby. Several of them had dyed their hair to avoid sexual harassment. Being blond involves old men staring at you and boys calling you “whore.”

According to author Bruce Bawer, the city of Stockholm carried out a survey of ninth-grade boys in the predominantly Muslim suburb of Rinkeby. In the last year, 17% of the boys had forced someone to have sex and 31% had hurt someone so badly that the victim required medical care.

(Follow the link to Norway and you’ll see that the number of rapes per capita in Oslo is 6 times that in NYC!)

Anyway, here’s a Swedish response to this rape wave:

Helle Klein, a former member of the board of the Swedish Social Democratic Youth League (SSU) and until recently the political editor-in-chief of Aftonbladet, Sweden’s largest newspaper, has stated that “If the debate is that there are problems caused by refugees and immigrants, we don’t want it.”

But of course if Swedes won’t discuss the problems of mass immigration, their future is an indefinite escalation of those problems, including drug addiction, and rape.

And Sweden won’t make it.