When this kind of story gets reported by Reuters, the situation must be bad. The number of Islamist militants in Sweden has soared to thousands in recent years but only a few pose a security threat to society, the head of the country’s security services said on Friday.
The chief, if accurate, is leaving out one very important fact. The militants are infiltrating their society, culture, politics, and belief system.
He’s also ignoring the inevitable violence to come. Militants are militants. Additionally, many of the militants are actively supporting IS.
Anders Thornberg, the head of the Swedish Security Service (Sapo), said only a handful of militants wanted to carry out attacks. Some sympathize with terrorists, others recruit, spread the message and collect funds.
“We have never seen anything like this before,” Thornberg told national news agency TT. “The growth in extremism is a challenge of historical proportions,” he said.
Most terrorists live in Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmo and Orebro.
The Swedes have tightened laws, increased funding for police and they’ve added cameras. The one thing they haven’t done is close their borders until they have their situation under control but they won’t. That would be politically incorrect.
Attacks no longer need months of preparation, the chief said.
“Today, if you decide to act, you maybe buy two knives or hire a truck and drive into a crowd,” he said.
Sweden was once among the most peaceful nations in the world.