The head of the Norwegian Police Security Service (PST), Benedicte Bjørnland, was recently a participating guest at a security conference in Sweden, where she warned against further Muslim immigration.
One cannot," she said, "assume that new arrivals will automatically
adapt to the norms and rules of Norwegian society. Furthermore, new
arrivals are not homogenous and can bring ethnic and religious strife
with them... If parallel societies, radicalization and extremist
environments emerge in the long run," she added, "We will have
challenges as a security service."
The changes Bjørnland speaks of -- parallel societies, radicalization
and extremist environments -- are nothing new; they have been
proliferating throughout Western Europe for years. The Brussels suburb
which was home to two of the perpetrators of November's terror attacks
in Paris, is known as a "terrorist den." Yet the mayor of Molenbeek
ignored a list she received, one month prior to the Paris attacks, "with
the names and addresses of more than 80 people suspected as Islamic
militants living in her area," according to the New York Times.
"What was I supposed to do about them? It is not my job to track
possible terrorists," Mayor Schepmans said. "That is the responsibility
of the federal police."
This statement is, in many ways, symptomatic of the European failure
to deal with the security problems that Europe faces. The problem is
always supposed to be somebody else's.
Anders Thornberg, the head of the Swedish Security Service (SÄPO), literally begged
Swedish society for help: "The Islamist environments have grown
considerably in the past five years," he said "and tensions are growing
between various population groups. We need all of society to help fight
the radicalization, there are limits to how much faster a security
service can run."
These are sentiments that are rarely, if ever, voiced by official
Norway or Sweden. Apparently, the fear of offending Muslim sensitivities
has thus far overridden security concerns. But even Sweden, which sees
itself as a "humanitarian superpower," and up until recently had sworn
to keep its doors open to all migrants and refugees, has had to reassess its policy. At the end of November 2015, Sweden's Deputy-Prime Minister Asa Romson, reluctantly and in tears, said that the government had been "forced to take reality into account," given the huge number of migrants that entering the country. Sweden (and Denmark) tightened their border controls a few weeks ago.
It is questionable, however, whether the warning cries of the
Scandinavian security services will have any noticeable impact on the
fundamental political course of their political leaders, especially if
the latest statements by Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven are
anything to take into account.
In an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos on January 21, Löfven declared
that it was "wrong" to mix up either sexual assaults on European women
or the threat of ISIS with the mass migration into Europe: "Sexual
harassment is not automatically binding to migration and immigration. We
have had sexual harassment in Sweden for many, many years,
unfortunately," Löfven told CNBC, thus pretending that the imported
Middle Eastern pastime of Taharrush Gamea [collective harassment] of women in Cologne on New Year's Eve, had nothing to do with migrants.
"What it now takes is to be very clear that this is not appropriate,
it is absolutely out of line and we need to take a very clear message
now to show to these young girls and women they are of course entitled
to walk in the city... without sexual harassment," Löfven added. No, the
girls and the women are not the ones in need of a "clear message." The
men harassing and raping them are -- especially in a country now known
as the rape capital of the West.