Sweden Rape Capital of Europe…
December 7, 2010 by Dirk
Who would have thought
Indeed I had to do a double-take after reading that, lest I be mistaken. Sweden you say ? Surely this can not be correct ? After all Sweden is often held up as the premier example of the social-democratic welfare state ?
But upon closer examination -as is the case with many things in life- the actual reality seems to be at odds with commonly held perceptions. For instance while accusation and reports of rape in Sweden are by far the highest at 46.5 per 100,000,the conviction rate of only 10% is one of the lowest in Europe. More on this later…
And remember the righteous outrage of people around the world regarding the U.S government’s Empire’s use of extraordinary rendition .Well apparently Sweden was knowingly in the loop & provided assistance in the form of landing rights and the like. Now given Sweden’s long social-democratic tradition & its subsequent reputation, how can this be ? In fact where was Sweden’s supposedly exemplary social-democratic tradition then ?
Well pretty much where it is today,i.e collaborating with the Empire. This time round to silence an individual . That being Julian Assange 39- the founder of Wikileaks – in fact they are attempting to destroy his reputation and possibly imprison him for daring to very publicly confirm what many of us have long known, the Empire has no clothes. And lest anyone have anymore doubts,when push comes to shove the government will & can fuck you over if it so desires. Surprise,surprise & despite all the “checks and balances” of our supposedly democratic system.
That’s where, in this particular case, Sweden’s very broad & very bizarre rape laws come in handy.
Sweden’s Public Prosecutor’s Office was embarrassed in August this year when it leaked to the media that it was seeking to arrest Assange for rape, then on the same day withdrew the arrest warrant because in its own words there was “no evidence”. The damage to Assange’s reputation is incalculable. More than three quarters of internet references to his name refer to rape . Now, three months on and three prosecutors later, the Swedes seem to be clear on their basis to proceed. Consensual sex that started out with a condom ended up without one, ergo, the sex was not consensual
To pile injustice onto suspicion ,ala Swedish “social-democracy”…
The women here are near to and over 30 and have international experience, some of it working in Swedish government embassies. There is no suggestion of drugs nor identity concealment. Far from it. Both women boasted of their celebrity connection to Assange after the events that they would now see him destroyed for..
Then there is this bizarre proposal,i.e adult consent does not always mean real consent …
Proposed reforms of Swedish rape laws would introduce a test of whether the unequal power relations between the parties might void the sincerely expressed consent of one party. In this case, presumably, the politically active Ardin, with experience fielding gender equity complaints as a gender equity officer at Uppsala University, had her will suborned by Assange’s celebrity. The prosecutor coming as she does from a prosecution “Development Unit” could achieve this broadening of the law during Assange’s trial so he can be convicted of a crime that didn’t exist at the time he allegedly committed it. She would need to. There is no precedent for it. The Swedes are making it up as they go along.
Make sure you read the entire article linked to above, to get an idea of just how bizarre the rape & gender laws are in Sweden. Imagine paternalism ,feminism and do-gooder attitudes all rolled into one & taken to the extreme.
It’s all just so coincidental don’t you think.
Indeed one need not be a conspiracy hound to imply or believe that the U.S government Empire put a lot of pressure on Sweden regarding Julian Assange. Again it would not be the first time that the two countries have worked together to subvert the democratic & human rights of individuals,supposedly innocent until proven guilty. Well at least according to the social-democratic principles that I am familiar with.
One can only hope for, democracy’s sake, that British law is not so complying and the Swedish extradition request gets tossed into the trash where it belongs.
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