Last night, four grocery stores were set on fire. They suspect mordbrand. Arson. (On a lighter note, mordbrand is another one of those words that I like to translate directly to English. Murder fire.) Three of them were gutted while one was slightly damaged thanks to some quick thinking grocery store personnel. Of the stores, two were Willy’s, one was an Ica, and the fourth was Tempo. Luckily, it seems that no one was hurt. The fires were all set in the middle of the night. Possibly with the help of timed fire bombs.
The fires were set in Södertälje, a city I have written about in the past because of their impressive record of taking in refugees.
As of now, there are no official suspects. But that hasn’t stopped speculation. The fact that Säpo, Sweden’s version of the heavy duty security police, was called in kind of ramped up that speculation. A force of 40-50 police are working on the case. The threatening letters that some grocery stores received a couple of weeks ago has also raised some eyebrows.
Turns out there are some people who believe this was an anti-American attack carried out by a group calling itself Global Intifada. The group claimed responsibility for a couple of fires just last December that were started in grocery stores. They have also been plastering the town of Södertälje with leaflets calling for people to throw Molotov cocktails into stores carrying American products.
Of course, that includes a damn lot of stores in Sweden. Many of which are in no way associated with the US aside from a few American products being for sale. Many of which employ no Americans at all. Many of which provide the Swedish people with everything they need. Obviously it makes sense to target these stores. Idiots.
So anti-American terrorism is alive and well even in Sweden. Which is disgusting. And a shame. But maybe not horribly surprising. The hatred some people have for America knows no borders. Even Sweden, priding itself on its strategic neutrality, isn’t safe from these sorts of terrorist attacks. I have yet to see Swedish media refer to this as a terrorist group. They are referred to as leftist extremists. It’s a very Swedish nomenclature. I’ll call them terrorists. It’s a very American nomenclature. Because I’m American.
I guess I wouldn’t make a very good terrorist or arsonist. Maybe I think too much. But if you want to make a statement against the US wouldn’t it be more effective to target places that have incredibly strong connections to the US? Not just some store that sells American products along with products from the rest of the world. Silly terrorists.
I talked to my mom last night about this briefly. She jokingly said in passing that she thought everyone loved the US now that Obama was president. Especially Sweden. Apparently his grace period is over.
Welcome to Sweden. Where anti-Americanism seems to be becoming more brazen.