Although this realization didn’t come soon enough to save four people, Sweden is finally waking up to reality.
In a stunning U-turn, the prime minister of Sweden is now saying that his nation will “never go back” to allowing mass immigration from terrorist nations like Syria, Libya and Iran.
This comes after a Muslim terrorist hijacked a truck and deliberately drove into pedestrians on central Stockholm’s main shopping street. The attack killed four people.
Rakhmat Akilov came to Sweden as a refugee from Uzbekistan seeking asylum.
After his appeal failed last December, he was given four weeks to leave. Since that time, he has been on the run from police and immigration officials.
That is, until his attack.
Prime Minister Stefan Löfven vowed to move the country away from its liberal stance.
He insisted that another massive flow of refugees like the one from the 2015 migrant crisis, would never happen again.
“Sweden will never go back to the [mass immigration] we had in autumn 2015 — never,” Löfven said. “Everyone who has been denied a permit should return home. This makes me feel enormously frustrated. If you have been denied a visa you are supposed to leave the country.”
He has realized something that many throughout Europe and the U.S. have turned a blind eye to; refugees are bringing danger into his country.
“Terrorists want us to be afraid, want us to change our behavior, want us to not live our lives normally, but that is what we’re going to do. Terrorists can never defeat Sweden, never.”
He spoke while thousands of Swedes gathered in Stockholm in a “love manifestation” rally to show support and solidarity.
Although the prime minister has made bounds today, he still wants Sweden to remain open – to a degree.
“I believe today’s [rally] was a clear message from Stockholm and Sweden that we intend to keep our open, warm and inclusive society,” he said. “I am proud to have you as fellow countrymen. You can take this pride [in your actions] with you for the rest of your lives.”
“Friends, this is our fundamental challenge, as social democrats and as Swedes, during this conference and this decade. We are here to respond to this uncertainty.”
So, what does this mean for the country?
Löfven didn’t forget what he said earlier. He told all of Sweden to remain vigilant.
“We must prevent, obstruct and defend against terrorism with all the resources at our disposal. We will chase these killers with all the strength of our democracy.”
This is a big step forward for the country. It hasn’t gotten all the way there yet, but it’s already doing better than Germany with this mind set.
Hopefully, lives will be saved because of the prime minister’s actions.
We can only hope — for their sake.