Having new neighbors move in next to you is never a really big deal. Most of the time you can ignore them or throw a friendly wave their way. But, if you’re in Sweden, you might soon have reason to worry that your new neighbors could have been ISIS fighters.
Alice Bah Kuhnke, minister of Culture and Democracy, wants to have municipalities help integrate Islamic State fighters back into society. Yep, you heard right, she wants ISIS fighters to just blend in.
Kuhnke said in an interview Sunday evening: “First of all if there are suspicions of crimes, they need to be investigated. And any such crimes should be punished.
“But after that we need structures locally, such as social services, around our country to integrate them back into our democratic society.”
It is reported that more than 300 people have traveled from Sweden to join “extremist cults” in the Middle East. An estimated 150 have since returned, according to Sweden’s security service (Säpo).
Because there have been fighters who have returned, a logical question to ask Ms. Kuhnke is if any of the jihadi fighters had been de-radicalised upon their return.
Her answer was not comforting: “No one knows.”
Now, instead of punishing these people (you know by maybe not giving them government assistance), she had this to say about the integration process as of now:
“About 10, 20, 30 people have been supported by our municipalities. That is too few.
“We must cooperate much better. Police, the social services and Säpo have to work together. There are many municipalities which don’t even know who is responsible.”
We wish we could say she is kidding but that would be a lie. Many have branded Kuhnke as ignorant to the situation, for obvious reasons. It’s as if she isn’t taking this threat seriously. Does she not care about the people she serves? Because it sure seems that way from where we are.