A moment of silence for Sweden. May it, and the Bowling Green massacre, serve as a constant reminder to stand vigilant against the terror of radical misinformation.
During yet another of President Trump’s rallies (which at this point should count as a form of masturbation) on February 18 he explained the need for tighter security and immigration controls. He pointed to a series of terror attacks in Europe as his reasoning, and especially to what happened “last night” in Sweden.
There was only one problem: nothing at all happened in Sweden the previous night!
Of course, we can’t just let alternative facts like that go unused! Fox News quickly geared up to talk about how Swedish society is collapsing! Bill O’Reilly booked a man by the name of Nils Bildt to discuss the correlation between immigration and a rising crime rate. Mr. Bildt was listed on the air as a “Swedish Defense and National Security Advisor.” Sounds important, huh? Well, apparently not important enough to be known by literally any other member of the Swedish government.
The Guardian reports: Bildt linked immigration to crime and social problems in Sweden, lamented what he described as Swedish liberal close-mindedness about the downsides of welcoming newcomers and said: “We are unable in Sweden to socially integrate these people.”
But the Swedish defense ministry and foreign office told the newspaper Dagens Nyheter they knew nothing of Bildt. Calls to Swedish officials on Saturday were not immediately returned.
“He is in not in any way a known quantity in Sweden and has never been part of the Swedish debate,” Swedish Defence University leadership professor Robert Egnell said by email to The Associated Press on Saturday. He and Bildt — also known then as Nils Tolling — were in a master’s degree program in war studies together at King’s College London in 2002-2003, and Bildt moved to Japan soon after, he said.
According to Mr. Bildt’s – or Mr. Tolling’s – website, he founding member of a corporate geopolitical strategy and security consulting business with offices in Washington, Brussels and Tokyo. His biography also speaks of “expertise” in the fields of national security. I guess this is the equivalent of really padding your resume to get your foot in the door?
He could not be reached for comment, but someone who did answer the phone on his behalf, according to The Guardian, said that Fox chose the description of Mr. Bildt for him.
Then again, how hard could it really be to qualify as a “national defense advisor” in Sweden? Their national security is basically self-assured. It’s just a simple, one step plan: When in danger revert to viking roots! Nobody wants to mess with vikings, especially now that the vikings have modern weaponry.