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The Balloon Goes Up in Europe


The title dates to World War I, but is still relevant today. What it means is that the shooting war is about to start.

Which seems to be the situation in Europe, home to some of the  most stringent gun control laws outside of New Jersey.

Masked marchers beat immigrants in Stockholm

A gang of up to a hundred black-clad masked men marched in central Stockholm on Friday evening, singling out and beating up immigrants, and handing out leaflets threatening further violent attacks against unaccompanied refugee youth.

The march, the most extreme reaction seen so far to the murder on Monday of social worker Alexandra Mezher, has been linked to football gangs and far-right groups. 
It was followed on Saturday morning by a demonstration at the nearby Norrmalms Torg  organised by the anti-immigration Sweden Democrat party, which called for the government to resign over its handling of the refugee crisis.
I don’t condone this sort of thing, not one bit. It is, unfortunately, the reaction to the lack of action by the government in controlling the actions of what the media wants us to think are “refugee youth”. Who are not the women and little children that the politicians have told the public are the people seeking refuge in Europe.
The news story says that the beatings were likely a reaction to the murder of Alexandra Mezher, allegedly by a Somali asylum seeker. He was described as a youth of 15, although the police have stated that he arrived without identity documents and could be considerably older than 15. Which is why they are holding him in a high security psychiatric facility instead of releasing him on bail.
This, along with several instances of sexual assault in both Sweden and Germany are making the citizenry very angry. They are angry at both the crimes and the continual refusal of the government to protect the citizenry while making excuses for the acts committed by the “youts”.

“Gangs of young, male refugees over-powered women and children at a train station in Stockholm, Sweden in recent days, and then robbed and groped them. Some of the migrants, who may be as young as 9, roam the streets day and night, according to Daily Mail. They have been offered help from Swedish Authorities, but have refused it, living in the streets instead.” Swedish police warn that Stockholm’s main train station has become unsafe after being “taken over.”

Remember my “Son, you’re on your own” post from the other day? In Swedish that’s “Son, du är på egen hand.” Which seems to be what the Swedish police are saying to the populace.

Swedish police: We do not have enough officers to stop escalating Muslim migrant violence

POLICE in Sweden fear they do not have the resources to deal with the increasing level of violence at asylum centres.As the migrant crisis continues to grow, Swedish officers have declared they do not have the manpower to stop the increasing unrest at units set up to deal with the influx of people.

National Police Commissioner Dan Eliasson said his teams were struggling to cope and feared the situation would be out of control unless a further 4,100 officers and specialist staff were recruited.

Germany is not far behind Sweden, and France is not far behind Germany. Much of the rest of western Europe is in a similar situation.

I wonder how long that will take? That’s if the money is approved.

Some of the groups that are taking the law into their own hands are pretty unsavory, but they seem to be gathering support from otherwise law abiding people.

The governments in the affected countries better do something soon or events will spin out of their control and things will get very ugly in parts of western Europe.
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After a long career as a field EMS provider, I'm now doing all that back office stuff I used to laugh at. Life is full of ironies, isn't it? I still live in the Northeast corner of the United States, although I hope to change that to another part of the country more in tune with my values and beliefs. I still write about EMS, but I'm adding more and more non EMS subject matter. Thanks for visiting.