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    • CommentAuthorMathias B
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th 2008
    I suppose most Western nations have experienced some type of anti-Islamic/xenophobic/right-wing epidemic post-9/11. Sweden, my home, is no different. The largest Nationalist party, Sverigedemokraterna (Sweden Democrats, or SD), has led a fairly marginal existance for years, ignored by media and most voters. The 2006 election, however, changed all that. Although they did not attain the necessary 4% of national votes to enter parliament, they were locally very successful; in some areas in the south (which is where I live), they were the third largest party, behind the Conservatives and the Social Democrats. (There are currently seven parties in the Swedish parliament)
    SD's roots are deep in the White Power-movement of the 80's. In recent years, they've tried to disguise themselves as mere patriots, guardians of Swedish culture and welfare against outside enemies, and all the usual nonsense. The truth is, they have a violent history, and to this very day, links to Nazi groups in other nations.
    And here's what keeps me up at night: Recent polls among voters have given SD as much as 3,7% of national votes, a mere inch from parliament. Now, the next election is still two years away and many things can change, for better or worse. A part of me says it's a case of temporary insanity on a mass scale; that most SD-voters in fact vote AGAINST the political establishment rather than FOR SD. On the other hand, a vote is still a vote, no matter what your motivations may be. I just hope I'll never have to see the day when Fascists are allowed to influence the direction of national politics.