Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Sweden: Even a member of the Green/Left must not criticize Islamic practices

On March 9, the country's Social Democratic Foreign Minister, Margot Wallström, was to address the foreign ministers of the Arab League assembled in Cairo.

Wallström had been invited by Arab League Secretary General Nabil el-Araby as a guest of honor. According to Egyptian sources, it is believed that the unusual offer to listen to a European foreign minister was made in light of Sweden's recent decision to recognize Palestine.

Wallström never got a chance to speak. According to her own explanation, she was blocked from addressing the meeting after protests by Saudi Arabia. "They have reacted strongly to what we have said about democracy and human rights," she told Swedish public radio. Secretary General el-Araby refused to comment, and spokespersons for the Swedish and Saudi embassies in Cairo were unavailable for comment.

It is unknown if the text of Wallström's address was distributed to the Arab foreign ministers before the meeting. They cannot, however, have been unaware that she had previously spoken out against the flogging of the Saudi blogger, Raif Badawi, who was convicted of "insulting Islam," and that she had criticized the status of women's rights in the Gulf kingdom.



Anonymous said...

Islam is not a religion of peace and love; it is about hate and it is evil.

Anonymous said...

She was wasting her time if she was ever intending to "preach" democratic values to even the West's Arabian "allies". They're only interested in military alliances to maintain their UN-democatric regimes c/o of arms for oil.

Bird of Paradise said...

Who ever called islam the Religion of Peace needs to have their head examemened