Swedish Foreign Minister slaps ‘medieval’ Saudi punishment again

Remember this? Here we go again!

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström on Tuesday accused Saudi Arabia of handing a “medieval” punishment to a blogger in a move likely to further strain tensions between the two countries.

Speaking to Swedish Radio, Wallstöm strongly criticized the decision to sentence the writer to 1,000 lashes for insulting Islam.

“My opinion is that it’s a medieval sentence. It’s a medieval method that does not have its place in a society that allows a free media and allows people to express their point of view,” Wallström said.

The minister was reiterating comments that led to a diplomatic row between Sweden and Saudi Arabia earlier this year – one of the biggest public crises the Nordic nation has experienced in recent times…

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  • Millie_Woods

    “It’s a medieval method that does not have its place in a society that allows a free media and allows people to express their point of view,” Wallström said.

    Yes, but this is Saudi Arabia we’re talking about. So the only word that fits in that description is ‘medieval’.

    • Frau Katze

      It fits, but she caused a diplomat storm the last time she said that.

      • dance…dancetotheradio

        And Sweden needs good diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia because why?
        Oh, wait…no, just a sec.
        It’ll come to me.
        I’m really trying hard.
        I might have to phone a friend or use a lifeline but…
        It’s on the tip of my tongue.
        No, I’m not going to joojle it.
        That would be cheating…

        • Frau Katze

          Turns out they sell stuff to Saudi. Can’t remember what they sell, but it caused a huge fuss by the businesses concerned.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I can only think of herring and Volvos.
            And they import arabs in trade.

          • Frau Katze

            They sell arms, for another.

            Sweden stood up for human rights in Saudi Arabia. This is how Saudi Arabia is punishing Sweden.

            March 20, 2015

            …Sweden exported $1.3 billion to Saudi Arabia last year, and Sweden’s business community is deeply worried about the financial impact of the dispute with Saudi Arabia. The arms deal alone could be big – Saudi Arabia bought $39 million in Swedish military equipment last year alone. Before the spat had even begun, 31 Swedish business leaders published a statement in DN Debatt newspaper urging the government to maintain good ties with Saudi Arabia. “Sweden’s reputation as a trade and business partner is at stake,” the business leaders wrote.

            Saudi Arabia’s decision to block visas seems to show that it is aware of its financial clout. “This is going to have a vast negative impact for the companies with interest in the region,” Andreas Astrom, communications director at Stockholm’s Chamber of Commerce, told the Associated Press. “This is not good for Swedish business society and, in the long run, jobs in Sweden.”

            The fear of economic losses also follows a geopolitical line of reasoning. Saudi Arabia is an influential political power in the Middle East, as shown by the United Arab Emirates’ decision to follow it in recalling its ambassador and by the backing from the Arab League. “In a very real way, this is about Sweden’s credibility as a contractual partner,” Carl Bildt, a former Swedish foreign minister and prime minister, told Defense News. “That credibility is important to a relatively small country like Sweden. This whole situation is unfortunate.”

            Sweden’s foreign policy in the Middle East has been unusually strident since Wallstrom took charge. Sweden officially recognized Palestine as an independent state this year, sparking an awkward argument with the Israeli government. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu even alluded to this in the run-up to this week’s Israeli election, claiming that “Scandinavian governments” were working to topple him…


          • dance…dancetotheradio

            If you owe the bank enough money.

          • Clausewitz

            The Saudi’s are about the only ones left who buy Sweden’s shitty aircraft.

        • Editor


      • Millie_Woods

        Still, I admire her for calling a spade a spade.

        • Una Salus

          the problem is she seems to do that so she can apologize for the misunderstanding later on. then she never has to talk about it again. nice work if you can get it. sweden is toast.

        • Frau Katze


  • mauser 98

    if you are nice to them.. they will be nice to you

  • Maybe this woman should run Sweden.

  • Clausewitz

    I think “Moral Superpower” is new speak for Surrender Monkey.

  • Editor

    Maybe she should hone her diplomatic skills in the Rosengård area of Malmö for starters. Apparently lots of “medieval” behaviors happening there. Once she’s used her moral superpowers solve that situation, she could look into that Saudi situation.