The first of these killings was in August. An Eritrean migrant committed what was, if reports are to be believed, a politically-motivated terror attack. Afton Bladet, Sweden’s best-selling daily reported last week the killer’s admission that he decided to strike in “revenge” for having his asylum application rejected by the Swedish state.
Going directly from the migration office where he received the news, he took a packet of kitchen knifes, tested them for sharpness, and stabbed a white, Swedish mother and her son to death in an IKEA store. This was terrorism – politically and racially motivated.
Abraham Ukbagabir was not deranged, but a lone wolf killer – which the state psychiatric report has already confirmed.
The other attack was just last week, a multiple stabbing in a “troubled” school where a native Swede killed a teaching assistant and student. This too was terrorism, politically and racially motivated – made perfectly clear by the suicide note left by the killer, in which he states his desire “to do something about immigration”.
Anton Lundin-Petterson chose the two he killed and others he attacked according to their skin colour – these are not facts that have gone unnoticed by the mainstream media.
Here the similarities end. No attention was spared for the victims of the school attack, with key figures pouring in to offer condolences and to condemn the murderer. Prime minister Stefan Löfven cancelled prime minister’s questions in parliament and immediately made his way to the scene of the crime.
Speaking in the lobby of school, Mr. Löfven told reporters: “This is a black day for Sweden. I think of the victims and their families, students and staff, and the whole of the affected community. No words can describe what they are going through right now”.
The reaction to the IKEA attack could not have been more different. The same number of people were stabbed to death in an undeniable act of terrorism, yet life went on as normal – the Prime Minister declined to visit, issued no condemnation, and only belatedly sent a minister to the store three days later.
His Majesty Carl XVI Gustaf of Sweden has been conspicuously silent. Hundreds did not flock to the store to lay flowers – yet those killed were not any less innocent, or their families less deserving of sympathy.