SUMMARY IN ENGLISH
CONTRA # 1 2006
Wall that Saves Lives
– Tommy Hansson in Israel
–Arafat blew it. That was the blunt summary of David Earle, active
in the Middle East Peace Initiative, contemplating the present situation
in Israel. Earle was thinking of PLO leader Yassir Arafat and his repudiating
attitude towards the prospective unique agreement between Israel's Prime
Minister Ehud Barak and President Bill Clinton at Camp David in the year
2000. The agreement later turned into the present violent situation.
Contra publisher Tommy Hansson visited Israel in November 2005 as participant
in a symposium arranged by the European section of the Middle East Peace
Initiative. He is reporting his impressions in the new issue of Contra
Islamist terror with a Dutch link
by Tommy Hansson
During the past two years two prominent Dutchmen have been murdered by
political extremists. First the gay right wing politician Pim Fortuyn
and later the controversial film maker Theo van Gogh. But there are a
lot more links between islamist terror and the Netherlands.
Immigrants and Crime
by C G Holm
Several dubious groups are blaming immigrants for the bulk of crime in
Sweden. Leading media and politicians, however, usually deny that immigrants
are responsible for a significant part of crimes committed in Sweden.
When the Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (a Government
Body) for the first time in twelve years made a study, the reaction was
imminent. According to media the study should never have been done, as
it supported prejudice. But the study didn't support prejudice, It only
showed facts. Facts showed that crime rates among immigrants was approximately
twice the level of native Swedes (adjusted for differences in sex, age,
income, education and social class). The new questions should be: Why
is it so? This has not been discussed by the Council. Mauricio Rojas,
himself an immigrant from Chile, claimed that the main reason for differences
in crime rates was differences in cultural background. This he claimed
in an article in the largest selling quality nespaper in Sweden, Dagens
Nyheter. But the political establishment immediately attacked Mr Rojas
in order to silent an important question in a democratic society.
Contra editor C G Holm analyzes the report of the Swedish National Council
for Crime Prevention and asks what type of cultural influence affects
high crime rates in certain groups. An example might be a view on private
property that is foreign to Swedish traditions among Chilean Communists
– a high crime rate group. Another group with high crime rates are
people originating from West Asia. But there you do not find the same
overrepresentation in theft, but in violent crimes like murder, manslaughter,
rape and assault. Likely caused by other values on human life and corporate
integrity for men and women. On the other side, there are extremely low
crime rates among immigrants from East Asia, where buddhist respect for
life and cultural respect for entrepreneurship are held in high esteem.
Crime rates are lower than among native Swedes with immigrants from East
The Vision of Margaret Thatcher saved Europe
Lady Margaret Thatcher, British Prime Minster between 1979 and 1990 is
not only one of the heroes of the Cold War. After eleven years as Prime
Minister and 15 years as Chairman of the Tory Party she is one of the
most succesful British statesmen ever, comparable to Winston Churchill
and Benjamin Disraeli. Thatcher combined a strong personality with an
ideological vision, which turned into a boost not only for her own native
Britain, but for the entire Western culture.
Flat tax is gaining ground
by Fredrik Runebert
Flat Tax is ganing ground all around the world. The principle is simple.
All pay the same percentage in income tax, irrespective of their income.
Nine East European countries, formerly victims under the Communist yoke,
have adopted flat tax rate systems and their growth rates have been impressive
- boosting incentives for hard work and investments.
Ivar Lo Johansson
Ivar Lo-Johansson (1901-90) was one of the most well-known "proletarian
authors" in Sweden. He was born on the Södertörn peninsula
south of Stockholm and early engaged in the situatiuon of Sweddish farm
workers. But what he wrote on farm workers seem to be basically false.