PJ Media, by Patrick Poole, July 4, 2017:
The first step to recovery is to admit you have a problem.
That should be what advisers to the Swedish prime minister should be whispering in his ear constantly, in case he fails to respond to comments made by his spy chief yesterday.
The National (UAE) reports:
Sweden is home to at least 2,000 ISIL sympathisers who are believed to have been radicalised over the internet, the country’s spy chief revealed on Monday.
Anders Thornberg, who heads the domestic intelligence agency Säpo, said the number of ISIL loyalists had increased from a suspected 200 in 2010; a 10-fold leap.
“We have never seen anything like it before,” Mr Thornberg told the Swedish news agency TT. “We would say that it has gone from hundreds to thousands now.
“This is the ‘new normal’ … It is an historic challenge that extremist circles are growing,” he said.
He also reported that Swedish security police are receiving 6,000 intelligence tips on Islamist extremist activity every month.
Last month I reported here at PJ Media that jihadist arrests in the EU had doubled last year from 2015:
And since 2007, terrorism in OECD countries has skyrocketed a whopping 900 percent:
The scope of the Islamist terror problem in Europe — as the Swedish spy chief now admits — is without precedent.
Another remarkable element to this story is that just a few months ago President Trump observed that Sweden has having such issues. The Swedish prime minister responded with mocking:
Reportedly, more than 150 former ISIS fighters have returned to Sweden. And what is the Swedish government’s response? Finding them jobs:
And they’ve even gone so far as to give these former ISIS fighters new identities.
Sweden is hardly alone in confronting the returning ISIS fighter issue.
And the cold, hard reality is that the problem may now be unmanageable.