A reason for reconsidering support for the Red Cross

Joe Slater, Going Postal

Barbro Feldt, a Red Cross volunteer in the Swedish town of Falun, died recently. She went “quickly and unexpectedly,” at the age of 71. Nobody is stating that the events described below killed her. But they probably didn’t help.

Born during the war, Feldt was educated as a lawyer and an economist. On her retirement, she had moved back to Falun, her birthplace in central Sweden, to serve as a volunteer in a Red Cross store. She worked there for nine years and sat on the board of the local Red Cross organisation. Feldt wanted to help other people. She was looking forward to putting in another few years as volunteer at the Kupan store when, out of the blue, her life was turned upside down by a chance encounter.

There was nothing striking about the young immigrant who stepped into the shop on April 4, 2014, and struck up a conversation with her. He came into the Kupan store now and then, but it was the first time that Feldt had met him. He chatted with her. He was called Daban Ibrahim. He was a 23-year-old Iraqi Kurd. And without her knowledge, he secretly filmed their conversation on his mobile phone. They talked about youth unemployment in Sweden. Feldt said that she believed that people should be helped in their place of residence, and that young Swedes should be first in the queue. The unemployment rate among young Swedes was 26.9% at the time. She pointed out that the situation was getting worse the more young people Sweden took in.

Ibrahim then posted the video on Facebook and wrote that he had “succeeded in filming a woman who works at the Red Cross in Falun, check out how shamelessly, how heartlessly disgustingly she expressed itself.” He had caught Feldt transgressing against Sweden’s “core values” (värdegrund), a doctrine of political correctness that has been imposed on much of Swedish society. No western country has gone this far; to find a parallel you have to look back to the state-sponsored socialist “values” that were rammed down the throats of East Germans and other East Europeans.

Specifically, Feldt’s remark that Swedes should come first in Sweden was deemed to be heresy against värdegrund. From its central offices in Stockholm, the Red Cross immediately sent out to Falun two officials. Feldt was called to an extraordinary board meeting. She was told her pronouncements—her distinguishing between “we” and “they” in the remark that “we” in Sweden should take care of “our” young people first—were incompatible with the core values of the Red Cross. Marcuz Haile, a native of Ethiopia and project leader in the Red Cross’ internal work with core values, told the local newspaper Dalarnas Tidningar, “It is not OK. What particularly irritated me was the separation into “we” and “they.”

During her dressing-down, Feldt resigned. She did not want to work for free for an organisation that did not even send her Christmas cards, but subjected her to moral lectures.

When the treatment meted out to Feldt by the Red Cross became widely known, the Swedish blogosphere exploded with indignation. Usually so compliant, ordinary Swedes had had enough. The Red Cross homepage was brought down by an overload attack.

But the Red Cross dug their heels in. They said that they hoped to be able to cooperate with Ibrahim locally and that central office would use his video internally. The sneak, who had secretly filmed an unsuspecting old charity volunteer with the aim of trapping her and getting her publicly denounced, was rewarded. Predictably, Sweden’s extreme-left mainstream media rallied behind him. But neither Aftonbladet (a national tabloid) or Dalarnas Tidningar mentioned that Ibrahim had been convicted for several serious crimes: unlawful intimidation, trespass (breaking in), aggravated theft and abuse against officials. He had been coddled by the Swedish taxpayer from the day he arrived in Sweden, and unlike many young Swedes he had also received an apartment.

In the local Dalarnas Tidningar, Sara Telde wrote in an editorial: “The Red Cross stands for humanity and the equal worth of all people. So it is not strange that the Red Cross urged the member from Falun who pronounced herself xenophobic to end her involvement in the organisation.” When a reader protested in a letter, the political editor Jens Runnberg replied, “the woman expressed itself in terms of “we” and “they” in contrast to youths from other countries … she says explicitly that society should function in such a way that Swedish youths shall have preferential support. Such an attitude is xenophobic, which is what the editorial wrote.”

That last line summarizes Sweden today. Putting your own people first is wrong. Never mind that it was generations of Swedes, and nobody else, who built Sweden. In the eyes of the elite, and under the core values doctrine, everybody from Papua New Guinea to Tierra del Fuego should have the same right to that heritage as the Swedes themselves.

When I was preparing to write about what happened in Falun, I had several long telephone conversations with Feldt. She was in an obvious state of shock at being publicly denounced as a racist. “I have not said anything wrong. I’m not a racist,” she said. “What exactly has happened to Sweden?” she asked. “I have nothing against us taking in people who adapt to Sweden. But why are we bringing in criminals and those who do not adapt?”

The concept of core values was used as a weapon against Feldt. The Red Cross and media put her in the stocks. Did they never give a moment’s thought to the consequences of exposing a 71-year-old lady to their attacks? Like many other pensioners, Feldt had no computer. The Internet and the world of blogging were unknown to her. The treatment that she was subjected to was completely inhuman. It is not difficult to imagine the confusion and anxiety she was thrown into when the Red Cross and the media took her honour and dignity away from her. For her, honour, ethics and morals were the guiding principles which she had followed all her life. But a person who is thrown onto the sacrificial altar in a country where falseness has become the norm is defenceless. What chance did she have? For the politically correct, the fate of their victims is as uninteresting as the truth itself. The political climate which has developed in Sweden now rewards emotionally damaged people, psychopaths. They step over bodies as long as it serves their own lies and their careers.
Translated and adapted by Joe Slater from the book Landet som Försvann, by Swedish dissident journalist Julia Caesar. If you are interested in buying the English version of this book, titled Goodbye Sweden: Chronicles of the Destruction of a Nation, please write to Nomen förlag at: info@books-on-demand.com.

© Joe Slater 2017