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 Local Sweden (@TheLocalSweden) July 3, 2017
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:
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) June 16, 2017
And since 2007, terrorism in OECD countries has skyrocketed a whopping 900 percent:
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) June 1, 2017
The scope of the Islamist terror problem in Europe — as the Swedish spy chief now admits — is without precedent.
— Europol (@Europol) June 15, 2017
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:
— CNN (@CNN) February 20, 2017
— CNN (@CNN) February 20, 2017
Reportedly, more than 150 former ISIS fighters have returned to Sweden. And what is the Swedish government’s response? Finding them jobs:
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) June 28, 2017
Jihadists, back from Syria, struggle to explain resume gaps, war crimes to potential employers: https://t.co/fyVJiYTW9e [sv]
— Graeme Wood (@gcaw) June 28, 2017
— Punished Gish Goyim (@Gish_Goyim) December 31, 2016
And they’ve even gone so far as to give these former ISIS fighters new identities.
According to Expressen,
Sweden has given “protected identities” to residents who have returned to the country… https://t.co/Ypk5lWZ0Th
— Dr. CM Wong (@koshime) June 29, 2017
Sweden is hardly alone in confronting the returning ISIS fighter issue.
— AFP news agency (@AFP) June 16, 2017
And the cold, hard reality is that the problem may now be unmanageable.
— PJ Media (@PJMedia_com) July 25, 2016
— PJ Media (@PJMedia_com) August 15, 2016
After the Manchester-area suicide bombing, UK officials admitted that they have 23,000 jihadist subjects that they are trying to track:
— The Times (@thetimes) May 27, 2017
— The Sun (@TheSun) June 4, 2017
But as I reported last week, UK terror experts believe that number vastly understates the scope of the jihadist problem:
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) June 29, 2017
In response to the Manchester bombing, Prime Minister May for the first time sent soldiers into the streets of London:
— Reuters TV (@ReutersTV) May 24, 2017
— حسن سجواني 🇦🇪 Hassan Sajwani (@HSajwanization) May 25, 2017
Those troops were taken off the streets just a few days later. And then the London Bridge attack happened.
Elite SAS troops deployed on British streets for the first time after London Bridge attackhttps://t.co/HOMYBNwv0G
— The Daily Record (@Daily_Record) June 4, 2017
These crack SAS troops were deployed for the first time on London's streets last night https://t.co/f9mY81SPV7
— Plymouth Live (@Plymouth_Live) June 4, 2017
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) June 4, 2017
Who are Blue Thunder? The elite SAS troops deployed to eliminate London Bridge terror attackers https://t.co/qvypQXzDrQ
— IBTimes UK (@IBTimesUK) June 4, 2017
We learned that the Manchester bomber had fought with the “rebels” in Libya. And there are anywhere from 350-450 former ISIS fighters that have returned:
Up to 350 jihadists return to Britain from ISIS-held Syria https://t.co/pk10n4mhJ7
— Daily Mail U.K. (@DailyMailUK) May 5, 2017
Where are these jihadists? London Mayor Sadiq Khan evades the question:
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) June 6, 2017
In Denmark, they’ve found an unusual resolution to the “Jobs for ISIS” problem:
— The Local Denmark (@TheLocalDenmark) February 20, 2017
France, which has seen a number of deadly attacks killing hundreds over the past year and a half, has taken measures to address their issues.
But the size and scope of the problems in France are unmanageable:
— Terror Events (@TerrorEvents) July 3, 2017
…as they are in Germany as well:
— The Local Germany (@TheLocalGermany) November 28, 2016
— The Sun (@TheSun) August 29, 2016
Many of the recent terror attacks in the EU have their roots in Belgium:
— Frances Townsend (@FranTownsend) June 2, 2016
Unlike Europe, the U.S. is geographically protected by two vast oceans. And yet we don’t have any cause to wag our fingers at our European cousins:
— PJ Media (@PJMedia_com) May 28, 2016
— Free Beacon (@FreeBeacon) April 18, 2017
— Fox News (@FoxNews) March 6, 2017
— MEMRI (@MEMRIReports) May 18, 2017
We also have a returning jihadist fighter problem, caused in no small measure by the past administration’s policy of inviting them back home:
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) June 5, 2017
As we’ve discovered in my own hometown of Columbus, Ohio:
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) June 29, 2017
Despite the fact that our jihadist problem is well beyond the ability of the FBI to remotely deal with, we’re not even close to being as bad off as Europe:
— Nick Short 🇺🇸 (@PoliticalShort) July 4, 2017
— raffie chohan (@dunraf) February 13, 2013
After a rash of attacks earlier this year, I warned that we may be looking at another “Summer of Terror” in the West:
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) June 6, 2017
So far, with attacks nearly every week in Europe, this summer has lived up to that billing.
— Simon Harding (@gridnash) May 25, 2017
— Counter Terrorism Policing UK (@TerrorismPolice) June 13, 2017
We are just 10 days away from the one-year anniversary of the Bastille Day attack in Nice, France, that killed 86 and injured 434. That attack kicked off a whole series of incidents across Europe:
— Patrick Poole (@pspoole) October 12, 2016
— The Spectator (@spectator) July 27, 2016
Security authorities are coming to terms with how vast this problem is now, and they privately (and sometime publicly) admit how inadequate they are at dealing with it. That also is true for the U.S.
As I noted in the beginning of this article, admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery. But now comes the hard part of having to deal with it.