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Bildt's Party & Mandela's Darkies

Make no mistake: a Swedish 'moderate' might not be what you expected.

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Carl Bildt's gaming in the past few days has upset quite a few ducks in the pond. Bildt was once Sweden's prime minister, thankfully for but one period from 1991 to 1994, but he still had time to inflict significant damage: he saw that aid to Nelson Mandela's ANC was cut off and Mandela was branded a terrorist.

Now when Mandela passes away, Bildt pushes his way into the spotlight, praising a man he once hated and worked so hard to crush. Yet there's no sign of remorse in Bildt, none at all in that stoic arrogant facade, no acknowledgement that his actions hurt both Sweden and South Africa and only helped his BFFs in the US. Mandela is cool in the US today, no longer a terrorist, perhaps thanks in no small part to that country now having a black leader who knows where his bread is buttered. Bildt has always been a lapdog of that 'Land of the Free', and so he follows along in the dance.

Britt-Marie Mattsson of Sweden's GP has a few choice words to say about Sweden's eminent foreign minister Carl Bildt.


Unpleasant Memories They'd Rather Forget
Britt-Marie Mattsson 2013-12-10

From the Swedish side, Crown Princess Victoria will come, along with prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt and social democratic leader Löfven. And the Swedish parliament will observe one minute of silence.

Nothing was simpler than opposing apartheid in South Africa. Yet Swedish businesses and [Carl Bildt's] 'Moderates' worked against the efforts to isolate the white regime. But as soon as Mandela was released from prison, Swedish corporations wanted pieces of the pie they weren't entitled to.

 Sweden's current PM, looking at defeat in 2014 as he's basically gutted the country, now in South Africa to honour a 'nigger'.

The white minority introduced apartheid, which in practice meant that the enslaved blacks would serve their white masters and only with a passport be able to move from their shantytowns. The legalised apartheid system was unique in our world.

And that insight meant that all Swedish political parties, except [Carl Bildt's] 'Moderates', decided to introduce sanctions after the UN failed.

 Bildt's predecessor Adelsohn: 'those poor niggers will be out of work'.

I interviewed Olof Palme after the massacre in the black shantytown Soweto in June 1976 and I remember well how determined he was. But Swedish corporations, fully operative in South Africa, hit back at him. Those who were critical of the white regime didn't have a clue what they were talking about, they said. This argument was supported by the fact that the critics of South Africa had never been in the country. This lack of on-location reporting was true in many cases: it was nigh on impossible to get permission to enter the country, and journalists were categorically turned away.

The decision by Olof Palme to unilaterally introduce sanctions made him an enemy in the business world, and the business world were backed up by Carl Bildt's 'Moderates'. Palme also became hated by the white regime in South Africa. There was an investigation into the possibility that they were behind his assassination.

Sweden's sanctions of South Africa were only partly effective, as Swedish corporations defiantly resisted them. A compromise was reached whereby they were allowed to remain but forbidden to make new investments, something they hadn't been planning on doing anyway, not in that volatile political climate. Still, it was important that Sweden made their position clear.

The then leader of the 'Moderates', Ulf Adelsohn, was not impressed. He coined the phrase 'a nigger is a nigger', thereby picking up where his predecessor, Carl Bildt's father in law Gösta Bohman, had left things with his own sound bite about the 'niggers' of South Africa not needing any foreign aid as they could always pick bananas from the trees.

 Sweden's JAS Gripen, manufactured by Peter Wallenberg's SAAB. Wallenberg wanted to sell the plane to South Africa's 'darkies'.

Carl Bildt attempted a turbid defence of Adelsohn. The industrial magnate Peter Wallenberg continued talking about South Africa's 'darkies'.

But when the apartheid regime finally collapsed and Nelson Mandela was elected president, there was a hope with the 'Moderates' and Swedish corporations that bygones would be bygones and Swedish corporations would be able to profit from the struggle against apartheid they had opposed. Göran Persson took a large delegation with him on his visit to South Africa in 1999 so that South Africa could reward Sweden by buying their fighter plane JAS Gripen [manufactured by Peter Wallenberg's SAAB group].

I sat for a while with Desmond Tutu in the sacristy of his church in Cape Town when those luminaries of Swedish Finance were on their way to a promotional event in J-burg. He was furious at the thought South Africa would buy the Swedish JAS. Persson's promotional visit was a political fiasco, but Swedish businessmen cleaned up anyway.

And when all of this was long since forgotten, Nelson Mandela passed away. And Carl Bildt's 'Moderates' think that in this hour of mourning, it'd be inappropriate to rustle up unpleasant memories.

Dick Sundevall of Paragraf, the only mainstream journalist in Sweden who's dared defy the powers that be and write about the case of Assange in Sweden, and even make the police files available in Swedish for duck consumption, has memories of his own about Carl Bildt and what he and his comrades did to harm Mandela.


The Hostility Towards Nelson Mandela
Dick Sundevall 2013-12-08

Now everyone is praising Nelson Mandela, and if anyone deserves such praise, it's him. But let's not forget those who were openly hostile towards him and the ANC. Those who not only accepted a tiny white minority oppressing the black majority in South Africa, but who also worked actively to keep this oppressive regime in power.

How was it with Carl Bildt's 'Moderates'? How was it with leading 'Moderates', such as Sweden's current foreign minister, and their hardened resistance to Nelson Mandela? They were alone in Sweden's parliament in opposing the sanctions which played a decisive role in collapsing the racial oppression in South Africa.

In a parliamentary motion signed by Carl Bildt, the 'Moderates' demanded that all sanctions immediately be ended. The then leader of the 'Moderates', Ulf Adelsohn, who had a habit of saying outright what the others were too timid to express, defended Swedish investments in South Africa with the rationale that otherwise 'those poor niggers' wouldn't have a job. When his words were harshly criticised, he responded with:

'No, I regret nothing. A nigger is a nigger and a Swede is a Swede.'

 Notorious blue blood Carl Bildt, long-time friend of the US and believer in the class society.

But have the 'Moderates' really changed position today? Do they regret, as is heard from the US, branding Nelson Mandela and the ANC as 'terrorists'? I've heard nothing about that. No one else has either.

From 1973 to 1991 Sweden gave $250 million to the anti-apartheid movement, and over one third of that went directly to the ANC, a sum representing half the ANC budget. The idea of a free South Africa was nonpartisan. That's what made it possible.

Or rather: nonpartisan with the noble exception of Carl Bildt's 'Moderates'. For they wanted to withdraw that support, because they regarded the ANC as 'terrorists'.

[And that's what happened when Carl Bildt became Swedish prime minister in 1991. It wasn't until he was defeated in 1994 that relations with South Africa could be restored. Any Swedish official or member of the foreign service who opposed Bildt's decision was promptly put out in the cold.]

As recently as 2012 the 'Moderates' tried to rewrite their own history in a new party programme where they described themselves as a major opponent of apartheid, and even claimed to be one of the leaders against racial oppression.

 Carl Bildt with mentor and father-in-law Bohman who said 'niggers' can always 'pluck bananas from the trees'.

But the committee drafting the new programme got outvoted by the old guard who didn't want to be portrayed as friendly with 'niggers'.

When Nelson Mandela visited Sweden a month after his release from prison in 1990, he emphasised the decisive role Sweden (without Bildt) had played. He said:

'Today a lot of people want to be our friends. That makes us happy. But we shall never forget who were there to support us in our hour of need.'

And the world should never forget who were fighting against them, only to turn around today and claim otherwise.

More from Dick Sundevall.

Now Sweden will be represented by prime minister Fredrik Reinfeldt [the most right wing 'Moderate' ever] at the Mandela memorial service. If he had an ounce of shame in his body, he'd have stayed home. If he does attend, he gives a face to hypocrisy, and the shame goes over all Swedish people.

Swedish SVT television covered the day's festivities at the football stadium in Johannesburg. SVT is the property of the Swedish state, so it wasn't surprising to see Carl Bildt sitting there in the studio as some sort of expert and 'friend' of Nelson Mandela.

So let us add to the aphorisms quoted above with the following.

'A Moderate is a Moderate.'

If we boycott products from South Africa, those poor niggers down there will be out of work.
 - Moderate party leader Ulf Adelsohn
You could also say a Swede is a Swede and a Jew is a Jew.
 - Moderate former party leader, prime minister, current foreign minister Carl Bildt
There are Jews who are Swedes, just as there are niggers who are Swedes, and they've made important contributions to Swedish society.
 - Moderate former party leader, prime minister, current foreign minister Carl Bildt
Nelson Mandela was a giant of our age. For freedom. For rights of everyone. For reconciliation. For compassion. A world deep in grief. Wheels up.
 - Moderate former party leader, prime minister, current foreign minister Carl Bildt
When I was hired on in the middle of the 1990s as a jurist at the party's parliament chancellery, there was one occasion I let slip that Mandela was my big idol, and I was called a communist by my older party colleagues. Things were different back then.
 - 'Moderate' MP Maria Abrahamsson

Carl Bildt's 'Moderates', going under a number of different names for the past 90 years, now called the 'New Moderates', have consistently opposed every social and political reform of impact both in Sweden and abroad since the 1920s, including the right for women to vote, abortions, the 40-hour work week, the daycare system, and universal healthcare. The list is endless.

See Also
Industry Watch: Our Man Bildt
Industry Watch: Party of Carl Bildt Late in Recognising Mandela

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