The Wrath of the Awakened Saxon

From Snaphanen (of course), a short quote from and comment about a Swedish reporter, Janne Josefsson, who is concerned about where things are going Sweden. Original Danish below the fold.

“What is coming, I don’t know”, but Josefsson sounds pretty convinced that it will be violent. The Swedish people have been so roughly stomped on by politicians for 40 years, that the blast will be violent when it finally explodes. I am in agreement. When I see Sweden in the next generation – just the next 10 years – I see Rudyard Kipling’s “The Wrath of the Awakened Saxon” and I don’t know if I should hope for or fear it.

It was not part of their blood,
It came to them very late,
With long arrears to make good,
When the Saxon began to hate.

They were not easily moved,
They were icy — willing to wait
Till every count should be proved,
Ere the Saxon began to hate.

Their voices were even and low.
Their eyes were level and straight.
There was neither sign nor show
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not preached to the crowd.
It was not taught by the state.
No man spoke it aloud
When the Saxon began to hate.

It was not suddently bred.
It will not swiftly abate.
Through the chilled years ahead,
When Time shall count from the date
That the Saxon began to hate.


“Hvad der kommer til at ske, ved jeg ikke”, men Josefsson lyder ret overbevist om, at det bliver voldsomt. Svenskerne er blevet kørt så groft over af politikere i fire årtier, at at braget vil blive voldsomt, når det endelig smælder. Det er jeg enig i. Når jeg ser Sverige for mig i den næste generation, – bare det næste årti – ser jeg Rudyard Kiplings “The Wrath of the Awakened Saxon,” og jeg ved ikke om jeg skal håbe eller frygte det.

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