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The US could learn a lesson from Sweden on Afghan immigration

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When the United States and its coalition partners entered Afghanistan twenty years ago, the mission was, to quote former U.S. President George W. Bush, “to defeat the enemy where they live and plan, so we do not have to face them here at home.”

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After some time, it became quite apparent that defeating Al Qaida and the Taliban wouldn’t be enough. If America just left and turned its back on Afghanistan, the terrorists would return and the cycle would start all over again. Therefore, the mission turned into nation-building. Building a stable society on former enemy soil would help Afghans and keep Americans safe in the long run.

No matter your opinion concerning the success of this ambition, that was the logic behind the mission. And for a while, it worked. Al Qaida was defeated. The Taliban was driven to Pakistan. Afghanistan slowly progressed, embracing democracy and human rights. And the United States did not open its doors to mass migration.

President Biden has changed this drastically.

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Tired of nation-building in foreign nations when there is so much work to do back home, he hastily withdrew the last 2,500 forces from Afghanistan.

However, Biden didn’t just cut and run. He also brought over some 100,000 Afghan refugees back to American soil. More are probably expected to arrive if they can escape the Taliban regime. Many Afghans do deserve a better life in the United States. Afghan translators, soldiers, human rights advocates and young women whose profession in music, science or sport are now prohibited by the Taliban has been abandoned by the West and deserves another chance. Many of them will also contribute greatly to their new societies and should indeed be welcomed. In the current situation, they don’t have an option.

That said, from a strict policy perspective, a change of paradigm has taken place. A shift that must not go unnoticed. The doctrine of helping many in their own native country has now changed to the doctrine of helping a few by helping them flee their native country.

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This is a change from a mentality of strength to a mentality of weakness. Also, it sends a simple message to the world: America is not what it used to be. Its allied can no longer feel trust and its enemies no longer need to feel fear. The United States, whose policy was never to negotiate with terrorists, has just surrendered a whole country to terrorist hands. Not because of a military defeat, but because of a change in the state of mind.

But this change is real, and cannot easily be undone. Therefore, America would do well to learn some lessons from Europe, and in particular my home country, Sweden. We have from the beginning had the attitude that helping a few refugees here on our soil is better than helping many in their home countries. Both methods can be, as well as feel, morally justified. But the big advantage of the former strategy is that it only costs money, not soldiers dying on battlefields in foreign lands.

As far as Sweden goes, which hasn’t been in a war since 1814, this option is the instinctively natural action. In practice, this strategy might save Swedish soldiers from dying in foreign countries. But the price will instead be paid by the citizens of Sweden. Looking back, this price has not only come in the Swedish currency kronor, but also in the cost of ruined human lives.

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Sweden, with a population of ten million people, has 60,000 Afghans. Many Afghan refugees have committed severe crimes. This summer, one Afghan and one Bangladeshi immigrant raped a disabled 14-year-old Swedish girl. They were only sentenced to five years in prison.

In 2017, two Afghan immigrants and a Swedish-Iranian citizen raped a 30-year-old Swedish woman and live-streamed it on Facebook. The two main culprits were sentenced to two years and eight months in prison.

The extremely lenient sentences are a consequence of a Swedish justice system unable to handle these kinds of grave crimes that Sweden is not used to. A system based upon the Marxist idea that criminals are the victims of their own criminality rather than responsible for their own actions. Nothing exemplifies this upside-down worldview better than when a 15-year-old Somali asylum-seeker stabbed a 22-year-old female asylum center worker to death in 2016. Sweden’s now-former National Police Commissioner, Dan Eliasson, said on state television that it was a tragedy for both parts, and asked with pity what the culprit “had been through” to do such a thing.

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These examples are only the tip of the iceberg. Statistics from The Swedish National Council for Crime Prevention (Brottsförebyggande rådet, BRÅ) show that almost 60 percent of rape convictions between the years 2000 and 2015 were committed by non-Swedes.

America used to believe that helping the people of Afghanistan to build their own functioning societies with a step-by-step approach to social progress was the best way forward. This might take time, but the problems of Afghanistan would eventually be solved on their soil, not in America. This was the rationale for ignoring when Afghan soldiers used Afghan boys for their own sexual pleasure. This was not the Taliban raping children, it was the same Afghan soldiers now looking for a way out of Afghanistan.

President Biden has changed that strategy for a Swedish one, where American civilians, not soldiers, must solve Afghan problems, Afghan religious ideas, Afghan views on sexuality, and Afghan views on women, right on American soil. This obviously does not mean that every Afghan immigrant is a potential rapist. As I stated before, many of those who are fleeing deserve another chance in the West. During the chaotic withdrawal from Kabul, many brave American veterans chose to risk everything one more time, to save their Afghan interpreters and fellow Afghan soldiers from falling into the hands of the Taliban. Afghans, such as now-American citizen Janis Shenwary, fought bravely and often saved the lives of their fellow Americans. They truly became brothers in arms. If the vetting process of Afghan refugees were run by these veterans, I have no doubt that the people allowed to enter the United States would be the people deserving it.

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But a fact remains: Problems rooted in the soil of Afghanistan will soon take root in the soil of America. This is a consequence of mass immigration, a u-turn in strategy, and not what the United States set out to accomplish twenty years ago.

Is the present strategy better than the former one? My personal guess is that not even the brave Afghans believe that it was.

But take a look at Sweden and reach your own conclusion.

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Omicron Variant: UK adds Nigeria to red list

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Nigeria has been added to the red list of countries banned from entering the UK from 4am Monday 6 December.

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This is due to the 21 cases of Omicron reported in England which are linked to travel from Nigeria.

These are temporary measures that have been introduced to prevent further Omicron cases from entering the UK, and will be examined at the three-week review point on 20 December

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Speaking about the decision British High Commissioner to Nigeria Catriona Laing said:
I know that this decision will have a significant impact on people in both our countries, particularly at this time of year. This decision is a precautionary measure to protect public health in the UK, whilst we try to understand this new variant.
“We continue to work very closely with the Nigerian authorities in tackling the pandemic and commend their ongoing work.” 

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From 4am on Monday 6 December, UK and Irish citizens and residents arriving from Nigeria must isolate in a Government-approved managed quarantine facility for 10 days, and receive two negative PCR tests, as further precautionary action is taken against the Omicron variant.

She says currently, the majority of cases in the UK have clear links to overseas travel from South Africa and Nigeria, and over the past week 21 reported Omicron cases in England originating from Nigeria.

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“A temporary travel ban will therefore be introduced for all non-UK and non-Irish citizens and residents who have been in Nigeria in the last 10 days, meaning they will be refused entry into the UK. This does not apply to those who have stayed airside and only transited through Nigeria while changing flights.

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“These additional measures are vital to delay the import of additional cases and slow the rise in cases within the UK. However, as the Prime Minister set out on 27 November, the UK Government will review all temporary measures after three weeks to ensure that they remain necessary and proportionate, and this will take place on 20 December,” she explained.

It would be recalled that last weekend, 10 countries were added to the red list and it was announced that all vaccinated passengers arriving in the UK must take a day 2 PCR test and self-isolate until they receive a negative result. Since then, the geographical spread of Omicron has increased considerably, with 37 countries around the world now reporting Omicron cases and over 134 cases identified in the UK.
“Anyone arriving from Nigeria before 4am Monday 6 December, will be advised and strongly encouraged to isolate at home for 10 days from the beginning of their arrival in England. Their household should also self-isolate for 10 days with them. Affected individuals will be contacted and offered free PCR tests to be taken on day 8 after their arrival,” the British High Commissioner stated.

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“Travellers should not attempt to travel to the UK from a red list country without a Managed Quarantine Service (MQS) booking, as they will not be able to board a flight and could be subject to a Fixed Penalty Notice at the UK border. You must book your managed quarantine package before you travel to England using the booking portal administered by Corporate Travel Management (CTM).”

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Le Nigeria a besoin de fédérateurs et de rassembleurs (VP Osinbajo)

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Le vice-président Yemi Osinbajo a affirmé ce samedi que le Nigeria n’a pas seulement besoin de personnes qui réussissent, mais surtout d’hommes et de femmes qui construisent des liens et unifient, et qui considèrent la diversité ethnique du pays comme une source de force et non comme un point de différence.

Le professeur Osinbajo a fait cette déclaration lors de la cérémonie de couronnement religieux: turban de certaines personnalités dans l’émirat de Bida, dans l’État du Niger.

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Félicitant ceux qui ont été honorés lors de l’événement, le vice-président a intimé que “l’Etsu Nupe a judicieusement choisi aujourd’hui de célébrer l’excellence et le service désintéressé.”

“Ils ont tous apporté compétence, engagement et caractère aux postes de responsabilité qui leur ont été confiés. Et cela est évident d’après tout ce que nous savons et ce qui a été dit à leur sujet”, a-t-il révélé.

Le vice-président pense aussi que la remise de ces titres était un nouvel appel au service de la communauté de Bida et de la nation, ajoutant que “notre pays a besoin d’hommes et de femmes qui comprennent que tous les hommes et toutes les femmes, indépendamment de leur race et de leur foi, méritent d’être traités de manière égale, équitable et juste.”

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Le professeur Osinbajo a également réaffirmé l’engagement du gouvernement fédéral à renforcer la sécurité dans tout le pays.

“Nous continuerons à travailler avec les principales parties prenantes et la population pour relever efficacement les défis actuels de l’insécurité afin de parvenir à une société pacifique et prospère. Nous promettons de le faire à la gloire du Tout-Puissant et pour le bénéfice du peuple qui nous a élus”, a-t-il martelé.

Tout en notant que “de nombreux fils et filles de la terre Nupe se sont élevés à l’avant-scène au Nigeria avant et après l’indépendance, apportant des contributions significatives au développement national, le vice-président a ajouté que l’administration du président Muhammadu Buhari a reconnu l’importance stratégique de la terre Nupe dans le développement national.

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Selon lui, “c’est pourquoi, il y a quelques semaines à peine, le Conseil exécutif fédéral a approuvé la reconstruction des principales routes de l’État du Niger. Cette administration comprend que pour améliorer durablement le niveau de vie de la population, nous devons nous attaquer aux inégalités socio-économiques persistantes de notre société en veillant à ce que nos concitoyens soient engagés dans une activité économique légitime.

“C’est pourquoi nous avons et continuerons à donner la priorité à la croissance et au développement de l’agriculture. Entre juillet et septembre 2021, l’agriculture a contribué à près de 30 % du PIB total du Nigeria. Le Nupe-land, avec ses vastes terres agricoles et ses activités agricoles étendues, est essentiel pour atteindre ce chiffre.”

Le vice-président a célébré la culture du peuple Nupe et ses contributions au développement national au cours de l’histoire de la nation.

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“Le royaume Nupe est une terre imprégnée de la splendeur de la tradition. En effet, cette occasion nous fournit une plateforme pour apprécier le riche patrimoine culturel du peuple Nupe, un peuple fier et distingué avec une histoire unique et en regardant autour du Palais Wadata ici, nous pouvons voir certains des vestiges des batailles, des symboles de la bravoure et de l’héroïsme Nupe “, a-t-il renchéri.

Le leader nigérian a ajouté que la terre Nupe a aujourd’hui “la chance d’avoir un de ses grands fils, qui a eu une carrière illustre dans l’armée nigériane et a atteint le rang de général avant de répondre à l’appel du service de son peuple, pour prendre la place de ses ancêtres en tant que 13e Etsu Nupe. Son Altesse Royale, Alhaji (Dr.) Yahaya Abubakar, CFR, notre hôte aujourd’hui. Et il est sans conteste l’un des chefs traditionnels les plus respectés au Nigeria aujourd’hui.”

L’Etsu Nupe et président du Conseil des chefs traditionnels de l’État du Niger, Alhaji Dr. Yahaya Abubakar, CFR, dans un geste de bonne volonté et d’appréciation, a conféré au vice-président le “Garkuwan Yamma Nupe” qui signifie “le défenseur du royaume Nupe”.

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“Je suis à court de mots pour exprimer notre gratitude au vice-président. Cela montre l’intérêt que vous portez à tous les Nigérians, quels qu’ils soient et d’où qu’ils viennent”, a souligné Etsu Nupe.

L’Etsu Nupe a ainsi couronné quatre éminents fonctionnaires, dont Said Musa Abdullahi, membre de la Chambre des représentants, qui est devenu Gwarzon Nupe, et Bako Alfa Kasimu, en qualité de Zarman Nupe. Il est également membre de la Chambre des représentants.

Les autres sont l’Engr. Muhammed Alhaji Haruna, qui a reçu un turban en tant que Dan Turakin Nupe. Il est membre de la Chambre d’assemblée de l’État du Niger, et Dr Suleiman Sheshi, président du Conseil de gouvernement local de Bida, qui a reçu le titre de Maina Nupe.

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À son arrivée à Bida, le professeur Osinbajo a été accueilli par le gouverneur de l’État, Abubakar Sani Bello.

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