I am a strong believer in a stronger Swedish defense. Not only to be able to defend boarders and keep the population safe, but also as a preemptive measure in order to discourage any present or future aggressor.
When the world economy continues to spin out of control and nationalist- and communist movements grow in size and power a strong defense will be essential for safekeeping of the land. And finally I also believe that a strong defense is needed not only to defend but also to have the ability to strike at a faraway enemy – if such a thing is ever needed.
This demands, at the very least, a doubling of the defense budget and, perhaps even more important, it is needed to put the effort in already today. It takes time to build a strong defense and it takes a lot of effort to secure the boarders and hire enough soldiers to keep the Swedish population safe. I strongly suggest that a few government own companies is sold of immediately and that at least a portion of the money brought in is spent on the air force, the Navy (coastal defenses) and surface-to-air missile systems in order to buy us time to develop and strengthen the rest of our defenses.
A strong belief in protection of the country and its people is not the same as having a desire to send underfunded and under-equipped Swedish soldiers to conflicts across the world where we have nothing to gain but enemies. Bring our people home; NOW!
IF, and I strongly stress the word “IF” someone, for whatever reason, attacks us, we should be able to and willing to fight back. However helping the CIA grow poppies while U.S. drones fly around butchering children in a faraway country where the population has never, EVER, done anything to Sweden or the Swedish people, is stupid at best, highly dangerous at worst. Those people will want revenge against their aggressors and oppressors and do you really think a demented Muslim idiot seeing virgins waiting for him on the other side really care if he blows up an American complex or a Swedish one?
And now a seemingly bloodthirsty foreign minister wants Swedish troops to involve themselves in the Mali conflict. Why? What the hell is the point of that!? I think too many Swedes watch too many American movies and think they should be as cool as “those guys”.
I would get it if we got attacked, and I could even sort of understand if we went into a country to steal their oil and riches and in order to kill them all and sell their women as slaves. I sort of would understand, not agree and I would strongly oppose such notions, but I could get it. But just sending people randomly here and there for no reason and no purpose and with no gain whatsoever? Why?
Stop meddling in other people´s affairs and stop following the butchers and mass murders of the U.S. killing machine. We have enough problems, present and future ones, and we don’t need to go get enemies for no apparent reason.
Bring our troops home, let them stay home and give them all the funding and equipment they need to defend our borders and our people.