The "Wallstrom Affair" - How Saudi Arabia Reacts When Politicians Expose The Truth About The Kingdom

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Authored by Nick Cohen, originally posted at The Spectator,

Sweden’s feminist foreign minister has dared to tell the truth about Saudi Arabia. What happens now concerns us all

Margot Wallström’s principled stand deserves wide support. Betrayal seems more likely...

If the cries of ‘Je suis Charlie’ were sincere, the western world would be convulsed with worry and anger about the Wallström affair. It has all the ingredients for a clash-of-civilisations confrontation.

A few weeks ago Margot Wallström, the Swedish foreign minister, denounced the subjugation of women in Saudi Arabia. As the theocratic kingdom prevents women from travelling, conducting official business or marrying without the permission of male guardians, and as girls can be forced into child marriages where they are effectively raped by old men, she was telling no more than the truth. Wallström went on to condemn the Saudi courts for ordering that Raif Badawi receive ten years in prison and 1,000 lashes for setting up a website that championed secularism and free speech. These were ‘mediaeval methods’, she said, and a ‘cruel attempt to silence modern forms of expression’. And once again, who can argue with that?

The backlash followed the pattern set by Rushdie, the Danish cartoons and Hebdo. Saudi Arabia withdrew its ambassador and stopped issuing visas to Swedish businessmen. The United Arab Emirates joined it. The Organisation of Islamic Co-operation, which represents 56 Muslim-majority states, accused Sweden of failing to respect the world’s ‘rich and varied ethical standards’ — standards so rich and varied, apparently, they include the flogging of bloggers and encouragement of paedophiles. Meanwhile, the Gulf Co-operation Council condemned her ‘unaccept-able interference in the internal affairs of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’, and I wouldn’t bet against anti-Swedish riots following soon.

Yet there is no ‘Wallström affair’. Outside Sweden, the western media has barely covered the story, and Sweden’s EU allies have shown no inclination whatsoever to support her. A small Scandinavian nation faces sanctions, accusations of Islamophobia and maybe worse to come, and everyone stays silent. As so often, the scandal is that there isn’t a scandal.

It is a sign of how upside-down modern politics has become that one assumes that a politician who defends freedom of speech and women’s rights in the Arab world must be some kind of muscular liberal, or neocon, or perhaps a supporter of one of Scandinavia’s new populist right-wing parties whose commitment to human rights is merely a cover for anti-Muslim hatred. But Margot Wallström is that modern rarity: a left-wing politician who goes where her principles take her.

She is foreign minister in Sweden’s weak coalition of Social Democrats and Greens, and took office promising a feminist foreign policy. She recognised Palestine in October last year — and, no, the Arab League and Organisation of Islamic Co-operation and Gulf Co-operation Council did not condemn her ‘unacceptable interference in the internal affairs of Israel’. I confess that her gesture struck me as counterproductive at the time. But after Benjamin Netanyahu ruled out a Palestinian state as he used every dirty trick he could think of to secure his re-election, she can claim with justice that history has vindicated her.

She moved on to the Saudi version of sharia law. Her criticism was not just rhetorical. She said that it was unethical for Sweden to continue with its military co-operation agreement with Saudi Arabia. In other words, she threatened Swedish arms companies’ ability to make money. Saudi Arabia’s denial of business visas to Swedes threatened to hurt other companies’ profits too. You might think of Swedes as upright social democrats, who have never let worries of appearing tedious stand in the way of their righteousness. But that has never been wholly true, and is certainly not true when there is money at stake.

Sweden is the world’s 12th largest arms exporter — quite an achievement for a country of just nine million people. Its exports to Saudi Arabia total $1.3 billion. Business leaders and civil servants are also aware that other Muslim-majority countries may follow Saudi Arabia’s lead. During the ‘cartoon crisis’ — a phrase I still can’t write without snorting with incredulity — Danish companies faced global attacks and the French supermarket chain Carrefour took Danish goods off the shelves to appease Muslim customers. A co-ordinated campaign by Muslim nations against Sweden is not a fanciful notion. There is talk that Sweden may lose its chance to gain a seat on the UN Security Council in 2017 because of Wallström.

To put it as mildly as I can, the Swedish establishment has gone wild. Thirty chief executives signed a letter saying that breaking the arms trade agreement ‘would jeopardise Sweden’s reputation as a trade and co-operation partner’. No less a figure than His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf himself hauled Wallström in at the weekend to tell her that he wanted a compromise. Saudi Arabia has successfully turned criticism of its brutal version of Islam into an attack on all Muslims, regardless of whether they are Wahhabis or not, and Wallström and her colleagues are clearly unnerved by accusations of Islamophobia. The signs are that she will fold under the pressure, particularly when the rest of liberal Europe shows no interest in supporting her.

Sins of omission are as telling as sins of commission. The Wallström non-affair tells us three things.

It is easier to instruct small countries such as Sweden and Israel on what they can and cannot do than America, China or a Saudi Arabia that can call on global Muslim support when criticised.


Second, a Europe that is getting older and poorer is starting to find that moral stands in foreign policy are luxuries it can no longer afford. Saudi Arabia has been confident throughout that Sweden needs its money more than it needs Swedish imports.


Finally, and most revealingly in my opinion, the non-affair shows us that the rights of women always come last. To be sure, there are Twitter storms about sexist men and media feeding frenzies whenever a public figure uses ‘inappropriate language’. But when a politician tries to campaign for the rights of women suffering under a brutally misogynistic clerical culture she isn’t cheered on but met with an embarrassed and hugely revealing silence.

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hedgeless_horseman's picture



Is this the same hot Scandinavian Minister from the solemn Nelson Mandela Memorial Service?

Croesus's picture

Like everything else, "They" support a cause, when it suits their agenda. 

"Right" is relative. 

A much-better cause, would stem from a careful examination of 'what people really want out of life', regardless of race, creed, color, or religion, resulting in a determindation of Rights, and documentation of such "unalienable truths". 

Oh wait, it's already been done..."worthless" pieces of paper...


Eirik Magnus Larssen's picture

"unacceptable interference in [the] internal affairs"

The age-old cries of oppressors.

Jtrillian's picture

With allies like these...

Just see the 28 pages on youtube and you'll have everything you need to know what this regime is all about.  This is a tyranical regime plain and simple.  They have been opressing people and misleading the West (with help from the mainstream media) for decades.  Our failed foreign policy was to make these folks rich and powerful by providing them with US dollars and arms in exchange for cheap oil. 

Karma people.  It's a B*tch.  The chickens will soon come home to roost and these Wahhabist extremists will soon show us their love with a sabre in the back. 

beemasters's picture

"In other words, she threatened Swedish arms companies’ ability to make money. "

In true other words, while Sweden maybe the 12th largest arm exporter, SA is the largest Swedish-arm-using-terrorist exporter.

Money Boo Boo's picture

....and the USSSA is the first to prostrate themselves to the House of Saud, Poppa Bush style!!! _ circa 1972


it's been going on for decades!

SickDollar's picture

"It is easier to instruct small countries such as Sweden and Israel on what they can and cannot do"

He lost me right there, than I checked the name of the writer : A JOO, named COHEN

Mr Joo Coen  discreetly added Israel as a small country, that the world dictate its will LOL,

Are you kidding me Israel rules the USSA and the money supply. The are small but the RULE THE WORLD



Theosebes Goodfellow's picture

So she recognized Palestine, (a woman-suppressing Muslim state), without feminist qualms but now has her panties in a bunch over the House of saud, ( another woman-suppressing Muslim state). Why do I see a conflict here?

Look, I think that she's calling the Muslims over their mysogeny great. I think it is a big enough deal that Sweden needs to not be selling arms to places that subjugate women. Apparently Swedish weapons sellers think this is a non-issue. But no one is asking them lately about how they feel about the problems Swedish women have walking at night in Malmo these days. Maybe if Ms. Wallstrom got the wives, mothers, sisters and daughters of said arms sellers to walk Malmo at night unescorted these arms sellers might see things differently.

BTW, that is some serious stank-eye ol' Moochie is putting on dat white woman. She don't looked too pleased attttttt alllllllll.

TruthHunter's picture

"unacceptable" you say?

In that case regime change will HAVE TO be acceptable I say.

BennyBoy's picture

If the Vkings had kept rowing south they would have conquered that sand pile and it could now be known as Wallstrom Arabia.


Royal Family = Dictators Family

fleur de lis's picture

She should focus her attention closer to home instead of half way around the globe. If she paid as much attention to Swedish women's rights on their on streets where they can no longer walk without fear of random attacks instead of a Kingdom that wants no part of her lectures, Sweden might be a safer place.

Alas no, Sweden has turned into a neurotic, gynecentric society unable to protect its own women.

XuscitizenSweden's picture

Nope....pretty sure it's Helli Schimdt or something like that; Regardless,it's the ex PM of Danmark


Correction. Helle is her name

gmak's picture

Michelle is not a happy camper. If looks could kill - wait, watch out for drones Wallstrom.

LukeWorm's picture

That's the Danish Prime Minister.

Consuelo's picture

Gawd the look on Lakeisha's face is $priceless...



nuubee's picture

Hot? You're just saying that because Reggie always looks like he has a 5-o'clock shadow.

Lumberjack's picture

HH, hot off the press...


U.S. judge orders deposition of Cosby's wife kept under seal


A U.S. magistrate judge has ordered that a deposition of Bill Cosby's wife in connection with sexual assault allegations against the comedian should be kept under seal.

The order, entered by Magistrate Judge David Hennessy late on Monday in U.S. District Court in Springfield, Massachusetts, follows a request by Cosby family attorneys to delay the interview of Camille Cosby, the entertainer's spouse of almost 52 years and business manager. She is scheduled to be deposed on Wednesday.

The Massachusetts civil suit is one of a series of legal actions Cosby, 78, is facing over claims by more than 50 women that the actor sexually assaulted them after plying them with drugs and alcohol, in alleged instances that played out over decades.

Cosby's lawyers had argued that the intimate nature of the questions Camille Cosby could face in the deposition could cause her embarrassment if they were released publicly.

People magazine on Tuesday reported that Camille remained firm in her support of her husband, citing an unnamed source the magazine said was close to the family.

"They remain steadfast and resolute about working through this together," People quoted the source as saying.


A spokesman for Cosby did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.


This is from earlier this year...


Published on Jul 21, 2015

South African President, Nelson Mandela played tour guide Thursday at his former prison island to U-S First Lady, Hillary Clinton and American comedian, Bill Cosby.

Lumberjack's picture

Bill Cosby Donated To The Clinton Foundation. Will The Charity Return The Money?


Numerous organizations had disassociated themselves from Bill Cosby even before the comedian was charged with a crime for any of the alleged sexual assaults he committed over the years. Colleges and universities have scrubbed the formerly-beloved TV dad’s name from their buildings. Others have rescinded honorary degrees given to Cosby and more have returned donations he has provided.

But one organization that has yet to make a move regarding Cosby is the Clinton Foundation.

As was reported earlier this year, the “Cosby Show” creator gave between $1,001 and $5,000 to the non-profit organization operated by former president Bill Clinton and his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

Even as dozens of women came forward to accuse Cosby of sexually assaulting them over the past several decades, the charity declined to relinquish the Cosby cash. And in a particularly awkward interview in July, Clinton campaign communications director Jennifer Palmieri hemmed and hawed when asked whether the Foundation would return the money.

froze25's picture

The Democrat Left is brain dead. Hitlary could be caught smoking crack with a under age Tranny hooker and it wouldn't matter. The list of people that have died around the Clinton's should be enough but it isn't. The numerous rapes and sexual assaults by Bill should of been enough but it isn't and will never be. They are totally criminals, totally use people as they see fit and discard or kill or destroy their reputations as they see fit. The media is bought and paid for and the Clintons know it.

WhackoWarner's picture

HILARY could be photo'd with a gun in her hand shooting a homeless person in NYC who was blocking her path to Wall St.   The insanity would kick in and it would be deemed as self defense somehow.  Ain't no way any Karma kicks in until the masses finally "get it".  That will only happen when the $ crashes and retirement accounts are wiped out yet again.

Always follow the money.  When the money evaporates once again then the SHTF. 

beemasters's picture

What Clinton Foundation donations gets you

$100-$9,999: Annual Xmas card from the Foundation.
$10,000=$99,999: The Clinton NY party invitation.
$100,000 upwards: Political favors and protection team.

detached.amusement's picture

wake me when Billy boy receives even remotely the same treatment for his rapes and such

Bloppy's picture

Saudis obviously know Obama's a wimp and feel free to do whatever the hell they want, free of American consequences.




New Ted Cruz ad features journalists, lawyers in suits crossing border from Mexico

detached.amusement's picture

not quite as entertaining as the jourlanist that crossed the rio grande dressed as osama bin laden

BullyBearish's picture

Nice job Sweden...takes balls to stand up to the flagitious four: U.S., U.K., Saudi Arabia, Israhell

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I'd DO her.  With pleasure.  Repeatedly.  And so might Obummer, by the looks of it.

The Wookie, OTOH, wants to do her in.

Moochelle, look at the bright side:  She's Danish, she might go for a 'Menage-a-trois'.  Danish pastry, anyone?  

Yo, Barak, is that Danish Pastry Sugar on your lips?

Wulfkind's picture

Is this the same hot Scandinavian Minister from the solemn Nelson Mandela Memorial Service?


UH OH !!    I think Moochelle is finding out that the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.  Daddy(s) liked the white meat......seems the son does too.

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Oh god if you were married to a wookie like TMichelle would you not have eyes for anything that was not TMichelle?

Her face is next to "Surly", "Selfish" and "Ugly" in the dictionary!

Wulfkind's picture

I think the word you're looking for is Surfugly.

DownWithYogaPants's picture

Man look at the face on TMichelle Obama!  She ain't happy the white womans is better lookin dem hur.  Wah Obammy not lookin at me.  Ah dindu nuffins!

besnook's picture

because all women should have the freedom to fuck with abandon like western women?>the saudis are nutz but for a western woman to declare herself liberated  is a more insidious claim.

t0mmyBerg's picture

The Saudis are worse than nuts, they are a fucking cancer on the world, the most insidious and disgusting bunch of fuckers on gods green earth.  That we have had a dollar and political and military pact with them these last 30-70 years is shameful and horrifying and disgusting.  Fuck the Saudis. 

__Usury__'s picture
this came out in 1994.....its a must read The Fall of the House of Saud

''Americans have long considered Saudi Arabia the one constant in the Arab Middle East—a source of cheap oil, political stability, and lucrative business relationships. But the country is run by an increasingly dysfunctional royal family that has been funding militant Islamic movements abroad in an attempt to protect itself from them at home. A former CIA operative argues, in an article drawn form his new book, Sleeping With the Devil, that today's Saudi Arabia can't last much longer—and the social and economic fallout of its demise could be calamitous''

Consuelo's picture

The Sods will get a royal fucking, as the phonetic pronounciation of their name implies, and 'ole Vlad is going to oversee it...

F0ster's picture

The Sunni's and Shiites are preparing to nuke each other. 



Fidelios Automata's picture

Hey, I'm totally in favor of Arab women fucking with abandon. All the negative stereotypes notwithstanding, one of the hottest women I ever met was Jordanian.

besnook's picture

my hottest woman was armenian, good christian orthodox girl from lebanon. talk about fucking with abandon!

WhackoWarner's picture

All women should have equal access to the opportunities and as well to the the mistakes made by men. Regardless of your pontificating, judging sexism.

besnook's picture

but they don't. try divorce court and no draft for beginners. the west has been rotted by feminist women. you don't see women in japan complaining. they want to stay home and take care of the house and kids(the ones that have them). they understand a partnership has to have set roles. besides, any man lucky enough and smart enough will have a strong woman as a wife, feminism or no feminism. that is what western woman can't figure out.

Ignatius's picture

Westen media barely covered the story?  Wow, you don't say.

fasTTcar's picture

Even the original article is almost a year old.

True Blue's picture

Like they never mentioned good ol' Osama binLaden being a Prince of the House of Saud? Shocked I tell ya...shocked...

hal10000's picture

Anyone surprised?

Mercury's picture

That's terrible about women in Saudi Arabia but wait, I'm confused....if women and men in Saudi are kept separate from birth untill marriage does that mean that all Saudi men are virgins/sexual novices on their wedding night?

If not....does that mean there a robust prostitution industry in Saudi that I'm not aware of?

Hmmm...there sure seems to be a missing piece to the puzzle here...

Also, good thing Sweden is very protective about their way of life and all the egalitarian benefits their citizens enjoy via their common, shared culture. Luckily Sweden hasn't done anything stupid to jeopardize that.

cheech_wizard's picture

>If not....does that mean there a robust prostitution industry in Saudi that I'm not aware of?

Actually, they just head over the border to Qatar.


Sanity Bear's picture

They practice on little boys under the theory that if you're not the catcher, it's not gay for you to do it.


I wish I were kidding or exaggerating.

froze25's picture

I have heard that from other published articles as well.

datura's picture

actually Saudis usually have foreign slaves, literally slaves, so I would not worry about their men's lack of sex. They can just whip their foreign female slave to death, if she does not obey his urge. Saudis really are not much different from ISIS. When some Saudis visited our spas (in EU, Central Europe), we witnessed in horror that they also punish their servants/slaves by starving them. Those poor creatures were so hungry that we brought them food in secret. I have hated Saudis ever since. They are absolutely evil devils. No evil is forbidden to them. And the USA is married to this evil. Till death do us part.


jakesdad's picture

we shouldn't joke about this - one day a sjw paradox could rupture the very fabric of spacetime & destroy the universe!


(OMG!  if we don't support her we're SEXIST!!! but, OMG!, if we do we're ISLAMAPHOBES!!!  quick, someone figure out how to blame this on w or trump before the feedback loop detonates twitter!!!)

youngman's picture

The silence speaks volumes of how corrupt our 4th rail is....but if Trump says Chick..he will get railroaded....