Mr. Assange is a shame

I write this in English so that my (very limited) international audience can understand. I also believe a comment from Sweden is appropriate in case anyone out there would like to know what Swedes think about the Assange-affair.

Why is Julian Assange running? It’s very simple. He’s wanted by the prosecutors in Sweden for a hearing in a rape case. He is a suspected rapist. He might go to jail.

There isn’t anything more to the story. Already in 2010 The Guardian reveald the details about the case:

Her account to police, which Assange disputes, stated that he began stroking her leg as they drank tea, before he pulled off her clothes and snapped a necklace that she was wearing. According to her statement she “tried to put on some articles of clothing as it was going too quickly and uncomfortably but Assange ripped them off again”. Miss A told police that she didn’t want to go any further “but that it was too late to stop Assange as she had gone along with it so far”, and so she allowed him to undress her.

According to the statement, Miss A then realised he was trying to have unprotected sex with her. She told police that she had tried a number of times to reach for a condom but Assange had stopped her by holding her arms and pinning her legs. The statement records Miss A describing how Assange then released her arms and agreed to use a condom, but she told the police that at some stage Assange had “done something” with the condom that resulted in it becoming ripped, and ejaculated without withdrawing.

I dont’ know if any of this is true. I have no opinion about it either. That is for the prosecutors and the courts to deal with.

What I resent is Assange’s proclamation of himself as a hero in a imagined fight for free speech. There are plenty of people around the world who really are fighting for the right to speak freely. Yesterday the three women of the punk band Pussy Riot in Russia got sentenced to two years in jail. They were brave enough to let them selves get arrested. They didn’t run.

In comparison Assange is just a fool. He says he is running away from the CIA. It is pathetic. Apparently he doesn’t even understand that running away makes him look guilty.

(My apologies for all grammatical and spelling errors.)

Enda politiska punkbandet som någonsin åstadkommit något

Hur många punkband har inte velat göra något radikalt, något som verkligen förändrar samhället? Massor. Men resultatet har varit klent. Ryska Pussy Riot är såvitt jag vet det enda punkband som faktiskt åstadkommit något.

Det är inte lätt att vara diktator. Lukasjenko bombarderas med nallebjörnar och Putin hånas av ett punkband som plötsligt fått världsrykte.

Humorn har alltid varit ett av de vassaste vapnen mot politiskt förtryck. Den israeliska författaren Amos Oz skriver i sin bok Hur man botar en fanatiker att typiskt för fanatikern är att han saknar humor. Han kan inte skämta om något, allra minst sig själv.

Diktatorer har samma problem. Diktatorer söker folklig legitimitet genom att hävda att de är handlingskraftiga. De gör anspråk på att vara dugliga starka män. Demokrati är bara en massa tjafs, men med en rejäl karl som styr med fast hand blir det ordning. Men denna roll går inte att kombinera med att folk gör sig löjliga över sin ledare.

Demokratins logik fungerar på ett helt annat sätt. Demokratiska ledare får sin legitimitet av att de är valda till sina poster. En ledarens personliga auktoritet blir inte lika viktig. Människor är lojala med sina demokratiskt valda ledare i alla fall, trots att de samtidigt älskar att häckla dem.

Pussy Riot har fått in en fullträff på Putin. Hur han ska krångla sig ur det här utan att göra sig till åtlöje blir intressant att se.

Pussy Riot förtjänar också beröm för att vara det enda politiska punkband som någonsin som åstadkommit något.

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