When the Swedish parliament debated the issue of recognition of the genocide that IS is behind on minorities, such as Christians and others, only three parties voted for a recognition.
The other parties that voted against it, reasoned that the question didn’t belong in the parliament.
– There is no doubt about our determination to bring the perpetrators to court. It is the court that will judge, we from Centerpartiet says yes, there has been a genocide, but it is not up to the government and parliament to decide, said Kerstin Lundgren (C).
– A historic betrayal, said Sofia Damm (KD).
– It is shameful and it makes me deeply, deeply disappointed, said Julia Kronlid (SD).
Two governing parties, Socialdemokraterna and Miljöpartiet, didn’t want to admit that IS’ crimes should be described as a genocide. Social Democrat Anders Österberg said that IS “at least is guilty of attempted genocide”, a stance that was met with a series of angry counterattacks from the others.
– Our ability to act is not about what we call it, said Anders Österberg.
– The perpetrators must be sent to the International Criminal Court, no matter what the Swedish Parliament chooses to call the crimes commited by IS.
Valter Mutt from the Green Party avoided the issue altogether.
The Christian Democrat Robert Halef (it was he who wrote the motion that the entire proposal on genocide recognition was based) made it clear about how disappointed he was. As he lined up the crimes of IS, with beheadings and mass murder, he wondered:
– What is needed for the parliament and the government to recognize a genocide?
79 members (all of L, KD and SD, and three Moderates) voted for acknowledging the genocide, while 230 voted against.
One of those three Moderates voting for it, and against his own party, was Hanif Bali. Now he’s been kicked out from Moderaterna as its political spokesperson of integration, and also from his place in the Labour Market Committee.