Swedish hypocrisy : Aiding Saudis in building Arms Factory

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  1. Singh

    Singh Phat Cat Administrator

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    Wow, check out Swedish Hypocriscy, they call for democracy and human rights worldwide, yet deal with perhaps the most brutal dictatorial regime in the world.

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    STOCKHOLM — Sweden has in secret been helping Saudi Arabia plan the construction of an arms factory to produce anti-tank missiles, public broadcaster Swedish Radio reported March 6.

    The Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) has helped Saudi Arabia since 2007, though construction on “Project Simoom” has yet to begin, the station said, citing hundreds of classified documents and interviews with key players.

    Sweden has in the past sold weapons to Saudi Arabia but classified government documents state that Project Simoom “pushes the boundaries of what is possible for a Swedish authority,” the radio said.

    “The fact that an authority such as FOI is involved in the planning of a weapons factory for a government in a dictatorship such as Saudi Arabia is quite unique,” the station said.

    FOI director general Jan-Olof Lind denied the existence of the project.

    “We do not have a project agreement with that country,” he told the Swedish Radio.

    Asked specifically if there has been a Project Simoom with Saudi Arabia, Lind replied: “No. And I do not wish to comment on discussions that may or may not have occurred between Sweden and Saudi Arabia. These discussions are classified.”

    But several former FOI employees confirmed the existence of the project to Swedish Radio, including Dick Straeng, who led the project until 2010 and was one of Lind’s closest colleagues.

    “If I were to contradict your claims I would have to say that the documents you are showing me are fakes, and they are not,” he said when presented with the classified material.

    He said the Swedish government was fully aware of the plans.

    “Here is a document that the director general signed and sent to the ministry,” he said.

    The defense ministry refused to comment on the report because of the classified nature of the project.

    “I can’t comment on the cooperation,” state secretary Haakan Jevrell told the station.

    Swedish Radio claimed that to avoid any direct links to FOI and the government, FOI set up a company that would handle the dealings with Saudi Arabia.

    “FOI has, as far as the defense ministry knows, no collaboration with the company mentioned in the radio report,” Defence Minister Sten Tolgfors wrote on his blog.

    “There are no government decisions giving FOI a mandate to build a factory for weapons production,” he added.

    Swedish Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt had only a brief comment.

    “The government is responsible for ensuring that legislation and regulations are in place and followed, and I presume that the responsible authorities have respected the law,” he told news agency TT.

    The co-head of Sweden’s opposition Greens Party demanded an investigation and reported Defense Minister Sten Tolgfors to parliament’s KU committee, which scrutinizes ministers’ handling of governmental affairs.

    “KU must examine whether the defense minister’s actions are in line with Sweden’s democratic ideals and international commitments,” Gustav Fridolin said in a statement.

    He said a Swedish collaboration with Saudi Arabia would not be beneficial for democracy in the world or Swedish interests.

    “Sweden should not ruin its good reputation by supporting the militaries of dictatorships,” he said.

    Sweden Secretly Aiding Saudis in Arms Factory Work: Report | Defense News | defensenews.com
     
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  3. LETHALFORCE

    LETHALFORCE Moderator Moderator

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    They demonstrated their hypocrisy years ago when they sold eeryie AWAC to pak.
     
  4. Tolaha

    Tolaha Senior Member Senior Member

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    The Swedes might argue that anti-tank missiles are "defensive" weapons and not offensive!
     
  5. Ray

    Ray The Chairman Defence Professionals Moderator

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    Anti Tank missiles can also be an offensive weapon when a part of a force that has gone into the offensive.
     
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    sob Moderator Moderator

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    Swedes are one of the biggest Hypocrites. On one hand they are part of the Nobel Committee and they also have one of the most active Defense industries in the world.
     
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    pack leader Defence Professionals Defence Professionals

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    anti tank missiles are used by Hamas in Gaza against school bus and civilian residence
    Sweden is the most hypocritical cowardly Arab and Islamic appeasing country in Europe there is no hope for them
     
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    Uruk Regular Member

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    Yeah, its been on the news a lot lately. As for being Arab appeasing....
     
  9. Adux

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    Extrememly commie and Israel hating, not to mention inbred hatred for USA. They are basically a population of anarchists.
     
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  10. Uruk

    Uruk Regular Member

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    Wow, perhaps trying to read something other than JDL sites would give you a better understanding of Sweden
     
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    W.G.Ewald Defence Professionals/ DFI member of 2 Defence Professionals

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