Under Gustav Vasa…

Under strikt överinseende av Gustav Vasa samlades hemresande sändebud och UD:s personal i övrigt i kväll på Nordiska Muséet i Stockholm för att umgås i dessa ordförandeskapets krävande månader.

Och trevligt blev det.

På sina håll har det under senare år varit populärt att ifrågasätta UD och det arbete.

Men då kändes det viktigt att konstatera att vi under den senaste tiden korats till Sveriges mest attraktiva arbetsplats bland unga jurister, Sverige sjätte mest attraktiva arbetsplats bland unga ekonomer och Sveriges mest attraktiva arbetsplats inom den offentliga sektorn.

Det innebär inte att vi inte kan bli bättre. Det kan vi säkert. Och det skall vi.

Men det innebär att vi förblir en av landets mest attraktiva och efterfrågade arbetsplatser.

Och är det så underligt?

Vi arbetar med fascinerande internationella frågeställningar, och just nu svettas och arbetar vi alla med att visa att vi är just de kompetenta européer som många förväntar oss att vi skall vara.

Vårt ordförandeskap i den Europeiska Unionen står förvisso inför många mycket svåra utmaningar. Det finns de som säger att det är det mest krävande i mannaminne.

Kanske det.

Men vår kanske största utmaning är förväntningarna. Det förväntas – av olika skäl – att vi inte bara skall vara bra, utan att vi också skall förmå att tangera att vara bäst.

Det kan nog ibland ses som krävande. Och jobbigt.

Men i grunden är det inspirerande och sporrande.

Och det märktes i kväll.

Lite strävt blickade Gustav Vasa- i Carl Milles imposanta tappning – ner på oss.

På piedestalen till hans klassiska monumentalstaty står skrivet ”Waren Svensk”.

Jo, det förblir vi nog.

Men just nu skall vi visa att vi verkligen är de kompetenta européerna.

Och det kommer vi att göra. Tillsammans.

18 Responses to Under Gustav Vasa…

  1. multilateralist skriver:

    Carl, du vet mycket väl att 99 procent av de som har röstat fram UD till en attraktiv arbetsplats aldrig har satt sin fot där och därför inte har en aning om vad det handlar om och hur det inre livet på denna arbetsplats ser ut. Kritiken handlar som bekant om oklar administrativ ledning, nedskärningar, ökade krav utan ökade resurser, otydliga/obefintliga prioriteringar, bristande personalpolitik, försämrade utlandsvillkor etc. Visst ska vi klara ordförandeskapet. TILLSAMMANS. Men den 1 januari går halva UD på långsemester, och många lär nog inte komma tillbaka med mindre än att vi får en myndighetschef och inte bara en – förvisso kompetent och europeisk – utrikesminister.

  2. svensays skriver:

    Jag tycker dock att detta är väldigt bra sagt av Carl, och kritiken som citeras av den anonyme kommentatorn kan riktas mot vilken offentlig instans som helst. Det är lika illa överallt, och det kan ingen enskild politiker lastas för. Det är den politiska situationen i sin helhet som skapar oordningen.

  3. yal67 skriver:

    ”The family lives in the tiny village of Imatin in the northern West Bank. Ghanem, 19, was killed by IDF soldiers during the first intifada on May 13, 1992.

    He was a Fatah activist who was wanted by the IDF for his involvement in violence.

    His mother, Sadeeka, said he was shot by an IDF sniper as he walked out of his home. ”The bullets hit him directly in the heart,” she said.

    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1251145107193&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull
    # yal67 säger:
    augusti 27, 2009 kl 6:57 f m

    ”is mother, Sadeeka, said he was shot by an IDF sniper as he walked out of his home. ”The bullets hit him directly in the heart,” she said.

    Ghanem’s younger brother, Jalal, said he could not confirm the allegations made by the Swedish newspaper that his brother’s organs had been stolen.

    ”I don’t know if this is true,” he said. ”We don’t have any evidence to support this.”

    Jalal said his brother was evacuated by the IDF in a helicopter and delivered to the family only a few days later.

    The mother denied that she had told any foreign journalist that her son’s organs had been stolen.

    However, she said that now she does not rule out the possibility that Israel was harvesting organs of Palestinians.

    Jalal and two cousins who claimed that they saw the body said the young man’s teeth were missing. They also said they saw stitches that ran from the chest down to the bottom of the stomach.

    ”Obviously, they performed some kind of an autopsy on the body,” the brother said. ”When the army handed us the body, we were ordered to bury him quickly and in the middle of the night.”

    Jalal said that he and other villagers recall that a Swedish photographer was in the village during the funeral and that he managed to take a number of pictures of the body before the funeral. ”That was the only time we saw this photographer,” he recounted.

    Ibrahim Ghanem, a relative of Bilal, said that the family never told the Swedish photographer that Israel had stolen organs from the dead man’s body.

    ”Maybe the journalist reached that conclusion on the basis of the stitches he saw on the body,” he said. ”But as far as the family is concerned, we don’t know if organs were removed from the body because we never performed our own autopsy. All we know is that Bilal’s teeth were missing.” ”

    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1251145107193&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

  4. krikon skriver:

    Swiss Foreign Minister Carl Bildt, whose country holds the rotating EU presidency, came to Istanbul and spoke about Chief of General
    Staff Gen. İlker Başbuğ’s statement on a ”unitary state”. ”I agree and I do not think anybody would question it. The important thing for Europe is Turkey’s unity and stability,” he said.

    http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/n.php?n=good-morning–turkey-press-scan-on-aug-27-2009-08-27

  5. tg46 skriver:

    Swiss??

  6. knutnu41 skriver:

    UD är både ett departement i regeringskansliet och en myndighet Det blr därmed lätt fel när vissa mindre initierade uttrycker uppfattningar om UD Tilläggas bör även att varje ambassad är en myndighet och ambassadören därmed myndighetschef Den som internt svarar för administrativ ledning är expeditionschefen,
    som har ett betydande mandat vad gäller beslut i
    adm.frågor och org.frågor Den som tror att utrikesministern ska svara för adm. ledning har totalt missförstått förhållandena

  7. yal67 skriver:

    Sweden’s shame over Israeli ‘organ theft’ nonstory

    Why won’t its government condemn the outrageous article that accused Israeli soldiers of harvesting Palestinian organs?

    By Alan Dershowitz

    Cambridge, Mass.

    The Swedish government has refused to condemn a ”blood libel” published by one of Sweden’s leading newspapers, Aftonbladet.

    The article claims that Jewish soldiers in Israel killed Palestinians in order to harvest their organs. The writer of the article, Donald Bostrom, has acknowledged that ”he has no idea whether the accusations are true.” Yet a widely read Swedish newspaper was prepared to publish this undocumented and highly volatile accusation without requiring its author to present any credible evidence.

    This false accusation is reminiscent of the medieval blood libels that falsely accused Jews of killing Christian children in order to use their blood for religious rituals. It is also reminiscent of the notorious Czarist forgery, the Protocols of the Elders of Zion. One expects this sort of thing from Iranian or Syrian newspapers, but not from Swedish papers.

    Not only has Foreign Minister Carl Bildt refused to issue a personal condemnation of the current ”organ libel,” his foreign ministry explicitly disavowed the denunciation that was issued by Sweden’s ambassador to Israel, who had called the article ”shocking and appalling.” In a self-righteous statement, Mr. Bildt claimed that condemnation of the article would be inappropriate because freedom of expression is a part of the Swedish Constitution.

    This is a bogus argument, as anyone who understands freedom of speech will attest. I have devoted much of my life to defending freedom of speech and consider myself something of an expert on the matter. Nobody is talking about censoring the Swedish press or imprisoning the writer of the absurd article. What we are talking about is expanding the marketplace of ideas to include a completely warranted condemnation of sloppy journalism and outrageous accusations that foment an already increasing anti-Semitism in Sweden.

    Freedom of speech is based on an open and vibrant marketplace of ideas. No journalist is immune from criticism for bigotry and defamation, even from high-ranking government officials.

    Swedish Prime Minister Fredik Reinfeldt’s claim that the Swedish Constitution prohibits government officials from commenting on false and defamatory press reports has been contradicted by the Swedish chancellor of justice, Goran Lambertz, who said the following:

    ”The government has considerable leeway in such matters. A minister can without risk say something along the lines of ‘We have no reason to believe these allegations,’ but would be contravening the Constitution if he or she actually criticized the decision to publish the article.” Mr. Lambertz then offered his own opinion that the decision to not comment was a nod to political considerations, not to legal constraints.

    Recall that virtually all government officials in Europe went out of their way to criticize and condemn the depiction of cartoons that offended some Muslims by portraying Muhammad. (More recently, the Yale Press withdrew these cartoons and other classic art depicting Muhammad out of fear of violent reaction.)

    Without getting into the business of comparative offensiveness, no reasonable person could argue that depicting a long-dead religious figure comes anywhere close to falsely accusing contemporary Jews of murdering innocent Palestinians to steal their organs.

    The reality is that the Swedish government simply does not want to get into a fight with the Muslim world, much as it didn’t want to get into a fight with the Nazis during World War II. Sweden seems willing to sell out the Jews in the name of neutrality, or in this case, in the false name of freedom of expression. Its silence is contemptible.

    As a Jew, but also as a strong defender of freedom of speech I am offended by Sweden’s craven complicity with evil . Freedom of speech carries with it certain obligations as well. One of those is to condemn false speech. The best answer to false speech is not censorship, it is truthfulness.

    By remaining silent in the face of the outrageous and unproven accusations contained in the Aftonbladet article, the Swedish prime and foreign ministers inevitably create the impression that they sympathize with the writer, and perhaps even with his conclusions – or, at the very least, that they don’t care enough to disassociate themselves from anti-Jewish defamation.

    Mr. Reinfeldt and Mr. Bildt, too, have freedom of speech, which they have exercised on many occasions. By choosing not to exercise it on this occasion – or even worse, by exercising it to criticize the Swedish ambassador to Israel for her condemnation of the article – they become facilitators of bigotry. They should be ashamed of themselves. Their country should be ashamed of them. And if their country is not ashamed of them, then every decent person in the world should be ashamed of Sweden.

    Silence in the face of evil is not an option. As Edmund Burke reminded us many years ago: ”All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” To that I may add, ”or say nothing.” The time has come for Swedish officials to tell the world what they really think of this blood libel.

    Alan M. Dershowitz is the Felix Frankfurter professor of law at Harvard Law School. His latest book is ”The Case Against Israel’s Enemies: Exposing Jimmy Carter and Others Who Stand in the Way of Peace.”

  8. Kachina skriver:

    Suck

    http://norran.se/nyheter/inrikes/article326928.ece

    Jag kräver att socialministern tar avstånd från den här artikeln. Den ger en falsk bild av verkligheten. Alliansen håller faktiskt på att montera ned och sälja ut det svenska samhället. (OBS. *ironi*)

    Vi har inte anställt vår regering till att kommentera tidningsartiklar.

  9. perfro skriver:

    Jan Eliasson,Urban Ahulin och Hans Blix har gjort bort sig.

  10. smalanningen skriver:

    yal67: Please stop your (by now) totally meaningless clutter in the comment sections of this blog.

    I wont argue with you about that article, its really terrible and should never have been printed… and I actually think most swedes agree on that as well. But just realize – because we wont ever give in – the matter is between Aftonbladet and whoever is offended by the article.

    And Fox News… Wow, thats a great news source. However, we dont tolerate those marriages in Sweden and i doubt it that you do either. So what is your issue? To make us believe that all arabs marries 10-year olds?

    Just give up. Thanks.

  11. kris08 skriver:

    Call us strange, but most Swedes probably think it is more evil to murder a teenager for throwing rocks than to speculate what the murderers did to his body…

  12. flyktingar skriver:

    May nobody put any Swede in a situation where she must shoot a rock throwing teenager.

  13. kris08 skriver:

    Must? As far as I know he was returning to his home alone and unarmed (not even with rocks…).

    If you kill people throwing rocks then should you be shocked when their countrymen return with rockets?

  14. flyktingar skriver:

    No shocked. Just sad.

  15. yal67 skriver:

    The fox link and other links are to show you one thing:

    Over reporting on Israel VS all the other evil in this world IS by itself a form of bigotry.

    Get your house in order . Get NATO to stop what they are doing in your name (or most of Europe name) in Afghanistan. Stop (Europe not just Sweden) selling supply to Iran nuke effort – do all that and we will be glad to hear what Israel should or should not do.

    In fact we listen even before you do all that – as long as it is proportional. In Israel there is a health system which treat everyone equally. Although only 20% of the population are Arabs more than 40% of the people who receive transplant heart are Arab (poor eating, too much red meat + many genetic problems) – I am sure none of this ever get reported in Sweden. Ask every Palestinian what he/she wants more than everything and they will tell it is Israeli citizenship – in fact 100,000s of thousands of them already got it during the last 15 years. You have no clue what is going on here because ALL your media is as good as AB (just not as blunt)

  16. smalanningen skriver:

    yal67: Im not very fund of swedish media either, at least not the ”evening press”… but compared to Fox News you can at least say one thing – they dont just fart in one direction…

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