Swedish Editorial: Ban Cars to Reduce Terrorism

A solution only a liberal could take seriously.

It's hard to imagine how anyone with a reasonably functioning brain could conclude that banning cars is the solution to vehicular jihad like the attack that left four dead in Stockholm last Friday, but a veteran Swedish journalist has done just that.

Breitbart reports that Aftonbladet editorialist Eva Franchell has declared in a recent op-ed that cars, not unfettered Middle Eastern immigration or Islamic terrorists, are the problem that must be addressed in order to prevent further such atrocities.

Franchell asserts that cars are “effective murder machines” that “must simply be removed from city centres and places where people gather, if people are to be protected in future.”

Vehicles are “easy to steal, and so nothing has been able to stop their advance,” she writes. “It just isn’t reasonable that a big truck can be driven right into one of Stockholm’s busiest streets on a Friday afternoon right before Easter.”

Only a Swedish liberal could seriously propose the inane idea that the way to curb terrorism is to eliminate anything that could possibly be used as an instrument of violence, rather than, say, target the people and the ideology behind the terrorism.

Franchell argues that the city centre must be made a “safe environment” for tourists and citizens to enjoy, and suggests that “[m]ost problems with regards to mobility and public transport can be solved, and deliveries to shops and restaurants could take place at times when people aren’t out on the streets.”

“Vehicles have been allowed to dominate our cities for decades and it’s the people who need space. It’s vital now that cars be regulated,” she writes. Spoken like a true big government utopian.

Breitbart pointed out that Sweden’s environment minister Karolina Skog argued last month that reducing the number of cars in Swedish cities is not only environmentally friendly but that driving is a gender equality issue as well. “Cars are driven largely by men so by giving a lot of space to cars; we’re giving a lot of space to men — at the expense of women,” she explained.

Well, once Sweden bans cars, sexism and terrorism will be solved. Now if only there were such an easy solution to the problem of the country's willfully blind elites...