Words hit back on foreign minister

2011-02-26 Saturday
Our friend, the foreign minister Carl Bildt, seems to have worn out some of his Teflon coating. He is now, surprisingly, under attack for some sloppy formulations about the situation in Libya, thus reported to have said that the question which side to support is irrelevant and that the important thing is to maintain stability in the country.

One piquant aspect of Bildt’s slipping tongue is that his political rival and a former prime minister Goran Persson (Social Democrat) once made a similar mistake on an official visit to China. He there said that stability was important for China’s economic development. This was interpreted (but of course not meant) as a support for the dictatorship. Back home Persson was flooded by attacks about his blunder for weeks, with Carl Bildt among those whipping up severe condemnations.

“Hut gar hem” is a Swedish expression that I can’t find a precise translation for, but it roughly means that in the end you have to pay for the same things you once made others pay for. However, if this affair will leave any scratch marks on the steel nerd remains to be seen.

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