Or maybe she did get what she wanted, and she”€™d rather not admit it. That was one of the questions I was going to ask her. Regardless, in retrospect, I can”€™t help but think that it might have been in Sweden’s best interest if more people had asked the same question I did. To me, when someone says, “€œLet me in so I can destroy your way of life,”€ why is the obvious response. And it goes beyond Europe and immigration. Seeking entry in order to destroy has become a “€œthing”€ among Social Justice Warriors. How many times have we seen it recently? “€œYou boys are having too much fun developing videogames that we think are violent and male-centered; we demand entry so we can put an end to that.”€ “€œYou tech nerds dare to make private jokes? There’s a woman in the room now, so stop having fun.”€ “€œMen work better with the air-conditioning on? Hire us and we”€™ll turn up the heat till you”€™re drowning in ball sweat.”€ “€œHey, Redditors: Enjoying your free speech? Kiss those days goodbye!”€ “€œYou wore a fun, sexy shirt after you landed a space probe on a comet? Hire more women immediately so we can stop you from wearing clothes we disapprove of.”€

The second-most frustrating thing about the “€œlet me in so I can make you miserable”€ crowd is that they never seem to understand why their bitter scolding is met with resistance. The first most frustrating thing is that these busybodies make it harder for people with sincere intentions to be accepted, from women who want to enter the tech industry because they have a true passion for it, to immigrants who genuinely want to become a part of their host culture.

Those who boast about coming to conquer will usually claim that far from being bullies, they”€™re providing “€œa voice to the voiceless”€ and “€œempowering”€ those who are disenfranchised. But let’s be honest…if you can force a rocket scientist, celebrating the accomplishment of a lifetime, to cry and grovel and beg forgiveness on international TV for wearing a shirt, you are not unempowered. If an entire nation cowers before you as you burn cars, behead shoppers, and establish no-go zones in a country in which you are a guest, you are not unempowered.

Behold the “€œvictim conquerors,”€ those who come to victimize in the name of victimhood, those who come to wreck lives and livelihoods in the cause of fighting racism, sexism, xenophobia, homophobia, Islamophobia, and any other phobia Salon.com can cook up this week. These defensive aggressors are usually impervious to reason, and they live in hermetically sealed echo chambers to avoid it. And most of all, they hate being asked why. That’s the kind of question that can so disturb a “€œvictim conqueror,”€ it can lead to a seventeen-year grudge. That one little word has a lot of power.



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