Anna Lindh

I feel sorry for the Swedes, mourning their foreign minister. She was killed in an attack in a deparment store which I shopped in when I was studying in Sweden 6 years ago. It is the kind of thing that the Swedes themselves will mull over and grieve over for many months. It is yet another confirmation that they live in a country with the same troubles as anywhere else. It is more than a young politician that they have lost. Swedes like to believe that they live in a different kind of place, where troubles seldom happen, yet this is the second politian to be violently killed o­n the streets of Stockholm in modern times. The Swedish people's dreams and hopes will have been killed this week.

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