"Free Derry" is a famous area that declared itself "autonomous" in Northern Ireland's second city between 1969 and 1972. The term originates from the writing painted on the wall of a building: "You are now entering Free Derry". The name derives from its status as a "closed" area (no-go area) to British forces (British and Protestants called it Londonderry).
Who would have thought, fifty years later, that there would be other "no-go areas" in Europe?
In Stockholm, seven people were killed in one day over one recent weekend: a young man in Jordbro; two in Solna; two boys, a 65-year-old woman and a 45-year-old man at the Farsta metro station. There have been 160 shootings in Sweden so far this year. One of the most peaceful countries in the world - until 2015 - today is at war. With itself.
And to think that, before the migrant crisis, the American liberal media had headlines: "Sweden has the answer to America's gun problem." Stockholm, in fact, has one of the most restrictive gun laws in the world or, in the words of Vox, "only responsible people can have them." Sweden's problem is that it hasn't let in too many "responsible people."
Linda Staaf, head of the Swedish police intelligence service, tells the Observer: "It is not normal to see this type of explosion in a country without war."
"Sweden is in an extremely grave situation," Justice Minister Gunnar Strömmer said this week, referring to the surge in violence. "The police found 21 blank cartridges, which means 21 shots were fired. It could have been worse. I would say that it is domestic terrorism," said Strömmer.
Swedish Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson has just taken pen and paper to write an article decreeing: "Mass immigration doesn't work." It decrees the end of the EU immigration policy, of which Sweden had been the forerunner, avant-garde, La La Land.
For Europe, everything is a musical.
Now there is a threat, say the police, "to the whole of society," not just to those who die. There are 30,000 criminal gang members in the country. A crazy number for a country of just 10 million inhabitants.
But the faults are not only of the usual left. Even supposedly "moderate" premier Carl Bildt boasted that Sweden was a "humanitarian superpower" when it welcomed 163,000 migrants in 2015 alone, a record per capita in Europe. The government also organized a conference on migration policy entitled Sverige tillsammans (Sweden together) which was attended by the King, Queen, and the political establishment.
You know, the road to hell is paved with good intentions...
Today Farsta, where one of the most horrific shootings took place that violent weekend, is included in the list of 61 "vulnerable areas," a politically correct designation to describe Sweden's Islamised districts. The Swedish police define one of these "no go areas" as follows: "Parallel social structures; extremism, such as systematic violations of religious freedom; fundamentalist influence limiting people's freedoms and rights; people leaving to participate in fighting in conflict zones; a high concentration of criminals. The situation is considered urgent."
"In Sweden there are 60 'risk areas,'" Swedish journalist Paulina Neuding tells the Spectator. Like Alby, a suburb of Stockholm known as "little Baghdad," where only one in ten inhabitants is Swedish.
The police released a report, Utsatta områden ("vulnerable areas"). 556,000 people live there, or 5.4 percent of the total Swedish population, according to the report. "Swedish democracy could be threatened if the country fails to control violence and allow parallel societies to develop," police chief Anders Thornberg warned in the Financial Times.
A writer in Dagens Nyheter recently explained:
"When my train stops in Farsta, there is silence on the platform. The evening papers say the subway has been closed so the culprits cannot escape. A line of lemmings starts walking back towards Farsta. All eyes on their phones. Nobody says anything. Silence is more unpleasant than sirens. Since I was on parental leave with my second daughter, I've always had a tourniquet and a first aid kit in the stroller. Last year alone we had 20 shootings in Farsta. A friend has moved to Johannesburg with her daughter. One of the most violent cities in the world. But she says there are more shoot-outs in Farsta than in South Africa."
Twenty years ago gun crime was virtually unknown in Sweden, the country fabled by all Western socialists, Bernie Sanders and Nobel laureate Paul Krugman, while this year there were 160 shootings in five months, in which 53 people were killed or injured and 20 died.
If it didn't work in Derry between Catholics and Protestants, why should this monument to naïveté work between post-Christians and Muslims in Sweden?
The Islamic Ummah thrives across open borders in Europe, thanks to the generosity of European social systems, occupies territories place by place which become no-go zones, and street gangs and organized crime protect the no-go zones. High birth rates ensure the longevity and expandability of these areas. That's how we ended up in today's Sweden.
Today, one in five Swedish citizens was born outside Sweden and three quarters of those born abroad were born outside the EU.
In just a few decades, Sweden has caught up with the United States as the world leader in terms of multi-ethnic population, but with all that entails in the Swedish case having large numbers of people from cultures less compatible with the West.
"In 45 years, ethnic Swedes will be a minority in Sweden," according to a report by Kyösti Tarvainen, (professor at Aalto University in Helsinki). According to the same report, Muslims will by then be in the majority in Sweden.
The question is whether Sweden - which gave the world King Gustavus Adolphus, Linnaeus, the Bergmans, Strindbergs, Raoul Wallenberg, but also the Annecy playground bomber - can still step back from the precipice it faced. And the whole of Europe with them.
The writing "You are now entering Free Derry" is also there now, in memory of the division between two religious and national confessions that resulted in Bloody Sunday. A city divided like, de facto, Malmö, Sweden's third largest city, with the large district of Rosengaard, only beautiful in its name ("the rose garden"). This is where footballer Zlatan Ibrahimovic was born, but where the new police station is fortified because the old building has been riddled with bullets, whose main school has been closed due to social tension and where the UPS delivery service refuses to operate.
Strange posters have appeared: "In 2030 we take over."
Giulio Meotti, Cultural Editor for Il Foglio, is an Italian journalist and author and a Middle East Forum Writing Fellow.