Ever since I read reports of the Swedish government's trade delegation to Tehran, a thought had been rattling around in my head. Who had analysed this already?
It was of course Sun Tzu, in The Art of War. There he wrote: "to fight and conquer in all your battles is not supreme excellence; supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy's resistance without fighting."
Any 'resistance' on the part of Sweden's government, any concept of solidarity towards those who may have been resisting the Islamic republic in Iran, or elsewhere, has been broken. Islam means submission. Sun Tzu would be in no doubt - so hegemonic are the arguments of the world's second largest faith, Sweden's 'feminist' government has submitted, without fighting.