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Was the murder of Palme a coup?

Suspiciously many people walked around with walkie-talkies in the area just before the murder of Palme. Ny Tid's journalist was close by on the fateful night when Sweden's prime minister was shot. We ask why the police ignored a number of matching testimonies. 

Witness Anders Björkman is wearing a blue bubble jacket on the late February evening in 1986. He does not know that the middle-aged couple walking in front of him along Sveavägen are Lisbet and Olof Palme. He also believes that they are three people walking together, since the man just behind them is so close. Then the man suddenly puts his hand on Palme's shoulder and shoots two shots. Palme sighs on the sidewalk while the killer disappears into Tunnelgatan with "resilient steps" and "at a leisurely pace", as Björkman later says. . .

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Ola Tunander
Tunander is Professor Emeritus of PRIO. See also wikipedia, hos PRIO: , as well as a bibliography on Waterstone

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  1. The many theories about the Palme murder

    In its March 2016 issue, Ny Tid launched the idea that the Palme murder could have been a coup, or something like that. The newspaper is not the first to think this thought.

    In the book "The murder of Olof Palme – a tale of assassination, deception and intrigue" (2003) the authors HHA Cooper and Lawrence. J. Riedlinger quite far in the same direction. They review relatively thoroughly a number of elements that can serve as an explanatory background for what Ola Tunander describes as someone conspiring to take Palme's life.

    Cooper and Riedlinger, among other things, looked at Palme's political life and seemed like a germ of the desire to have him removed from the political arena. According to the authors, Palme was expressed anti-American and anti-imperialist. Among other things, he was critical of the US war in Vietnam, had sympathies in the direction of Cuba and changed Sweden's foreign policy in favor of Palestine. His work as a mediator in the Middle East is part of this picture. Cooper & Riedlinger writes, among other things, that there were many, both companies and nations in addition to the world's superpowers, who had no interest in ending the fighting between Iran and Iraq (Cooper & Riedlinger, pp. 58-59).

    The interesting thing about this book is also that it sees the murder of Olof Palme in connection with the "death" of the diplomat Raoul Wallenberg (1947) and the murder of Foreign Minister Anna Lindh (2003), as well as their political work. They also draw lines for the executions of a large number of other heads of state and politicians. The authors also look at the murder of Palme in a larger – geopolitical perspective – and take a closer look at whether, for example, the arms industry had anything to gain from Palme being killed.

    They do not conclude unequivocally on any points, but present a wealth of perspectives and information about such an event. Among other things, they write the following about the arms industry and the joint game of the arms powers in a number of arenas: «Iran's needs for armament not readily obtainable through regular, government to government channels, opened the door to a most profitable trade by Israel , strategic security objectives, but to facilitate the funding by United States of irregular forces fighting the Leftist government of Nicaragua, an objective of the highest importance to the Reagan administration. During the 1980/1988 war, Iraq had many suppliers besides the USSR. Brazil, for example traded weaponry for Iraqi oil. Embargoes make for fine exercise in circumvention. The far-flung ramifications of these transactions cannot be underestimated. Nor can their connection with the death of Olof Palme. »

    At the end of the book, the authors write that the biggest mystery surrounding the murder of Olof Palme is that it has not been solved, and that it is still a mystery. As Ola Tunander describes, the murder is still unsolved today – 30 years after it was committed. In some cases, the police do not seem to be particularly interested in investigating what really happened, but only in creating a kind of leather solution that allows one to put the case in a drawer without the population rising in rage over the incompetence. found in their own state apparatus. The murder of Olof Palme seems to be such a case. The dismissal of Chief of Police Hans Holmer in 1987, while he was working on the Palme murder, forms part of the whole in this picture.

    For our own part, it can be useful to remind ourselves that both war and murder are profitable for some people, states and industries. Some companies and industries make even more money the more fear, war and murder there is in the world. Some "mysteries" such as the murder of Olof Palme will probably remain unsolved if the police are unable / unwilling to look at who may have something to gain from removing a head of state, diplomat or politician. It is therefore very nice that Ny Tid brings new light to the matter.

    Rolf G Zimmermann
    Master of Business Administration and business developer

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