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Police officers intervene amid demonstrations over the burning of the Koran outside Stockholm's central mosque.

Caisa Rasmussen/ Reuters

Sweden, NATO, and the Koran

On Wednesday, Salwan Momika, an Iraqi refugee living in Sweden, set fire to a copy of the Koran in front of Stockholm’s central mosque as Muslims around the world began celebrating the Eid-al-Adha holiday. Not surprisingly, many Muslim governments immediately condemned Sweden for allowing it to happen and for not arresting the man. Nor is it a surprise that Sweden’s prime minister defended the man’s freedom of expression while calling the provocative act “legal but not appropriate.”

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