Finnish Fridays

You really don’t see journalism like this in the American press…Can you imagine a major news outlet describing an uncomfortable aspect of American history this way?

…the Continuation War of 1941-44 is like oral herpes, which stubbornly appears as cold sores on the lip, however much one smothers it with magical antiviral creams and ointments.

Or this article describing Finnish soldiers in Afghanistan:

One dead Finnish serviceman would lead to national mourning and calls for the withdrawal of our ISAF troops. If five were to die, there is a chance the calls would be heard.

This just seems a bit weird.

The armoured vehicle convoy sets off at 7 a.m. Slowly, very slowly.  After only a couple of hundred metres the vehicle comes to a halt. The soldiers step out and begin looking for roadside bombs.  None are found.  Back in the APC, another one hundred metres. Another stop. The men dismount again.

The rate of progress is approximately two kilometres an hour.

If you’re going to go that slow anyway, why not just walk?  It’s not like you’re going to be safer climbing in and out of an APC every couple of hundred meters.

Those Finns might be tough but they’ve gotta do something about getting the appropriate soundtrack to their patrols:

The vehicle’s stereo blasts out the theme tune from the ’80s American TV-series Knight Rider.  And then Stayin’ Alive by the BeeGees, from Saturday Night Fever.

I mean…W…T…F???



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