What do we know of Finland? A quick search of YouTube returned the above example of intricate Finnish dining etiquette. This example is from Oulu, Finland, in the region of Northern Ostrobothnia, in Finland. But it pretty well applies to all of Finland.
Today, August 4, 2013 we see in the news that the USA and the British fancy lads have expressed concern over the recent Zimbabwe elections. US Secretary of State John Kerry said the results did not “represent a credible expression of the people”, according to BBC News. (US and UK concern over Zimbabwe election results)
Noticeably absent from voicing any opinion on the Zimbabwe subject is Finland. We do not hear that Sauli Niinistö, the President of Finland, can be bothered with the problems of Zimbabwe. In “Report From Iron Mountain”, the Ersjdamoo’s Blog entry of July 25, 2013, the point was raised as to how, “Nations such as Finland do not constantly embark upon military actions meant to save the world. Why not have Finland step up to the plate and go save the world? Why must it always be the United States?”
If you will pause a moment and embed this in your mind, then the next time the media drumbeat of pressure for the United States to “do something” can be answered: Hey, what about Finland? Why can’t Finland do something about it?
It is high time that Finland ceased slacking off and assumed its place of responsibility in the world. This will give the United States a chance to rest up and recover after ten years of shouldering the world’s burdens in Iraq and Afghanistan. When the media drumbeat next begins, tell them to call Finland.
Notice also how Finland borders Russia. Edward Snowden, who “cracked” under the strain of too many secrets, has been granted a year’s asylum in Russia. Mainstream media prognostications are predicting a woeful year for Mr. Snowden in Russia. What they miss is how Finland borders Russia. It would be easy for Snowden to ride a reindeer sleigh into Finland for vacations. And maybe the Finns would grant Edward Snowden permanent asylum, especially if he marries one of the beautiful babes of Finland. So woeful prognostications for Edward Snowden are not written in stone.
Finlanders reading this may be disconcerted. “Ersjdamoo has seen through us and our slacker ways,” they will bemoan. “There can be no more ice fishing and relaxing in sauna baths if we are demanded by the world to go out and save it from its problems.” Who knows, I might be getting harsh messages from the Finns, telling me to shut up. But I shall not be cowed, nay, not even if angry Laplanders are enlisted into Finland’s slacker cause.