Saturday, December 18, 2010

Finland, NATO and terrorists

I spent a lot of time at the start of week commenting on the Stockholm terrorist attack to the Finnish media. Of course they all ask the unanswerable questions like "will there be a terrorist attack here?" For various reasons my answer has evolved to "not likely, but you can't say that it is impossible"; so it was quite surprising to hear the Finnish president say mid-week that it is only a matter of time before there is a terrorist attack in Finland. But by the end of the week, YLE reports the government doesn't agree with the President and is saying that the risk of terrorism is low, although they note that:

"...the embassies of large Nato members may become terrorist targets"

Which is odd, considering that whole not-being-a-NATO-member-saves-you-from-the-terrible-terrorists thing doesn't seem to be working so well for Sweden currently.

2 comments:

Greg said...

Good article aS i LOST MY uk PASSPORT SOME 2 MONTHS AGO.bAD NEWS IS WE BRITS IN SCANDINAVIA AND EUROPE NEED TO USE THE EUROPEAN CENTRAL EMBASSEY IN BRUSSELS
tHE OTHER POINT BEING ABOUT SECURITY.
iT IS AESIER NOW TO GET IN TO FORTNOX THAN GETTING IN TO THE BRITISH EMBASSEY,HELSINKI
I believe it a turn for the worse as a british citizen

Toby - Northern Light Blog said...

Bit confused by your comment Greg, but getting into the UK embassy is OK - one slightly bored lad working for Securitas behind a thick screen and being buzzed through various doors seemed to be the security. You do need to phone or email in advance to get a appointment though.

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