Finland is sending 100 “combat troops” to Afghanistan to pull security during the upcoming elections, reports Helsingin Sanomat.
I’m assuming the Finnish government expects to be commended for this symbolic gesture, but frankly, I fail to see what possible difference it will make in the larger scheme of things. Does ISAF really need a bunch of untested Finnish grunts dicking around in MeS for, what, two weeks? This sort of quick-in-quick-out tourist deployment no doubt serves the purpose of showing NATO that Finland is willing to chip in, but once again, what Afghanistan will benefit from it remains open to question.
Also, since the Finnish ground commander believes the insurgency is in its death throes, why do we need “highly trained” combat troops?