Things haven’t been going well in Kunduz lately, and now they’re no longer looking good in Mazar-e-Sharif, either. Finnish and Swedish ISAF troops deployed in the city came under fire twice last week; they have also been hit by suicide bombers and IEDs.
Incredibly, the Finnish government still insists we’re not at war. When an analyst suggested as much in a Helsingin Sanomat op-ed last week, both Foreign Minister Alexander Stubb and Defense Minister Jyri Häkämies took issue, calling such talk “irresponsible”. Häkämies repeated the usual horseshit about the Finnish contingent in Afghanistan being part of a “United Nations operation”. By the same logic, of course, the Iraq war, too, could be called a UN operation, but who am I to nitpick.