Thursday, December 04, 2008

Ah, the Shame, the Shame, or, Judged by the Company We Keep (I Think)

Today in Helsinki:
a cold shoulder of comfort: sheets of sleet for the heavy of heart,
abysmal weather complete with every type of unpleasantness: sleet, hailstones, torrential sub-zero rain,
half an hour delays on the buses*, due to the OSCE meeting of European foreign ministers,
and while we're attempting brokering a deal of some sort on European security,
yesterday also saw us amongst the handful of nations not signing the international treaty banning cluster weapons - alongside the United States, Russia, Israel, China (and a freakish Poland) - all the well-known peacebrokerniks, in fact. Cluster weapons are considered to be (allow me to quote the Prime Minister) "such a significant part of Finland’s defence". Against whom, one may wonder. Surely not one of our fellow clusterniks, the one to the right of us, on the map? Sorry but I fail to see the point. I'm not politically knowledgable, even less so militarily, but I'd bet quite a lot that, well, no matter how big ours are, they've got bigger clusters than we do, so we could at the very least keep a moral high ground. Or am I not seeing the point, somehow?

This concludes tonight's update from this Northern nook, this Arctic cranny. Night night.

*(and we realise half an hour doesn't sound like much, but when you're used to trusting the timetables, it's an age, trust me)


Anonie Moose said...


Anna MR said...

Why Ms Moose, how nice to meet you, and what exemplary pebble behaviour you are displaying. Uncanny, that, really, for I have recently been admonished by a certain Signs about my abysmal pebble-action - for good reason, I may add. Please feel yourself very welcome and a respected guest, and do forgive my assumption that you're a Ms - "Anonie", while a beautiful name, I haven't actually encountered before, but it sounds feminine.

Cordially yours,

Anna MR (o) (*) (0) (°) (ö) (ô) (œ) (pebbles and stones come in various shapes, no?)


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