I will not say, “I would like to see him try.” I have no desire to see either Finns or Russians die over a mad dream. For that matter, I am not convinced that the story is[n’t] [Sorry, guys, should have made that clearer – ML] nonsense: if we’re talking about countries that Vladimir Putin would want to reconquer for the Russian empire, Poland would be at the top of that list (and was not even mentioned in the article). But if this were to happen, it would not go well for Russia:
One of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s closest ex-advisers has claimed that the ex-KGB agent ultimately wants to reclaim Finland for Russia.
Andrej Illiaronov, Putin’s economic adviser between 2000 and 2005 and now senior member of the Cato Institute think tank, said that “parts of Georgia, Ukraine, Belarus, the Baltic States and Finland are states where Putin claims to have ownership.”
Via Instapundit. I think that it was Poul Anderson who once noted that coffee did wonders to civilize the Scandinavians – being of Scandinavian descent himself, I believe that he was allowed to make that comment – and while I do not know how that would work, exactly, certainly something did. Certainly the Finns are no longer known for running through Eastern and Central Europe, screaming and cutting off heads and generally setting the landscape on fire when they weren’t using it for cover for their riflemen. I understand that this was somewhat of a relief for Eastern and Central Europe; I suspect that forcibly reminding the Finns of the skill set that they acquired in the Thirty Years’ and Winter Wars would be, ah, contraindicated.