Finland's defense minister Jyri Häkämies said yesterday that Finland's three most important security challenges are Russia, Russia and Russia.
Normally, I'd say that the man has a gift for stating the obvious. Gee, we have a huge country right next to us who has attacked us, taken parts of our territtory, attacked or occupied most of its European neigbors during the last century, failed to develop any kind of respect for any of its neighbors' sovereignity and is now imagining that they are a great power again and becoming more and more militaristic. One would think that spotting a security threat here is about as difficult as spotting an elephant with a severe case of diarrhea in the middle of your living room.
Unless, I guess, you are the former foreign minister of Finland. Erkki Tuomioja said that Häkämies's speech shows a real lack of judgement. He did not however say what was the biggest security challenge in his opinion.
I don't know what kind of stuff Tuomioja has been smoking, but it is bad, bad stuff. Don't smoke it, people.