Thursday, April 10, 2008
Пapaнoйя (or is it)
I figured as much. With two weeks to go until the anniversary of the Tallinn riots, the (Internet) press is beginning to sound the ominous drumbeats. To me, it seems like paranoia. In the 1990s, foreign visitors would visit Estonia and say things like "gee, Estonia really does deserve its freedom" and it would be front page news. This seems like the same kind of thing, though I agree vigilance is good.
* It has been reported that the trains from Moscow to Tallinn are sold out for 25 April. (Well, it is a Friday night before the May 1 holiday.)
* Night Watch -- the Russian group that glorifies the Soviet occupation -- will be holding a rally in a park in Tallinn. Dum-tum.
* One of Night Watch's biggest fans, Mi(k)hhail Stalnu(k)hhin, left the Centre Party today, possibly to start a new, ethnic Russian party in Narva.
* On the headline in the pic, it is reported that one of the simulations the Russian army is running through is invasions of Georgia and Estonia.
* A survey has been conducted 71% of Estonians say they would fight for their homeland if it came to it.
* But apparently the Ministry of Defence's plans call for only a force of 16,000 to be mobilized, not the "optimum" 100,000.
* People like Edward Lucas and Rein Taagepera have written this year that had Russia not miscalculated and overreacted back in April of last year (such as having a fascist youth group attack the Estonian ambassador), the West would not have come to the support of Estonia -- by which I suppose they imply that, I don't know, a coup or something would have occurred. Really?
People, people. Let's try to relax. I realize Estonians have the 20-year itch about their independence, but we are now a member of Schengen. What will it take to reassure us? Maybe we need one more, new pan-European organization -- call it the League of the Western Lands or something -- to be a member of.
Posted by Kristopher at 10:24 AM