The Great Northern Teddy Bear War of 2012?

**Posted by Phineas

Agent of Swedish Imperialism?

Hey, we’ve had the War of Jenkin’s Ear, why not a diplomatic row over a child’s toy?

Belarus-Sweden teddy bear row escalates

Belarus has taken strong diplomatic action against Sweden following a stunt involving parachuted teddy bears.

Sweden says all of its diplomats have been expelled from Belarus, which has also closed its embassy in Stockholm.

Belarus was angered when a Swedish public relations firm dropped about 800 teddy bears with pro-democracy messages from a light aircraft.

President Alexander Lukashenko sacked his air defence chief and head of border guards over the 4 July incident.

He told their replacements not to hesitate to use force to stop any future air intrusions from abroad.

Belarus is Europe’s last Stalinist state, run by a whack-job former Soviet apparatchik, Alexander Lukashenko. I’m sure, after he passes from the scene, they’ll be reabsorbed by increasingly authoritarian Russia. Meanwhile, I eagerly await Wolf Blitzer’s breathless reporting in a CNN special on The Teddy-Bear Crisis.

And UN observers. Mustn’t leave out the UN observers.

via Slublog

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

2 thoughts on “The Great Northern Teddy Bear War of 2012?

  1. Wouldn’t it be nice if all we had to worry about was a teddy bear encroachment over our southern border instead of murderous drug cartels? Maybe Lukashenko could teach Obhammud a thing or two about border integrity, and personal integrity while he is at it.

  2. It’s about time somebody took those damned Swedes down a peg. They’re a lot like Canadians, and nearly as hard to understand.

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