Apparently the sweedes have submitted a proposal to join NATO, Russia is threatening vague "consequences"
in three years apparently the preposal stands at 31% of the voters in favor, with 15% opposed and 54% "meh" But two years ago it was only 12% in favor.
Yeah well, I guess that was the conservative party, who are leading the opposition (they were leading the government for several years until last September, but did nothing about a NATO application at the time). The cabinet have discarded the idea of joining NATO, it's been a complete no-go with the two parties involved (Social Democrats and the Green party) for decades. But at the same time everybody agrees that the Swedish military - army, air force and navy - needs a real brush-up and has been seriously underfunded and undermanned for some time (don't tell Dasha about this, folks!)
When Russia took over Crimea practically without a shot last spring, there were some pointed comments from ordinary people in Sweden to the effect that "essentially they could have taken the island of Gotland with about as little hard effort, right?". And in purely military terms, that's almost true - if Russia invaded Lithuania or Latvia first (which they could do in a week), Gotland, a big luscious island in the central Baltic and the summer paradise of many Swedes, would be just a hundred miles away and without a lot of steady military manpower. During the Cold war, it had much more defence hardware, more air defence and more posted units, of course.
So do we return back to the level of military spending that there was regularly during the Cold War? Hmm, big question...
Am I the only one who thinks if Russia itself asked to join NATO it would give a bunch of people a heart attack, but by the Alliance's charter there would be nothing stopping it from joining and probably better off for it, even though the Russian representative would get weird looks for a long time.
It would be worth the political headaches just to see rush limbah's head explode ^,^
I could very well see that happening, yes. I mean his head bursting.