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Burying the Lead

By Matthew Yglesias

"Burying the Lead"

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Sure it’s amusing that some Finnish guy has written a novel comprised entirely of SMS messages but it’s the final graf of the AP story that has the real news: “Prime Minister Matti Vanhanen recently made tabloid front pages after reportedly having broken up with his girlfriend with a text.” That’s seriously cold. And mixed with Finland’s record of pro-Nazi and pro-Soviet foreign polices makes me wonder if we’re taking the Finnish threat seriously enough. It seems to be a country run by madmen. I was actually in the Helsinki Airport for an incredibly long layover once and it seemed frighteningly clean, even by Nordic standards.

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