Belarus is one of those tiny places in Europe of which you probably never heard (it’s just east of Poland). Right now Belarus and Sweden (yes, Sweden) are in a diplomatic snit over a publicity stunt involving teddy bears (yes, teddy bears). It seems that a marketing firm airdropped a bunch of Swedish bears (with parachutes) holding slogans calling for more freedom of speech and human rights.
President Alexander Lukashenko is the authoritarian president of the tiny ex-Soviet state, and he responded by expelling Sweden’s ambassador. Then he fired the top air force commander and border control official for allowing such a thing to happen. Because Sweden is in the European Union, Catherine Ashton, the EU’s foreign policy chief, warned Lukashenko that the ambassador’s expulsion could result in “appropriate EU measures” being taken.
So Lukashenko expelled a couple of EU ambassadors, and the EU withdrew the rest. Belarus is famous for the torture and inhumane jail conditions for political prisoners (including former presidential candidates), but this incident apparently was way over the line. Obviously, anyone who doesn’t like teddy bears has got to be black-listed among civilized nations. So Belarus has been.
But what about Sweden? Personally, I think the wrong fight is going on here. I’d like to see the advertising company that threw the bears out of planes brought up on charges, but nobody asked me. Although I normally reserve my bile for things closer to home, us bears gotta stick together. A bear’s gotta do what a bear’s gotta do, and if we don’t hang together, then somebody’ll throw you out of an airplane holding a slogan (or something like that). They’d better straighten up or I’ll get really pissed off. And you don’t want to see me when I’m angry — you got that, Sweden?
Stupid bear tossing Swedes…
Source: Raw Story