Finland; Oh, Finland!
Well, I just called the Finnish Embassy in Washington, D.C. (1-202-298-5800) to speak about Mikko Ellila - the blogger/writer who is being questioned by local Finnish police for writing the truth about Islam on his blog. This is a real strike in the face of freedom of speech in Finland and it is a mark against the Finnish government. I was lucky on my first call and actually spoke with someone at the Finnish Embassy who was polite and courteous. That person shall remain nameless so as not to get that person in trouble for being decent. That person indicated that did not sound very "Finnish". I agreed. I shared with this person how we in the USA hold Finland in high regard and especially in their support of the freedoms of their people. Later - just now, I called the office of the Deputy Chief of Mission, Ann Lammila (sp) at 1-202-298-5803. The person identified themselves as "Ann", said "Thank you" and hung up on me the second I mentioned the name of Mikko Ellila. Alas, courtesy and diplomatic behavior from one representative from Finland on one hand, and rude behavior out of the office of the second in command at the Finnish Embassy. Too bad really, I was so polite. Maybe now I know that Mikko doesn't stand a chance, not if his hopes rest in the Office of the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Finnish Embassy. Don't waste your time calling the office of the Deputy Chief of Mission at the Finnish Embassy unless you are one of the "protected" in Finland. We'll see how protected Mikko's freedoms are. Just about as protected as yours and mine unless you are of the "protected" group. And if you are not a practitioner of the "Religion of Peace", your freedoms may be fading fast - so fast that illegal immigrants from Mexico swarming into our nation may look like "saviors".