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Might the Swedish military be about to come out of retirement?

While our Swedish chums are reknowned for sitting out conflict opportunities, in geological terms it is not so long since Gustav Adolphus and Charles XII were campaigning enthusiastically in and around the Baltic.

Anyway, the Swedish Försvarsmakten do not appear to have engaged in combat since 1814, bar a bit of peacekeeping under the aegis of the UN, I imagine.

However, there is some sabre rattling going on over yonder:

"The head of the Moderate Party’s youth wing has proposed that the military be called in to free Swedish journalist Dawit Isaak, who has sat in prison in Eritrea for more than seven years. "Eritrea and the regime there have chosen to kidnap a Swedish citizen; that is unacceptable. Therefore I think that we should consider a military strike to free Dawit,” Moderate Party youth head Niklas Wykman told the TT news agency.

Its a long way even from Malmö to Asmara, and one does have to doubt the capability of the Swedes to project force that far. Still, if the Swedes rediscover their viking tendencies, maybe the Finns should get nervous.

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