The Finnish Defense Minister Jyri Häkämies called for more military spending as a response to the Georgian crisis. He said the Defense Forces budget should be raised by 50 million Euros a year.
Former opposition leader Eero Heinäluoma of the SDP said increasing material expenditures is no solution to the Georgian crisis. He said the money would be better spent on health and eldercare.
Why? Is he afraid that Russians will invade Finland to defend the poor Russian immigrants who immigrated for a better life? These Finns have real problem with Russians, it’s just it is in their mind and they don’t need to spend money in weapons but in a good psychiatric!
The US military has dropped all charges against one of the marines accused of involvement in the killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha in November 2005.
L/Cpl Stephen Tatum, 26, was about to face a court martial on charges of involuntary manslaughter. Prosecutors say that US marines indiscriminately killed 24 unarmed Iraqi civilians, including women and children, in the incident.
Five of the eight men initially accused have now had all charges dismissed. Jack Zimmerman, a defense lawyer for L/Cpl Tatum, said in a statement: “It became clear to the experienced prosecution team that the right thing to do was to dismiss all charges. “We believe the evidence shows that Lance Corporal Tatum reacted to an enemy attack the way he was trained to do.”
The US army is going to leave a lot of bitter feelings in Iraq, far away from the liberator feeling they were hoping for!