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Belarus-Sweden Teddy Bear Row Escalates


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Cal
- 619 days ago - bbc.co.uk
Belarus has taken strong diplomatic action against Sweden following a stunt involving parachuted teddy bears.



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Cal Mendelsohn (950)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 2:09 am
This has gone from the sublime to the ridiculous.
My sources tell me that President Alexander Lukashenko of Belarus has officially been banned from the annual Teddy Bears Picnic. There is an APB out with Interpol for his sense of humor and compassion, which obviously are missing, if they ever existed in the first place!
(LOL)
 

John S. (294)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 3:05 am
Thanks for the post,
 

Jennifer C. (172)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 6:05 am
Thank you.
 

Gene Jacobson (233)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 6:26 am
"Belarus expelled Sweden's ambassador on 3 August, and withdrew its own envoy to Stockholm. Sweden's ambassador had apparently angered Minsk by holding meetings with the Belarusian opposition.

Sweden then said it would not allow a new Belarusian ambassador to take up his post, and asked a further two Belarusian diplomats to leave."

The teddy bear wars? I'm not surprised to have more evidence that Belarus has no sense of humor and rather proud that my ancestral land was so clever. This certainly does prove, again, that the breakup of the Soviet Union certainly did not free its citizens, just enmeshed them in different forms of repression than that under which they'd been living. Personally, I think dropping teddy bears is a MUCH better idea than dropping bombs. But that's just me. Darn it.
 

Gloria picchetti (279)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 12:09 pm
Teddy Bears would save the Pentagon a bundle. Go Sweden!
 

Terry King (108)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 1:26 pm
Just funny!
 

Dave C. (204)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 2:40 pm
Belarus needs to get a sense of humor.....Teddy Bears better than bombs.......GIVE PEACE A CHANCE....
 

Suzanne L. (152)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 3:05 pm
Love it. Go teddies.
 

Stan B. (124)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 3:07 pm
Another example of why international relations are too important to be left to dumb politicians.
 

Gloria H. (88)
Thursday August 9, 2012, 8:24 pm
lions and tigers and teddy bears oh my! The big bad soviet bear is afraid of parachuteing teddy!
 

SANDRA R. (147)
Friday August 10, 2012, 3:40 am
Noted. Thank you Cal.
 

Frank Lornitzo (8)
Friday August 10, 2012, 12:28 pm
Autocrat can't bear the pain or pain the bear.
 

Fred Krohn (34)
Friday August 10, 2012, 8:17 pm
Stupid totalitarians, can't handle harmless toys falling to earth. If there were bombs in the load, I'd have a little sympathy, but stuffed animals promote no such feelings. Totalitarianism and communism must die.
 

Edgar Zuim (48)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 7:40 am
Thank you. Bizarre.
 

Shan D. (46)
Saturday August 11, 2012, 9:40 pm
"President Alexander Lukashenko sacked his air defence chief and head of border guards over the 4 July incident.

He told their replacements not to hesitate to use force to stop any future air intrusions from abroad." (article)

Yep, shoot those dangerous STUFFED ANIMALS down! Sheesh. Can't have teddy bears - somebody might actually SMILE!
 

Maggie Carmel (5)
Wednesday August 22, 2012, 9:39 am
Noted
 
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