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Via Johan Ingerö hittar jag en mycket intressant artikel om Sverige i Weekly Standard:

AMONG THE MORE stalwart American allies throughout the Cold War and the war on terror one can number Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and . . . Sweden. Wait! Sweden? The steadfastly "non-aligned"? Home of the cradle-to-grave welfare state, of the pacifist Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI)? The country that lambasted us throughout the Vietnam War and which has regularly criticized our actions in Iraq? That Sweden?

Yes, that Sweden. For all its obvious disagreements with the United States, Sweden served as a bulwark against the USSR from 1945 until the fall of the Soviet Union. Sweden may have been officially "non-aligned," but there was never any doubt of whose side the country was on in the Cold War. Sweden maintained one of the largest military establishments not only in Europe, but in the world, and it was not aimed at Norway, or Denmark, or Germany.

Den har också stor relevans för Östergötland eftersom den handlar om JAS 39 Gripen och problemen att få tillgång till en amerikansk radar till en version av planet.

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