Saturday 21 Jul 2018 | 17:56 | SYDNEY
Saturday 21 Jul 2018 | 17:56 | SYDNEY

Life imitating Tom Clancy again?


Sam Roggeveen


17 November 2008 12:58

If it wasn't creepy enough that Clancy predicted the use of passenger planes to destroy iconic American buildings in Debt of Honour (1994), how about this bit of news:

In an official lunch with foreign diplomats, Icelandic President Olafur Ragnar Grimsson shocked neighboring Nordic countries with inviting Russia to take use of the strategically important airbase. Foreign diplomats hardly believed what they heard when the Icelandic president said that his country needs “new friends” and that Russia should be invited to take use of the old U.S. airbase of Keflavik.

Clancy fans will recall that in the techno-thriller Red Storm Rising, Soviet forces invade Iceland and use Keflavik to stage air attacks against naval convoys crossing the Atlantic to supply NATO, which is battling it out against the Warsaw Pact in Europe.

In a nice modern twist on that Cold War tale, Russia did not have to use anything as crude as brute force to get this generous offer from Iceland. It just had to offer Iceland a loan.

Photo by Flickr user smperris, used under a Creative Commons license. H/t to NOSINT for the Iceland story.