No Tears: Estonians Respond To Lithuanians Who Weep For Mandatory Military Service
Dear Lithuanian Friends,
Your 14 powerful portraits of men expressing their feelings towards conscription service proved to be really powerful, but perhaps not in a way you envisioned.
We are both small, freedom-loving nations living in a dangerous neighborhood. It is only our determination, our love of freedom and our way of life, for our home and the dear ones that can uphold the peace and the freedom for us and our children. To this end, it is essential to be ready and determined to defend our freedom.
The Estonian Defense League is a voluntary military organization consisting of people like me and you, of people who have chosen to spend part of their time on serving their country. We learn and train to then shed our uniforms and continue our lives as teachers, drivers, lawyers, architects, etc. We believe the best response to the powers feeding on fear and aggression is to be prepared, and then go on with our lives.
We have taken these 16 portraits to support you and say: you do not have to be a gun nut, you do not need to prove your manliness, an assault rifle or a grenade launcher does not have to give you boners. You just have to love freedom!
Lauri and Kaupo, on behalf of our friends, the citizens of Estonia, and members of the Defense League.
More info: kaupokikkas.com
Kaupo, IT project manager
Kaarin, services developer
Paap, restaurant entrepreneur
Lauri, PR specialist
Marko, logistics manager
Raivo, technical manager
Martin, IT manager
Marko, member of parliament
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