Iceland Attack

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Via Paul Krugman, reports of a financial speculator attack on Iceland. You've got to figure that Iceland is almost uniquely vulnerable to this kind of thing. It's a rich country, but with a tiny population of only around 300,000 people that still left it with a 2006 PPP-adjusted GDP of just $12 billion. Under the circumstances, lots of individual people and institutions are rich enough to make huge waves in the Icelandic economy if they're so inclined.

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