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Finland Frets as Russia Launches Military Drills on Its Doorstep
NBC News ^ | March 31, 2014 | BY ALEXANDER SMITH, ALASTAIR JAMIESON AND ALBINA KOVALYOVA

Posted on 03/31/2014 10:48:17 AM PDT by Jim Robinson

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To: Fitzy_888

That never happened. The Germans and the Finns were allies through most of the war, and when they did fight in 1944 (because as a condition of peace with Russia, the Finns had to chase out the Germans), it was in the far north, a long way from Helsinki.


51 posted on 03/31/2014 2:17:38 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: vladimir998

Yes, amazing.

Finns get criticism for being allies of Germany under Hitler. From my perspective it was more about being against Russia than for Germany. But I was not there.


52 posted on 03/31/2014 2:49:36 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: Bubba Ho-Tep

Maybe it was Copenhagen where they saw the fountain
(?), I’d have to ask again. My uncle has Finnish ancestry, most of the stories are about Finland. They went to a big car show in Germany while they were there, he has a couple Borgward cars he’s restored.


53 posted on 03/31/2014 3:22:56 PM PDT by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Fitzy_888

That would make more sense. The Danes weren’t in a position to put up much resistance in 1940, but when the British entered Denmark in the Spring of 1945, Danish Resistance units came out of hiding in the cities and engaged in firefights in the streets with Germans and Nazi-collaborating Danes


54 posted on 03/31/2014 4:54:37 PM PDT by Bubba Ho-Tep ("More weight!"--Giles Corey)
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To: wetphoenix
Their successful self-determination was purchased at a high price in blood -- their own and Soviet. As happened in the Crimea, the Russians stole parts of Finland they wanted and thought they could cheaply keep. The parallels are not the least exorbitant.

The Russian history of using the Red Army and false flag operations to provide intimidation and provocation was widespread during the mid-1940's, as was stuffing ballot boxes, and accusing anyone who opposed them of being "Nazis."

The Russian Dancing Bear apparently has not learned any new tricks, but then, why bother when the old tricks sold so well to useful idiots in the West?

Welcome to FRee Republic. If you signed on 12 days ago to be yet another Putin crotch-sniffer, expect to be -- deservedly -- flamed.

55 posted on 03/31/2014 7:45:00 PM PDT by FredZarguna (Das ist nicht nur nicht richtig, es ist nicht einmal falsch!)
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To: Jim Robinson

Obama does have a Russia policy. His policy is to do nothing.


56 posted on 03/31/2014 7:46:43 PM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: Jim Robinson

Stupid thing for Russia to do but it may be a response to the recent NATO exercise in northern Norway, near Russia and Finland.


57 posted on 03/31/2014 8:40:47 PM PDT by Monmouth78
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To: Texas Fossil

When did the Ukraine become a country?


58 posted on 03/31/2014 8:43:45 PM PDT by Tea Party Terrorist (Why work for a living when you can vote for a living?)
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To: Tea Party Terrorist

It was a part of Czarist Russia before the Commies.

They resisted collectivism under Stalin. He starved millions of them to death.

Look up: Holodomor


59 posted on 04/01/2014 6:38:29 AM PDT by Texas Fossil (Texas is not where you were born, but a Free State of Heart, Mind & Attitude!)
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To: Monmouth78

I was on one of those in 1995. We do them every year as far as I know. Did we do an unscheduled one this year?


60 posted on 04/01/2014 9:55:57 AM PDT by jospehm20
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To: wetphoenix

“IMO, a large part of Finnish armament is of Soviet origin, including small arms, armor and air-defence systems.”

The Finns mostly fly F/A-18 Hornets now. No MiGs.


61 posted on 04/01/2014 10:24:43 AM PDT by riverdawg
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To: riverdawg

~The Finns mostly fly F/A-18 Hornets now. No MiGs.~

Is there any contradiction to my post? Yes, plenty of newer Western systems too.


62 posted on 04/02/2014 2:25:23 AM PDT by wetphoenix
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To: wetphoenix
Well, if you consider the F/A-18 Hornets to be part of the Finnish “air defence system” then, yes. They are certainly not of “Soviet origin.”
63 posted on 04/02/2014 11:55:27 AM PDT by riverdawg
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