National Affairs: There Goes Finland

Over good, grey Cordell Hull's press conference hovered the ghosts of 1939—the year tiny Finland ("the country that always pays its debts") was invaded by Russia, the year U.S. public opinion was united in sympathy for Finland as it has never been united since on an issue of World War II.

With sad patience, point by point, Cordell Hull composed a statement of how the U.S. official position had been forced to change. By continuing its present war against Russia, after regaining the territory it lost in 1939-40, Finland was thwarting the U.S. policy of aid to nations attacked by Hitler. The...

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