FINLAND: Unconditional Condition

In Finland the clock stands at 5 minutes to 12. Every Finn knows that the war must end with Germany and Finland the losers. Like characters in a Greek tragedy, foreseeing their own destruction but unwilling or unable to lift a hand to stay their fate, the Finns hold to their stand toward Russia: peace only on conditions satisfactory to Finland.

At the least, Finns believe, such conditions should include return to the frontiers which Russia offered Finland before the winter war of 1939 and which the Finns then refused. Yet Finland is in the worst external and internal situation of...

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