The canary in the coal mine...

Discussion in 'Current Affairs, News and Analysis' started by PAXBloke, Dec 13, 2009.

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  1. the little yellow bird is looking a tadge poorly this week:

    “Nowadays, many Finnish politicians (and not only Finns, and not only politicians) feel that it is better to forget the lessons of the past war. They think that modern Russia is not the Soviet Union. This is a very dangerous illusion. Russia is always Russia, no matter what name it is called by.”

    http://www.hs.fi/english/article/Russian+Defence+Ministry+website+criticises+Finnish+views+of+Continuation+War/1135251410254

    Nice way to commemorate the Russian invasion of Finland with the Winter War starting sixty years ago - a piece of Russian history carefully airbrushed out the Great Patriotic War narrative.

    and a ban on Jehovah's witnesses by the Russian Supreme Court on Tuesday.

    The more things change, the more the stay the same...
     
  2. Did'nt the Finns give the Ivans a righteous shoeing all through the Winter War, until the thaw ment the Ivans could deploy heavy armour?
     
  3. The Finns were holding out for the thaw as that would have canalised the Russian armour on the Karelian Isthmus - no, despite some early successes, once the Russians had got their act together the Finns were overwhelmed. Hence the Finns desire to regain all the land the Russian occupied at the end of the Winter by initiating the Continuation War.

    As an aside, about 25% of Finland as it was in 1939 is still part of Russia.