As a native FIN I don`t know anyone who supported joining NATO, there has always been general discussion ongoing with so called "nato-option" which actually do not mean anything else than to keep the discussion open and be able to buy new toys for our military.
But you have to understand that we as country have lived beside Russia peacefully after the WWII, trade with CCCP literally made our welfare state at 1970-80s after our industries paid the war compensation we traded huge amounts of goods with them and got cheap steel and energy in return, and when the CCCP fell in the early 1990s the effects were devastating to our economy. We picked up quite well in few years as we still had our own currency to de-valuate and push our imports.
Politicians were careful not to announce their opinion about NATO as it was largely regarded to be needed an nation wide vote, to have the peoples mandate.
Before february I think about 30% of the nation supported joining, in march there were increase to 40-50 % and now in last couple of months there has been a huge propaganda campaign drumming NATO on MSN, displaying polls with overwhelming support for joining consisting literally just about 1000 telephone interviews presenting the peoples mandate. Morning talk shows had interviews with pro-NATO youth student groups discussing should we have nato bases or even nuclear weapons stationed here, there were no real discussion presented about should we even join. About a last decade our whole MSN has been incorporated for few foreign companies and we do not have independent media anymore.
Regarding our parliament, last few elections has destroyed our democracy, as before our members were elected to represented people, now they just promise anything during elections and vote on how leading parties opinion, there is no consensus anymore. There is scandals every month and ministers resign or like they like to tell "rotate" them, there is blatant corruption. Well educated or career politicians do not even try run anymore because how crazy is has become, and as our elections system is, the parties decide who even are admitted to elections, you can run by your self but it is nearly impossible to be elected because of the proportional representation. It all culminated few weeks ago as Zelensky was invited to speak at our parliament via video, members were handed out cue cards when to stand up and clap, one member leaked the card to the press and was banned from the event, which was unconstitutional to block his access. Not before has ever been foreign country´s head ever been allowed to speak at our parliament. These members voted to join nato, not the people of Finland.
But regarding the current issue with Erdogan, I think there were some kind of contract agreed on FIN/SWE to amend their laws to be able to deport kurdi refugees back to Turkey, which immediately was denied by our president and swedish prime minister, they presented that it was kind of an suggestion but for Erdogan it was contract, that`s why I think He will demand it to be fulfilled or they dont ratify. It´s quite tricky situation as our laws do not allow people to be extradited to a country where they might face death penalty. We currently have around 15k kurdistan refugees which many of the are native finns now, and there is a kurdistan member on Swedish parliament with as swing vote. Don´t know how this will play out but the whole thing has been a mind bobbling farce and it seems we will have our own terrorist attacks here pretty soon...
Sorry for the bad english but wanted to give a opnion how all this NATO bullshit has happened here.
Posted by: Kurki | Jun 30 2022 21:48 utc | 61