Poor deluded Finland. I have friends in Finland, I warned them this was stupid and would make their security less. They were in two minds but the fear of Russia outweighed their common sense and they've bought into the paranoia.
Finland lost a war with Russia in 1940. They were forced to come to terms, they lost a lot of land in Karelia, and even had to accommodate a Russian naval base just 20 kms from Helsinki. The base was returned to Finland in the '50s. Yet the Russians kept their side of the bargain, and Finland has prospered as the "world's happiest country".
They've thrown that away. A young and callow PM has led this change of Finland from a tolerated and quiet neighbour to a threatening and war-like enemy. Because membership of NATO will mean NATO (i.e. US) missiles and military equipment installed on your land.
Finland is insane. If you're a flock of sheep living happily on the edge of the forest, you don't go out of your way to provoke the bear who's forest it is and who has previously left you alone. .
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