Quote:I was unaware of Finnish involvement in the Holocaust
Quote:Bravo Carius. I am a Soviet patriot, but what I can't stand is immature posters who try to use insults and ridiculous claims to cover up their own ignorance.
Quote:If the USSR had attacked in order to conquer they would have done so after finally smashing the defenses in early 1940,
Quote:or in the mid-1940s after the end of the war.
Quote:The reason the Winter War was not continued is because the war had made the Soviet Union a joke in world politics, had been enormously costly, and Stalin did not want to risk the possibility of war with the Allies. The Winter War was not supposed to last 105 days and cost hundreds of thousands of casualties - it was supposed to be over within a week with nonexistant casualties.
Quote:by March of 1940 Finland's ability to resist was diminishing, with the Soviet army having broken through the Mannerheim Line and beginning a steady advance on Viipuri that was tremendously costly for Finnish defenders. This advance could have continued if the Soviets' goal was to conquer Finland.
Quote:As for the mid-1940s, what I was talking about was the post-war world, where the USSR could easily have stationed troops in Finland and installed a communist government. After all Finland was recognized as an Axis combatant, and I doubt that the US or Britain would have much interest or capability in stopping the Soviets (they weren't able to stop them in Eastern Europe).
Quote:The original goal was to conquer Finland; a new Finnish government was not organized to run a border village (which it historically ended up doing as things did not go as planned), the reasons I stated as combined made Stalin reconsider.
Quote:After the war the Soviet Union was left with issues that overshadowed Finland, which just wanted to be left at peace
Quote:That was not the original goal.
Quote:The Kuusinen government was organized after the failure of negotiations with the Republic of Finland.
Quote:Okay, but if the Soviets had malevolent intentions towards Finland (which included conquering it and installing a socialist government) they wouldn't have just left them in peace.
Quote:Even if the Finnish had bowed Stalin's demands there is no way that more concessions would not have been demanded.
Quote:Post-1945 the Soviets accepted Finland's neutrality even after the Cold War began to heat up in the late 1940s.
Quote:IF Stalin had the meglomaniacal goal of conquering Finland
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