The United States and Scandinavia

The United States and Scandinavia

The United States and Scandinavia

The United States and Scandinavia

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In the tragic world in which we find ourselves this autumn of 1949 -- a world in which mankind's brief search for peace seems already on the part of many governments and peoples to have ended in a feeble and supine acquiescence in the inevitability of war -- a world in which the Western democracies regard the Atlantic Defense Pact rather than the United Nations Charter as the symbol of their security -- the five Scandinavian countries have suddenly acquired a new and vital significance for the United States.

Norway, Denmark, Sweden, and Iceland are keys to the control of the North Atlantic. They guard the European approaches to Greenland which lies, of course, within the Western Hemisphere. Unless Greenland remains in friendly hands, the safety of the United States will be endangered. But the five Scandinavian countries are also Western Europe's gateway to the north polar cap. In the age of atomic fission we are forced to realize that the air above those icy reaches of the North Pole may well prove to be the scene of any future struggle for survival between the West and the East.

Norway, like Denmark, is a member of the Atlantic Defense Pact. Norway, like Finland, has a common frontier with the Soviet Union. Were Russia to undertake aggressive action, as Hitler did in 1940, to obtain possession of Norway's deep fjords as bases for the new far-roaming and swift Soviet submarines, the United States would be compelled as a measure of selfdefense to go to Norway's aid, even if the Atlantic Defense Pact did not exist.

It is because of such strategic considerations as these, as they help to determine the national policy that we have now been forced to evolve, that what these five Scandinavian peoples do . . .

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