"WE ARE NOT CZECHS"
Finland and the Spring Crisis of 1948
We now learn that Finland is next in line to feel the blow of the hammer and the sweep of the sickle.
--Representative Charles Vursell, March 5, 1948
The [ FCMA] treaty is not dangerous, but rather very satisfying for us . . . our affair should not be confused with the anti-Soviet propaganda war being waged inside the United States.
-- Juho K. Paasikivi, April 19, 1948
[This treaty is] a convincing example of the lack of aggressiveness in Soviet foreign policy.
-- Vjacheslav Molotov, May 4, 1948
For a brief moment in the spring of 1948 Finland caught the world's attention. As the Finns and the Soviets negotiated their Treaty of Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance (the FCMA Treaty), many outside observers were ready to brand Finland the latest addition to the Soviet empire. But as events unfolded, as the FCMA Treaty differed significantly from Soviet Union's treaties with its Eastern European allies, as the domestic scene in Finland did not indicate a shift toward a people's republic, and as the Soviet Union did not intervene in Finland's domestic affairs, there was little doubt that something extraordinary that did not fit into the popularly accepted view of limitless Soviet aggression was occurring.