THE SPIRIT OF PORKKALA
Despite the talk of "coexistence," the communist powers will continue strenuous efforts to weaken and disrupt free-world strength and unity and to expand the area of their control.
--NSC-5440, December 13, 1954
It was high time to demonstrate that we had no intention of forcing socialism on the Finns at bayonet point. We had to make clear our foreign policy was guided by the . . . principle of peaceful coexistence.
--Nikita Khrushchev on the decision to return the Porkkala naval base (in his memoirs)
We have reason to hope that [because of Austria] the Soviet Union would recognize our neutrality more clearly than it has. . . . We might gain from the current situation if we could show the Soviets that strengthening Finland's neutrality would benefit their general goals.
-- Max Jakobson, May 11, 1955
The principle of peaceful "coexistence" is a smokescreen designed to conceal the true designs of the international communist movement as delineated by Marx and Engels, and later by Lenin and Stalin. . . . [It is] no more than a tactic designed to advance the international communist movement.
--NSC Staff Project, May 31, 1955