AirdefMike, I understand that you are quite passionate about the topic at hand but it seems philosophy does not outrank international law... Unless, you find a clause in the 1921 League of Nations decree or in the Moscow peace treaty (which Finland signed) stating that Finland had the right to remilitarize the Islands and arrest the Soviet consulate if felt threatened, im afraid your opinion of morality, while noble holds no ground in the international arena of politics and diplomacy... The common view held in the academic community regarding the increase of hostilities between the two nations comes from not a Russian but a Finn by the name of Mauno Jokipii. This Finnish professor and a WW2 buff wrote a book, The Continuation War: An Investigation of German-Finnish Military Collaboration 1940-1941 (a book which seems you are unfamiliar with) in which he, not I, states that "Finnish militarization of the Islands was a violation which started the war". The book established him as a world scholar on the subject. If you care to challenge his view, please provide some sources (credited, if you dont mind); I for one enjoy learning something new. There is really nothing funny about it. Can you name me any international treaties which Stalin violated? You would have to ask the Finnish Govt. and Estonia about the matter. Though, relations between Finland and Estonia were much better than they were between Finland and Russia. What are you trying to imply here? Because it was only Nazi Germany that started the world conflict. After Europe Germany went after Russia and needed all the help she could get. Tensions between Finland and Russia were evident. Convincing Finland to fight alonside Germany was just good politicking by Hitler. Because USA wasnt starting a global war and didnt need Finland's help. Because GB, France and Russia were all at war with Germany. Russia did tell Finland something similar when Finland turned on Germany. Whats interesting is how you "brush" off the treaty when philosophically pushing for Finlands interests and moral rights, but then immediately throw up the treaty "card" when trying to distance yourself as Germany's ally. Bizarre, but so are all double standards... Fine, Co-belligerent. Not sure what you are trying to say here, but this isnt the best way to make friends when your new. The British declaration of war on Finland, IMO was more symbolic than anything else. BG, showed the world what she felt and whos side she stood on.