Finnish journalist Pentti Sainio: “Present Foreign Minister Timo Soini has been praying and bowing to the U.S. and NATO for a long time”
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Finnish journalist Pentti Sainio: “Present Foreign Minister Timo Soini has been praying and bowing to the U.S. and NATO for a long time”


HELSINKI – October 11, 2018

The USA Really news agency has interviewed notable Finnish author and journalist Pentti Sainio who specializes in defense and foreign policy issues. His most recent book, "Where is Finland Bombing?" has caused a huge resonance in Finnish society.

Sufficiently critical, skeptical, well-written book with unbeatable proofs of the nature of the Finnish involvement in numerous NATO operations throughout the world and on the influence the U.S. brings to bear on Finland is a true masterpiece, strongly recommended for everybody who is interested in international relations and the issues of modern geopolitics.

The official presentation of the book took place in Helsinki October, 8.

How did the presentation of your book "Where is Finland Bombing?" go? How many people were present there? What questions did they ask in general?

Pentti Sainio: There were about thirty people and the topics discussed were generally about the increased military exercises between Finnish armed forces and American (U.S.) armed forces, especially with the Air Forces, and the aim of their possible use in future combined operations. The audience was also interested in the new documented evidence of the Finnish’s government failed attempt to delete the third part of the Paris Peace Treaty 1947, which it tried on September 21, 1990. It was also discussed how new evidence from previously secret documents has revealed  that Finnish officials knew already in 1993 that NATO`s Partnership for Peace (PfP) Program was in reality an effort to enlarge NATO toward Eastern Europe. 

It is false that Finland signed a treaty with NATO’s PfP program. Finaland has never made any legal agreement with PfP, because the so-called ”agreement” never went to the Finnish Parliament for approval—the only national body that should have ratified the engagement between Finland and NATO in due course. This led to discussions that Finnish officials have been concealing the reality of military co-operations with NATO and the U.S. from the parliament and the nation for 25 years.

How do Americans influence Finnish politics nowadays? Do they have politicians that bring their ideas to the "inner market?”

Pentti Sainio: The American influence in Finnish politics, and especially in security and foreign policy, began to increase in 1992, when Finland bought Hornet-fighters from the U.S., and the Soviet Union had ceased to exist. The co-operations with NATO and the acquisition of arms from the U.S. have deepened the American influence in Finland.

Some American-trained and educated officials, backed by a few leading politicians with meaningful influence on decisions, have deepened America’s steering of Finland`s domestic and foreign policy. Especially former Prime Ministers Jyrki Katainen and Alexander Stubb of the Conservative Party and former President Martti Ahtisaari have been key assistants to the U.S. They are the top Finnish politicians who are pro-NATO and pro-U.S. who have helped the U.S. to achieve its aims in Finland. Especially the U.S.-educated Alexander Stubb has extremely close ties with high U.S. officials and politicians. The present Foreign Minister Timo Soini of the tiny Blue Party has been praying and bowing to the U.S. and NATO for a long time, as has his fellow party member Defense Minister Jussi Niinistö. It has been said that Niinistö fears Russia as hell. Niinistö has also taken a favorable stand towards the idea of returning part of Karela back to Finland from Russia.

Does Finnish society know what Finnish soldiers do in Afghanistan? Do Finnish soldiers want to fight there? Does it match national interests, or this is just reverence towards the U.S. and NATO?

Pentti Sainio:  Finland´s costly involvement in Afghanistan began in early 2002, just as the war was taking shape. Americans had planned the war well ahead of the 9/11 terrorists attacks, to change the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. They had wanted a regime favorable to U.S. economic, political, and military interests in that area for a long time.

To cover the harsh military invasion, the Unites States gathered a coalition of countries to make it look like a humanitarian action with fire arms and bombs. U.S. General Michael DeLong has revealed that in order to get countries to assist in the invasion, some countries were promised to be able to buy U.S. arms that were previously denied from them.

Admiral Juhani Kaskeala, a Finnish armed forces commander in 2002, was eager to acquire cruise missiles for Hornets from the U.S. That’s one reason why he wanted Finland to be a partner in the coalition to assist the U.S. in waging war in Afghanista—as a move to free up the missiles for Finland. For many years, Admiral Kaskeala was the key figure in increasing military cooperation with NATO and in pushing Finland closer to the U.S. Now he is a consultant to the American Boeing company to sell new fighter planes to the Finnish Air Force.

In Finland, much of what Finnish soldiers are doing in the Afghanistan War is not publicly known. It seems like it is a secret war of the highest priority for Finnish officials. The government even shies away from saying there is a war. The government did recently give Parliament some information about Finland’s involvement in Afghanistan. War is not mentioned in the 15-page report, but it’s described as crisis management, or containment and stabilization.

That’s one way the government gets Finnish society not to consider what we are really doing in Afghanistan, where Finland has spent about one billion euros by now in assisting U.S. national interests with military, civilian, and developmental aid.

Former armed forces General Gustav Hägglund has also recently said there is a war going on in Afghanistan—not crisis management, as American media has talked about the Afghanistan War for 17 years.

In the Afghanistan War, Finland is at odds with its domestic laws, for example with the Paris Peace Treaty of 1947, with Finnish soldiers waging war far from Finland. Also, Finland´s participation in Afghanistan is founded on the PfPpartneship ”agreement” that actually does not exist in regard to the Finnish parliamentary system. There have been about 2,000 Finnish soldiers in Afghanistan over the years. Those veterans whom I have talked with say the basic reason to volunteer for the mission is money and the possibility of rising up in the professional ranks.

Finnish society lives in the dark concerning what we do, why we do it, and how much it costs Finland to take part in this never-ending war, as Americans call it. As President Donald Trump put it a year ago, Americans are killing people in Afghanistan, not doing state building. That is why the U.S. has bombed Afghanistan heavier than ever before during the last 12 months with almost 4,000 bombs.

What's your prognosis about the future of the current "hot spots" throughout the world? Syria? Ukraine? Other places? What would happen there? And what country might the U.S. attack next?

Pentti Sainio: My guess is that ”hot spots” are likely in the Greater Middle East area. That’s where U.S. and Israel have taken a harsh stand towards any state that does not comply with their interests.

For example, tension with Iran has been raised lately to extremely high levels by the U.S. and Israel. Drawing on historical experience, there is no way to predict where the U.S. might attack or launch violent military operations because the possibilities seem to be endless—even with the U.S.’s own recent listing of threats.

Author: USA Really