22 MARCH 1940, Page 6

M. Daladier has come under criticism for having told the

Finnish Minister in Paris that if Finland did not accept the Allies' offer of help they could not guarantee the restoration of the country's territorial integrity after the war. But what was this but a reminder of something that was plainly obvious? The Allies were ready to help Finland at great risk to themselves, and with the virtual certainty that it would mean war with Russia. But the appeal for help did not come, and we are not at war with Russia. Does anyone seriously consider that we should attack Russia, after we have finished with Herr Hitler, to restore the Karelian Isthmus to the Finns?

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