The eyes of the world are turned on us, and all the friends of Finland ask, feeling uneasiness, do we show us being worthy of our status as a free nation and do we play a role, suited to our abilities, in establishing peace in Europe. We will be asked if we, as a nation just year ago herself calling help, are going to turn down the request directed to us. The decisions, now done, will tell if the world now and in the future can put blame on a brave and chivalrous nation in case it felt timid and refrained herself from a deed that is required by interests of mankind and the concern for her own future success.
Source: G. Mannerheim: Memoirs. Part I. Finnish edition, Helsinki, Otava, 1951. Translation from Finnish by Pauli Kruhse.
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