The Georgia war has raised new concerns among Finns as to the desirability of seeking membership in NATO. A basic majority of Finns have opposed membership in NATO for years and only about 20% are for it. The fiasco of Georgia invading South Ossetia and nearly precipitating a war between Western nations and Russia has only furthered the desire of most Finnish people to avoid becoming entangled in an alliance which might inadvertently result in a conflict with its large neighbor to the east. A majority of Finns currently do not regard Russia as a threat, but getting involved in NATO only increases possibilities of turmoil with the Russian bear.
The people of Finland are wise to avoid becoming a member of NATO as long as George Bush is president of the United States. His aggressive actions in building missile bases in Poland have only aggravated the situation and raised fear among Russians.