I don't think that the founding members of NATO saw it as a US protection racket scheme but as a vital part to preserve and expand democracy and liberty of what we call the Western world at that time. Your own country, Canada, was a founding member of NATO. As was mine: Norway. The other Nordic countries Denmark and Iceland are founding members, while Sweden and Finland was not. Finland had and has special issues with Sovietunion\/Russia. Sweden is Sweden :rolleyes:\n\nWell, since Norway and Denmark were both invaded by Germany, I can understand their motivation to join. Iceland has no military, but gained an air base. Sweden was maintaining her long-standing neutrality. The USSR would simply NOT allow Finland to join NATO, as that would be an end-run around the Warsaw Pact buffer zone.