I saw this today in a forum:
One of the enduring mysteries of World War II is why the Soviets decided to leave Finland alone but at much cost in blood and treasure they went all the way to Berlin until they finally occupied Hitler's bunker.
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It's not really a mystery; the reason is merely beyond the horizon of most of today's politicians and pundits.
The Finns had fought a limited war only and proved under most extreme circumstances that they were no threat: Stalin understood their message.
They could have brought Leningrad down, but they followed their policy and an earlier guarantee that Finland is no threat to Leningrad. Thus they marched to its outskirts and began to sit there for almost three years.
It was an example of smart and firm strategy, much better than anything ever reported from major WW2 warring powers.
Certain pundits of our time (some of which seriously called AQ or even the Taliban an "existential threat") would and could never be that smart and develop a strategy that sets limitations instead of brushing them aside. Finland would have been a Soviet Republic in 1944-1991 if it had followed people like certain loud-mouth pundits of today. Likewise, Stalin was smarter than them, too, for he was able to judge which country is a real threat and what's merely a border conflict.