Monday, July 14, 2008

No one attacks the Swiss: not even the Swiss attack the Swiss!!

Switzerland has not been in a foreign war of any kind since 1815. This would be astounding, even miraculous, for any nation. But Switzerland borders Germany. And France. And Italy. And Austria. And Liechtenstein. Now Liechtenstein has rarely lashed out in Blitzkrieg in a desperate bid to reign ├╝ber alles, but ALL of Switzerland's other neighbors have spent their entire histories invading other countries. 

In addition to the encircling foreign marauders, Switzerland itself is composed of four different ethnic groups (German, French, Italian, Romansh) that get along as well as, e.g., Germans and French. They don’t even speak the same language. 

Yet the Swiss peace prevails through the centuries. The Kaiser didn’t attack the Swiss. Hitler didn’t attack the Swiss (though he thought about it a lot). Stalin started to pursue some refugees into Liechtenstein at the end of WWII, but retreated rather than face the Swiss-Liechtenstein alliance. Terrorists don’t attack the Swiss. 

Nobody attacks the Swiss. Not even the Swiss attack the Swiss; their crime rate is minuscule.


See also: To be free you have to be armed, says Reese...

And this: Taylor Ware, incredible 11 year old yodeller!! And she's not Swiss!

And this: Switzerland: nothing but cuckoo clocks?

And this: The world's latest financer of terrorism? Switzerland!!!

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