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I thought Switzerland was neutral

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Stickseler, Mar 3, 2007.

  1. Stickseler

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    Invading a poor country with out an Army :haha:

    ZURICH, Switzerland — What began as a routine training exercise almost ended in an embarrassing diplomatic incident after a company of Swiss soldiers got lost at night and marched into neighboring Liechtenstein.
    According to Swiss daily Blick, the 170 infantry soldiers from the neutral country wandered more than a mile across an unmarked border into the tiny principality early Thursday before realizing their mistake and turning back.
    A spokesman for the Swiss army confirmed the story, but said that there were unlikely to be any serious repercussions for the mistaken invasion.
    "We've spoken to the authorities in Liechtenstein and it's not a problem," Daniel Reist told The Associated Press on Friday.
    Officials in Liechtenstein also played down the incident.
    Interior Ministry spokesman Markus Amman said nobody in Liechtenstein had even noticed the soldiers, who were carrying assault rifles but no ammunition. "It's not like they stormed over here with attack helicopters or something," he said.
    Liechtenstein, which has about 34,000 inhabitants and is slightly smaller than Washington, D.C., does not have an army.
     
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    Switzerland gave up their neutrality like 5 or 6 years ago. Basically so that they could join the EU, NATO and the UN.
     
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    I didn't know that :confused: :confused: .
     
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    Them Swiss are some sneaky SOB's. I've always said today Liechtenstein, tomorrow the world!!!!!!:D
     
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    lol!!!! classic.

    I like how it "isn't a problem" for Liechtenstein. No offense to the Liechtenseinians, but what are they gonna do even if it is a problem? send some traffic cops? Me thinks they'd get pwned.

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    I've always heard that Switzerland is suppossed to have some badass army despite their neutrality.

    When did they give that up by the way?
     
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    Not true, Switzerland officially remains a neutral nation for the same reasons it has always done so, despite involvement with multilateral institutions. Switzerland joined the UN in 2002, and, as of 2006, it is attempting to join the European Union.
     
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    what the Swiss have is more like a national guard. Most of-age men have a kick ass assault rifle + ammo in a closet at their house. If there is an invasion, you instantly have millions of partisans fighting in dag-nasty terrain.

    Some people believe that the Nazis were afraid of this kind of force in WWII and therefore didn't attack the Swiss. That is a myth (the Nazis weren't even afraid of nations they should have been afraid of, let alone the swiss!). Switzerland was left intact because they were a useful economic hub, and could be a good way to escape from Germany should the war go badly. They were worth more as a neutral neighbor then they were a conquered nation. Suffice it to say, if the Nazis had won the 2nd world war, they would have rolled the Swiss at their convenience. They had them completely surrounded... they could have just laid siege and starved the swiss out.

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    Well that and I think the Germans were fond of their cheese...:p:
     
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    Good cheese and those little multi tools also.
     
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    They are probably still laughing too hard at the faux pas that they couldn't point a squirt gun at them anyway.
     
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    Do some research dude. They are not neutral anymore............
     
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    I did and always do.


    Due to its geographical location, the ethnic composition of its population, and its relatively minute territory, Switzerland has had to obtain neutral status in order to maintain its internal cohesion. The Swiss Alps serves to link Germany and France through the Italian peninsula. Throughout Swiss history, its national territory has been coveted by surrounding powers. Declaring neutrality and being ready to enforce it was and continues to be the best means by which Switzerland can maintain national security.
    The Swiss population is composed of French, German, Italian, and Romansh speakers. These are the four official languages of the country, and they represent the diversity that existed within its borders for much of its history. In fact, in the late 18th and early 19th century, Switzerland was reduced to a vassal state due to internal disorder. It was Napoleon Bonaparte who, in 1803, restored order.
    With Napoleon’s defeat, however, the Swiss were determined never to suffer an invasion again. In 1815, the Congress of Vienna, consisting of major European powers who had convened to discuss international relations in the post-Napoleonic era, deemed Switzerland to be a neutral country. This neutrality was reaffirmed in 1920 by numerous countries. Once it joined the League of Nations, during the 1920s and 1930s, Switzerland was willing to take on the duties of member nations, thereby making its neutral status void. In the 1930s, however, Switzerland regained its neutral status once it was relieved of these duties.
    During World War II, Switzerland adhered to its neutral status by never officially becoming involved in the war. Its neutral status was also a result of its small geographical territory, which measures a total of 41,285 square kilometers (15,940 square miles). While the Swiss army was fully mobilized in case of a German invasion, it was understood that the nation would be likely to fall.
    Neutrality was not fully implemented by the Swiss. There is cause to believe that Swiss national and private banks helped Nazi officials to launder goods stolen during the Holocaust. War material manufacturers are also known to have aided the Axis powers. Recent findings, recorded in a report known as the Eizenstat report of 1997, however, indicate that such activities cannot be proved. Furthermore, Switzerland also allowed the Allies to gather intelligence information concerning the activities of Axis powers.
    Today, Switzerland officially remains a neutral nation for the same reasons it has always done so, despite involvement with multilateral institutions. Switzerland joined the United Nations in 2002, and, as of 2006, it is attempting to join the European Union.
     
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    thats funny chit.
     

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