Saturday, December 17, 2005
The Swiss finally take a stand
Standing up to the U.S., that is. Seems Bern has some heartburn over CIA rendition flights that traversed their airspace. They've lodged a complaint.
This is the same country that skated through World War II claiming neutrality while the Germans ran roughshod all over Europe.
We know they've had armies in the past because they made special knives. But Switzerland does indeed field an army today. As a matter of fact they demand military service from all males at age 19.
You may ask, though Switzerland is not a party to NATO, are they contributing any of their 400,000 conscripts in support of the war on terror? Well, sort of. According to this fact sheet they had four troops serving with the Coalition in Afghanistan as of 2004.
Still, it's hard to hate the Swiss. People always seem willing to cut them slack. I think it has something to do with the beauty of their nation and their people. Perhaps they just need to be careful about getting too upset with other countries that aren't neutral, especially the ones doing the dirty work in the trenches so they don't have to.