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Why no one invades Switzerland

Discussion in 'General Firearm Discussion' started by RVNvet, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. RVNvet

    RVNvet Beaverton Member

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  2. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    Kind of reminds me of that potentially untrue story about a German military leader (or maybe the Kaiser himself) visiting Switzerland during the WW1 era. The German asks his Swiss counterpart how many men he could muster if Switzerland was invaded. The Swiss tells him that within 24 hours, he could raise an army of a million men. The German asks, "And what if I come back tomorrow with five million men?" The Swiss replies, "Then each of my men will fire five shots and go home."
     
  3. Decker

    Decker My house Active Member

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    Watching that makes me a little jealous of Switzerland...

    -D
     
  4. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    If our leaders were only that smart
     
  5. Yankeefan

    Yankeefan Southern Oregon Member

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    Great quote in there:
     
  6. Natty Bumpo

    Natty Bumpo Clackamas County Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    For those who wish more than an You Tube account of Swiss society and its citizen soldiers, you might read:

    La Place de la Concorde Suisse, by John McPhee (Pulitzer Prize winner). Written in English by an American journalist.
     
  7. RevJimII

    RevJimII Lane County, Or New Member

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    God Bless the Swiss...

    Rev. Jim
     
  8. mpmax

    mpmax Woodburn Active Member

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    One reason the Germans never bothered the Swiss was they were producing arms for them (along with the neutral Swedes), allowing rail traffic through from Italy (taking Jews to the camps), and taking good care of the gold looted from occupied countrys. The US had pondered bombing some of the munition factories during the war, but appartenly a few members of our administration had assets in Switzerland too. Oh, and they were good marksmen.
     
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    korntera Oregon Member

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    Thanks for the video but this is seriously the third time it has been posted.
     
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    chiefchip Rainier, Oregon Member

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    Great Video Thanks
     
  11. giddyupgo55

    giddyupgo55 Vernonia Active Member

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    Looks like I have soom reading to do Thanks
     
  12. TCOV

    TCOV OLYMPIC PENINSULA Active Member

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    No one has invaded Switzerland because they are the worlds money launderers and stay neutral in conflicts. They could be bombed into the stone age by a modern military.
     
  13. AGCR

    AGCR SE Portland Active Member

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    Precisely. The two fold plan for not being invaded is possess no assets anyone wants, like oil, and develop a system that is useful if left undisturbed, like international banking.
     
  14. raftman

    raftman Oregon Bronze Supporter Bronze Supporter

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    That's true, but it hasn't always been.
     
  15. Bark

    Bark Oregon Member

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    +1 to that......Just thinking about a government that "wants" you to own guns and "gives" you some ammo every year to practice makes me VERY jealous....kinda like a dream come true!
     
  16. finch6013

    finch6013 Oregon City Active Member

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    Hmmm... who wants to move to Switzerland!!?