jzero wrote:Forget the Swiss Guards...I dunno how we got on to Switzerland, but between harsh weather, even harsher terrain, a surprising defensive system including explosively charged tunnels, mountain fortifications, and underground airbases, plus a standing army of some 200k conscripts along with the remainder of the population - an additional million or so trained men with SIG 550 assault rifles in their closets that the defense ministry claims can be activated within 12 hours, invading Switzerland sounds dicey even on a warm spring day.
Yea, thats what I'm talking about. You don't have to be big on invading one's neighbors to have a well trained and mobilized army.
PeteVu wrote:thats alot of nice words to say that the swiss are wussies. I suppose with all that effort they are saving from never doing anything militarily, they can focus on science? no. world problems? no. economics? no. seems to me like switzerland is mediocre at best.
You want more peaceful examples of Swiss specialties, how about food: you have Swiss chocolate which is superior to what is put out by the mainstream American candy companies (ie Lindt and Toblerone are fine examples of Swiss chocolate), lets not forget fondue and the great Swiss Cheeses like the Emmenthaler and the Gruyere that go into it (don't pay attention to most grocery store “Swiss cheese” that is not as good). Likewise their contribution to tea with SwissGold tea infusers which produces and oversize teaball which actually has enough room for tea to expand properly and is gold plated to prevent any metallic taste in the tea. In other areas before the rise of “cheaper digital and battery watches” the Swiss dominated the clock and watch industry with quality dependable mechanical clockwork, also for religion Switzerland (along with Germany) was the birthplace of the Protestant Reformation; just to name a few.