March 02, 2007

And They Were Greeted as Liberators

"Switzerland Invades Lichtenstein!" screamed the headlines today. Was this a new front in the War on Terror? Has the U.S. finally become a role model for the rest of the world? Turns out, Switzerland's invasion of Lichtenstein was an accident. During a routine Swiss military training exercise two nights ago, a company of Swiss soldiers got lost and accidentally wandered across the border into Lichtenstein.

The first thing the Swiss did? Apologize profusely to Lichtenstein, whose diplomats said, "no big deal." How quaint. Wouldn't it be nice if the U.S. apologized to the Iraqi people for invading their country? In fact, wouldn't it be nice if America was more like Switzerland? The Swiss have a beautiful, clean country. The Swiss have a very high standard of living. They make lots of money from banking, tourism, cuckoo clocks, Swiss Army Knives and cheese. Their soldiers guard the Vatican in five hundred year-old uniforms resembling rugby shirts after a strenuous scrum. Their beer is delicious. And the chocolate!

Ok, so there was that period during World War II where the Swiss did the banking and other business for the Nazis. But hey, the U.S. track record regarding refugees and other downtrodden people during World War II isn't so hot either. How many people have the Swiss Army ever killed with those little knives with the toothpicks?

Wouldn't it be nice for the U.S. to behave as responsibly as Switzerland?

Did I mention the chocolate?


At 1:24 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

The Swiss seem to thrive on neutrality as much as we thrive on aggression. Why can't we see that neutrality is far less costly? Other than stashing Nazi loot and money in WW II, probably the only other mistake the Swiss have made was rejecting the digital watch. It was offered to them and when they turned it down, it went to Japan. C'est domage..

At 4:07 PM, Blogger media concepts said...

I don't think the digital watch rejection was so bad. I'd hate to imagine a Mickey Mouse digital watch.

At 6:27 PM, Blogger Barbara said...

I refuse to ever own/wear a digital watch, but I wouldn't mind taking my dividend checks from Seiko to the bank if I owned stock in that company... The sad truth is there are kids today who don't know how to tell time on a watch with hands.

At 4:45 AM, Blogger Ghetufool said...

"The sad truth is there are kids today who don't know how to tell time on a watch with hands."

you have advanced (or have fallen) so much? don't you have to blame yourselves (parents) for this?

At 11:57 AM, Blogger media concepts said...

What scares me are the kids who work at McDonald's who just press buttons with pictures of each food item, and the change comes out automatically. They have no idea how much each item costs or how to add or subtract the prices to make change. But we digress ...


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