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atm



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 1:53 am    Post subject: Swiss soldiers invade country by mistake Reply with quote

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Agencies in Zurich
Saturday March 3, 2007

http://www.guardian.co.uk/international/story/0,,2025522,00.html

Swiss soldiers invade country by mistake

[Quick! Call Alex Jones!]

They have built their nation on traditions of neutrality, pacifism and a general tendency to avoid invading their neighbours. So when Swiss soldiers marched into Liechtenstein in the dead of night, roaming more than a mile past the border, no one was more surprised than the Swiss themselves.
As it turned out, this was no brazen invasion of the mountainous principality famed for secretive banking, an absolute monarchy and plucky footballing exploits. Instead, said the Swiss daily Blick, a company of 170 soldiers had simply got lost during a training exercise and wandered in the wrong direction, crossing an unmarked border. Realising their mistake, the troops quickly returned, not so much to avoid a Liechtenstein riposte (the tiny country doesn't have an army) as to avert an embarrassing diplomatic incident. "We've spoken to the authorities in Liechtenstein and it's not a problem," a Swiss army spokesman, Daniel Reist, told the Associated Press.

Officials in Liechtenstein were prepared to let it go. "It's not like they stormed over here with attack helicopters or something," said interior ministry spokesman Markus Amman.
In fact, there was little chance of the soldiers doing any damage. They were carrying assault rifles. But no ammunition.



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Switzerland and Liechtenstein are basically the same country.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This was almost a feel-good story Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That was a close call. Had they wandered across the border near Basel, France would have surrendered.

(Okay, it's an old joke. Thought I'd drag it out once more before I retire it permanently.) Confused

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 03, 2007 12:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Laughing

Speaking of France, I hear they pulled another stunt that has the U.S. Congress drafting legislation for renaming fried potatoes again.

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