Sunday, December 02, 2001
Why am I not surprised?

The BBC don't like the Swiss army

A cracker of a quote:

Although Switzerland has not been attacked for more than 500 years, it still has one of the biggest and most expensive armies in the world.

Has it not been attacked because its got a large army (including during the Second World War, with a German border and a large German population)?

Obviously there's no mention of the fact that it's also one of the most prosperous nations in the world, and so can afford an expensive army more easily.

Thankfully it is unlikely that it will succeed, an armed citizenry is the only real guarantee of independence and neutrality. If only Britain would learn.

Whoops we lost them again

Just as it seems that they haven't been killing all the prisoners in Mazar-e-Sharif, eighty prisoners - who supposedly surrendered after they ran out of food and ammunition - blew themselves up. With what? Grenades that they ran out of?

And why, pray tell, did they surrender a second time and then die a martyrs death? At least it seems that British forces had nothing to do with this "mass suicide".


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