Dissuasion: The hidden Air Force
Switzerland is a weird country. A few examples? In case of nuclear war the Swiss have bunkers capable of fitting 100% of country’s population – it is the only (paranoid enough) country to be capable of doing that. Swiss highways can be converted into runways by quickly removing the grade separations in between the lanes. Switzerland also has ad-hoc airbases with hangars carved out of the mountains. And the Swiss Air Force has office hours – yes, office hours. So despite all the “heavy armour” around – just invade at night time and Swiss Air Force pilots are in bed. And due to the noise level which could hurt important Alpine tourist region – Swiss pilots have to go abroad to fly supersonic.
Switzerland is neutral, but has one of the largest armies on a per capita basis and all militia soldiers take their guns home – one could say Switzerland has an almost national paranoia about defense. Where does this come from? Historically, it stems from the fact that Switzerland is at the crossroads of important routes through the Alps – critical for any emperor. During the Cold War, the Swiss built a giant militia-based national defense system that rivals that of any country in the world. If anyone were to invade Switzerland, they would find a nation armed to the teeth. Switzerland has a national building code that requires every home to either have a bunker or pay into a fund to maintain community bunkers – so every Swiss Citizen has quick access to a shelter.
Beitrag auf migflug.com
Der Beitrag stammt zwar vom September 2014 doch der Inhalt ist natürlich veraltet. Dennoch ist der Respekt und die Wirkung aus dem Text nicht zu unterschätzen. Doch dieses Bild wird mutwillig zerstört. Wir leben nun schon ein paar Jahre von diesem Image. Doch die Armee nur noch ein Potemkinsches Dorf.