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registerthis
03-02-2007, 04:14 PM
Woops.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20070302/ap_on_fe_st/mistaken_invasion

Swiss accidentally invade Liechtenstein

ZURICH, Switzerland - What began as a routine training exercise almost ended in an embarrassing diplomatic incident after a company of Swiss soldiers got lost at night and marched into neighboring Liechtenstein.

According to Swiss daily Blick, the 170 infantry soldiers wandered just over a mile across an unmarked border into the tiny principality early Thursday before realizing their mistake and turning back.

A spokesman for the Swiss army confirmed the story but said that there were unlikely to be any serious repercussions for the mistaken invasion.

"We've spoken to the authorities in Liechtenstein and it's not a problem," Daniel Reist told The Associated Press.

Officials in Liechtenstein also played down the incident.

Interior ministry spokesman Markus Amman said nobody in Liechtenstein had even noticed the soldiers, who were carrying assault rifles but no ammunition. "It's not like they stormed over here with attack helicopters or something," he said.

Liechtenstein, which has about 34,000 inhabitants and is slightly smaller than Washington DC, doesn't have an army.

paintmered
03-02-2007, 04:15 PM
In related news, the UN passed a resolution that if it happens again, another resolution will be passed...

pedro
03-02-2007, 04:20 PM
I've been to Lichtenstein. It's basically a hillside.

Johnny Footstool
03-02-2007, 04:24 PM
Lichtenstein should be worried. They're on the short end of a serious knife technology gap. The Swiss Army is pretty deadly with those corkscrews, nail files, and awls.

flyer85
03-02-2007, 04:27 PM
I suppose they will invade the Duchy of Grand Fenwick next.

RFS62
03-02-2007, 04:29 PM
All part of our clandestine urban assault vehicle testing program.


http://www.sprintusers.com/wallpapers/uploadedfiles/082705stripes.jpg

paintmered
03-02-2007, 04:30 PM
Lichtenstein should be worried. They're on the short end of a serious knife technology gap. The Swiss Army is pretty deadly with those corkscrews, nail files, and awls.

...and F/A-18s.

registerthis
03-02-2007, 04:42 PM
I've been to Lichtenstein. It's basically a hillside.

Actually, I think it's only *part* of a hillside.

My brother was on a trip through Europe and actually drove through Liechtenstein. He said it took less than 5 minutes.

Red Leader
03-02-2007, 04:48 PM
All part of our clandestine urban assault vehicle testing program.


http://www.sprintusers.com/wallpapers/uploadedfiles/082705stripes.jpg


Don't order the Schnitzel, they're using Schnauzer.


:laugh: :thumbup:

paintmered
03-02-2007, 04:58 PM
Comment from Digg:


In related news France, fearing they were next, has already surrendered.

:laugh: :laugh:

SunDeck
03-02-2007, 05:06 PM
So much for the supposedly "neutral" Swiss. This was just a trial run, believe me.

registerthis
03-02-2007, 05:14 PM
So much for the supposedly "neutral" Swiss. This was just a trial run, believe me.

It sure was. Next week we'll be reading about Switzerland's "accidental" bombing of Vienna.

Johnny Footstool
03-02-2007, 05:16 PM
...and F/A-18s.

Those are a last resort, used only when the enemy isn't polite enough to stand within arm's reach.

SunDeck
03-02-2007, 05:17 PM
Where will this stop? That's the question.

Red Leader
03-02-2007, 05:17 PM
Like Chevy Chase in Spies Like Us, these soldiers should have just thrown up their arms and yelled:

"We're American!"

:laugh:

RedFanAlways1966
03-02-2007, 09:23 PM
The Swiss should spend less time on the watch and direct their attention to a compass.

WMR
03-02-2007, 09:32 PM
Some great one-liners in this thread. :laugh:

redsmetz
03-02-2007, 10:17 PM
I just keep picturing Peter Sellers

http://www.scifilm.org/museimages2/mousethatroared.jpg

redsmetz
03-02-2007, 10:18 PM
Or the Vatican

http://members.dslextreme.com/users/markpoyser/uggabugga/2003/swiss-guard.jpg

Chip R
03-02-2007, 10:30 PM
Monaco is next.

RedFanAlways1966
03-02-2007, 10:38 PM
... the soldiers, who were carrying assault rifles but no ammunition.

Good thing there aren't any Cajuns in Liechtenstein...

http://www.destgulch.com/images/sc00.jpg

Chip R
03-02-2007, 10:42 PM
I think the kids from Red Dawn could take Switzerland.

GAC
03-03-2007, 06:27 AM
Interior ministry spokesman Markus Amman said nobody in Liechtenstein had even noticed the soldiers, who were carrying assault rifles but no ammunition.

I guess if they had run into trouble they could have pretended by making "POW" and "BAM BAM" noises.


"It's not like they stormed over here with attack helicopters or something," he said.

That was in the original plans; but the Swiss Secretary of Defense (Olaf Tweedlemirer), who fills in part time when business is slow at the Swiss watch factory, forgot that two important ingredients for any successful military invasion is ammunition and gas.


Liechtenstein, which has about 34,000 inhabitants and is slightly smaller than Washington DC, doesn't have an army.

You don't need one when confronted with this. Certainly would scare the crap out of me and send me scurrying back over the border.

http://imagecache2.allposters.com/images/CORPOD/HU053699.jpg

MrCinatit
03-03-2007, 09:02 AM
I bet Germany said the same thing about Poland in '39.

Ltlabner
03-03-2007, 09:10 AM
I guess if they had run into trouble they could have pretended by making "POW" and "BAM BAM" noises.


:laugh:

Chip R
03-03-2007, 12:26 PM
Nobody expects the Swiss Inquisition!

919191
03-03-2007, 12:30 PM
Maybe the WMD's are hidden there.

GAC
03-03-2007, 12:30 PM
Neighboring Liechtenstein would have probably made Swiss cheese of them anyway.

RFS62
03-04-2007, 10:00 AM
Nobody expects the Swiss Inquisition!



http://www.geocities.com/dbfreak_mae/spanish_inquisition.jpg

Hollcat
03-04-2007, 06:16 PM
How did they march just over a mile in without crossing the border on the opposite side of the country and "invading" the next country?

registerthis
03-05-2007, 11:10 AM
Monaco is next.

The move has left San Marino quaking in its collective Gucci shoes.