Sunday, March 04, 2007

Small invasion - no-one hurt

There must be frustration in both Washington and London this weekend as the opportunity to restore faith in military action by liberating a small country invaded by its larger neighbour rapidly evaded the need for outside intervention.

About 170 Swiss soldiers crossed the border into Liechtenstein and wandered for about a mile before realising their mistake and turning back. (Liechtenstein: no retaliation for Swiss 'invasion') Since Liechtenstein has no army, it could have been easily taken, but authorities on both sides seem eager to play down the significance.

This means that the chance for Tony Blair and George W. Bush to have a final military adventure that could be easily justified (who would seriously object to undoing an invasion?), or for The Sun to run every single stereotype of the Swiss imaginable, has proved elusive.

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