Swiss Hate War, but Want to Keep Big Army
Country votes 73% in favor of keeping the military draft
By Ruth Brown, Newser Staff
Posted Sep 23, 2013 6:14 PM CDT
Swiss soldiers are seen on a walk near Belchen, Switzerland.   (AP Photo/Keystone, Martin Ruetschi, file)

(Newser) – The paradox that is Switzerland: Due to its stance of neutrality, the country hasn't been in an international war in 200 years, yet it continues its policy of mandatory military conscription for young men. And that's the way the Swiss like it, apparently, with 73% of the country voting "no" to a pacifist group's proposal to abolish the draft and replace it with an all-volunteer army yesterday, Reuters reports. This is the third time the country has voted down similar proposals by the Group for Switzerland Without an Army: Both a 1989 idea to abolish the army altogether, and a 2001 referendum to replace it with a peace corps, were also rejected.

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ChopperPilot
Sep 24, 2013 9:16 AM CDT
Well, there are few ways more effective at preventing the need to use military force than having substantial military capability.
njgreen
Sep 24, 2013 7:30 AM CDT
If we had universal conscription, we wouldn't be in any international wars either.
rounder355
Sep 24, 2013 6:26 AM CDT
They hold the money of the worlds richest. They will be protected by all of the rich nations of the world, but have the ability to protect themselves. They also have gun rights and an extremely low crime rate. US could take lessons from the Swiss.