<donquijote; Idea of decentralization can only facilitates attacks on sovereignty. Small countries can not effort sufficient protection.>
Not necessaryly, the lion can be contained by another lion--which then may prey on the little animals anyway--or by decentralized monkeys, which the lion fears very much. Perhaps independent monkeys are even worse because the lion fear guerrilla more than conventional war.
Look at these monkeys...
Switzerland wouldn't be a piece a cake...
"Once mobilized, the Swiss Army would fight as a conventional force.
Swiss military doctrine calls for meeting the aggressor at the borders
and waging total war. This is a departure from earlier doctrine which
in World War II called for abandoning the plateau area for the
In the event of mobilization, the 4,000 permanent obstacles and
barriers would be activated and the more than 2,000 demolition devices
already built into key bridges and tunnels would be set off.
Industrial machines would be disabled; water levels in the more than
900 dams lowered; fuel tanks burned.
The Swiss terrain -- a hilly plateau region between two mountain
ranges -- would necessarily channelize the aggressor's attacks. These
obvious avenues of approach are heavily fortified and would be
defended from built-in positions and by mobile forces of the three
Army Corps backed up by the Air Force. The Swiss plan is to make every
inch gained by the enemy a bloody and costly gain. In the event main
units of the Army are destroyed, Swiss doctrine calls for continued
passive and active resistance by means of guerrilla warfare.
This combination of powerful resistance by conventional forces,
continued resistance by guerrillas, and the self-destruction of
Switzerland's industrial, communications, and transportation networks
constitutes the strategy of dissuasion. The message to the potential
aggressor is clear: after a bloody, expensive, time-consuming war, he
will have gained nothing of value. He will be faced with occupation of
a hostile area, denuded of economic or transportation value, and
continued resistance by a determined and armed population.
The armed population is no bluff. Swiss militiamen are not required to
turn in their weapons upon completion of their obligation. It is said
that every Swiss home contains at least three weapons, for not only is
there the militia system, but there is a long tradition of civilian
ownership of firearms and, as pointed out before, rifle and pistol
shooting are virtually the national sports of Switzerland. There are
few restrictions on the Swiss purchase, ownership or carrying, of
firearms. An armed occupation force would indeed be literally faced
with the prospect of a Swiss rifleman behind every tree."
Worst than Iraq indeed...
But let's see another strategy...
"Today Switzerland maintains its neutrality, but practices what it
calls solidarity -- participating in international humanitarian
projects, offering its good offices in the resolution of disputes, and
providing technical assistance to Third World countries. The Swiss
participate in those international activities and organizations which
do not require it to violate its policy of neutrality. Neutrality is
central to Swiss thinking and, in fact, is the determining factor in
the Swiss security system."
Poll taking place at...http://engforum.prav...&threadid=25025