Swiss Army Chief Warns Of Social Unrest, Calls Upon Citizens To Arm Themselves

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Swiss army chief André Blattmann warned, in a Swiss newspaper article on Sunday, the risks of social unrest in Europe are soaring. Recalling the experience of 1939/1945, Blattman fears the increasing aggression in public discourse is an explosively hazardous situation, and advises the Swiss people to arm themselves and warns that the basis for Swiss prosperity is "being called into question."

As Deutsche Wirtschafts Nachrichten reports, speaking on the record for the first time since the November Paris terror attacks, Blattmann told the paper that despite a rise in security incidents over the past two years Switzerland’s means of defence were being reduced.

The situation is growing increasingly risky, Blattman begins.


"The threat of terror is rising, hybrid wars are being fought around the globe; the economic outlook is gloomy and the resulting migration flows of displaced persons and refugees have assumed unforeseen dimensions."


Blattmann: "Social unrest can not be ruled out", the vocabulary in public discourse will "dangerously aggressive."


"The mixture is increasingly unappetizing" Blattmann sees the basis of Swiss prosperity, "has long been once again called into question."


He recalls the situation around the two world wars in the last century and advises Switzerland, to arm themselves.


The Swiss Armed Forces had held many years ago maneuver, in which the starting point was focused on social unrest in Europe.

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Swiss politicians, of course, responded with disbelief to the army chief and hold his warnings are exaggerated.

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Moe Howard's picture

Fuck the Queen, she ain't no human being.

Optimusprime's picture

But unfortunately, when Charles came back he failed to deport the Jews who had come in with Cromwell (Edward I had expelled them in 1290).  Jewish money financed the civil war.  Then Jews were instrumental in toppling James II and bringing in William and Mary--who brought in yet more Jews, who promptly founded the Bank of England (debt-based money) and took important behind-the scenes roles in the first really great "global" corporation--the East India Company.  All the loot from the growing Empire served to placate the British middle class.  It worked.  We are living in the results now.

Oldrepublic's picture

The side that is in power and pays the most

PoliceThePolice's picture

Never underestimate“ advised Sigmund Freud, “the power of the need to obey."


I agree with this and one only needs to look at how the veterans of WW1 were treated during the great depression. The way the Bonus army was treated taught me everything I needed to know about order followers.


Many of the war veterans had been out of work since the beginning of the Great Depression. The World War Adjusted Compensation Act of 1924 had awarded them bonuses in the form of certificates they could not redeem until 1945. Each service certificate, issued to a qualified veteran soldier, bore a face value equal to the soldier's promised payment plus compound interest. The principal demand of the Bonus Army was the immediate cash payment of their certificates.


On July 28, U.S. Attorney General William D. Mitchell ordered the veterans removed from all government property. Washington police met with resistance, shots were fired and two veterans were wounded and later died. President Herbert Hoover then ordered the army to clear the veterans' campsite. Army Chief of Staff General Douglas MacArthur commanded the infantry and cavalry supported by six tanks. The Bonus Army marchers with their wives and children were driven out, and their shelters and belongings burned.

PoliceThePolice's picture
You assist an evil system most effectively by obeying its orders and decrees. An evil system never deserves such allegiance. Allegiance to it means partaking of the evil. A good person will resist an evil system with his or her whole soul.
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beaglebog's picture



For the most part, soldiers are scum.   Talking "standing army" here.


Always have been scum.


That's the truth of it.

TheFutureIsThePast's picture

The military will side with the government. They almost always do, historically.

Why do so many "patriots" fear the government but then worship the military? If the military cared about the Constitution or the American People, they wouldn't be fighting these wars the government comes up with. They would have arrested all these corrupt scumbags and restored Constitutional rule of law.

Standing armies are the strong arm of the government. They do what the government says, they do it without questioning it and they'll do it with a smile on their face. Standing armies do not liberate the common people from a tyrannical government, they enforce that government's rule. See: British Empire, China, Iraq, the Soviet Union, etc etc... in America, Katrina and Boston are a good example of what to expect.

A false narrative will be fed to the military and the public at large. They will support every measure, from gunning down "domestic terrorists" to full fledged civil war because they'll believe everything they're told. Anyone in the military who refuses to fight will be threatened with death, they or their families. When the only way to be fed will be through the military (government), they will obey and comply.

"I'm from the military and here to help" is just as frightening as "I'm from the government."

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

I dont doubt the assumptions here.  But that doesnt really impact the outcome.  The outcome will be determined by the persistence and morale of the freedom fighters.  Gaining freedom is hard.  It took the colonists 7+ years of military conflict (and many battlefield defeats) before they pulled it off.  Are you ready to endure a Valley Forge winter?

The Saint's picture
The Saint (not verified) Stackers Dec 30, 2015 11:01 AM

You need to know where you are going to hold up when a terrorist nuke goes off in your city.   I't coming.

Thom_333's picture

Simple - they are rehearsing the Paris-like events that soon will hit the ConUS.

Or did you think you were going to be immune to that...with your so called southern "border".

They probably have a lot of intel indicating that there are - let´s say 500 cells or so being activated as we speak.

Can´t happen in the US - right.

Socratic Dog's picture

I think you mean "500 CIA cells".

Thom_333's picture

Let´s not bicker about words. Let´s call them 500 CIA-cells - gone wild. It´s always the same thing - isn´t it.

Afganistan Iran,Iraq,Libya,Syria...and on and on. You think you can organize and arm and support crazies that mindlessly will just obey orders without them develping their own agendas.

But this time you have managed to bring them to the west and even your own country.

Even the US military is getting antsy and in fact have stopped obeying the mooslem-in-chief. I point you towards Sy Hersh´s findings.

What will the near future look like. Well- think Israel and the West Bank and Gaza. Or worse. Camps. Check-points,etc.

Ace006's picture


My military training taught how to cooperate and operate in support of the chain of command and the president's orders.  It was easier then to just assume that the chain was populated by honest and patriotic men.  Now not so much, at least at the very top.

Nonetheless, no time was spent selling the leadership as one thing or another.  As in zero.  What counted was the competence and decency of the men you served under.

I hate to disappoint you but there was no brain washing.  It was all about mission, efficiency, reliability, technique, and the welfare of the troops. That was no more brainwashing than medical training brainwashes a surgeon on the fundamentals of competent surgery.

What any German knew about the actions of the government at every moment of his existence is a topic I leave to historians.  I do reject the notion that what is known 70 later was known then to every rifleman, every clerk, every secretary, and every officer equally and in detail. I've even heard that there was no internet available to Germans then.

TuPhat's picture

If you knew you were being brainwashed it wouldn't have worked.  The fact that you deny that there could have been any brainwashing means it worked quite well.  "It was all about mission, efficiency, reliability, technique, and the welfare of the troops."  The mission to kill civilians for one reason or another will be carried out with great efficiency I'm sure.  I went through baic and three years in the army and 4 years in the guard.  It is all about brainwashing but they don't call it that.  It's called training, did you get any training?

NoDebt's picture

I'm with HH on this one.  Arm yourself.  Learn how to shoot- and I don't just mean putting holes in stationary paper targets at the range.  Take a tactical fighting class.  Stay in practice.  Stay physically fit.  Do this with other family members, too.

We bitch about the government on this board every damned day and yet there are some who still think the government can protect you?  That they even WANT to protect you?  If you don't own a gun and know how to use it I think you're the one who's nuts.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Arming yourself means taking personal responsibility for your basic protection....which means you no longer believe others will do so. This usually leads to other uncomfortable Cognitive Dissonances that need to be confronted, a can of worms at best.

Better to turn on the TV and turn off the mind. /sarc

hedgeless_horseman's picture



If one hopes to begin to untangle some of the intellectual and emotional issues in that particular, "can of worms," I suggest this most-excellent book as a good starting point.

On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill in War and Society

By Lt. Col. Dave Grossman


The good news is that most soldiers are loath to kill. But armies have developed sophisticated ways of overcoming this instinctive aversion. And contemporary civilian society, particularly the media, replicates the army's conditioning techniques, and, according to Lt. Col. Dave Grossman's thesis, is responsible for our rising rate of murder among the young.

Upon its initial publication, ON KILLING was hailed as a landmark study of the techniques the military uses to overcome the powerful reluctance to kill, of how killing affects soldiers, and of the societal implications of escalating violence. Now, Grossman has updated this classic work to include information on 21st-century military conflicts, recent trends in crime, suicide bombings, school shootings, and more. The result is a work certain to be relevant and important for decades to come.

Moe Howard's picture

Crew served weapons do most of the killing, precisely because there is more than one person there. A single soldier [rifleman] often does not fire because he is afraid of giving away his position or does not want to kill, or fires ineffectively. When two or more soldiers are together, such as a machine gun crew, they fire because someone is observing their actions.

The Army uses man shaped targets in training rather than bulls-eye type targets because it conditions the soldier to shoot a humans, or "desensitizes" them.

S.L.A. Marshall

Marshall's work on infantry combat effectiveness in World War II, titled Men Against Fire, is his best-known and most controversial work. In the book, Marshall claimed that of the World War II U.S. troops in actual combat, 75% never fired at the enemy for the purpose of killing, even though they were engaged in combat and under direct threat. Marshall argued that the Army should devote significant training resources to increasing the percentage of soldiers willing to engage the enemy with direct fire.

Marshall was recalled in late 1950 for three months' duty as a Historian/Operations Analyst for the Eighth Army during the Korean War. He collected his numerous Korean combat interviews into a treatise analyzing U.S. infantry and weapons effectiveness, Commentary on Infantry and Weapons in Korea 1950–51. The U.S. Army decided to classify some of Marshall's findings as restricted information, later incorporating them as part of a plan to improve combat training, weapons, equipment, and tactics.

Titus's picture


As a layman with minor pistol experience, I'm looking into your pistol recommendations. The FN five-seven is 2x+ the cost of the FNS 9c and HK p30sk.

Is the value gain of owning the five-seven worth an extended delay in purchasing additional items on your preparedness list?

Calmyourself's picture

If I may there is no advantage, the 5.7 x 28 punches small holes.  Better off with a 9mm double stack with modern HP ammo they work great,  FBI is reissuing,

hedgeless_horseman's picture



It all depends on your budget.  If money is an issue, by all means go with the FN 9mm.

centerline's picture

Nice addition to this conversation CD.  So true.  Once it really settles in... it is not pleasant at all.  Terrifying actually.  Anyone who is not terrified by this particular reality is likely delusional.  It is a can of worms.  A really big one if you have family.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

I clearly remember over a decade ago the terror I felt as the realization finally started to seep in that not only was the government not here to protect me, but rather might actually harm me.

That experience was the driving force behind my "Dispatches from Occupied Territory" series.

Element's picture

There's no 'protection', the actual in you was never in danger, only the transient can go away or be taken.

lasvegaspersona's picture

Even we elderly boomers can be helpful. Load development and preparation of ammo as well as building a larder of primers powder and and brass and projectiles are all sedentary activities for those who just don't have the stamina to to do full taining. For the ambitious I suggest getting Midway's DVD on how to build your own AR15. It is fun, cheap and will allow you 100% ability to be your own gunsmith.

eforce's picture

In the UK, you can get rifles as well, up to and including a .50cal.

TRM's picture

If you live in California then be a good shot and very quick at changing mags.

zerotohero's picture

Look if you love your gun so much just kiss the end of the tip and pull - you'll have an orgasm

Took Red Pill's picture

Arm themselves with....Swiss Army knives?

new game's picture

it helps to have a range,"place to shoot" in the back yard. i consider shooting as my game of golf. oh, yea, lets sights in the mail today (like the newest putter-ha)...

likeing that sub 2000 gen 2 in 9.

Urban Roman's picture

"Swiss Army Chief" ... I picture an extra-wide body, with a variety of heads/arms/legs that can be flipped into place with a simple gesture of the thumb...

lincolnsteffens's picture

Hey, Wasup Cog?? Did you quit your day job or are just on vacation? Good to see you back in the comment section.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

No longer working.....for now. I will update soon on the failure of my Salt Mind.

Optimusprime's picture

Read your link, Cog.  Hang in there, bro.  Sounds like you are on the right track.  Lots of resonance with your situation.   Fortunately for me I began preparing as a young man, and may be a bit farther along. 

curbjob's picture

Whatever happened to the story that that all Swiss males had a government-issued weapon and ammo at home?


They do ... unfortunately it is illegal to store ammunition at home.


"In October 2007, the Swiss Federal Council decided that the distribution of ammunition to soldiers would stop and that previously issued ammo would be returned. By March 2011, more than 99% of the ammo has been received. Only special rapid deployment units and the military police still store government issued ammunition at home today"

Dental Floss Tycoon's picture

Actually, military ammunition is not kept at home, but compatible civilian ammo can be kept.  (I would rather have bullets developed for killing game than the hardball military stuff anyway.)

The general is worried about the fact that gun ownership is declining in Switzerland.  Now down to about 25 percent and falling.

gaoptimize's picture

Let me guess:  You live in Montana.

Dental Floss Tycoon's picture
Raisin' it up... Waxen it down... In a little white box... I can sell uptown
847328_3527's picture

" Man who piss into wind get wet. "


~ Old Chineee Proverb


The EU joined Bush and Barry bomb their caves and drone their weddings, so it's not unexpected they want revenge as they freely flood across Europe.

DirkDiggler11's picture

Gun ownership is on the decline in Swissie and the General is concerned? Easy solution, just send over the best gun salesman on the planet, Obumma. Problem solved.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Dont forget a starter-crime 'pack of niggers'.  Oh wait, Switz actually works hard to keep the wrong sort out of their country.

CheapBastard's picture

Many cities in Switzerland are already infested and too dangerous to walk out at night. A good example is cesspool esp around the train station.


It will only get worse unless they do the humane thing --- round them up and send them home and guard their borders like 'the old days.'

Urban Redneck's picture

Never trust Wikipedia.


Element's picture

Never trust words.

Yes, yes, I see the logical discombobulation, but I've already reserved the right to be inconsistent so it's not like it's going to be a 'problem'. Let's just pretend the pixels did it, of their own accord.

XitSam's picture

This is from The Arizona Rifleman blog

He is former Arizonan doing his graduate degree in Physics in Switzerland.

A common meme going around the gun control circles these days is that, though the Swiss have lots of guns, they’re not allowed to keep ammunition at home, and that ammo is only available at authorized shooting ranges. The implication being that if the US restricted ammo in the same way, it’d be just as safe as Switzerland.

This claim is false, but there’s some subtleties involved that cause confusion. Hopefully I can clear things up a bit.

  • Up until 2012 the Swiss military required that soldiers (which is nearly all military-age men, due to their mandatory service) keep their military-issued rifle and a sealed box of military-issued ammo at home. This was intended to be used in case of invasion, so that soldiers could fight their way to a local armory to get more ammo, equipment, etc. In 2012, in light of the political and military stability in Europe, the military stopped issuing ammo for soldiers to keep at home and recalled the ammo that was previously issued.
  • The Swiss government encourages marksmanship by subsidizing ammunition sold at shooting ranges, even if that ammo is not used in the military-issued rifle. Subsidized ammo is intended only for training purposes, and it must be used at the range and cannot be taken home.
  • Similarly to the US, sporting goods stores and gun shops sell unsubsidized commercial ammo to gun owners for their own use. This ammo can be kept at home and used for any lawful purpose, such as self-defense, recreational or competitive shooting, hunting, etc.

Clear? Good. Now stop perpetuating falsehoods.

Moe Howard's picture

Thanks for the truth serum.

DosZap's picture

Whatever happened to the story that that all Swiss males had a government-issued weapon and ammo at home?


The Politicians and the Army decided they could no longer do that.