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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Kaeako's picture

Sensationalism is key. Always expect exaggeration, spin and "slight" inaccuracies. It's also useful remember that geopolitics and social issues are not the bread and butter of this site, it's here to provide porno amid the number articles.

debtor of last resort's picture

Translation is correct:


"Er erinnert an die Situation rund um die beiden Weltkriege im vergangenen Jahrhundert und rät der Schweiz, sich zu waffnen."


He's recommending the Swiss to arm themselves...


So your comment is bullshit, dontworry.


You could've said Deutsche Wirtschaftsnachrichten is a website that likes to hype stuff, but that's another story.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

I read the original, and the translation is just fine.  He, Blattmann, says "Switzerland should arm itself".  

/ Switzerland is a COUNTRY, in case you didn't know that /s

This leave open to interpretation (and projection) who is included and excluded from his use of the term "Switzerland".  Taken at face value and strictly speaking, since a country is made up of mostly of its Citizens and ruled by a Regime, it is logical that both arm themselves against the coming/expected Unrest and open Strife that large-scale cultural dislocations cause.

Kaeako's picture

After the Great War people, especially the common man, thought large wars in Europe were a thing of the past. The League of Nations was supposed to keep aggression in check and disputes would be solved under the watchful eye of the international community. Smaller countries especially neglected arming and training their militaries because powers like the British Empire, France and the United States were "backing" them as part of the international community. War seemed a ludicrous idea. Less than two decades after the foundation of the League of Nations Europe was in flames. Europe is, as always, a powder keg waiting to explode. If it doesn't have a match within, it will be "provided" from the outside.

bluez's picture

-- Blattmann sees the basis of Swiss prosperity, "has long been once again called into question." --

I thought the whole point of it was that it was not supposed to be questioned.

Bill of Rights's picture

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


But of course, it not like our elected officials have our best interests at heart...if anything this makes the threat even more credible.

flyingcaveman's picture

what *is* the basis for Swiss prosperity?  It sure as fuck isn't the hot cocoa.

BiPolarFrenchman's picture

I think democracy, peace and sound money had a lot to do with it.

Urban Roman's picture

And a sturdy fence between yourself and your neighbors.

More Ammo's picture

Depends on what the definition of *is* is.

e_goldstein's picture

 what *is* the basis for Swiss prosperity?

 the BIS

Salsa Verde's picture

Was this caused by a YouTube video or climate change?

DOGGONE's picture

Extreme recommendation! From a source extremely unexpected!

Normalcy Bias's picture

When will people awaken to the fact that this is a highly organized, well funded WAR ON WESTERN CIVILIZATION?

GhostOfDiogenes's picture
GhostOfDiogenes (not verified) Normalcy Bias Dec 30, 2015 8:57 AM

Why don't you name them, like Hitler did?

Too cowardly?

No spine?

I think you are a gutless wonder, who like most here, won't call the jew out for what they are: wretched vermin.

Normalcy Bias's picture

Is it not of primary importance that people FIRST realize that what is happening isn't mere coincidence, Douchebag?

General Decline's picture

I can't speak for either of you but here's what's been rolling around in my mind lately...

GhostOfDiogenes's picture
GhostOfDiogenes (not verified) General Decline Dec 30, 2015 9:33 AM

Who cares about what some wannabe intellectual jew canadian says?

assistedliving's picture

give me Epicures over Diogenes 'the beggar' anytime.  I think wandering and starving has awoke your bile functions

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GhostOfDiogenes (not verified) assistedliving Dec 30, 2015 10:40 AM

give me Epicures over Diogenes 'the beggar' anytime. I think wandering and starving has awoke your bile functions

I think you may be correct.

assistedliving's picture

have to admit wasnt expecting that one GOD....!

General Decline's picture

Don't know if the guy is a jew or not but the message is worthy of consideration. 

MayIMommaDogFace2theBananaPatch's picture

@GhostOfDiogenes 5 weeks 4 days

...and if you look up higher in the tread, @GhostOfDiogenes is spouting off his killing-fantasies, quote: "I look forward to leading mass executions of law enforcement in the future."

Obvious troll is obvious.

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GhostOfDiogenes (not verified) Normalcy Bias Dec 30, 2015 9:54 AM

Its obvious the problems of the world and what they are.

jews, and their supporters.

Anyone can google it. Its not rocket science.

You can call me all the names you want.

Cowards mean nothing to me.

Baa baa's picture

Sure they mean something, you send them in first with guns behind and in front. Worked for the soviets but it did result in many needless deaths of the cowards. Should we lament their passing or rejoice? Weird world...

Sturm und Drang's picture

Well, getting people to recognize that something is happening would be a start.

Sparehead's picture

I wouldn’t name “them” just as Jews. That’s far too simple. There are plenty of players and powerful interests that are not Jewish. There may be many Jewish progressive/socialists that consistently push to weaken Western civilization knowingly or unknowingly. I’d also grant you there’s lots of progressive/socialist Jews in the corrupt fields of finance/banking, government, journalism, entertainment, education, etc. For all I know you may be right that there’s a Jewish cabal directing things, but that still doesn’t simplify to just Jews attacking Western civilization. There’s no shortage of non-Jews that would like that every bit as much if not more. These non-Jews can be found all over the world as well as within Western countries, and to be clear I’m not just referring to Muslims either. I also feel obligated to mention I’ve known Jewish people that were not idiot progressives, but in fairness I think they were all found outside of the large urban areas which I like to avoid. To paraphrase Jefferson, if things turn bad enough the tree of liberty is likely to get a lot of watering, and the tyrant side of things is not exclusively Jewish.

More Ammo's picture

SpareHead has a point.

I have done an lot of research on the khazars their beginnings circa year 700 (date familiar?) and all the fake history they have created.

The core of western culture of the last few hundred years in Americas and Europe was the christian religion. The real threat to western culture is the lie the khazars created inherent in the fucked term judaeo-christian.  Most Christians have been convinced and believe that the jews(khazars) are the "chosen ones" and completely support them. Will be a grave mistake.  Just look at how the khazars planted in Palestine treat the Christians there, with disdain, as much as the muzzies.

Take Ann Barnhart, "devout" catholic, stanch anti establishment and muzzie hater and even more of a jew supporter. She refuses to accept that she has been boondoggled.

People need to wake up, read a lot of history, and sadly face the Cognitive Dissonance in combing through all the conflicting data they will find as it was written by the winners of wars.

One very common denominator in the fucked world we live in today is the khazars,


Note: It is my opinion that religion is for the weak.

Baa baa's picture

Back in college, long ago, our Western Civilization textbook failed to mention much of what you say.

And your opinion on religion may well be true but humans cannot survive without a spiritual life, unless you believe humans are the pinnacle of life forms but that is an entirely different affliction.

Essentially, we don't know shit.

TheFutureIsThePast's picture

Organized Religion is not a requirement for spiritual life. Infact, it can be argued that religion is sapping humanity of its spirituality.

Baa baa's picture

Ben Franklin was asked following the Constitutional Convention, "What have we wrought?" and his response was, "A Republic, if you can keep it".

The old farts were a lot of things but stupid wasn't one of them. How refreshing that would be today.

Flagit's picture

Did you just try and give the joos a pass?

SSure sounded like it.

Kirk2NCC1701's picture

Normalcy Bias: "When will people awaken to the fact that this is a highly organized, well funded WAR ON WESTERN CIVILIZATION?"

That's true.  But, as I pointed out in the wee hours of the morning (Wed, 12/30/2015 - 04:42 | 6977399   Kirk2NCC1701), we are up against an Invasive Species from the Other Two Monotheistic Religions:  Zio-Judaism and Islam.  Let's compare and contrast all three, and look at the Attributes they have and use in this Darwinian contest:

1. Ziocons are:  Smart, Educated, Cohesive, Homogeneous, Organized, Aligned, Resourceful, Cunning, Devious, Opportunistic, Ruthless in purpose and means, Loyal to their Own, Driven, Relentless

2. Christians are: Smart, Educated and Resourceful, but lack the other Attributes in a Darwinian ecosystem of cultures and races.  Modern Christianity and a culture of Plenty has made them soft.  The Whites/Christians who are Cunning, Devious, Opportunistic and Ruthless, are so at the Individual level (not collective level) and are so for mostly selfish reasons ("What's in it for ME?"), not for their 'Tribe'.  In fact they don't even see themselves as part of a Tribe -- by design.

3. Muslims:  Don't know them well enough to assign them the attributes I listed for Ziocons, but I do know that there are the two main branches (Sunni, Shiia), and that Sunnis have a fundamentalist and extremist version called Wahhabism.  I also know that, in spite of claims and pretenses to the contrary, Muslims are NOT loyal to their kind.  Not if they have a chance to profit or get richer.  If they were truly united in faith, culture and purpose, Israel would not exist or have been formed.  Like Christians, they too can be intimidated, conned, threatened or bribed -- in any combination, to suit the situation.

As I've asked before:  "If a mere 2% of the population is controlling the 98%, then what does that say about the virtues and weaknesses of these two groups?  Is it not unlike a rider controlling the much stronger, but dumber horse?"  Sorry, boys and girls, but Nature does not favor the "horse" over the "rider", nor whatever Book of Lore you subscribe to.  You get to play by Nature's Rules, or your genes and culture perish.

My hypothesis is simply that "The 2% are proving that Darwinism rules".  The 2% just keep re-inventing themselves (their history and heritage), to adapt and thrive.  Christians have stopped re-inventing themselves, and have become ideological Statists ("The Bible says... Jesus said...").   Like an old rock band that's been playing their oldy, moldy songs for too long, if Christianity cannot come up with some new Material after 2000 years, they are deservedly heading for the junkyard of Darwinism.

Moral:  Get Darwin-fit (individually and collectively), or get hitched to a plough.  Or be treated like the Sheeple that you are (or have become).  I am tired of the bleating of sheeple on ZH about "those damn Jews/Ziocons".  You have 3 choices, the way I see it: You either beat them, join them or get eaten.  Bleating is NOT a viable option.

Normalcy Bias's picture

I agree with you almost completely. One of the points that you make and others (Diogenes) seem to miss is that the Islamists are also an issue.

Although fueled by different motivations, they've effectively formed an unholy alliance with the Ziocons against Western Societies.

assistedliving's picture

the basis for Swiss prosperity is "being called into question."


at least Herr General got one thing right.  Money laundering, tax evasion, banking criminality all being exposed.

time to blame it on the Muslimgs/Gypsies/Jews/Americans _______________f-i-t-b

Nanur's picture
Nanur (not verified) Dec 30, 2015 8:49 AM

All the good guys with guns can easily recognize the bad guys with a gun and shoot them because the bad guys with guns will be the ones shooting at people.  Unless it's a good guy with a gun shooting a bad guy with a gun, then he's a good guy with a gun shooting at people who are bad guys and they shouldn't shoot him.  I see no problem with this.

2muchtax's picture

Feel free to remain unarmed. Good luck.

Baa baa's picture

You are not being frank with us.

BiPolarFrenchman's picture

Where is the link to the Swiss article?  

Clicked both hyperlinks and they go to an article about Saudi Arabia and Turkey working together...

Kagemusho's picture

If I recall rightly, the Swiss are given rifles and ammunition by their government, which they keep locked up at home, in case of need. They are already armed, and many of them take their responsibilities in that regard seriously, attending shooting ranges and practicing with those weapons. Anyone trying to start problems in Switzerland will be keeping that in mind. The Swiss might not wait for Gub'mint approval to whack keffiyah-clad troublemakers.

Now, contrast that with a government that has since 1934 sought to gradually, incrementally disarm its citizens, after the false flag operation called the Business Plot, which was supposed to be a coup against FDR. It had not a chance of success, but provided the impetus for the National Firearms Act of 1934 and all such legislative actions following it regarding so-called 'gun control'.

My, doesn't this sound familiar?

Sparehead's picture

They changed that a little some time ago. The state purchased ammo is now kept in local arsenals, but the young men (militia/reservists) still keep their issued rifle at home. They can however have their own ammo at home. Seems pretty pointless to me but I’m sure the gun grabbers must have thought it made sense. Also, as I recall the Swiss are big on tourism but not so much on immigration. I don’t know if that’s changed much. It’s a beautiful country and I hope to visit again someday.

Government needs you to pay taxes's picture

Lived in Switz.  I do admire their immigration policy.  It keeps the riff-raff to a minimum.

Baa baa's picture

The funny thing about that is Americans all together know where every single armory is located and they aren't that tough to get in to as it seems to happen quite often. They don't scare me, the annoy me.

Urban Redneck's picture

The number of service rifles in Switzerland is dwarfed by the number of privately owned firearms, just like it is in the United States.  The article however, is not about firearms ownership, it's about military & security spending, and the head of the Army wants MOAR MONEY, and given the unconventional/asymmetric nature of the security threat, it's not an unreasonable request.