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Switzerland Accidentally "Invades" Liechtenstein

By March 4, 2007

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Last Thursday, 170 Swiss infantry soldiers accidentally wandered just over a mile across an unmarked border between Switzerland and Liechtenstein and into the country of Liechtenstein. Once the soldiers realized their mistake, they turned around. Switzerland has apologized profusely and Liechtenstein, which lacks a military, says no harm was done by the gaff. The AP has more.

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March 9, 2007 at 6:43 am
(1) Dr. S.A.Gillani says:

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March 9, 2007 at 11:01 am
(2) James Mejuto says:

Maybe we should apologize to Iraq and get the hell out of that country.
Afterall, we did invade another country which did not attack us.

March 9, 2007 at 9:15 pm
(3) Frank Winkler says:

Having visited Liechtenstein on a number of occasions, I can appreciate the mistake made by the Swiss. What does surprise me is that they were able to discover their error while still in country– as small as Leichtenstein is (much less the fact that it resembles Switzerland so much) it would be all too easy to have entered and left again– even on foot– before realizing such a navigational error had even been made! Must have been on a latrine break. lol

March 9, 2007 at 11:40 pm
(4) Ron Murray says:

Vaduz, Liechtenstein, 9 March 2007, UPI: This brutal, nighttime, crossborder assault, sans benefit of GPS and supporting airpower, will “holy cheese!”, be ever remembered as the Liechtenstein Lite Brigade massacre. The Swiss Sturmgrunts were supposed to wait until the first of September! Remote imagery from the Liechtenstein tourism board satellite, downloaded to a Swiss SatCom receiver, however, saved the infamous day, and put the cannabis-disoriented navigators in a back-azimuth towards a safe haven home.
Pshew! A diplomatic pouch of small red, multitool knives, chocolates, and alpine flowers was the post-incident
diplomatic reparation. Backchannel chatter monitored by US NSA, however, suggests strongly that Liechtenstein will now put one percent of their GDP toward a Star Wars Defensive System over their Switzerland-contiguous western border. *30*

March 10, 2007 at 1:21 pm
(5) Danusia says:

It’s not AN UNMARKED border…it’s all unmarked between Switzerland and Liechtenstein! I live here in Switzerland, and it’s agreed that if Liechtenstein ever would get attacked, it’s the Swiss army that would defend them!!! These two countries share the same currency..the Swiss Franc, language (Swiss German), businesses (grocery store chains, etc.)! Of course Liechtenstein played it down, because this accident can happen quite often..and it’s only that..an accident! lol

March 14, 2007 at 1:15 pm
(6) Colin says:

Well,I would be very suprised to learn that Switzerland even had an army, never mind “invading” someone if I wasn’t a geography buff! LOL!

March 17, 2007 at 11:36 pm
(7) Thomas Lullin says:

Well, this is news that never made it in the Swiss media. Why? Liechtenstein has no army and its defense is the responsibility of Switzerland. Except their license plates and passports, there are hardly any differences between the two (same currency, same Swiss-German dialect, same postal service, no border crossing…and so on). This is not the first time such incident occurred and I doubt it will be the last: in the 80ís the Swiss army accidentally set a firestorm which spilled over Liechtenstein.

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