Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor

It is official: Switzerland no longer has national defence!

On 5 January 2018, Corps Commander Schellenberg swore his staff to the task of the new Operations Command. “The Command plans and leads all operations of the armed forces”, including “planning, leading and evaluating all operations at home and abroad” (source: DDPS).
Now it’s officially confirmed: Switzerland no longer has an army to fight a war for the country. It should only be able to perform “operations”. By definition, operations are military actions that are limited in terms of the means used, their geographical extent and duration. They’re not a war for the country, not even a big battle. (Don’t come back with the fairy tale, the future war is only about cyber-attacks and a few specialists [“green males”]). The numerous tanks and other heavy means of all militarily important powers, including Russia’s 1st Guards Tank Army, which has been ready for operation again since 2 years, were not built for an open-air museum for the deniers of the reality of a future war. Here are two definitions from lexica for the term “operation”: Meyer’s Great Pocket Encyclopaedia: “A chronologically and militarily coherent action by armed forces of a warring faction to carry out a military mission”. <link https: de.wiktionary.org wiki operation>de.wiktionary.org/wiki/operation: “Operation: Completed action to carry out a mission.”
With only 6 combat battalions and 4 artillery divisions, the further eliminated army can actually only carry out single operations. However, this will only be the case if Switzerland has a credible air force and air defence forces until then. Operations are conceivable if, for example, individual units of an attacker from the east in the Rhine Valley should accidentally cross the national border or if a regiment of a US airborne division lands in the Great Moss. More is not possible. In both cases, the 6 combat battalions have to be on the scene quickly and the artillery not far away, and an air force and air defence should be able to prevent the destruction from the air of the few Swiss battalions/departments to a large extent. According to Federal Council’s documents, the 17 infantry battalions, which are still part of the army, are said to have limited defence capabilities. They have no anti-tank, anti-aircraft and heavy fire equipment and are not even suitable for operations. Their soldiers are cannon fodder.
Within the framework of creeping accession to NATO, Swiss troops will also be deployed abroad. For this reason, Switzerland was led by the Federal Council into the PfP (Partnership for Peace) and NATO’s interoperability platform. (The “Global Times”, daily newspaper of the KP, Beijing, 26.2.2013 on the PfP: “In order to expand its operational area, NATO has created new mechanisms such as the Partnership for Peace (PfP)[...]. NATO as an instrument of US global politics will play a significant role for many years to come[...]”. The interoperability platform serves to practise joint actions, although the Federal Council said that it was only a matter for discussions. In its communiqué to the meeting of 5 September 2014 on the establishment of the interoperability platform in which Switzerland participated, NATO said, among other things: “Now we will concentrate on preparing and practicing together. We have therefore adopted a comprehensive Partnership Interoperability Initiative to enhance our ability to address security challenges together with our partners. Here in Wales, our defence ministers have created the interoperability platform, at a meeting with 24 partners [including Switzerland, the author] who have demonstrated their commitment to strengthen their capacity for joint action with NATO.” A further meeting took place on 22 June 2016. The communiqué states: “Interoperability is the ability to act together using harmonised standards, doctrines, procedures and equipment. It is crucial to the work of an alliance of different countries with national defence forces, and it is equally important to work with partners who want to help NATO achieve its tactical, operational and strategic objectives. Much of NATO’s day-to-day collaboration, including that with partners, is focused on this consistent ability.”
The fact that, at the invitation of Switzerland, a large NATO conference with 100 senior officers from the NATO Command, all member states and suborganisations (PfP, etc.) was held in Zurich on 16/17 February 2016 completes the picture and shows the widespread manipulation of opinion in our country. It also fits that the DDPS only informed at the beginning of the conference on which the major Swiss media (“Neue Zürcher Zeitung” and others) did not report, probably at the DDPS’ request. Switzerland has thus practically joined the camp led by the USA, which has intervened in numerous other countries by all means, including war since the Second World War. In return, the national defence accorded by the Constitution was abolished.
The Federal Council and all politicians who did not prevent this are responsible to our people.

Gotthard Frick, Bottmingen

(Translation Current Concerns)

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