Swiss Cheese

JLH has translated a pair of articles from Swiss media outlets. He includes this introductory note:

These articles make up another “unmatched pair.” The irony they generate is in the tension between what is happening to the people who are experiencing the nitty-gritty results of immigration in their own communities, and the actions of national leaders and movers-and-shakers.

As Takuan Seiyo put it recently: “the stupidity, decadence, weakness, confusion and naïveté of your (and our) own people, and the foolishness, fraud and treason of their ruling elites.” In the case of the Swiss, thanks to the SVP and direct democracy, the emphasis lies much more heavily on the second element.

The articles also cast some light on why the Swiss referendum restricting immigration even from the EU has so angered the EU. Note that Albania is regarded by the EU as a “candidate country” and Bosnia-Herzegovina as a “possible candidate country.” Reason enough to be uneasy, in light of the jihadis being recruited in Switzerland.

And it is not comforting that the (increasingly byzantine) EU is governed by an unelected ruling council and headed up by a previously obscure clone of Rumpelstiltskin.

The first translated article is from Die Weltwoche:

Monday, June 30, 2014

Quis Judicabit?

Good news from Switzerland. A working group with a pretentious name

by Roger Köppel

Amidst oppressive heat outside, I receive only sparse news reports from Switzerland. Here’s wonderful news: Seasoned leaders of the Swiss economy are publicly supporting an initiative for mass immigration. Following financier Fredy Gantner, watch-king Nick Hayek, and successful gastronomic entrepreneur Rudi Bindella, Rolf Dörig — the president of Swiss Life — is also calling attention to the advantages of controlled immigration. Slowly but surely, the time has come. Shortly after the February 9th referendum, doomsday scenarios and dark prophecies dominated the headlines, calling it an ignoble, vengeful “acting out.” Here, on vacation, I meet mostly Germans, who congratulate me on direct democracy and above all the initiative on mass immigration. Common sense makes it clear: No prosperous nation — and certainly no prosperous small nation — enables unchecked immigration. To be sure, it is not regarded as proper behavior in Switzerland to argue for a responsible — read strict — immigration policy. The “anything goes” zeitgeist, which loves to congratulate itself on its alleged tolerance, becomes aggressively intolerant when its dogmas are questioned.

In an outstanding report, the Sonntagszeitung has revealed the details of a new working group of the federal government which, with a title that begs to be satirized — “Democrazia Vivainta” — is pondering the deconstruction of our democracy. The names of its participants have begun trickling out — professors, former and still active officials, members of the administration. According to its own publicity, the group is proceeding on the assumption that the instrument of the folk initiative in Switzerland is being more and more recklessly used and abused.

The intent is as absurd as it is dangerous. While the whole world envies us our direct democracy, the Swiss political elite is working to constrict or even do away with it. It is all part of the movement to bind Switzerland more closely to the EU. Executive components of the legislative and administrative bodies would like to free themselves of the burdensome voice of the public by integrating Switzerland into a supranational trysting system for unreviewable decision-making. This is no conspiracy theory. It is the necessary consequence of a classical conflict of interest. Direct democracy affords a great deal of freedom for the citizens, the localities and the cantons. For federal politicos and officials, on the other hand, direct democracy is a prison with countless guards, whose weapon is the vote.

The question of more or less direct democracy touches on what is essential. In Switzerland, the people and the cantons are sovereign. No law can endure against their will. To be sure, the power of the people is not absolute; it is infringed by elements of representative democracy. But in the end, the people and the cantons are the givers of the constitution. Contrary to a widespread misconception, our federal constitution is not a Bible of eternal commandments, but a man-made system of rules and norms which can be altered at any time in orderly fashion by the people and the cantons. This is the essence of our democracy. Anyone who intends to truncate the rights of the people and cantons is poking around in the central nervous system of our state.

Just as false as the idealizing of the constitution is the canonizing of international law, as practiced now by “Democrazia Vivainta.” It may be possible to reach an understanding that there are certain rules all peoples will adhere to, although — as history shows — not all of them have done so in exigent circumstances. But one thing is decisive. International law — even so-called compelling international law — can only become binding Swiss law if both people and cantons have approved it as such. No law that has not been properly confirmed and accepted according to Swiss law, by the sovereign power of people and cantons, can be valid in Switzerland.

International law is generally treated nowadays as if it were some sort of divine super law, or even a law of nature. Wrong! International law is man-made — and, by the way, made in a process which is decidedly less transparent than is Swiss national law. Since its founding, the confederacy has defined itself as a community under the rule of law. At the core of our political system is the will of the Swiss to consider themselves capable of forming their own law in an orderly fashion. Switzerland is not per se opposed to international law, but international law is not binding until it has been made national law by the sovereign Swiss. It has no automatic or a priori validity.

The intentions of those who wish to subject the confederation to foreign law are dishonest. They talk of law, but they mean power. It is a question of who decides about the laws. Thomas Hobbes wrote “Quis judicabit?” In Switzerland, that is the people and the cantons — not bureaucrats, politicians or unions.

And that is as it should be.

The second article is from

Their Goal Is World Domination

Radical Islamists Form Up In Zurich

Embrach, Canton of Zurich — The Islamist movement el-Furkan rejects democracy and is recruiting members in Switzerland. Their followers are propagating holy war.

German State Security Surveilling Koran Distributors

Last weekend the organization Read! [whimsically for English speakers, this is spelled Lies!] was giving out Korans for free in the Zurich railroad station. Its members are religiously fundamentalist Islamists with the intention of converting young people on the street. The Koran distributors — also active in Germany — are under surveillance by German state security. The Swiss Islam expert Saïda Keller-Messahli, says: “This propaganda action is probably to recruit jihadists for Syria and Iraq.”

Their goal is no less than world domination. They want an Islamic theocracy. El-Furkan recruits for its cause with a green flag. Its followers are calling for holy war — jihad.

Already Active In Switzerland For A Year

El-Furkan is being surveilled by state security in Germany. The radical Islamists have also been active in Switzerland for just under a year. Their mosque is in Embrach, in an industrial area. It has become the meeting point for Swiss Salafists.

“El-Furkan hopes to deploy in Switzerland via Embrach,” says Saïda Keller-Messahli of the Forum for a Progressive Islam. The Salafist organization, she says, is aiming above all at young Albanians. “With the war in Syria and Iraq, the extremists have become more aggressive.”

In his harangues, Imam Alparslan Kuytul, mastermind of el-Furkan, rails against democracy. “We reject any civilization except Islamic civilization,” he says in a video on the community’s Swiss internet site.

Prayer Times Are Calculated In Saudi Arabia

On a Friday in Embrach, about 25 young men are sitting in the common room of the mosque. They are from Kosovo, Albania or Bosnia. All of them are wearing beards and many of them long robes. The imam emphasizes proudly that the prayer times for this Ramadan are calculated in Saudi Arabia.

It can be seen on Facebook how radical the young men really are. A young man with Bosnian roots, who went from Switzerland to jihad in Syria, gives the mosque top marks.

“That Should Have Been Stopped”

Another one who visits the mosque regularly publishes on his profile propaganda pictures from the terrorists of ISIS, which now controls broad areas of Iraq. And he is also proud to be underway on Bahnhof Street for the radical organization, Read!

The town council of Embrach knows how touchy it is to have the Salafist meeting point in the community. “It is not good to have a community in our small town that challenges other religions as well as our own society,” says Mayor Erhard Buchi (FDP = Free Democratic Party). And Daniel Spiess, president of the local SVP [Swiss People’s Party]: “This group should have been prevented from settling here.”

4 thoughts on “Swiss Cheese

  1. “. . . why the Swiss referendum restricting immigration even from the EU has so angered the EU.”
    Just puzzling this logic or illogic of EU. But EU is not angered by anti-semitism ( while they are day and night trumpeting on “human rights”, and not angered by creating no-go zones and autonomous Islamic states within the puny states of Europe and the west, and are never angered by atrocities in Nigeria and horrible beheadings in Syria and Iraq, and not angered by the closing of churches in Indonesia, or by persecution of Christians in Europe, the west and everywhere. Can anyone show those human skull balls to the EU and the west. Does the west have the right to even mention “human rights” when it does not understand what it means? In the west human rights, democracy, human dignity,= empowering islam and kissing its bottom, that’s so sweet to the LIARS. Common sense: No nation prospers that enables unchecked immigration. EU can’t understand even this axiom, and they rule us “democratically” and tell the world they have values?
    Add all tyranny of all tyrants since Cain is less than the tyranny of EU, which is destroying all states of Europe in the name of tolerating Islam.
    How could the entire continent, indeed the west, slide in such abysmal stupidity to the point that an 11 year old Muslim can lead them by the nose, and let be donkey-saddled? A great GAAAAp between the “elected” rulers and the rules. But in the west we were told that the GOV. is from, to, of, in, out of, … the people. Now we discover that democracies are by Turkey and Saudi Arabia and Muslim Brotherhood, the real and not quite invisible rulers, except for the sheeple.
    “ …the whole world envies us our direct democracy… “ That’s because things from afar look differently. Democracy as communism, look brilliant on paper.
    Hey Qaddafi, Saddam, . . . come and save the west from its perverted tenor of mind.
    First World .. . can I compare thee to the Dark Ages
    Ah thou art more dark and oppressive and tyrant and stupid

  2. It sounds like Switzerland is holding the line. Good for them as they have plenty of examples on their own continent to look at failed immigration.
    Is it their rejection of minarets or, do they see that unbridled immigration irrevocably changes their culture? Actually, I think they are one in the same.

    • Babs. I don’t know where the comment is now, but someone who had been born and raised – or at least raised – in Switzerland took their child back to the old country so he or she could have the same experience. Unfortunately, the new reality was/is a nightmare> Lots of bullying and creepy behavior. The family cannot wait to leave and in the meantime, the schools do nothing, so the family is hanging in there waiting for it to be over.

      A sad story.

  3. Beyond Swiss borders it is unknown that the Swiss Socialist Party (SPS) is farther left than the Socialist parties in Germany such as “Die Linke”. In the program of the SPS, overcoming capitalism is still a major target.

    However, the Socialist intention to change the country goes deeper. Leftist under the guidance of self-believed intellectuals proclaimed already in 1992 (World Exhibition in Sevilla): “La Suisse n’existe pas”. Since then, the Left is working on this project, supporting any movement or policy that destroys the inheritance worked for by generations.

    Preferred socialist tools for eradicating this independent country are rewriting history, mass immigration, adaptation to fascist movements as long as declared to be a religion and foremost colonization by the EU. In spite of the fact that Switzerland is one of the best customers of the EU, has eagerly fulfilled all of its obligations and provides excellent transportation facilities to the EU (which cannot keep pace with the services provided) total capitulation has been demanded by Eurocrats early this July with the full support of our Socialists.

    Sole obstacle that remains is democracy with the right of people to express and enforce a different opinion. Before the vote of February 9, 2014, demanding a change of immigration law, socialist and neo-socialists vilified opponents in a manner well known in the whole of Europe. Since this tactic failed, self-believed intellectuals are targeting an amendment of legislation in order to shift the power from the people to the elite, which is probably all socialists ever intended.

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