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delicate issues of reciprocity - swiss reject any such thought

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Submitted by myth (Netherlands), Dec 10, 2009 at 15:53

Dr Pipes, let me disagree. The Swiss vote which is legitimate democratic decision, by its direct vote a specific swiss quality, says something different. It emphasiszes that Switzerland is not Germany, not France not Belgium and certainly not Saudi Arabia. Now the Swiss simply want Switzerland to be Switzerland looking swiss with the specific swiss ways of democracy. Certainly the swiss do not want to follow any sort of reciprocity thought that would ask them to align with the practice of any other country. That is the way the swiss feel about their decision when other countries discuss them. The swiss wouldn't ask for anybody to follow, for the simple reason that the swiss are different and do not want to set an example for anybody.

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