Intolerance stirring in the Alps
So we are all familiar with Switzerland’s involvement (some proven, some alleged) with the Nazi regime during World War II. Now it appears the political and social winds in the Alps are again creating a climate of intolerance and racism.
The difference between World War II and now? It appears that the Swiss people are prepared to abandon their neutrality in favor of attacking immigrants with chainsaws.
While it appears Switzerland is mirroring an overall European shift towards xenophobia, this attack is a particularly chilling indicator of how far things have deterioriated for imigrants and visible minorities living in Switzerland, especially since there has been little notice taken on the international stage.
It will be interesting to see how the Swiss government responds, especially since passing a bill which authorizes police officers to use Tasers to force immigrants onto planes leaving Switzerland.