Neutral Is Beautiful
"In stark contrast to the foreign policy of the United States, which is thoroughly grounded in the principles of full spectrum dominance and imperial overstretch," writes Thomas Naylor, "stands the foreign policy of four small European nations which are committed to political neutrality – Austria, Finland, Sweden, and Switzerland" — Small Nation Neutrality. "Maybe it’s high time we examine the nonviolent neutrality of small countries like Sweden and Switzerland?" he writes, noting:
- Switzerland has not been involved in a foreign war since 1515, and although it is heavily armed, it has remained neutral since 1815. It has never been part of a larger empire. Sweden became neutral in 1814.
Swiss foreign policy is based on four premises: (1) Switzerland will never initiate a war. (2) It will never enter a war on the side of a warring party. (3) It will never side in any way with one warring party against another. (4) It will vigorously defend itself against outside attack.