The Cost of Taking Sides

Russia is far from the only country that has rejected Switzerland’s false assertion of neutrality:

The leaders of Brazil and South Africa will not attend a conference on Ukraine to be hosted by Switzerland next month, reports have said. The summit, scheduled for June 15-16 at the Burgenstock Resort near Lucerne, is expected to revolve around Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s proposed roadmap for ending the conflict with Russia. More than 160 countries have been invited to take part, including members of the G7, G20, BRICS, and the EU. Russia, however, has not been invited to the talks.

China is another major BRICS member which presumably will ignore the Swiss meeting, according to Yury Ushakov, who is assistant to the Russian president for international affairs.

BRICS leaders won’t attend Zelensky’s ‘peace conference’ , RUSSIA TODAY, 17 May 2024

The rejection of Swiss “neutrality” by the BRICSIA nations should have been, but was not, foreseen. And if this isn’t a clear warning to the short-sighted members of the Swiss parliament who have unnecessarily trashed centuries of global confidence and goodwill in a vain attempt to appease the wicked gods of Clown World, at least it should suffice make the gravity of the situation obvious to the Swiss people. It means that voting for the proposed referendum on permanent constitutional neutrality, economic and military, is absolutely necessary no matter what one’s political preferences might be, and no matter what fig leaves and word magic are offered in an attempt to convince the people to let the politicians continue to redefine the concept.