Will Swiss Self-Rule Ward Off Jihad?

It is a commonplace that Switzerland is the only real democracy in the world: that is to say, the only country in the world where the people control the government in more than a nominal and intermittent fashion, and can call it to account at any time, on any subject, at any level of the administration.

In no country is central government less important. The President of Switzerland changes every year, and the position is purely honorific. Many Swiss do not even know his (or her) name. And what non-Swiss has ever heard of a President of Switzerland?

  • Brett_McS

    Anyone wishing to migrate to Switzerland has to go through a rigorous vetting procedure and must demonstrate useful skills and good character. I doubt anyone brought up in the typical Muslim tradition would pass.

    • Alain

      I don’t know if it has changed, but it used to be once accepted you had to wait 13 years before being able to apply for Swiss citizenship. Even then it was not certain it would be granted.

      • Brett_McS

        So, like trying to get American citizenship … the legal way.

    • WalterBannon

      I think the Japanese have the best approach, you can come and work there for your whole life and never get citizenship