I saw the soldiers putting white cloth over the concertina wire surrounding the Congress conference area today as I registered for the World Economic Forum. I was walking through blowing snow and at first I thought I was looking at high snow banks. Then, as I came closer, I could see the white cloth and the soldiers and the wire. All a reminder of the powerful political and economic elites arriving in Davos right now and the dangers they bring with them.
It’s easy to miss the fact that Switzerland is a militarized society. Most of the men and a growing number of women serve in the army and then remain in the guard for the rest of their lives. Most homes have weapons in them. The Swiss have their versions of military trucks designed for their own terrain. And a powerful air force. In Davos, the air space is cordoned off into a no-fly zone patrolled by jets. On the ground, you have a huge presence of police and military checking badges. And they are serious. Not the checking you see in the US at airports.
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