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Jessica Alba Was Right ... We Were Wrong

1/27/2009 4:25 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Jessica Alba Jessica Alba is fuming at TMZ for calling her dumb when she called Sweden a "neutral" country last week ... even though it currently has troops in Afghanistan.

She is absolutely correct. Sweden was a neutral country ... 60 years ago.

Even though she was engaged in a debate about the current political situation in America when she advised a reporter to "Be Sweden ... be neutral" -- Alba is swinging back at critics, like TMZ, on her blog saying, "It's so sad to me that you think the only neutral country during WWII was Switzerland."

She is absolutely correct -- when the Nazis were waging war on anyone who opposed Hitler's evil rule, Sweden remained neutral and stayed out of the war. After the war, Winston Churchill referred to Sweden as "that small, coward country."

We apologize for not considering the political climate of the world in 1942 when we suggested she may have meant, "Be Switzerland" -- a country that is currently neutral.

Our sincerest apologies.

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Rolf    

Sweden was neutral during WWII and during the cold war and is still neutral today. I did not know that Switzerland also was neutral. But now I know.

You can say whatever you like, but Alba is right. She is probably more educated than most ignorant Americans.

From a Norwegian.

2003 days ago
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Alimagrog    

Get over yourselves TMZ. You guys have egg on your face for being wrong. Just wipe it off and get over it. Sweden is still a neutral country. Do your research before mouthing off. But I guess it's hard to admit that someone you consider an idiot is smarter than you.

2003 days ago
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logan    

Sweden is still neutral, its not part of NATO and it didn't take side in the Cold War, so in a sense Alba is still right...

Maybe before TMZ decides its a history site they should do some research...

2003 days ago
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Osman Tansel    

REALLY TMZ? May be because of the distance but, do you really think that Switzerland is neutral .....now? A very very very very huge big slimy baloon.

2003 days ago
95.

GIZMO    

You Idiots has anyone stopped to think that they still are neutral?
And if TMZ is the source of intellectual stimulus I think I'll stick with Jess.

2003 days ago
96.

Kim    

Jessica who? Doesn't she have better things to do, like learning to carry a baby correctly?

2003 days ago
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John    

TMZ ... you are not the brightest bulbs on the tree. Sweden was not merely neutral in WWII. They have a LONG tradition of neutrality going back many years ... indeed it's neutrality goes back further than Switzerland. Sweden isn't even part of NATO.

Oh, and TMZ, the Swiss have had military officers in Afghanistan until 2008.

You guys are morons. Admit you were wrong.

Sweden is actually much more the prototypical example of a neutral country for scholars of international relations and Alba's reference shows her intelligence and your response the lack thereof.

2003 days ago
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John    

Let me repeat ... the SWISS also had troops in Afghanistan until last year! and like Sweden, they were in a non-combat role.

Sweden currently has the longest tradition of neutrality of any country in the world. It is in there Constitution and it PRECEDES the Swiss tradition.

TMZ ... you are the ones who continue to throw egg on your face.

2003 days ago
99.

John    

Okay, now I see people bashing Alba even though she was correct because they are saying she couldn't have known she was correct.

Dudes, if you are going to bash someone for being stupid, pick something they say that is incorrect as an example rather than picking things they say that are correct and saying they must have been too stupid to know that what they said was correct.

Using examples of correct statements that someone said in order to point out their stupidity is ... well ... STUPID.

2003 days ago
100.

Jancee    

I think people who are going on and on (like Jessica) are totally missing the point. She is arrogent to the extreme! She could learn something from any neutral country or person about being diplomatic and a peacemaker rather than being devisive and a troublemaker. There is a difference between a strong woman, and a little girl who is just a little too big for her size 0 panties! She does not help the cause of the Left by making people hate her and those like her even more than they already do. If she really wanted to be politically active and do something that would making her country a better place, she would get as far away from Hollywood as she could, and find a job that really made the world a better place. I am sure her hubris would keep her from taking less money and doing a job that did not get all of the attention that she does. Like others full of pride, she will fall eventually. As high up as she has let her ego get, it is gonna' really hurt when she does!

2003 days ago
101.

GC    

TMZ. You are a bunch of retards. Sweden has been neutral since 1814, Switzerland since 1815. Sweden is currently neutral. TMZ reporters need to take their heads out of the Spears/insert celeb attack here rubbish, and maybe read something before they report inaccuracies. You lot should be ashamed of yourselves. Uneducated loudmouths.

2003 days ago
102.

julie    

the point is, she comes off as a stupid, ungrateful, arrogant ass. she makes herself look stupid, and then complains about it. if she can't take it, then she shouldn't dish it out. i was once a fan of hers until i found out how much of a bitch she is. after so many years in the industry she should know how to conduct herself. she's a terrible role model and she's quickly turning into the next katherine heigl.

2003 days ago
103.

John    

The SWISS had peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan too, MORONS!

2003 days ago
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Inger from Sveden    

Freaking idiots, Sweden's been neutral with regards to international conflicts since the Treaty of Kiel (in 1814.) Neutrality doesn't prevent a country from sending PEACEKEEPING troops to another country (Afghanistan, for instance.) Maybe TMZ's illiterate, half-wit, writers maybe should go back to high school (and offer Ms. Alba a real apology, while they're at it.)

2003 days ago
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onewomanarmy    

Sweden has claimed to be neutral since, oh, the early 1800s. I think that gives them as much claim to the term as Switzerland. The fact that most Americans automatically assume 'Switzerland' when they hear "neutral" is prolly a reflection of our poor education in world history.

Alba may have intended Switzerland instead of Sweden, but even so, she was correct in calling Sweden neutral. TMZ and O'Reilly seem really silly for calling her on this one, when she is in fact, correct.

2003 days ago
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