With the Allied effort in Afghanistan drifting towards the end of extra-time, Defense Secretary Philip Hammond has warned journalists that the armed conflict between western forces and a loose coalition of Saudi-funded regional warlords, may have to be decided by sudden death penalties.
‘The lads have given it their best shot for over ten years’ Hammond told the sports reporter of Jane’s Defence Weekly ‘They’ve given the proverbial 110%. Unfortunately we’ve a poor record on shoot-outs’ he conceded ‘apart from Bloody Sunday and that SAS Gibraltar-shoot up obviously. But hey: it’s not so much about the winning, as the taking part. Churchill said that, I think.’
‘We’d had hoped to bring on one or more of our Subs, but they don’t seem to perform too well in the desert.’