Outstanding said:What great news for an already demoralised number of soldiers:
Quote BLIAR: The Army can have anything it needs!!
NEW YORK (Reuters) -- At a joint session of the Security Council today United Nations Secretary General Koffi Annan denounced recent British military operations in China. "It is simply unacceptable for any nation to initiate hostile military action against a sovereign state simply because of a lack of sissy man-skirts." he said.
British Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett after a meeting with the Prime Minister at Downing Street was quick to respond, saying "It's all well and good for Secretary General Annan to classify kilts as 'sissy man-skirts' but this government will not allow Britain's military preparedness to be compromised by the Chinese kilt embargo. Everything's made in China these days."
Prime Minister Blair was not immediately available for comment but his office did issue a prepared statement saying "Britain is committed to securing the release of kilts already manufactured and sitting idle in Chinese warehouses."
Early Tuesday morning 3 divisions of Royal Marines conducted a surprise joint amphibious landing with elements of the Special Air Service which were air dropped into positions across the Chinese countryside. When asked why the famed Royal Army Highlanders were not included in the operation, the British commander on the ground General Sir Reginald Salisbury replied, "Well, they don't bloody well have anything to wear, do they? Can't send a man into battle with his wedding tackle in plain sight, can you man? That's why we're here, to get the lads their kilts!"
In Washington the White House issued a statement saying, "The President was not aware that British soldiers wore sissy man-skits, but he certainly appreciates the urgency of the British operation."
Heavy fighting has been reported near several warehouses believed to contain the kilts in question. While no statement has been made by Chinese officials, it appears that PRC military forces are putting up a determined defense of the kilts.