A mate of mine has written a satirical account of the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which he was involved in, as a recalled former soldier. It comes from a very sceptical and under-enthused perspective and is very funny. It throws a fresh perspective onto it and he's asked me to post an excerpt from it here. It'll be on Amazon in a week or two but is on the publisher's own website at www.trafford.com now. It's called "Nobody's Hero - A Reluctant March Through The Middle East", by LD Jones. So, here's a part which for me, sums up the failings of the organisation and the ability of the soldiers on the ground to "adapt and overcome". It's a discussion between the author and another over the lack of kevlar plates in the body armour and goes; "...I've managed to find a use for all that treacle pudding we had left over from the ration packs." He exclaimed, joyfully. "Yuo should have said, I've been throwing mine away." "Yeah, so has everyone else mostly but that's about to stop because it's suddenly become a very important piece of equipment." "I'm staggered, do tell." "Well, you know that no-one, besides you, for some reason, has managed to get any Kevlar plates for their body armour?" He bagan, patting the newly solid portion of his frontage. "F**k me, it's true. It will stop a bullet." I replied, patting the solidly packed treacle puddings in the front of his armour. "Aye, it's a bit heavier than Kevlar but I feel safe in the knowledge that rat-pack treacle pudding is the hardest substance known to man." He declared, triumphantly. "...I've looked at the Chocolate pudding but that's not as hard. It's pretty tough like but I reckon the treacle's tougher." "You can actually eat the Chocolate pudding as well." "Aye but it's a bit chewy. Only if I was realy desperate would I stoop so low." Now, the humour does get more gutteral and biting but this part, for me, sums up the stupdity of it all, in a nutshell. It's reproduced with the author's permission. Any typing errors are mine. Have a look at it. He's a good lad and deserves a read.