BBC: The British Armed Forces in Africa & Asia May 8, 2016 19:59:45 GMT
Post by Edmund Wilson on May 8, 2016 19:59:45 GMT
"Good morning, ladies & gentlemen. The Prime Minister, Edmund Wilson, today announced that the British Armed Forces would be continuing its commitment to Brunei. The tiny nation on the island of Borneo has been given assistance by British Army personnel since 1959. The Prime Minister said this on the matter."
The view cuts to a view of Edmund chatting to the presenter of BBC Breakfast, a long running news programme that airs in the early morning in The UK.
"The UK has had a historically close relationship with Brunei. We assisted the Sultan there at the time in quelling revolts that were occurring and we've been there ever since. Our presence has not only been a stabilising factor for the population of Brunei, but the facility there that we have been housed in by the Sultan has allowed us to train our forces in the art of jungle warfare. Suffice to say, the British Armed Forces and I have no intention of leaving unless The Sultan, in his wisdom, requested it."
"And what about the remaining section of Malaysia that you asserted a protective guarantee over a few months back?"
"Well, at this time there are no British troops IN free Malaysia, however the fact that it neighbours Brunei means that we are more than capable of ensuring that we keep our word on protecting their independence regardless of who attempts to besmirch it."
"If I could ask, would it be possible for you to provide us with a general idea of what the current British presence in Brunei is?"
"Well, I couldn't give you an exact number, but I can safely say that we are doing everything we can to ensure that we are maintaining a presence that will deter anyone who wishes to assault the sovereignty of free Malaysia."
"Another question, which I've been asked to ask a number of times is that you are considered to be a neo-imperialist by the opposition in parliament. What do you say to that?"
Edmund laughed and adjusted his glasses at the presenters query.
"Absolute nonsense! That is what I say." He guffawed. "If I am an imperialist and creating an empire. Why haven't I subjugated the nations I said I would protect? Are there troops controlling the masses in Jamaica? Belize? No! The UK is adamant that we are here to ensure a lasting, stable and flexible peace in the world. I do believe the words of Theodore Roosevelt portrayed the situation best with the statement 'talk softly, but carry a big stick'. The UK is always willing to talk, but if necessary, we will fight and we do this without any form of payment from the nations we pledge to protect."
"If that's the case, then why is there a small, but clear presence of British troops around the Mediterranean and The Middle East?"
"THAT is due to the ever growing presence of The Global Liberation Army. With their recent gains in West Africa and their siege of the ECA's remaining footholds in North Africa. It is clear that the new leader, Sayeed Al-Musari, is an individual who is hellbent on continuing the work of the now missing Omar Al-Ghazi."
"The opposition argued that British intervention in the siege of North African ECA territories might have made a difference, do you agree with that?"
"I do not agree with that and I will tell you why. The current size of the British Armed Forces is a percentage of what The ECA can amass across its territories. The technology its member states have pooled for use across the globe under the banner of the ECA is far more advanced in comparison to our own. As such, we are endeavouring to close the technological gap and be able to stand on our own two feet. It will take time, but we shall prevail and when we're ready, THEN and only then, will we consider action against The GLA."