(In 250 Words or Less)

AUGUST 18, 2006
Word Count:250

“Mr. Annan? It’s an honor and privilege to speak with you sir.”

“No, it is I who should thank you for taking this call.”

“Well sir, it’s not often that we get a call from the United Nations. How can I help you?”

“I’m glad to hear that! It is most refreshing to see that there are those out there that are willing to step in where others choose to step out.”

“I’m not sure I follow you.”

“France has decided to only commit a handful of troops to this Lebanon thing. We were counting on much more than that. As this world of ours gets smaller, the problems seem to get bigger. We have so many observers and peacekeeping forces deployed around the world that lately we are getting stretched thin, very thin.”

“I see. And you’re looking at my ‘special’ forces team to fill the gap hmm?”

“Exactly. I know we’ve had our differences in the past but as you know politics does make strange bedfellows.”

“Indeed it does Mr. Annan, indeed it does.”

“This would be an excellent time to show the world that there are two sides to every coin.”

“Speaking of coins…”

“Oh, your usual fee would be paid, no questions asked. In fact double it.”

“I think we can do business. Bigglesworth here agrees.”

“And you will include the laser beams?”

“Of course. What good would dolphins be without laser beams tied to their heads?”

“Thanks Dr. Evil, our accountants will be in touch.”

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