Saddam Hussein was sitting in his office wondering whom to invade
next when his telephone rang.
"Hallo, Mr. Hussein!" a heavily accented voice said, "This is
Santa from Phagwara, District Kapurthala,Punjab. I am ringing to inform you
that we are officially declaring the war on you!"
"Well, Santa," Saddam replied, "This is indeed important news! How big is your army" "Right now," said Santa, after a moment's calculation, "there is myself, my cousin Banta, my next door neighbour Chanta, and the entire
kabaddi team from the gurudwara. That makes eight"
Saddam paused. "I must tell you, Santa that I have one million men
in my army waiting to move on my command."
"Arrey O! Main kya.. " said Santa. "I'll have to ring you back!" Sure enough, the next day, Santa called again.
"Mr. Hussein, it is Santa, I'm call ing from Phagwara STD, the war
is still on! We have managed to acquire some infantry equipment!" "And what equipment would that be, Santa" Saddam asked. "Well, we have two combines, a donkey and Banta's tractor."
Saddam sighed. "I must tell you, Santa, that I have 16,000 tanks
and 14,000 armoured personnel carriers. Also, I've increased my army
to 1-1/2 million since we last spoke."
"Oh teri ...." said Santa. "I'll have to get back to you." Sure enough, Santa rang again the next day.
"Mr. Hussein, the war is still on! We have managed to get ourselves
airborne...... We've modified Chanta's tractor by adding a couple of
shotguns, sticking on some wings and the pind's generator. Four
school pass boys from Malpur have joined us as well!"
Saddam was silent for a minute and then cleared his throat. "I must
tell you, Santa, that I have 10,000 bombers and 20,000 fighter
planes. My military complex is surro unded by laser-guided,
surface-to-air missile sites. And since we last spoke, I've increased my army to TWO MILLION!"
"Tera pala hove...." said Santa, "I'll have to ring you back." Sure enough, Santa called again the next day.
"Kiddan, Mr. Hussein! I am sorry to tell you that we have had to call off the war."
"I'm sorry to hear that," said Saddam. "Why the sudden change of heart"
"Well," said Santa, "we've all had a long chat over a couple of lassi's, and decided there's no way we can feed two million prisoners of wars!"