During Operation Desert Storm, the senior British general was walking
about in the Kuwaiti desert, and stumbled across something in the sand.
Uncovering it, he found an old lamp. He took the lamp back to his tent
and proceeded to polish it up, and (of course) out popped a Genie.
The Genie thanked the general for releasing him from imprisonment, and
told him that he would grant him any wish that he desired. The general
thought a moment and then unrolled a map of the Middle East onto his
table. He explained to the Genie about the wars that had been ravaging
the entire area, and his one wish was for peace throughout the region.
The Genie responded that he and his ancestors had been working on that
problem for several thousand years, had had no success, and now felt it
was hopeless. He asked if there was another wish he could grant instead.
The general thought for a moment and finally said that he wished that
England could one day win a World Rugby Cup tournament. The Genie pondered
a little, and then said, "Why don't we take another look at that map?"