I don't know about the RSA giving Bibles either, but it seems when they send young men in harms way they try to comfort them.
Maybe his story was a parable? Just to get others thinking about the point he was putting across. Much like the parables Jesus told in the Bible
Such as the parable of the cloth and bottles, the tares among the wheat, and the mustard seed. This one would be "boards don't hit back" Of course you can tell by the title and the article what he meant. Anyway, it does sound like his humor
The Bible also says there will always be wars and rumors of wars. I have lived a long time and this I know to be true.
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, "The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: