FRANCE: Christian & the Serpent

Feather and the Salmon, a fairy tale written some years ago by Christian Pineau, now France's Foreign Minister, tells of a little boy who is carried on a salmon's back to an island inhabited only by birds and a man-eating serpent. The boy, undismayed at the sight of the bones of previous victims, succeeds in establishing good relations with the serpent.

With all the other reading they have to do, it is unlikely that any of the shapers of U.S. foreign policy ever took time out to read Feather and the Salmon. Last...

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