Letters: Jan. 13, 1961

Kennedy's Cabinet

Sir:

The apparent contradiction which Dean Rusk resolved for the Rhodes scholarship committee — "The eagle on the Great Seal has two claws, one with an olive branch and the other with arrows" — brings to mind an identical contradiction in the life of that universal genius Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo was a peace-loving man and of great heart and charity. He could not bear to see trapped animals, and he bought caged birds only to set them free. Yet he devised horrible means of wiping out the enemy. He reconciled the contradiction in this pregnant aphorism: "When besieged...

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