International: The Battle of the Fables

In four years of U.N. debates, Russia's Andrei Vishinsky has led before his resigned listeners a never-ending proverb-and-parable parade of sly foxes, bad wolves, innocent lambs, triumphant virtues and defeated vices. Last week, Britain's smart, literate Hector McNeil rose to smite the master with his own weapon.

Borrowing from Ivan A. Krylov (1768-1844), the Russian Aesop, McNeil said: "It seems . . . that a poor serpent was unhappy because everyone was afraid of him, and he concluded that the fear was due to his unfortunate voice. So the serpent pleaded with Jupiter to...

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