U. N.: Wolves & Lambs

The Soviet delegate, an economist named Nikolai Feonov, told a Russianized version of Aesop's fable about the wolf and the lamb, in which the lamb retorted to the wolf's accusations with such vexingly clever answers that the wolf finally ate the lamb for its impertinence. The lamb, of course, was the Soviet Union, the wolf was the U.S.

Nevertheless, other delegates to the 18-nation Economic & Social Council (called ECOSOC* for short) found Feonov an easier man to deal with than such wolf-eating lambs as Molotov, Vishinsky and Gromyko. Feonov actually promoted...

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