Even before Aesop, wise men were illustrating points about human nature with parables about dogs, foxes, geese, snakes, rats, oysters, cocks and bulls. All literature, from the Bible to the comic books, is full of zoomorphic comment on human behavior. Seldom have these comparisons given serious offense, one exception being the case of Aesop himself, who was killed, partly because of his fables, by a Delphian mob. Last week Secretary of Defense Charles E. Wilson knew just how Aesop felt.

The Narrator. Wilson, an uninhibited teller of down-to-earth stories, was not tabbed...

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