A mordant joke told during the Cold War concerned asking an Italian, a Frenchman, an Englishman and a Russian to each describe his most cherished dream. The Italian said, “I want my country to produce the greatest artists.” The Frenchman said, “I want my nation to produce the greatest philosophers.” The Englishman said, “I want my country to produce the greatest parliamentarians.” The Russian said, “I want my neighbor’s cow to die.”
The Nattering Nabob
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