Russia is a big fish; it is a giant whale like Moby Dick. America and Britain will not catch Russia with such poor bait as Ukraine. When President Biden threatens Russia with dire consequences, he sounds like Captain Ahab, standing in front of the crew of his whaling ship Pequod, and vowing to take terrible vengeance on Moby Dick. But in Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick
, the whale remains unconquered; it is Pequod that gets sunk.
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