World War III is about to break out, but hidden somewhere in Switzerland,
a small group of international statesmen are trying to avert disaster.
The key members of this group are the representatives from Moscow, Bonn, and
Jerusalem, who, despite their personal enmity, manage to forge a peaceful
settlement, at the last moment. As the treaty is signed, and the war
postponed, almost entirely through the efforts of those three men, an angel
appears. "The earth is saved through the efforts of these three men!
Therefore, I will grant each of them their heart's desire!"
So, the angel asks the German for his wish, and the German, recalling
the nearness of their disaster, and perceiving the cause to have been the
Russians, immediately says "I wish there were no more Russians!" And God
said, "It will be done."
The angel asks the Russian for his wish, which, of course, is "*I*
wish there were no more Germans!" Replies the angel, "It will be done."
So the angel asks the Jew for his wish. The Jew is in a state of
shock. "Will you really grant the German's wish?" he asks, and the angel
avers. "And the Russian's, too?" The angel avers yet again. Then the Jew
thinks a moment, leans back and says, "In that case, I think I'd like a small
cup of coffee."