I read that President Obama has cancelled a planned summit with Russia's President Putin. One reason given in news reports was Obama's anger at Russia's decision to give leaker-defector Edward Snowden asylum for a year. Well, different things anger different folks. I personally would probably have agreed to pay Russia a few bucks to take Snowden for a year. I mean, is he really the kind of guy you want living down the block?
But there's another reason why this is, in a funny way, good news. Nobody thinks it will bring on World War III. Once upon a time, when Russia and its neighbors were still the mighty, touchy Soviet Union, that wasn't so.
I still remember, when I was a kid early in the atomic age, a preacher saying, "For the first time, man has the power to destroy God's created order." We still have it, of course; nobody is throwing away nuclear weapons. But the worry that we might blow up the planet is less now, on, I think, both sides.
And that's genuine good news. Quarrel? Sure. Immolate Earth? Probably not. I don't miss the Cold War--do you?