The Russians demonstrate remarkably good sense!
An economics professor of mine once used Russia as proof that economic success was not a function of the intelligence of the people (India, BTW, was proof that it wasn’t a function of hard work either). Russia, a country in which chess is a spectator sport, was an economic basket case at the time he made the comment.
They’re still a basket case, but that intelligence may finally be doing them some serious good. Dumping on the Kyoto treaty, and passing a flat tax- awesome. My favorite part of this is how mad it’s made the EU.
They [the Russians] seem prepared to join the argument not simply on the grounds of their narrow self-interest but on the question of whether those who think we are destroying the earth might just be wrong.
Whee! The world is such a fun place sometimes.