Ah, Chomsky, one of those really clever people who somehow always leave their brains at the door when it comes to politics.
It's the 69th anniversary of Hiroshima and Nagasaki and here he is, opining that it has been the merest good fortune we haven't been plunged into atomic war. Somehow we have dodged the bullet every day, every hour, every second for 69 years of foam-at-the-mouth nuclear madness - particularly American madness, you'll not be amazed to learn.
Here's an alternative view. Actually (and even if a little surprisingly), politicians in all countries who have a nuclear briefcase at their disposal find this very sobering, and act fairly responsibly when push comes to shove.
Perhaps we'd expect that of, well, the Brits ? France ? the USA ? But how about Russia, China, India, Pakistan, South Africa, Israel ... No shortage of political extremists in the list, and yet somehow no-one has pressed any buttons. This ain't chance, Mr Chomsky - this speaks well for all concerned.
[As it happens I have a little theory about the Communist nuke-owners: as good Marxists they have - in the past - been sufficiently gripped by the inevitability of their ultimate victory, they never saw much advantage in pushing their luck and hazarding it all. But hey, that all ended in 1989, and still they've stayed sober.]
I'm not complacent. Iran is a proper country (measured by the standards of the above), but North Korea ain't. ISIS (if it ever gets a stable base) is in Pol Pot territory: capable of anything and with a broader 'vision' than ever a Cambodian nutter could manage.
And we may be putting little Volodya to the test in Ukraine quite shortly. But he'll pass. At the end of the day, for all his angry nationalism there are some very venal, very pratical men looking over his shoulder at all times. They all want to retire to spend more time with their money.
Ordinarily it's conservatives that hold pessemistic views on human nature, and radicals the hopeless optimism. But on this issue ? No Mr Chomsky, it's not luck. It's that human nature is a bit better than you think.