Good old V.I. Lenin must be enjoying the view of Earth these days from his vantage point in Hell. The Western world is jittery, spooked and mistrustful of its friends, just as Lenin would have wanted it. Confusion elsewhere simplifies the exercise of power at home in Mother Russia.
Justin Trudeau is learning to curb his enthusiasm. Last week, the prime minister managed to restrain his tendency to celebrate all things green just long enough to approve two new pipelines to move Alberta oil to tidewater and thus to global markets. This was a gutsy move.