By Robert C. Koehler
Tribune Media Services
“As long as a nukeless world remains wishful thinking and pastoral rhetoric, we’ll be all right.”
Pastoral rhetoric? This, from a writer who later refers to a “nuclear umbrella”? The words are those of David Von Drehle, an editor at large for Time Magazine, who couldn’t resist a faint note of mocking arrogance as he announced his own winner of the Nobel Peace Prize: Little Boy, Fat Man and their progeny, the doomsday weapons that (not counting Hiroshima, Nagasaki and all those cancer deaths in Utah, etc.) have kept us so safe for the last 60 years.