Folks on the thread might find these interesting:
Russia and U.S. Optimistic on Defense Issues
By PATRICK E. TYLER
Looks like a significant shift in Russia/U.S. relations.
Perhaps based on a joint realization as primarily secular
"democracies", they are beginning to comprehend that the common
enemy may be non-secular theocracies -- and most of those
are much closer to Russia than they are to the U.S.
Influential American Muslims Temper Their Tone
Pointing out how Muslim leaders are beginning to realize that
they need to be more specific about their criticisms of U.S.
foreign policy and jointly condemn the misuse of Islam.
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