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Monday, December 13, 2004 CE

Stanislav Petrov

He is the second person who I want to mention in my blog.

But... who is he? He is basically the reason why we are writing blogs, the reason why you are reading them, the reason why we do what we do and the reason why we are not dead or struggling for a miserable life. An example of flexibility, of intelligence and of knowing when to break a rule.

I will be brief because I will give you a link.

What where you doing during the evening of Sunday, September 25, 1983? Well, that evening, early Monday in the Soviet Union, in one of the computer rooms that controlled the thousands of nuclear weapon-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles, the alarms went off. There was a warning that an American nuclear missile was heading towards the Soviet Union. Petrov's duty was to inform the Soviet leadership about an event like this for prompt retaliation. He said to himself "it must be an error, if the Americans were to attack , they would not fire one single missile". Seconds after that reasoning, the alarms went off again. Two, three, four, five missiles were supposed to be heading towards the USSR. There was no way he could prove it wrong since the satellites would only have confirmed it when it would have been too late. He trusted his intuition and declare the event a false alarm. Minutes passed and no nuclear attack was evident. It was a computer error. He basically saved the world from the nuclear holocaust. Another person in his place would have declared the imminence of the strikes and the Soviet Union would have launched their missiles towards every major city in the USA. The USA would have retaliated and the world would have been quite diffrent today.

Here is the link


Blogger Puma said...

Wow. It is truly amazing, the capacity for a mind (my mind) to forget. On the other hand, in 1983 I wasn't so interested in keeping either the world or myself safe, so I might be forgiven for not paying as much attention to the event as was warranted. But since then? Since then I have had no such excuse. Call it memory-lapse-as-survival-mechanism perhaps. Unwillingness to face fears perhaps. For this episode describes exactly the kind of incident that once you start thinking about it, it scares you more and more....

9:51 AM  
Blogger Gindy said...

Differences in opinion doesn't bother me. Otherwise, I wouldn't check out new sites. I just appreciated how there wasn't a whole lot of hysterics in your argument. Get yourself a if you don't have one. It is free. Not a commericial. Just letting you know. And B.E. does send a good amount of traffic to your site (since you mentioned it).

12:45 PM  
Blogger Doctor Marco said...

We are all human beings with different opinions. Tolerance is a real moral value and I am happy to share it with other people.

6:37 PM  
Blogger Gindy said...


9:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sometimes it is not good to ignore warning signs: let's remember what happened at Chernobyl in 1986. Warning signs were ignored, the safety crew thought ", this could not be!" And the rest is history.

8:57 AM  

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