The Man Who Saved the World

An amazing story. It doesn’t say if WOPR was involved.

Stanislav Petrov was a Soviet army officer monitoring the satellite system for signs of a U.S. attack, the year was 1983, and his instructions, if he detected missiles targeting the Soviet Union, were to push the button and launch a counter-offensive.

He didn’t. Minutes later, no missiles came; months later, the frightening data across his monitor was determined to have been a system glitch. Today, the Association of World Citizens is calling him “the forgotten hero of our time,” a title befitting the man whose responsibility had been to start World War III.

(via Kottke.org)

3 Comments

  1. That’s a true hero. In this age of “heroes” everywhere doing violent things with little analysis, how refreshing to find a man who had the courage and intelligence to think twice and NOT start a war.

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