The man who may have saved the world

BBC News:

In the early hours of the 26th of September in 1983, the Soviet Union’s early-warning systems detected an incoming missile strike from the United States. The protocol for the Soviet military would have been to retaliate with a nuclear attack of its own.

But duty officer Stanislav Petrov – whose job it was to register apparent enemy missile launches – decided not to report them to his superiors, and instead dismissed them as a false alarm.

His decision may have saved the world.

Chilling story and terrifying to think what might have happened.



  • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

    I really can’t think of anything insightful to add, but thank you for sharing this. People can be the very worst or the very best, and saving the world definitely qualifies as best.

  • Obsidian71

    We would have skull F—– the Soviet Union out of existence.

    • http://www.yourmaclifeshow.com/ Shawn King

      Yeah…you don’t actually understand how the M.A.D. (Mutually Assured Destruction) Doctrine worked, do you?

      • Obsidian71

        It’s a theory that’s never been put to practice. I remember in Desert Storm reading about the Elite Republican Guard and how good they were. They were Elite alright…at running.

        • LTMP

          Your ignorance is simply astounding. Even today we cannot reliably stop ballistic missiles. Back then we couldn’t stop them at all.

          • Obsidian71

            I displayed no ignorance. MAD is a Theory not a forgone conclusion. Don’t you ever wonder what would have played out had we mixed it up with the USSR? It’s like two heavyweight fighters that never settled it in the ring. I realize that’s a good thing, life is precious but I can’t help but wonder.

          • LTMP

            MAD isn’t a theory, it’s a strategy. there is no doubt that it would have happened in the event of a mass launch. Yes, we would have skull f#cked the USSR, and they would have skull f#cked us. As a result, the whole planet would have likely been f#cked as well.

          • Obsidian71

            “Everybody got a plan until they get punched in the face” Mike Tyson

          • scott

            Were you born in 1999 or something?

          • Obsidian71

            Impossible. I was in the Middle East in 91. Came home knowing we’d never have to worry about Arab soldiers. They really aren’t built battle. Russians were though.