[lit-ideas] Re: Bet you didn't know Stanislav saved the world...

  • From: "carol kirschenbaum" <cskir@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 21 May 2004 15:29:09 -0700

I wonder how many other people saved the world by ignoring things? Homer
Simpson may well be our ultimate hero.
>ck


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> Ex-Soviet Officer Honored for Prudence
> Ignored Alarm in 1983 that Wrongly Signaled Incoming U.S. Minuteman
Missiles
> MOSCOW (May 21) - A retired Soviet military officer was honored Friday for
> averting a potential nuclear war in 1983 by ignoring an alarm that said
the
> United States had launched a ballistic missile, a U.S.-based peace
association
> said on its Web site.
> Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov was in charge of the Soviet Union's early
warning
> system when the system wrongly signaled the launch of a U.S. Minuteman
> intercontinental ballistic missile in September 1983.
> Petrov had to decide within 20 minutes whether the report was accurate and
> whether he should launch missiles in retaliation, the Vlast magazine
reported in
> 1998.
> At the time of the incident, tensions between the United States and the
> Soviet Union were high. The Soviet military had recently shot down a
Korean Air
> Lines jet that strayed over Soviet airspace, killing all 269 people on
board.
> Petrov decided the alarm was false and did not launch a retaliatory
strike.
> The article said Petrov suffered severe stress after the incident and
spent
> several months in hospitals before being discharged from the military.
> On Friday, the San-Francisco-based Association of World Citizens, a
worldwide
> organization promoting peace, presented Petrov with the World Citizen
Award
> and launched a campaign to raise $1,000 for the Russian, who receives only
a
> meager pension.
> "All the 20 years that passed since that moment, I didn't believe I had
done
> something extraordinary. I was simply doing my job and I did it well,"
Petrov
> said on Russia's NTV television.
> 05/21/04 12:50 EDT
> Copyright 2004 The Associated Press.
>
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