Death of Stanislav Petrov... the man who saved your life


POST • Many of you do not even know his name when he should be taught in all history classes. Because without him, none of you would probably be alive today, or, let's say, for some of us (the less fortunate ones) alive but in conditions that I dare not even imagine, on a planet probably become a hell on Earth. This man, Mr. Trump, you would do well to listen to his story, because this man, this hero, to whom we owe all our lives, has nothing less than avoided during the cold war (that you warm up with unconsciousness). which is close to madness and the greatest stupidity) that a rain of nuclear missiles is falling in the world and transforms it into a surface as welcoming as the lunar soil.


Although he was only 34 years old in 1983, he was in charge of monitoring the satellite system in Moscow during the cold war. When, on the 26th of September at about midnight, the alarms began to sound, indicating the launching of 5 missiles of the United States towards the USSR the military logic would have wanted that it launches the alert and therefore the immediate replica of the USSR: which meant in plain language, a nuclear war.


But there.


That night, this man refused to give the alert.
That night, he probably avoided nothing less than the 3rd (and probably last) world war.


Terrified, he quickly understood the issue of the decision and what it was for the world. He also had the idea to think (practice that I encourage you Mr. Trump to practice from time to time), saying that a US attack against the USSR with 5 missiles was not logical: if the US wanted to destroy the USSR, why only launch 5 and not all the arsenal?


Having a doubt, he then observed the radars on the ground that did not confirm this shot. He then decided to bet on a bug, a computer error while praying for it to be true.


History will tell us later that the misinterpretation of computers actually came from the reflection of clouds that the technological tools of the time had "misunderstood".


Tonight, September 26, 1983, our technology could have destroyed us.
Tonight, September 26, 1983, this man simply saved the world.


At a time when many fools threaten to use this weapon,
At a time when more than a hundred countries are coming this week to the UN to try to permanently ban the use of atomic weapons - refused as expected by the handful of countries that owns it and wants to keep it, France in the lead - this death sounds like a strange echo from history to news.


Have we not retained anything from History?


And we continue in total blindness to dance on the edge of the volcano, lulled by our unconsciousness, our inconsistency and our irresponsibility, not to say our stupidity.


Luck was with us in 1983.
It has been true on a number of occasions.


But luck always ends up turning.


It will not always be so. We will not always have a Petrov to avoid us from committing the irreparable.




At a time when we are wondering about the statues that we should keep or unbolt with the ethics of the characters they represent, there are others that paradoxically deserve statues in the whole world, but no one knows and will never know.


Ironically, Petrov actually died in May ... but we have just learned this week ... and I bet that very few media will echo these days .. .








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