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The man who saved the world

On September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov, a Soviet lieutenant colonel, correctly interpreted a satellite early warning system’s notification that the United States had launched a nuclear attack on the USSR as a false alarm, and chose not to pursue the line of doctrine that would have assured mutual destruction.

Petrov doesn’t consider himself a hero. I sure as hell do.

(x-posted from the essential kit)
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