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Thank you so much Petrov


Not much of a comic or joke today because I hurt my shoulder yesterday.

19th April 2018

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Dilandu

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2 days ago #9754515        
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In fact, the situation was a bit different. Petrov was on duty on sattelite control, he monitored the data from infrared early warning sattelite that was aimed on US missile bases.

Suddenly, sattelite reported about six launches from US base. The normal procedure was to immediately report to upper echelons, but Petrov suspected that something is wrong, because just six "Minuteman" missiles simply could not inflict enough damage to work as effective first-strike attack. So, he asked the radar stations (which should detect the missiles as soon as they rise over the horizon), and they reported nothing. Optical sattelite, aimed at this area, also reported no engine flares, so Petrov became convinced that this is a false alarm and ordered to stand down.

Eventually, it was discovered that sattelite optics was aligned imperfectly, and bright solar rays, rfeltected from high-altitude clouds, accidently gave infrared signatures, which corresponded with missile launches.

P.S. And Petrov could not "set a counter strike in motion". He was only supposed to rely the data to higher echelons, who would make a decision about what to do next.



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2 days ago #9754282        
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More specifically, Petrov instantly found it weird that only a single "missile" was detected. A first strike would've involved dozens or hundreds of missiles, which is why he waited and watched.

What's really scary is that there were several near misses that could've started a nuclear war, from human error to weather to bears.

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Dal

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2 days ago #9754519        
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There needs to be a public holiday in every country dedicated to this man. And also to Vasili Arkhipov, the vice-captain of a soviet nuclear sub, who vetoed the decision to launch a nuclear torpedo at a US ship during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

It's truly amazing that we're all still here after all that's happened.

If the both of you are somehow reading this, humanity is eternally in your debt. Thank you.

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Meelis13

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2 days ago #9754375        
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to be more percise- that desicion came because Petrov had 2 big reasons to doubt that computers were correct.
1- that computer system had had some issues prior to that
2- By his estimates, americans wouldnt have launched so few missles.
Therefore he decided to wait until radars confirmed missles, although at that point it wouldve been too late to retaliate. His gamble paid off

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2 days ago #9754365        
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Bigger hero was Vasili Arkhipov.

During the Cuban Missile Crisis, or really the Cuban portion of the Turkey Missile Crisis (I'll explain later), Vasili was in charge of the submarine fleet. His sub was outfitted with a nuclear torpedo. It came under fire from the Americans; yes we opened fire on the Russians during the crisis. He was too deep to use the radio, and everyone aboard thought WWIII had already begun. To launch a nuclar strike, a unanimous decision needed to be made by him, the captain, and the political officer. He was the only one who voted no. Luckily, it turned out the depth charges were dummies, but inside the sub, there's no way to tell.

As for why the Turkey Missile Crisis, the whole thing started when Kennedy decided to place a battery of nuclear missiles in Turkey. This pissed off the Russians for good reason, and when diplomacy failed they did the same to the US. The result of the crisis was that the missiles were removed from Turkey, so technically, the Russians won the crisis. But the Americans got what they wanted too, so they won. But the crisis humiliated Russia in the eyes of the Chinese, so Russia actually lost. Whereas the crisis made De Gaulle convinced that the Americans would never help France when push came to shove, because they wouldn't help Cuba, so America lost the crisis too. Everyone got what they wanted, and still lost.

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2 days ago #9754438        
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EDITS:
It was 1983.
Petrov identified it right away as a false alarm, since the computer system was new and poorly tested, and every hypothetical American first strike would have been larger than just four missiles.

And a side note: Petrov was actually punished for his actions because they exposed cost-cutting measures that had been taken by the party bosses in charge of the project in order to rush it out and win some substantial bonuses.

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2 days ago #9754338        
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Rest in Peace Mr. Petrov.
The world will always be in your debt!

2 days ago #9754251        
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One of the people who I'll happily call a hero. The term is being attached to way too many people these days, like the pilot(!) of the recent WN-1380 accident, but this is a man who fully deserves it. He singlehandedly prevented a nuclear war by listening to logic and his instinct instead of panicking and following the book. It's a shame his own country never honoured him as he deserved.

2 days ago #9754216        
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Petrov: think positive..it's just an ordinary nuke.. Breath in..breath out... Stay calm.. Everything is ok.. Omg why do i sweat so much on my face? Do i need some tissue? Do not press the red button... Wait where is the button? Wait.. I think it's just false alarm phf...image

Impkat

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3 days ago #9754179        
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Just gonna take a moment to fully appreciate Russia's face here.

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