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PostPosted: Wed Oct 07, 2015 8:00 pm 
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This is a very interesting documentary/narrative about that day in 1983 that most here will be familiar with when the world almost got to see the effects of nuclear war.

It follows Stanislav Petrov, then lieutenant colonel and the man who went with his gut feeling and correctly ignored the satellite warnings of incoming missiles.

It is interspersed with reenactments of those tense minutes in 1983 and follows a very grumpy yet amiable present day Stanislav in Moscow and on a trip to the US where he gets to meet people like Robert de Niro and Kevin Costner whom he admires and Matt Damon who he has no clue who it is.
Among other things it also shows him visiting the Minuteman II silo display where he in his usual manner throws a minor fit at what he considers to be an idiotic guide. :D
You get an understanding of the person, what he was thinking and who he is.

All in all something you really don't want to miss, watch it if you can!

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Thanks for the suggestion. I'm gonna watch it soon.

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A very good documentary...really hit me hard emotionally at some moments.

Though I have to say, lobbing "only" 5 nukes in a first strike would definitely seem suspicious to anyone that isnt a trigger happy maniac. Also really shocking that the Soviets didnt have a proper contingency for a limited strike scenario...."we won't be able to retaliate"....uh yes you would.

Thank god though that he was the one there though. The world really lucked out.

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Sukhoiman wrote:
A very good documentary...really hit me hard emotionally at some moments.

Though I have to say, lobbing "only" 5 nukes in a first strike would definitely seem suspicious to anyone that isnt a trigger happy maniac. Also really shocking that the Soviets didnt have a proper contingency for a limited strike scenario...."we won't be able to retaliate"....uh yes you would.

Thank god though that he was the one there though. The world really lucked out.

Glad you enjoyed watching it.

Yes, everyone got really lucky that time. Let's just hope that we don't have a repeat with someone less composed at the helm.

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Stanislav Petrov has passed away.

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'I was just doing my job': Soviet officer who averted nuclear war dies at age 77

Published time: 17 Sep 2017 | 19:01 GMT
Stanislav Petrov © Sergey Pirigov / Sputnik
A decision that Soviet lieutenant colonel Stanislav Petrov once took went down in history as one that stopped the Cold War from turning into nuclear Armageddon, largely thanks to Karl Schumacher, a political activist from Germany who helped the news of his heroism first reach a western audience nearly two decades ago.

On September 7, Schumacher, who kept in touch with Petrov in the intervening years, phoned him to wish him a happy birthday, but instead learned from Petrov’s son, Dmitry, that the retired officer had died on May 19 in his home in a small town near Moscow.

READ MORE: Another day the world almost ended

On September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov was on duty in charge of an early warning radar system in a bunker near Moscow, when just past midnight he saw the radar screen showing a single missile inbound from the United States and headed toward the Soviet Union.

“When I first saw the alert message, I got up from my chair. All my subordinates were confused, so I started shouting orders at them to avoid panic. I knew my decision would have a lot of consequences,” Petrov recalled of that fateful night in an interview with RT in 2010.

“The siren went off for a second time. Giant blood-red letters appeared on our main screen, saying START. It said that four more missiles had been launched,” he said. From the moment the warheads had taken off, there was only half an hour for the Kremlin to decide on whether to push the red button in retaliation and just 15 minutes for Petrov to determine whether the threat was real and report to his commanders.

“My cozy armchair felt like a red-hot frying pan and my legs went limp. I felt like I couldn't even stand up. That's how nervous I was when I was taking this decision,” he told RT.

Taught that in case of a real attack the US would have gone on an all-out offensive, Petrov told his bosses the alarm must have been caused by a system malfunction.
“I’ll admit it, I was scared. I knew the level of responsibility at my fingertips,” he said.

It was later revealed that what the Soviet satellites took for missiles launch was sunlight reflected from clouds. Petrov’s action, however, received no praise, and he was scolded for not filling in a service journal. His superiors were blamed for the system’s flaws. “My superiors were getting the blame and they did not want to recognize that anyone did any good, but instead chose to spread the blame.”

For over 10 years, the incident was kept secret as highly classified. Even Petrov’s wife, Raisa, who died in 1997, didn’t know anything of the role her husband played in averting nuclear war.

That was until 1998, when Petrov’s superintendent, Colonel General Yury Votintsev, spoke out and a report about the officer’s quiet deed appeared in the German tabloid Bild.

“After reading this report, I was as if struck by thunder,” Karl Schumacher wrote in his blog.

“I could not get rid of the idea that I had to do something for the man who prevented an atomic war and thus saved the world,” says Schumacher, for whom “nuclear threat was so real for decades.”

Schumacher flew to Russia to find the man who saved the world, and found him living in a flat in Fryazino, northeast of Moscow. Schumacher invited Petrov to the German town of Oberhausen, so that locals would find out about the episode of when the world was teetering on the edge of nuclear catastrophe.

During his stay in Germany, Petrov appeared on local TV and gave interviews to several daily newspapers. Global recognition followed that trip, with major awards presented to him. In 2006, the Association of World Citizens handed him an award, which reads: “To the man who averted nuclear war,” in the UN headquarters in New York.

In 2012, Petrov was honored with the German Media Prize, also awarded to Nelson Mandela, Dalai Lama and Kofi Annan. Next year he received another accolade, the Dresden Peace Prize, with the prize given by a 25-year-old Dresden resident, who “belongs to the generation that would not have survived had it not been for Stanislav Petrov.”

Based on his story, the movie “The man who saved the world” premiered in 2014, featuring actor Kevin Costner. The actor sent Petrov $500 as a “thank you” for making the right decision.

“At first when people started telling me that these TV reports had started calling me a hero, I was surprised. I never thought of myself as one – after all, I was literally just doing my job,” Petrov said.

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And then there's this guy...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qr_WkfOMx4c

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