The Man Who Saved the World
an article by The International Network of Engineers and Scientists for Global Responsibility (INES)
Video: The Man Who Saved the World
A new film tells the incredible story of Stanislav Petrov and his courageous decision to disobey the chain of nuclear launch commands, thus changing the fate of the world as we know it. Few people know of him, but it is conceivable that hundreds of millions of people are alive because of him. Currently, a crowd funding campaign on kickstarter.com is being run to release the film this winter. See the trailer of this moving film above.
Stanislav Petrov (from the film)
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[CPNN readers may recall an earlier article about this on September 16, 2004]
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Latest reader comment:
I sent the following letter to the New York Times, but they apparently are not going to publish it:
Yes, there is a lesson from the Virgina Tech massacre, but it has been a taboo in the media.
The massacre was committed with a weapon of mass destruction, an automatic pistol.
There is no use for automatic pistols except mass murder, even at the hands of a policeman or soldier, but we are a society that profits from the manufacture, sale and transport of weapons of mass destruction.
The real lesson applies to nuclear weapons where we fail to abolish them, thus encouraging their development by others.
Here is another massacre waiting to happen, but on a much larger scale.