July 10, 2017 at 03:10PM on Facebook
“A lack of dialogue on the nuclear front between Russia and America is an extremely negative development, given that our two countries have nearly blown up the planet by accident multiple times, in underreported incidents.
The most serious of these was probably 1983, when a Soviet satellite mistakenly detected the launch of five American minuteman missiles headed toward Russia. Only the high-stress judgment of a 44-year-old Soviet lieutenant colonel named Stanislav Petrov prevented a massive counter-launch and the probable deaths of millions.
‘I had a funny feeling in my gut,’ Petrov said years later, explaining his determination that the signal was faulty. ‘When people go to war, they don’t do it with five missiles.'”
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