Stanislav Petrov, Bless Your Soul

September 26, 2005 psipsina

The following e-mail from my friend Jim showed up in my box this morning:

So it turns out, according to Wikipedia’s main page, that today is the 22nd anniversary of the decision by an obscure Soviet Army Lieutenant Colonel named Stanislav Petrov that the info he was receiving from his computers that four or five American ICBMs were bearing down on Russia was more likely evidence of a computer glitch than of an attack. Accordingly, Petrov did not follow Mutual Assured Destruction doctrine and launch his ICBMS, thus preventing my ass from being blown to Kingdom Come. All I can say, presented with this information, is “Thank you, Colonel Petrov.”

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