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the man who saved the world | la viro kiu savis la mondon

Stanislav Petrov (Станислав Петров) is a retired Russian military officer who may have saved the world. On 26 September 1983, while in charge of monitoring a Soviet satellite early-warning system, the computer system indicated that the US had just launched a few missiles toward the Soviet Union. With no other evidence, he made the decision to ignore this warning as a false alarm (he was right). If he had not done so, the Soviets would likely have responded with a full nuclear attack against the United States.

On this day in 1983 I had just started a new year at a new school. I had little awareness of international politics (though that changed in the next couple of years), and certainly was oblivious to the threat of Mutual Assured Destruction. What were you doing on this day in 1983?

Stanislav Petrov (Станислав Петров) estas emerita rusa milita oficiro kiu eble savis la mondon. Je 26 septembro 1983, dum li estris sovetan satelitan fruavertan sistemon, la sistemo indikis ke la Usono ĵus lanĉis kelkajn misilojn al Sovetion. Kun neniu alia indico, li decidis ignori tiun averton kiel falsa alarmo (li pravis). Se li ne faris tion, la Sovetio eble respondis kun tuta nukleara atako kontraŭ Usono.

Je tiu tago en 1983, mi ĵus ekis novan jaron je nova lernejo. Mi malmulte konsciis pri internaciaj aferoj (tamen tio ŝanĝis dum sekvantaj jaroj) kaj certe nesciis pri Certe Reciproka Detruiĝo. Kion vi faris je ĉi tiu tago en 1983?


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