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October 19, 2007 § 2 Comments
The computer error which almost destroyed the world, and the man who saved the world: read about it here.
(HT: Veritatis Splendour blog)
Holy cow. Anyone feeling as grateful as I am?
Wow. Makes ya’ think.It makes me think a lot of things, actually. First, I don’t believe the Soviets didn’t know that the Korean flight had civilians on it. How could they not know? That sounds like propaganda to me.Second, I wonder why Petrov had that instinct about a computer error even after it looked like there were more missiles coming in. The single missile reasoning seems understandable, but after that, why did he still think so? Was it because he didn’t believe Americans were really out to kill millions of innocent Russians, or what?It also makes me think that it’s interesting that the Russians don’t like the guy even now. You’d think they’d be grateful. What would we have done if they had nuked us? They could have been in big trouble, too, so he did them a favor. But perhaps it’s “Russophobic” of me to think that the Russians have treated this man badly and shown poor judgement.
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