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"The story of the hero who saved the world by ... doing nothing."
September 28, 2020
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From TheBlaze...

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"Thirty-seven years ago Saturday, an incident occurred that very nearly ended life on earth as we know it. That's not hyperbole or exaggeration; the events of Sept. 26, 1983, actually nearly caused nuclear war between the United States and the Soviet Union when a faulty Russian detection system erroneously declared that the United States had launched nuclear missiles. Only the gut feeling of a lone Russian military officer saved the world from probable nuclear holocaust.

Many of the details of the story are shrouded in mystery and dispute, as they often are in a paranoid communist government. Communist governments — particularly of the Russian variety — are loath to admit error, particularly of the kind that involves nuclear weapons. Thus, the official explanations and results of the Soviet investigation that followed must be taken with several healthy grains of salt.

As best as can be determined (or frankly, guessed), however, here is what happened on that fateful day in 1983. A freak alignment of sunlight on high-altitude clouds detected by a Russian satellite was interpreted as a nuclear missile launch and triggered an alarm inside a bunker near Moscow, where Lt. Col. Stanislav Petrov of the Soviet Air Defense Forces was on duty. Petrov's orders in this case were clear: He was to immediately notify Yuri Andropov, the paranoid leader of the Soviet Union."...

..."He passed away in 2017 due to pneumonia at the age of 77. As of 1997, he was so poor that he was forced to grow his own potatoes for food — apparently forgotten by the world he had most likely saved. Later in life, he was given some awards and recognition for his heroism, but none of these were in any way substantial."...

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Read more here ... https://www.theblaze.com/news/.....-the-world

I wanted to include the last paragraph to show how, many times, real heroes are treated in that they are frequently ridiculed, discredited then tossed aside and forgotten; living out their life in poverty and obscurity.  I wonder why people do that.

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