“I imagined if I’d assume the responsibility for unleashing the third World War — and I said, no, I wouldn’t.”Ever heard of Stanislav Petrov? Nearly 22 years ago, his job was to watch a screen for signs of an American attack on the Soviet Union, and press a big red button to launch a nuclear counterstrike if necessary. Late one night, the screen lit up. But Petrov didn’t push the button.
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