On two occasions Russia almost started a Nuclear War and yet, on both occasions, it was a Russian who saved the world.
A memorial, a day of honor, should be established for these two men.
Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov (Russian: Василий Александрович Архипов) (30 January 1926 – 19 August 1998) was a Soviet Navy officer who prevented a nuclear war during the Cuban Missile Crisis. Only Arkhipov, as Flotilla commander and second-in-command of the nuclear-armed submarine B-59, refused to authorize the captain's use of nuclear torpedoes against the United States Navy, a decision requiring the agreement of all three senior officers aboard. In 2002 Thomas Blanton, who was then director of the National Security Archive, said that "a guy called Vasili Arkhipov saved the world"
See PBS, Secrets of the Dead, October 23rd 2012, The Man Who Saved the World
Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov (Russian: Станисла́в Евгра́фович Петро́в; born 1939 in Vladivostok) is a retired lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces. On September 26, 1983, just three weeks after the Soviet military had shot down Korean Air Lines Flight 007, Petrov was the duty officer at the command center for the Oko nuclear early-warning system when the system reported that a missile, followed by another one and then up to five more, were being launched from the United States. Petrov judged the report to be a false alarm, and his decision is credited with having prevented an erroneous retaliatory nuclear attack on the United States and its NATO allies that could have resulted in large-scale nuclear war. Investigation later confirmed that the satellite warning system had indeed malfunctioned.
The Man Who Saved the World is a 2014 feature/documentary film by Danish director Peter Anthony about Stanislav Petrov, a former lieutenant colonel of the Soviet Air Defence Forces. Other stars appearing in the film include Robert De Niro, Matt Damon, Kevin Costner, Ashton Kutcher and Walter Cronkite. The film premiered in October 2014 at the Woodstock Film Festival in Woodstock, New York, winning; "Honorable Mention: Audience Award Winner for Best Narrative Feature" and "Honorable Mention: James Lyons Award for Best Editing of a Narrative Feature."
Remember these airline incidents?
1). Korean Air Lines Flight 007, also known as KAL 007 or KE007, was a Korean Air Lines Boeing 747 civilian airliner shot down by a Soviet Su-15TM fighter on September 1, 1983, near Moneron Island just west of Sakhalin island. 269 passengers and crew, including US congressman Larry McDonald, were aboard KAL 007; there were no survivors. An official investigation concluded that the course deviation was likely caused by pilot error in configuring their air navigation system.
2). I hold the Russian government responsible for this loss of life:
On July 17, 2014, Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, a Boeing 777-200ER, flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur, was hit by a Buk surface-to-air missile system near Donetsk, Ukraine. All 283 passengers and 15 crew were reported dead, among which 80 children and several leading scientists and public activists on AIDS, that were travelling to take part in an international scientific conference on AIDS in Australia. It is not yet known who shot the plane down.
In the Arkhipov incident authorization was given by Moscow, prior to their departure, to fire the torpedos should they so decide. Authorization to start a Nuclear War!!! It was the humanitarian action of one man which prevented this! I don’t know if Russia ever apologized for this Crime Against Humanity. If not they owe us one. It is reported that such a decision played no part in the Petrov situation though I have my suspicions as to whether these “false alarms” were truly satellite/computer glitches. Korean Air Lines Flight 007, item 1 above, was shot down on September 1, 1983. The incident with Mr. Petrov took place of September 23. Equipment can be played with, readings simulated. They did kill a US congressman. Better to strike first then to wait for the Americans to have the upper hand.
Lets not forget the immigration crisis which Syria is causing due to Moscow’s refusal to deal with Bashar al-Assad, the annexation of Crimea and it is still in Ukraine! There is also the issue of their fighter jets buzzing our ships. Arrogant and childish behavior. They are a threat to world stability, the world needs to deal with them forcibly. By this I don’t mean war but some serious sanctions need to be imposed. As long as Vladimir Putin is running things Moscow will only listen to strength. He is counting on the rest of the world cowering to Russian strength. If sanctions lead to war, initiated by Russia, then so be it. We will deal with Russia then!
A song by STING
In Europe and America,
there's a growing feeling of hysteria