A Great Movie About How Nuclear War Was Prevented.
“The Man Who Saved the World” a great movie about Lt. Col Stanislav Petrov who refused to proceed to start World War III. In 1983 he mistrusted the supposedly “maximum reliable” satellite alarm that reported that 5 missiles were launched by the US towards the USSR. He delayed because his staff could not see the missiles visually or with radar. He also didn't think the US would only launch 5 missiles. But by waiting, most of the USSR missiles could have been wiped out. He held back approving the satellite alarm. He was supposed to forward the alarm. He was punished and reduced in rank. He stopped 11,000 nuclear bomb tipped missiles from being launched at the US. He said that the way to defeat your enemies is to forgive them. He thought with his heart not with his brain. He said a nuclear war is likely, for he thought politicians want to use nuclear bombs. More and more companies and parts of the military are using “artificial intelligence” and “neural network” algorithms to make decisions. Also, the US is placing missiles on the borders of Russia. This way threatens Russia with a “first strike” that would come sooner, giving Russia less chance to find out if a nuclear attack alarm is a false alarm or not. So Russia might have to “use it or lose it” and launch its missile attack on the US without having time to determine if it was really under attack. Similar problems could happen with the US if nuclear armed submarines or missile launch sites were near the US border. The US would not have time to find out if it was experiencing a false alarm. Several times the US and Russia have come close to false alarms leading to an all out nuclear war. One time the launch of a weather satellite by Norway appeared to be rocket heading towards Moscow. Another time a practice “war game” program was loaded into the computers, and it looked thousands of nuclear missiles had been launched. Another time, a large flock of geese appeared to be an attack. Some members of the military have wanted to use nuclear bombs. Some want to make them more “usable” by making them smaller or for specific purposes such as: attacking underground facilities, destroying satellites and communications with an EMF, or by making them so they kill people but don't destroy buildings (neutron bombs). Nuclear bomb use has been proposed by the US in the Korean war in the 1950s, during the Vietnam war in the 1970s, and currently in Korea and Iran. In Seymour Hersh's book, Reporter, he mentions that Pakistan and India were about to use nuclear bombs in their skirmishes over Kashmir. The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has a clock that shows how close the world is to a nuclear war. (thebulletin.org/doomsday-clock ) Groups like the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons ( http://www.icanw.org), International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War (www.ippnw.org), Ploughshares Fund (www.ploughshares.org), and Physicians for Social Responsibility (www.psr.org/issues/nuclear-weapons-abolition) organize against the use of nuclear weapons.