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Why no Nobel Peace Prize for Stanislav Petrov ? We (all of us) owe him our very lives.

As a cab-driver in a learned, intellectual city, I'm perpetually dumb-struck at the collective ignorance of (quite literally} "The Man Who Saved the World."
I wrote to the Peace Prize Commitee who haven't deigned to respond.
Never heard of him? I could tell you but you wouldn't believe me, best you find out for yourself. Then see if you agree that Mr Petrov should lift the prize, anually, hands down!
P.S. Time is limited, our hero is now 73 years old.

write to: postmaster@nobel.no

Topics: global peace
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    Nov 23 2012: Russia's nuclear launch would not have occurred without verification from multiple sources. A single malfunctioning early warning system would not, on its own, have initiated a launch. While I applaud Colonel Petrov's action, I don't believe it's worthy of a peace prize.
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      Nov 23 2012: At times things are not always as fail-proof as we assume they are.

      Before Fukushima I would have laughed about the idea to place electrical safety backup generators for a nuclear cooing system below waterline in a nuclear power plant at the shore of the North Pacific Ocean and within a well known seismic zone.

      None of us would have guessed, that those obvious faulty design concepts could have passed any safety authorisation requirement and approval procedure.

      Safety re-evaluations of nuclear power plants around the world after Fukushima proved evidence of incapacity all over the place, so we actually never know if precautious measures are in place where we mostly expected them to be.

      In the heat of the cold war, reaction time was a KEY element for any counterstrike scenario and this contradicts the delaying nature of any 'verification from multiple sources'.

      Also any 'verification process' is ONLY based on the information available, so what do you do if you don't know if your information is true or not unless it might be to late to correct your decision?

      In conflict and stress situations the human mind does not always work propperly on its rational side and we may just don't know how many false decisions have caused catastrophic events.

      If the presented story of Stanislav Petrov is true, I would consider his actions woth a Nobel Price.
    • Nov 23 2012: Define "worthy" please, Lawren; not the Oxford English Dictionary's definition, yours!
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      Nov 23 2012: yeah, but you know, some people got the price for doing absolutely nothing. you might get who i'm referring to. so maybe petrov would have been a better choice?
    • Nov 23 2012: .......on another note, Lawren; President Obama was awarded the prize. Why? For not being George Bush?
      On that criterion, we should all be Nobel Laureates. I digress. I invite you to imagine, were someone else standing in Colonel Petrov's shoes....................

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