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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 25 2012: Update: Stanislav is to receive The Dresden Award on February 17th as stated in an article in The Voice of Russia. The cash award is 25,0000 Euros. So, Chick ....dreams do come true but, still find your question pertinent.
    • Nov 25 2012: Many thanks for the info, Lori. I'm delighted to hear about the movie and the Dresden Award !
      I've become a little obsessed with this story, I confess. I think it's an important tale to tell in these cynical times, though. When all these institutions we've been asked to put our faith in turn out to be rotten to the core. I don't blame people for becoming disillusioned and kind of "....what the hell's the point?" Then a story like Stanislav's shows up and it goes a long way to restoring my faith in humanity. One man who kept his head, thought for himself and decided he had to do the right thing, no matter what his orders were. If you have any military acqaintances, they'll tell you, NEVER disobey an order, no matter what ! That's the only way the military can work, evrybody can rely on everybody else to do what they're ordered to do. I imagine the penalty for going "off-piste" in 1980's USSR wre somewhat harsher than they are in 21st century western world. Colonel Petrov would have been well aware of that, which makes his heroism all the more remarkable.
      I remember feeling the same way after watching a BBC documentary about a German WW2 hero in the early 80s. I thought "My God ! Why isn't this guy's story common currency ? What an inspirational, unimaginably brave man !" ( I had caught this documentary in the middle of a week-day afternoon, having taken time off sick ). It took Thomas Kineally to write the book and Steven Spielberg to make the movie to bring about a general awareness of Oscar Schindler. For my money, one of the greatest films ever.
      Hopefully, these Danes will have done a job worthy of the subject matter. Again, I thank you for the news, truly uplifting !
      Kind Regards,
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      Nov 25 2012: Thank you Lori for sharing this good news! Very much appreciated!

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