Lieutenant Colonel Stanislav Petrov.
This post is a homage both to the one who has allowed us to be here today in this world, and to that characteristic intelligence that makes you think before acting, that you use your own head and do not follow pedantically a protocol or a series of instructions to react to a situation. This man took an initiative, different from what was laid down by the regulations, questioned the procedures, disobeyed, risked to hit his country by nuclear missiles, prevented it from being counter-offensive to a fake-out attack . Krokus, the latest computer model, exchanged for missiles a particular phenomenon of refraction of sunlight on high-altitude clouds. But he did not fool himself, his intuition telling him that it could not be so, and he was right. A hero for comrades and senior leaders, but an insubordinate for the high Soviet military hierarchies. For having violated the protocol, Petrov was warned, degraded, and finally retired in advance. The episode he had been featured was covered in secret and forgotten, worn out and ended up in the " soverscenno secretno " stories (top secret). Thinking men as him often are not appreciated, our political and social superstructures prevent us from using them fully, they are unmanageable, too independent and autonomous ... That's why today only few know about him ... A sunlight was about to destroy mankind ... a flash of intelligence from a man prevented destruction. Thanks Stanislav for all of us! (*1939 - +2017)