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Russian Colonel Who Averted Nuclear War Receives World Citizen Award


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#21 Zharkov

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Posted 21 January 2006 - 02:52 AM

Originally posted by ahmad
The Colonel didn't know it was the right decision. It was a SWAG (scientific wild-*** guess). He did in fact disobey orders...

As for international law, a sovereign country has the right, and responsibility, to set their own standards for a military action. That fact is recognized by international law. "Retaliation by international law" is a formula for disaster.



As with any orders, one must be certain the conditions apply before the order is carried out. If the conditions are ambiguous and unclear, then doing nothing is also carrying out orders.

International law isn't going to stop a war if two countries decide to fight. What it does do is offer some guidelines to situations that may be less than clear. Oddly enough, the Geneva Convention is sometimes respected during war even though it's nearly unenforceable while a war is in progress. It offers hope, maybe not much else.
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#22 Shilka

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 10:53 AM

And you're saying you would have instigated assured mutual destruction AmSam? Tell us more about that "spare" planet you'd have retired to after pushing the button.

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#23 BWII

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 02:04 PM

If the trigger had been pulled, the US clearly would have fired enough missles to destroy the USSR as well, so all of us would probably be dead.

He made a decesion based on the situation at hand and protocol often allows little room for real-life situations with many different variables.
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#24 sb11

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 02:10 PM

beautiful post
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#25 LeicesterNick

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Posted 25 January 2006 - 05:37 PM

Originally posted by BWII
If the trigger had been pulled, the US clearly would have fired enough missles to destroy the USSR as well, so all of us would probably be dead.

He made a decesion based on the situation at hand and protocol often allows little room for real-life situations with many different variables.



Hear, hear!

This is one person we all need to say thanks too! Moscow should pin a medal on him, and if allowed, so should the U.S.

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