-Mistaking a flight of swans for a bomber fleet
-Running supposedly redundant international NORAD comms through one Colorado relay station that then failed
-A whole host of innocent pilot errors signaling attacks, among a couple hundred other blatant false alarms
-Launching nuclear interceptors when a bear tripped an intruder alarm
-A commercial power failure tripping the "we've been blown up" alarms
-Leaving a simulation tape in the computers at NORAD that subsequently caused the appearance of a full-blown attack
Spiderwire: the story's not even remotely closer to being disturbing.
me: You clearly have much higher tolerance for mistakes that might cause the deaths of millions than I do. (Don't say it can't happen...)
Spiderwire: I clearly don't have your tolerance for hyperbole, that's for certain. No one died. The warheads weren't even armed.
Don't call these the 'wonders of Soviet heroism' when you write about it. Those wonders really did exist. But first there had to be incompetence, negligence, and only after those did you get wonders: covering the embrasure, throwing yourself in front of a machine gun. But that those orders should never have been given, that there shouldn't have been any need, no one writes about that. They flung us there, like sand onto the reactor. Every day, they'd put out a new 'Action Update': 'men are working courageously and selflessly,' 'we will survive and triumph.'
They gave me a medal and one thousand rubles.
--Unidentified Russian Soldier, Voices From Chernobyl
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