who has saved my life, and the lives of millions.

Stanislav Yevgrafovich Petrov.

Just read this in Charlie’s Diary, and I was astounded. I knew that we’d come close to nuclear annililation a number of times, and I think I read about it a few years back. But I didn’t realise we’d come this close.

Yet another good reason not to believe right-wing hysteria (or left-wing hysteria for that matter). You can’t characterise entire nations, peoples, or religions as ‘evil’.

So though I’m a day late, I’d like to ask any readers to remember this guy, and thank him when you walk outside into the air today.