Listen: United States, Vasily Arkhipov, Partridge Family discussed on Zero Blog Thirty
"All right. So if you're listening on a Friday drop day what you should be. It is the fifty six year anniversary of the day that we almost got blasted what to clear submarines Kate. The nuclear pockets almost happened fifty six years ago today. I didn't even know that. I know let's do a little more research guys. Okay. Strapping hop on our time machine ready point twenty one. The year nineteen sixty two the height of the Cuban missile crisis. The second in command of Soviet submarine. Fifty nine some Russian dude with a really Russian sounding name. That's right, Vasily Arkhipov. And why are we thankful for him? This Gent refused to agree with his captain's orders to launch nuclear torpedoes against US worships setting off what was pretty much a terminal superpower nuclear war. That would have destroyed all of us. So I had never heard this story. Somehow neither have I one time. I went to the movie theaters, my friends and like middle school. We all got dropped off. We wanted to see something else. But all the tickets are sold out. So there's this this movie about Kennedy and the Cuban missile crisis. Pretty like all like we were like middle school kids with like a bunch of old people watching it, but I didn't retain any of it. So I was really interested to see fifty six years ago today, the US had been dropping depth charges near the submarine that this Russian guy was on in an attempt to force it to surf. This. But they didn't know the US was unaware that they were carrying nuclear arms on that sub almost almost setting it off and the Soviet officers who had lost radio contact with Moscow concluded that World War three had begun. Right. So they're in the submarine with nukes. They can't hear from anybody. They're like oh shit. It must be on. So two of the three officers on board were like, let's fucking go L F. Gee, let's blow this US marine out of the water. Let's go on everybody's asses, but you needed three officers consent. So those two said do it, and this guy Arkhipov was the one who said, no. How much do you think? Those other two were pussy. Shame in the other guy. You're you're the biggest. In our country is going to be destroyed. Yeah. Enormous bad peer pressure. I was wondering to like do you think he face repercussions? Or was he praised in the end like how was he received? I was gonna say. At first. But if you come up his nuclear word going on. Yeah, he's totally vindicated. When he sees nothing was going on. But talk about a trying time in our country's history. Have we ever come that close since then to nuclear war? Do you think since the Cuban missile crisis no-nonsense Cuban missile crisis? I wouldn't think so that was that was crazy. It was crazy for me to think like we're in our time machine right now, we're back there in the in the sixties, and like people had no idea that this was crazy thing is happening offshore. I think I would be my bell bottoms at LA smokin sakes, like listening to the Partridge family. No, probably so. But I mean, there was always that thought in the back of everyone's mind that this might happen. I mean, they in schools they would do the bombing drills. And I it was always especially once this became forefront on the news that this was going on. Yeah. People were genuinely concerned that something serious might happen. So it was very scary time for country because you still see those shelters everywhere those nuclear shelters in the older buildings. And it's like, oh, yeah. Kind of forgot about that time. We almost you also wonder looking back like, I I see current news cycles, and you see like fearmongering that happens in new the new cycle. Now. Like how much of that stuff was accurate like McCarthyism my going on in the Senate and congress like how much of that actually was going on.."