There is a prevalent attitude to laud our own heroes, and minimize others. I suspect this has to do with patriotism and nationalism. And as far as it goes, there is nothing wrong in so doing.
However, it is also good to acknowledge others from other cultures who did what is right, rather than as they were ordered.
The many Germans who hid and smuggled out Jews; the North African Arabs who protected Jews and Christians. There are many others unsung.
And then there’s THIS GUY (from Brock Townsend):
“A guy called Vasili Arkhipov saved the world.” – Thomas Blanton in 2002 (then director of the National Security Archive)
Last month, October 27, 1962 marked the 50th anniversary of an event too important in world history for it to get lost amid the Halloween and other “trivial” holiday-related notifications. I therefore chose to wait until they were over to pay due honor to this truly great and heroic gentleman who is sadly almost unknown outside his mother country: Vasili Arkhipov.
At the nail-biting height of the Cuban Missile Crisis, second-in-command Vasili Arkhipov of the Soviet submarine B-59 adamantly refused to follow his commanding officers’ order to launch nuclear torpedoes against USA warships which had been dropping depth charges near his submarine in a attempt to force it to surface.More @ The LA Beat
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Even ONE of these heroes making this choice is unacceptable! (Day #4 of 22)