New York Times Editor Explains Why The False Alarm In Hawaii Could've Been Much, Much Worse

New York Times Editor Explains Why The False Alarm In Hawaii Could've Been Much, Much Worse
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On Saturday morning, Hawaii residents and tourists were woken up by an emergency alert telling them that a ballistic missile was on its way, and to seek immediate shelter. "THIS IS NOT A DRILL," it warned.

Then, after 38 agonizing and panicked minutes, a second alert claimed that the whole thing was a mistake. It turns out an employee mistakenly hit the wrong button during a shift-change. Whoops.

And while everyone eventually settled down and life went back to quasi-normal, New York Times editor Max Fisher took to Twitter to remind everyone that the error could have had a much more disastrous result.

Fisher pointed to a 1983 incident in which a Korean airliner was shot down over Russia, almost instigating a nuclear war:

Dangerous things can happen when confusion abounds:

Fisher noted the similarities to what was happening during the time and how Trump has been dealing with North Korea as of late:

But would "cooler heads" necessarily have prevailed in North Korea? It isn't a guarantee:

The fallout from a nuclear war could be disastrous, even if mankind managed to somehow survive it: 

Even the White House was unsure whether it was a drill or an error, although they had no problem declaring it an "exercise":


Which Twitter was quick to call out:

Fisher's story brings up a worrying point about the dangerous precipice we currently stand upon with North Korea. We don't need to be living in 1983:

Many people who remember the incident chimed in, regaling how awful it truly was:

Including those who lost loved ones on the flight:

And it turns out the U.S. shot down a civilian airplane a few years later:

Clearly, nothing good can come of this: