Still think I was right

First published in Letters by

ADRIAN ELLIOTT (Letters, January 28) accuses me of using selective evidence when I said the world of the 1960s was a much better place than now.

He cites the huge unrest taking-place in Algeria at that time. Such violence was going on, but not affecting anywhere else, save the old colonial country, France.

The point of my letter was to say how peaceful the world was in those times and I still maintain I was correct.

Nor was I over-stating the positive features of the past.

Here is a case in point to illustrate how dangerous the world is getting. After leaving the Merchant Navy, I worked in industrial refrigeration and had occasion to work at the propylene gas plant at Ras Lanuf, Libya, when Colonel Gaddafi was in charge.

My flight landed in Benghazi and I was met, and driven by, a Libyan engineer to Ras Lanuf.

During six weeks in Libya, I was encountered friendliness and good humour from all Libyans I met. Recently all Westerners were told to leave Benghazi for their own safety.

Proof again of the mayhem gradually taking over the world.

Philip Roe Roman Avenue South, Stamford Bridge.

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10:52am Tue 5 Feb 13

The Great Buda says...

Mr Roe is correct. Just don't mention the war(s).

Vietnam, the Bay of Pigs, the Portuguese Colonial War, communist uprising in Angola, Mozambique, and Portuguese Guinea. Nor should you mention the Six Days War, the Nigeria Civil War, the Troubles in Northern Ireland or the Tlatelolco massacre. Be sure Mr Roe does not catch you mentioning the Stonewall riots or the Cuban Missle Crisis.

Above all, don't mention the Algerian War, otherwise Mr Roe might look a bit silly.
Mr Roe is correct. Just don't mention the war(s). Vietnam, the Bay of Pigs, the Portuguese Colonial War, communist uprising in Angola, Mozambique, and Portuguese Guinea. Nor should you mention the Six Days War, the Nigeria Civil War, the Troubles in Northern Ireland or the Tlatelolco massacre. Be sure Mr Roe does not catch you mentioning the Stonewall riots or the Cuban Missle Crisis. Above all, don't mention the Algerian War, otherwise Mr Roe might look a bit silly. The Great Buda
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10:54am Tue 5 Feb 13

/kev/null says...

At least Hitler got the trains running on time, eh Mr Roe?
At least Hitler got the trains running on time, eh Mr Roe? /kev/null
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12:21pm Tue 5 Feb 13

roclank2000 says...

There are not enough atmospheric nuclear tests these days, unlike in the enlightened 1950s and 1960s.
There are not enough atmospheric nuclear tests these days, unlike in the enlightened 1950s and 1960s. roclank2000
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12:32pm Tue 5 Feb 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

Tony Blair told us that Global Warming was a greater threat than terrorism.
It most certainly is as far as ordinary people's wealth and freedom goes.
If that were true then we are living in dodgy times
In the 1960's we were living in a cooling cycle.

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Tony Blair told us that Global Warming was a greater threat than terrorism. It most certainly is as far as ordinary people's wealth and freedom goes. If that were true then we are living in dodgy times In the 1960's we were living in a cooling cycle. http://www.google.co .uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q =&esrc=s&frm=1&sourc e=web&cd=2&cad=rja&s qi=2&ved=0CDgQFjAB&u rl=http%3A%2F%2Fnews .bbc.co.uk%2F2%2Fhi% 2Ftalking_point%2F39 29425.stm&ei=-PoQUYy LIbO10QW4sICwBA&usg= AFQjCNGDFZwf6qZY1P3q nnwTkec7G1VRSg&bvm=b v.41867550,d.d2k ColdAsChristmas
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12:54pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Buzz Light-year says...

I agree with Mr Roe. Oh how I miss smacking my wife and then popping out with my mates to whack a few queers.
Those were the days.
I agree with Mr Roe. Oh how I miss smacking my wife and then popping out with my mates to whack a few queers. Those were the days. Buzz Light-year
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1:21pm Tue 5 Feb 13

CynicaloldGit says...

/kev/null wrote:
At least Hitler got the trains running on time, eh Mr Roe?
No, that was Mussolini
[quote][p][bold]/kev/null[/bold] wrote: At least Hitler got the trains running on time, eh Mr Roe?[/p][/quote]No, that was Mussolini CynicaloldGit
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2:21pm Tue 5 Feb 13

Omega Point says...

Travel through Africa was easier than now.
Travel through Africa was easier than now. Omega Point
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7:06pm Wed 6 Feb 13

ColdAsChristmas says...

People could afford to keep warm in the 60's and didn't have stupid trendy Eco homes either where the cost if keeping warm might double.
Give me our monthly coal deliveries from back then any day (With the odd log to make it last) to the ransom we have today.

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People could afford to keep warm in the 60's and didn't have stupid trendy Eco homes either where the cost if keeping warm might double. Give me our monthly coal deliveries from back then any day (With the odd log to make it last) to the ransom we have today. http://www.google.co .uk/url?sa=t&rct=j&q =new%20eco%20homes%2 0costing%20a%20fortu ne%20to&source=web&c d=2&cad=rja&sqi=2&ve d=0CDMQFjAB&url=http %3A%2F%2Fmoney.aol.c o.uk%2F2013%2F02%2F0 5%2Fenergy-saving-ho mes-doubled-energy-b ills%2F&ei=eqcSUdGYO -b80QWv5oCADQ&usg=AF QjCNG1rTgNM6OuvdrirD 2S8lQU2rhPog ColdAsChristmas
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