Fifty years ago it looked possible that WW3 was about to happen.
Together with others I sat in the back of a Vulcan considering Life after Death. My wife took my two daughters to school and worried.
I heard on the radio today that, as a result of the crisis, the two sides had their heads banged together and realised the importance of NOT going to war. There would have been no winners only losers.
Even the US gave ground in removing the Missiles from Turkey.
On a service subject I believe that there are a few Ex-Royal Marines on this Forum. May I say that, at this time, I am right behind them. In cases of war this is the best place to be.
there are winners in war...arms manufacturers and "suffering" is part of the collateral damage they expect, they have learned to accept it not understand it.
Recently watched a film DVD called,FAIL SAFE, depicting how a cynic would fight the war and how a conscientious President makes a terrible decision
to forestall one and all because of a computer glitch.
These days you don't need a finger on the button you just have a computer error.
At the time it occurred I was completing my apprenticeship at RAF Halton. Because we were, to all intents and purposes, fully trained, we were given our postings and advised of our life expectancy in the event the 'button' was pressed - about 20 minutes. Not a good way to celebrate obtaining release into the RAF proper!!
johndrew One of the worst decisions the RAF ever made was to stop the Halton Apprentice scheme. In my time the Brats were the Ground Rock of the Technical Organisation in the Service and many progressed to the highest levels in other Branches.
A Commissioned Brat was in the Gents Cloakroom and left without washing his hands. A Cranwell trained Officer asked why he failed to do so. The Brat replied that at Halton they were taught not to p**s on their fingers.