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> There was very good reason for that battle cry.

Certainly there was. 40 years ago. At that time, most people used
FORTRAN IV or assembler, which do not have ifs or whiles. Most
people learned to program without ever seeing proper control
structures. Programmers not only had to use gotos; they did not have
proper mental models to organize those gotos.

Things changed a little since then.

-- Roberto