View the H-Diplo Discussion Logs by month
View the Prior Message in H-Diplo's November 2004 logs by: [date] [author] [thread]
View the Next Message in H-Diplo's November 2004 logs by: [date] [author] [thread]
Visit the H-Diplo home page.
My favorite counterfactual, of a somewhat different nature, relates to the alleged "moral" reasons for going to war, i.e. to protect the freedom of South Vietnam to choose for itself. I ask my class to imagine that Vietnam was split into north and south, but to posit that the leaders of the North was a right wing authoritarian dictator who invaded the south, clear with the goal of imposing a dictatorship. In such a case, would the United States have sent troops to protect the South. If our hypothetical right wing dictator had spouted anticommunist rhetoric, the US probably would have supported the invasion! Protecting freedom of others is, as we know, slippery business. Tony Edmonds Ball State University