Why is it so hard to believe that the U.S. really *was* fighting Communism
in Vietnam? Why do we have to assume the war really was over some precious
natural resource? The domino effect may have been ludicrous in strictly
military terms, but if the U.S. hadn't spent the last 50 years destroying
socialist and nationalist revolutions (and the USSR), the world would be a
very different place.
I agree. It seems like crude materialism to reduce everything to a search for raw materials and the like, when broader political considerations were clearly paramount.