Domino Theory


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A hypothetical explanation of cell duplication that holds that the daughter of a somatic division is the result of a series of linear metabolic pathways in which the initiation of a new pathway hinges on completion of a previous pathway
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Rather, the global transaction strategy is in reality an updated version of the domino theory, which led the United States to believe that if it did not intervene to prevent South Vietnam from becoming communist, all of Southeast Asia would become part of the Soviet empire.
Washington, in thrall to the domino theory of Communist expansion, lent to any regime, regardless of an absence of democratic credentials, believing that if it didn't, the Reds would.
What is certainly true is that may hope for a "domino theory" rests with Iraq's actually becoming something that resembles a stable democracy.
Apparently McNamara and those around him were so blinded by fear of communism and the "domino theory" (other countries would turn communist if Vietnam was abandoned) that they were unable to realize that the Vietnamese were trying to reclaim their country from generations of colonialism.
Neoconservative William Kristol, editor of The Weekly Standard, wrote that "the liberation of Iraq was the first great battle for the future of the Middle East." He added, "The next great battle--not, we hope, a military battle--will be for Iran." In an ironic reversal of the old domino theory, Kristol now argues that America must take down Iran to prevent it from intervening among Shiites in US-occupied Iraq.
The Vietnam War was justified on the basis of the domino theory. It was thought that if South Vietnam fell to the communists the rest of Asia would follow like a pack of cards.
The fantasy involves a domino theory. The destruction of Saddam's Iraq will not only remove an enemy of long standing but will also change the basic power equation in the region.
"This speaks against the 'domino theory'" sometimes evoked to explain the antidepressant effects of estrogen replacement, he said.
His major contribution here -- building on his earlier study, Modernity and Power: A History of the Domino Theory in the Twentieth Century (1994) -- consists of connecting internationalism, Wilsonianism, and the Cold War.
However, we should view these arguments no more seriously than we now view the old domino theory. They are kindred ideas, and the assumption underlying them is as likely to get the U.S.