chapter  1
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The official justification for the American policy in Vietnam is couched in Orwellian language; as such, it defies rational discussion. “We are fighting for freedom” – that is to say, on behalf of a military dictatorship which wouldn’t last twenty-four hours without American bombs. “We are fighting for freedom” by protecting the social groups and interests whose power is based on exploitation and slavery. “We are fighting for freedom,” in short, by supporting a military junta which fights against the economic and social changes which might create the very preconditions of freedom.