if only it were that simple.
What about those who were drafted to fight in Vietnam?
What about those who were murdered by the Kmer Rouge? (some estimates as high as two million people). What about the people who suffered under US-installed military dictatorships? This is what I was trying to point out... the early justified fear of and defense against the Soviet threat, gradually transforming to largely unfounded paranoia, leading to an enduring pattern of heavy-handed preemptive policy, continuing to do at least as much damage as good even long after the Cold War.