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Reference: Slippery Slope
This line of reasoning says, "if we allow X, it will lead to Y." The "domino theory" was an example of that sort of reasoning. If South Vietnam fell, we were told, all of East Asia would fall to the Communists. South Vietnam fell, but East Asia did not fall to the Communists.
In general, there is "no reason" why any event has to follow from any other, because there is no proven logical basis for induction. However, in exact sciences we can make predictions with a fair degree of confidence because:
For example, "If you jump out the window you will inevitably fall and not fly" is a fairly safe prediction unless you are talking to Clark Kent (Superman), and it is true whether or not they fall because of Newton's law, Einstein's law or a different explanation. On the other hand, when exact sciences try to predict unique events such as global warming or a giant meteorite crashing into the earth, the predictions are less certain.
In history and sociology we are always trying to predict fairly unique events based on an insufficient sample. Many such arguments have been used in the Middle East and elsewhere and have proven false. Experts predicted that the Zionists could never create a state, that no Jews would come to it, that it would be economically non-viable, that it would be wiped out by Arab adversaries, that it would fall apart because of internal splits between Jews of different origins or that it would be swamped by the demography of more numerous Arabs. None of these predictions came to pass. "Experts" now predict that a Palestinian Arab state would "inevitably" be a terrorist state, and other "experts" predict that the Israelis will wipe out the Arabs of Palestine. There is no certain basis for either of these predictions, even when they are backed by supporting verbiage. The figures and facts amassed to support them are always dubious and biased, and the conditions change too rapidly over time to allow prediction.
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