SMART POWERJoseph S. Nye, Jr
. has an evaluation of the Israel-Hezbollah War
in the Boston Globe in terms of how " soft power" was a crucial variable in the outcome of the war ( Hat Tip to Dave Dilegge
of the Small Wars Council
). An excerpt:"Lebanon provides larger lessons for the United States about how to conduct a war against jihadist terrorism. The current struggle is not a clash of Islam vs. the West, but a civil war within Islam between a minority of terrorists and a larger mainstream of more moderate believers. America cannot win unless the mainstream wins, and needs to use hard power against the hard core like Al Qaeda because soft power will never attract them. But soft power is essential to attract the mainstream and dry up support for the extremists."
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