Poučení ze studené války pro George W. Bushe

Americký prezident Bush nedávno použil analogii mezi současným bojem proti násilnému džihádistickému terorismu a studenou válkou. V jednom ohledu má pravdu: vlny terorismu mají sklon být generační. Podobně jako studená válka nebude bohužel ani současná „válka proti teroru“ pravděpodobně otázkou let, nýbrž celých desetiletí.

Bushovi však uniklo další ponaučení obsažené v této analogii: význam uplatňování měkké síly v podobě kultury. Vítězství ve studené válce zajistila kombinace vojenské síly, která odstrašila sovětskou agresi, a přitažlivé síly západní kultury a myšlenek. Když v roce 1989 padla Berlínská zeď, nezbouralo ji dělostřelectvo, nýbrž kladiva a buldozery. Toto ponaučení si Bush bohužel k srdci nevzal.

Akademické a vědecké výměny v období studené války sehrály při zvyšování americké měkké síly významnou roli. Někteří američtí skeptici se sice obávali, že sovětští vědci a agenti KGB odcizí americké technologie, ale již si nevšimli, že sovětské delegace do sebe vedle vědeckých tajemství nasály také politické ideje. Mnozí z těchto vědců se posléze stali předními zastánci lidských práv a liberalizace uvnitř SSSR.

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