Those who have stronger cultural power will win.
For example, "democracy" is a very strong cultural power. When people have agreed the principle, they will fight for it. The US has used this weapon in many countries and won.
In history, there was some other cultural power that was also strong. That was "class struggle". But this term can be used in very limited poor countries only.
Now, the Islam State has a much stronger cultural power. Why they can spread the idea so easily? It is because it is not national ideal, but international ideal. Any other country could join them. To compare with the US self interest, they are more attractive.
Now Russia and China are having open or secret fighting with the US. But they do not have the "democracy" atomic bomb.
Can they win?
9121 Is democracy the best atomic bomb? 20170703
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