The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear (2004)

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A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.

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Ayman Al-Zawahiri ...
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Gilles Kepel ...
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Sayyid Qutb ...
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William Casey ...
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Melvin Goodman ...
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Stephen Holmes ...
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William Kristol ...
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Michael Ledeen ...
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Azzam Tamimi ...
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A series of three documentaries about the use of fear for political gain.

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Narrator: In the past, politicians promised to create a better world. They had different ways of achieving this, but their power and authority came from the optimistic visions they offered their people. Those dreams failed and today people have lost faith in ideologies. Increasingly, politicians are seen simply as managers of public life, but now they have discovered a new role that restores their power and authority. Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to protect us: from ...
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30 December 2004 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

Where did Osama Bin Laden come from, and why does he hate the American way of life? Why do the American neo-conservatists want the public to believe in a world wide conspiracy of evil, operating from vast underground complexes that look like a James Bond film set? In a world that has just witnessed the worst natural disaster in known history, why are our nightmares filled with images of bearded men and dirty bombs? This three-part documentary gives the answers. In a cool, factual manner, it goes back to the historic roots of both sides in this lukewarm war, and shows us how eerily similar they are. That is what is really scary about the war on terrorism. This series is essential viewing for everyone who wants to understand the most important conflict of our time. Which should include you.


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