Given the fear and misunderstanding of Islam at the moment it does help to sit and look back at where it has come from. One contributor said that for years the West has used the Middle East as a gas station, keeping the prices low and allowing them to do whatever they wanted as long as it was in the background. What the documentary does well is to show how neglect and apathy from the West allowed forces to rise within the countries of the Middle East that have only served to make it easier for the extremist forces to get a foothold. The contributors are all very good; they know their stuff and they are kept succinct and engaging.
Overall an interesting documentary that serves as an engaging entry into the complicating world of Middle Eastern politics over the past century. It is easy to follow but not dumbed down in any way. Screened on a Saturday night in the UK, this was the perfect antidote to the puerile game shows and celebrity fare that the majority of viewers lap up.