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Ayman Al-Zawahiri ...
Himself (archive footage) (as Ayman Zawahiri)
Fouad Allam ...
Himself - Interrogator Interior Ministry 1958-87 (as General Fouad Allam)
Omar Azzam ...
Himself - Cousin of Ayman Zawahiri
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Himself (archive footage)
Anne Cahn ...
Herself - Arms Control and Disarmament Agency 1977-80 (as Dr Anne Cahn)
John Calvert ...
Himself - Islamist Historian
William Casey ...
Himself (archive footage)
Roxanne Euben ...
Herself - Political Scientist
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Himself (archive footage)
Melvin Goodman ...
Himself - Head of Office of Soviet Affairs CIA 1976-87
Kamal Habib ...
Himself - Founder Member of Islamic Jihad
Jörg Haider ...
Himself (archive footage)
Stephen Holmes ...
Himself - Political Philosopher (as Professor Stephen Holmes)
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Himself (archive footage) (as President Lyndon Johnson)
Gilles Kepel ...
Himself - Historian of Islamist Movement
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Should we be worried about the threat from organised terrorism or is it simply a phantom menace being used to stop society from falling apart?

In the past our politicians offered us dreams of a better world. Now they promise to protect us from nightmares.

The most frightening of these is the threat of an international terror network. But just as the dreams were not true, neither are these nightmares.

In a new series, the Power of Nightmares explores how the idea that we are threatened by a hidden and organised terrorist network is an illusion.

It is a myth that has spread unquestioned through politics, the security services and the international media.

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Azzam Tamimi - Institute of Islamic Political Thought: Because you have what you believe to be a sublime objective, then the means can be as ugly as they can get. You can kill as many people as you wish because the end/means is noble. The logic is that we are the vanguards. We are the correct Muslims, everybody else is wrong. Not only wrong but everybody else is not a Muslim and the only means available to us today is just to kill our way to perfection.
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Baby, It's Cold Outside
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Written by Frank Loesser
Performed by Dean Martin and Martina McBride
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