The Power of Nightmares – The Rise of The Politics of Fear
Pt-1 “’The Power of Nightmares’ Baby It’s Cold Outside” Go HERE, To Watch In ‘Full-screen’ Mode.
Pt-2 “’The Power of Nightmares’ The Phantom Victory” Go HERE, To Watch In ‘Full-screen’ Mode.
Pt-3 “’The Power of Nightmares’ The Shadows In The Cave” Go HERE, To Watch In ‘Full-screen’ Mode.
The Power of Nightmares, (subtitled “The Rise of The Politics of Fear”) is a 3 part BBC documentary film series, written and produced by Adam Curtis …
The films compare the rise of the Neo-Conservative movement in the United States and the radical Islamist movement, making comparisons on their origins and claiming similarities between the two. More controversially, it argues that the threat of ‘radical Islamism’ as a massive, sinister organized force of destruction, specifically in the form of “Al-Qaeda,” is a myth perpetrated by politicians in many countries—and particularly American Neo-Conservatives — in an attempt to unite and inspire their people following the failure of earlier, more utopian ideologies.
The final episode addresses the actual rise of “Al-Qaeda” … Curtis argues that, after their failed revolutions, bin Laden and Zawahiri had little or no popular support, let alone a serious complex organization of ‘terrorists’ and were dependent upon independent operatives to carry out their new call for “jihad.” The film instead argues, that in order to prosecute bin Laden in absentia for the 1998 U.S. embassy bombings, U.S. prosecutors had to prove he was the head of a criminal organization responsible for the bombings. They find a former associate of bin Laden, Jamal al-Fadl, and pay him off to testify, that bin Laden was the head of a massive terrorist organization called “Al-Qaeda” … With the September 11th attacks, Neo-Conservatives in the new Republican government of George W. Bush, use this created concept of an organization to justify another crusade against a new ‘evil’ enemy, leading to the launch of the “War on Terrorism.”
After the American invasion of Afghanistan fails to uproot the alleged terrorist network, the Neo-Conservatives focus inwards, searching unsuccessfully for terrorist sleeper cells in America. They then extend the “war on terror” to a war against general perceived evils with the invasion of Iraq in 2003. The ideas and tactics also spread to the United Kingdom, where Tony Blair uses the threat of “terrorism” to give him a new moral authority. The repercussions of the Neo-Conservative strategy are also explored, with an investigation of indefinitely-detained ‘terrorist’ suspects in Guantanamo Bay, many allegedly taken on the word of the anti-Taliban Northern Alliance without actual investigation on the part of the United States military, and other forms of “preemption” against non-existent and unlikely threats, made simply on the grounds that the parties involved could later become a threat. Curtis also makes a specific attempt to allay fears of a “dirty bomb” attack, and concludes by reassuring viewers that politicians will eventually have to concede that some threats are exaggerated and others altogether devoid of reality. “In an age when all the grand ideas have lost credibility, fear of a phantom enemy is all the politicians have left to maintain their power.”