"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 nightmares. They say
that they will rescue us from dreadful dangers that we cannot see
and do not understand. And the greatest danger of all is
international terrorism, a powerful and sinister network with
sleeper cells in countries across the world, a threat that needs to
be fought by a War on Terror. But much of this threat is a fantasy,
which has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. Its a
dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments
around the world, the security services and the international
media. This is a series of films about how and why that fantasy was
created, and who it benefits. At the heart of the story are two
groups: the American neo-conservatives and the radical Islamists.
Both were idealists who were born out of the failure of the liberal
dream to build a better world, and both had a very similar
explanation of what caused that failure. These two groups have
changed the world, but not in the way that either intended.
Together, they created todays nightmare vision of a secret
organized evil that threatens the world, a fantasy that politicians
then found restored their power and authority in a disillusioned
age. And those with the darkest fears became the most powerful."
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