Sunday, October 31, 2004

The Power of Nightmares 

Our distinguished colleague Avedon Carol informs us that Vaara (of Silt) has performed a heroic public service by transcribing the first two episodes of the BBC television series The Power of Nightmares. Last week we ran the following snippet from a Guardian article on the series:
During the three years in which the "war on terror" has been waged, high-profile challenges to its assumptions have been rare. The sheer number of incidents and warnings connected or attributed to the war has left little room, it seems, for heretical thoughts. In this context, the central theme of The Power of Nightmares is riskily counter-intuitive and provocative. Much of the currently perceived threat from international terrorism, the series argues, "is a fantasy that has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians. It is a dark illusion that has spread unquestioned through governments around the world, the security services, and the international media." The series' explanation for this is even bolder: "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."

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