Britain's TV critics didn't exactly make a superhuman effort to pick at the many flaws in The Power of Nightmares, Adam Curtis's bizarre hatchet-job on the US in general and the neocons in particular. Here's how Alkarim Jivani - Time Out journalist and occasional pundit on the BBC's Newsnight Review - introduced the final episode, re-run on Thursday (no on-link available.) No, it's not a parody:

If Satan didn't exist we would have to invent him (to invert Voltaire's dictum),
and this final part of Adam Curtis's repeated trilogy shows exactly how we did
it. In the West the neocons fashioned him as a shadowy bearded living in a
cave, while those shadowy bearded figures saw their personification in Bush et
al. Both sides found the perfect match in each other and used it to scare their
citizens, because frightened people are more susceptible. Curtis claims here
that Osama bin Laden wasn't the mastermind behind 9/11 and that Al Qaeda was a
name conferred on him by the US. There is equally intriguing stuff about the
arrests of suspects post 9/11 and the publicity value of the action. All this is
tied together with a format which layers archive material and kitsch movies with
expert opinion and a subtle and pointed use of music. If you didn't watch it
first time round, don't miss!

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