The making of the terror myth

<p>Starting next Wednesday, BBC2 is to broadcast a three-part documentary series that will add further to what could be called the dirty bomb genre. But, as its title suggests, The Power of Nightmares: The Rise of the Politics of Fear takes a different view of the weapon's potential.</p>

<p>Since September 11 Britain has been warned of the 'inevitability' of catastrophic terrorist attack. But has the danger been exaggerated? A major new TV documentary claims that the perceived threat is a politically driven fantasy - and al-Qaida a dark illusion.</p>


<p>"I don't think it (dirty bomb explosion) would kill anybody," says Dr Theodore Rockwell, an authority on radiation, in an interview for the series. "You'll have trouble finding a serious report that would claim otherwise." The American department of energy, Rockwell continues, has simulated a dirty bomb explosion, "and they calculated that the most exposed individual would get a fairly high dose [of radiation], not life-threatening." And even this minor threat is open to question. The test assumed that no one fled the explosion for one year.</p>

<p>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." </p>

<p>.......The Power of Nightmares seeks to overturn much of what is widely believed about Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida. The latter, it argues, is not an organised international network. It does not have members or a leader. It does not have "sleeper cells". It does not have an overall strategy. In fact, it barely exists at all, except as an idea about cleansing a corrupt world through religious violence.</p>

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<p>Captain Logic believes the BBC2 broadcast will be followed by "Myths of Chernobyl: How 7 million people were fooled into believing an explosion of radiation caused untimely deaths and two-headed children." After that broadcast will appear, "In My Neighborhood, Please: How Simba convinced the government to permit the building of a nuclear reactor near his home."</p>

<p>Captain Logic permits his crew to watch television but only when the seas are calm.</p>

<p>Captured by aliens -- forced to eat Wild Duck.</p>

<p>"Since September 11 Britain has been warned of the 'inevitability' of catastrophic terrorist attack. But has the danger been exaggerated?"</p>

<p>Yes, the danger is quite exaggerated.</p>

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<p>i just read the entire article again. The depth of its stupidity amazes me. Though I'm not entirely surprised that The Guardian put it out.</p>