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139,126.  The Neo-Conservatives believed that they had the chance to implement their vision of America’s revolutionary destiny … in an epic battle to defeat the Soviet Union.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & United States of America & Soviet Union & US Empire)  Adam Curtis: The Power of Nightmares I: Baby It’s Cold Outside, BBC 2004

 

139,127.  The Neo-Conservatives set out to prove that the Soviet threat was … the majority of terrorisism and revolutionary movements around the world were actually part of a secret network coordinated by Moscow.  to take ever the world.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & United States of America & Soviet Union & Black Ops & US Empire)  ibid. 

 

139,128.  Reagan agreed to give the Neo-Conservatives what they wanted … The country would now fight covert wars to push back the hidden Soviet threat around the world.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & United States of America & Soviet Union & Black Ops & US Empire)  ibid. 

 

139,129.  They began to believe their own fiction … who were going to use force to change the world.  (Politics & Nightmare & Fear & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & United States of America & Soviet Union & Black Ops & US Empire)  ibid. 

 

139,130.  For the Neo-Conservatives religion was a myth … Strauss had taught that these myths were necessary to give ordinary people meaning and purpose and do ensure a stable society.  (United States of America & Nightmare & Fear & Politics & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & US Empire & Republicans & Politics & Right Wing)  ibid.

 

9,078.  The Neo-Conservatives were idealists: their aim was to try to stop the social disintegration they believed liberal freedoms had unleashed.  They wanted to find a way to unite the people by giving them a shared purpose, and one of their great influences in doing this would be the theories of Leo Strauss.  (United States of America & Neo-Conservatives & US Empire)  ibid.

 

29,081.  By 1998 all their attempts to transform America by creating a moral revolution had failed.  Faced with the indifference of the people, the Neo-Conservatives had become marginalized in both domestic and foreign policy.  But with the attacks that were about to hit America the Neo-Conservatives would at last find the evil enemy they had been searching for ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union.  And in their reaction to the attacks the Neo-Conservatives would transform the failing Islamist movement into what would appear to be the grand revolutionist cause that Zawahiri had always dreamed of.  But much of it would exist only in people’s imaginations.  It would be the next phantom enemy.  (United States of America & Nightmare & Fear & Politics & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & Republicans & US Empire)  ibid.

 

 

100,210.  The American neo-conservatives and radical Islamism … the two groups come together to fight the Soviet Union In Afghanistan … Both failed in their revolutions.  (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & US Empire & Al Qaeda)  Adam Curtis, The Power of Nightmares II: The Phantom Victory

 

100,211.  The strange world of fantasy, deception, violence and fear in which we now live.  (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & US Empire)  ibid.

 

100,212.  The Americans were setting out to defeat a mythological enemy.  (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & US Empire)  ibid.  

 

100,213.  American money and weapons now began to pour across the Pakistan border into Afghanistan.  (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & US Empire & Al Qaeda)  ibid.       

 

100,214.  Zawahiri and his small group settled in Peshawar … a military rejection of all American influence over the jihad, because America was the source of this corruption.  (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & US Empire & Al Qaeda)  ibid.

 

33,303.  Then in 1987 the New Soviet leader Michael Gorbachev decided he was going to withdraw Russian troops from Afghanistan.  Gorbachev was convinced that the whole Soviet system was facing collapse.  He was determined to try and save it through political reform and this meant reversing the policies of his predecessors including the occupation of Afghanistan.  (Politics & Neo-Conservatives & Afghanistan & War on Terror & US Empire & Soviet Union)  ibid.

 

29,079.  For the Neo-Conservatives the collapse of the Soviet Union was a triumph.  And out of that triumph was going to come a central myth that still inspires them today.  That through the aggressive use of American power they could transform the world and spread democracy.  But in reality their victory was an illusion.  United States of America & Nightmare & Fear & Politics & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & US Empire & Soviet Union)  ibid.

 

29,080.  The Neo-Conservatives set out to reform America.  And at the heart of their project was the political use of religion.  Together with their long-term allies, the religious right, they began a campaign to bring moral and religious issues back into the center of conservative politics.  (United States of America & Neo-Conservatives & US Empire & Republicans & Politics & Right Wing)  ibid.

 

29,081.  By 1998 all their attempts to transform America by creating a moral revolution had failed.  Faced with the indifference of the people, the Neo-Conservatives had become marginalized in both domestic and foreign policy.  But with the attacks that were about to hit America the Neo-Conservatives would at last find the evil enemy they had been searching for ever since the collapse of the Soviet Union.  And in their reaction to the attacks the Neo-Conservatives would transform the failing Islamist movement into what would appeared to be the grand revolutionist cause that Zawahiri had always dreamed of.  But much of it would exist only in people’s imaginations.  It would be the next phantom enemy.  (Politics & United States of America & Neo-Conservatives & US Empire)  ibid.

 

 

69,231.  Instead of delivering dreams, politicians now promise to protect us from nightmares.  They say that they will rescue us from terrible dangers that we cannot see and do not understand.  And the greatest danger of all is international terrorism ... But much of this threat is a fantasy which has been exaggerated and distorted by politicians.  It’s 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.  (United States of America & Nightmare & Fear & Politics & Individual & Neo-Conservatives & Nightmare & Fear & Republicans & US Empire & Danger & Fantasy & Illusion & War on Terror & Black Ops)  Adam Curtis, The Power of Nightmares III: The Shadows in the Cave

 

100,217.  But then the Neo-Conservatives began to reconstruct the Islamists.  They created a phantom enemy.  And as this nightmare fantasy began to spread, politicians realised the new power it gave them  in a deeply disillusioned age.  (Politics & US Empire & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & Neo-Conservatives & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion)  ibid.  

 

100,218.  Bin Laden had no formal organisation until the Americans invented one for him.  (Politics & US Empire & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion)  ibid.

 

100,219.  Bin Laden had given this network a name: Al Qaeda … The focus of a loose association of dissident Muslim militants who were attracted by the new strategy.  But there was no organisation … He was not their commander.  (Politics & US Empire & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion)  ibid.

 

100,220.  He realised this was the term the Americans gave him.  (Politics & US Empire & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion)  ibid.

 

100,204.  Now the Neo-Conservatives were all powerful … At its heart were Donald Rumsfeld and Paul Wolfowitz, along with the vice-president Dick Cheney and Richard Perle was a senior adviser to the Pentagon.  (Politics & US Empire & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & Neo-Conservatives & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion)  ibid.

 

89,210.  The Neo-Conservatives distorted and exaggerated the Soviet threat.  They created the image of a hidden international web of evil run from Moscow that planned to dominate the world.  When in reality the Soviet Union was on its last legs, collapsing from within.  (Politics & US Empire & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & Soviet Union & Neo-Conservatives & Fantasy & Illusion)  ibid.

 

100,221.  All they [Northern Alliance] found were a few small caves which were either empty or had been used to store ammunition.  There was no underground bunker system, no secret tunnels, the fortress didn’t exist.  (Politics & US Empire & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & War on Terror & Fantasy & Illusion)  ibid. 

 

100,222.  Many of the arrests that were dramatically announced as being part of a hidden Al Qaeda network were in reality as absurd as the cases in America.  (Politics & US Empire & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & Arrest & Fantasy & Illusion)  ibid.

 

100,223.  A simplistic fantasy of an organised web of uniquely powerful terrorists that might strike anywhere at any moment.  But no-one questioned this fantasy.  (Politics & Empire US & Al Qaeda & Afghanistan & Fantasy & Illusion)  ibid.       

 

100,224.  The threat of a dirty bomb is yet another illusion.  (Politics & US Empire & Al Qaeda & Bomb & Fantasy & Illusion)  ibid. 

 

 

139,136.  The ultimate political goal at the heart of our age is the idea of individual freedom.  In Britain our government has set out to create a revolution that will free individuals from old elites and bureaucracies.  A new world where we are free to choose our lives not be trapped by class or income into predestined roles … ‘To liberate Britain from all the old class divisions, old structures, old prejudices [Blair] …’  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Society & Tyranny & Democracy & Blair & Goal)  Adam Curtis, The Trap: What Happened to Our Dream of Freedom: Fuck You Buddy, BBC 2007

 

5,484.  It is a very strange kind of freedom.  The attempt to liberate people from the dead hand of bureaucracy has led to the rise of a new and increasingly controlling system of management driven by targets and numbers.  While governments committed to creating freedom of choice in all areas have actually presided over a rise in inequalities and a dramatic collapse in social mobility.  The consequence has been a return of the power of class and privilege.  And abroad the attempt to create democracy has led not just to bloody mayhem but a rejection of the American-led campaign to bring freedom.  (Politics & Bureaucracy & Individual & Freedom & Inequality & Class & Privilege & US Empire & United States of America & Great Britain & Society & Tyranny & Democracy)  ibid.

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