The BBC are no strangers to controversy, and their latest documentaray series about The War Against Terror (TWAT)is no exception.
Episode 1 of The Power of Nightmares delved into the evolution of two radical groups, the Neocons of the US and the Islamic Jihad. What was striking about this show was how the two groups were forged out of the same feeling that liberal america was destroying society. The Neocons blamed all of the social problems of the 1960s on the liberals while the radical muslims of the Middle East were disgusted at the insidious effect the american culture was having on their own countries.
There is too much to detail here, but needless to say the show is an important piece of television, that strives to put the fear of impending doom into context.
However, there still remains an important question who is the biggest threat? The Neocons or Al-Qaeda? Only time will tell.
Episode 2 airs on Wednesday night at 9pm on BBC2.