... those with the darkest fears became the most powerful....
The Power of Nightmares is a 3-hour BBC documentary about the rise of neoconservatives and radical islamists. The documentary, freely available on Google Video, exposes how neoconservatives, having been thrown out of power after the fall of communism, regrouped and made up a new boogeyman that would replace the "evil communists" in people's minds: hence the fabrication of Al Qaeda. That's right, Al Qaeda, as alledged by this documentary, is an invention of politicians, who, no longer able to sell dreams to the public, have turned to sell nightmares instead.
Fear is a powerful weapon. Politicians understand that. If they can scare us, they can do anything.