I don't post here very often (if at all), so forgive me if this is common knowledge.
I've been recently watching a documentary, split into three episodes. It's called The Power of Nightmares, written, produced, and narrated by Alan Curtis. It consists of a montage of archived footage and talking heads.
The films compare the rise of the Neo-Conservative movement in the United States and the radical Islamist movement, making comparisons on their origins and claiming similarities between the two. More controversially, it argues that the threat of radical Islamism as a massive, sinister organised force of destruction, specifically in the form of al-Qaeda, is a myth perpetrated by politicians in many countries—and particularly American Neo-Conservatives—in an attempt to unite and inspire their people following the failure of earlier, more utopian ideologies.
I'm sure many of you have seen it, particularly those of you who are interested in modern politics. It's very succinct and interesting.