For those with a bit of seriousness and a bit of patience, I just watched the first segment of a three-part BBC series entitled "The Power of Nightmares." It depicts the rise and institutionalization of a fear-based lifestyle both in the U.S. and in the Middle East and was passed along in email.
Be forewarned: It is carefully-wrought and parses the lies-become-truth insistence of both those with a wider vision of 'goodness' and a wider vision of 'evil.'
It is not for the mentally squeamish ... of whom I am one: I only managed to watch one segment. "Dispiriting" is to understate my reaction by quite a lot.
PS. OK, I surrendered and watched the other two parts. Well worth it.