Bitter Lake

If you haven’t seen Adam Curtis’ Bitter Lake on iPlayer yet I urge you to check it out.  Some of Curtis’ other series have seduced me with word and image until I think ‘Yes, that’s wonderful – but is it true?’  But Bitter Lake plays out with clarity of cause and effect – a complex web of history in Afghanistan and the broader Middle East, but driven by clearly-defined forces of economics, politics, war, Western utopianism… And if one is to identify a prime spider at the centre, giving birth to Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, it’s Saudi Arabia – two-faced Saudi, pallying up to the West on one hand while spreading the most medieval brand of Wahhabism through funding of religious schools in the Sunni world.


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