The Age of Terror: In the Name of the State (2002)
This series was produced by 3BM Television Ltd and shown through the Discovery Channel Europe in 2002, to coincide with the first anniversary of the September 11th attacks in America.
Part 1: In the Name of Liberation
This opening episode begins by tracing the origin of modern terrorism in, ironically, the activities of the early Zionist Jews and the bombing of the King David hotel in 1948, whose terrorists included the later Iraeli Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Menachim Begin. From the Middle East the story of the history of modern terrorism in this episode continues to Malaysia, North Africa [France and Algeria], South Africa and Northern Ireland. Many former terrorists are interviewed in this series, which gives a unique perspective to the activities and their motivations.
Part 2: In the Name of Revolution
This second episode begins with the Cuban revolution under Fidel Castro and subsequent revolutions exported to South America by Castro's charismatic revolutionary Che Guevara. Che's revolutionary ideas lived on after his death through his popular writings. The story continues from the pivotal year of 1968 when revolutionary fervours of various sorts spread throughout the US and Europe. The episode then looks closely at the German terrorist group called the Baader-Meinhof Group and its Italian counterpart, the Red Brigade. From Europe the story moves to Peru and the group called The Shining Path. From Peru, the terrorism has now spread and mingled into the drug war culture of Colombia.
Part 3: In the Name of God
This third episode charts the rise of the most frightening and unstoppable terror groups in history: the religious terrorists. Contributors ranging from the spiritual leaders of religious terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbollah to former Prime Minister Netanyahu of Israel, reveal how terrorist atrocities by both Jewish and Islamic extremists over the past three decades have transformed the battle for land in the Middle East into a Holy War which threatens to engulf the world. The film begins with the simultaneous hijacking of four Western passenger airlines in Jordan in September 1970, and ends with the attack by Islamic radicals on the U.S. in September 2001
Part 4: In the Name of the State
This final episode examines potentially the most dangerous terror of all--that which is backed by the full force of the state. While Iranian, Libyan, and Iraqi sponsorship of terror is now well accepted, it is less often said that democratic governments have also been tempted to follow the same route against their enemies. The film reveals the extent of American backing of the Contras in Nicaragua. Another aspect of terrorism is illustrated by the terrible human tragedies resulting from Argentina's Dirty War of the late '70s and '80s. In concluding, the film briefly returns to the Middle East. Finally, we look at the lessons to be learnt from the Age of Terror for governments, the terrorists, and us ordinary citizens.
Actual footage of the events and interviews with many of the surviving terrorists provide a profound, multi-sided examination of the story of terrorism.
Directed and written by Jon Blair and Daniel Korn.