"This democracy has perfected for itself a fabrication of its inconceivable enemy: terrorism. In effect, this democracy wants to be judged more by its enemies than by its results. The history of terrorism is written by the State, and is therefore very educational. The masses of spectators can never be allowed to know everything about terrorism, but they must nevertheless be told enough so that they are persuaded that -- compared to terrorism -- everything else appears to be more acceptable and in every case more rational and more democratic [...] The secret dominates this world, and primarily as the secret of domination." -- Guy Debord, Commentaries on the Society of the Spectacle, 1988."It remains to be said that people are naturally changeable and it is easy to persuade them of something, but it is difficult to strengthen their degree of persuasion; it is necessary that things be so arranged that, if there are those who do not believe, one can persuade them by the use of force." Machiavelli, The Prince.