Gareth Porter


Gareth Porter, independent historian and journalist for IPS News, discusses his article “ISAF Data: Night Raids Killed Over 1,500 Afghan Civilians;” how the Pashtun honor code (and that of most other cultures as well) prompts men to defend their families and neighbors from foreign occupiers raiding their homes; Stanley McChrystal’s admission that family defense is often misinterpreted as an “insurgent act” in Afghanistan; and why the US sees nearly every Afghan civilian as an insurgent, thanks to bad intelligence and the military’s record-keeping practices.

MP3 here. (20:11)

Gareth Porter is an independent historian and journalist. He is the author of Perils of Dominance: Imbalance of Power and the Road to War in Vietnam. His articles appear on Counterpunch, Huffington Post, Inter Press Service News Agency and

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  1. Gareth Porter would be the one to really amplify on the issue of homes packed with kids being the high value targets for our Special Forces kill squads. What with kids being nothing more then future freedom fighters in the eyes of Special Forces, our merchants of death knowing full well the vengeance generated by their collateral slaughter.

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