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 Antiwar.com.