Gareth Porter, the National Security State pushes for war, and Muhammad Khurshid in Peshawar on Bombing of Pakistani Intelligence Agency, ISI
Talk Nation Radio for November 13, 2009 Gareth Porter, the National Security State pushes for war, and Muhammad Khurshid in Peshawar on Bombing of Pakistani Intelligence Agency, ISI
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We hear part two of our extended interview with Gareth Porter, conducted in October. And Muhammad Khurshid provides reaction to bombing of ISI in Pakistan.
In part two of our interview with Gareth Porter we look at way two opposing groups are pushing the Obama White House for military options versus diplomatic ones, on Iran, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. We asked him if it had been US policy under Bush/Cheney to provoke Iran, and if that strategy were something that former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton and others who may still be powerful in Washington and the Pentagonâ¦might wish to continue. You can read his articles at Inter Press Service News.
Dr. Gareth Porter is an investigative historian and journalist on U.S. national security policy who writes for Inter Press Service. He was a Vietnam specialist and anti-war activist during the Vietnam War and was the Co-Director of the Indochina Resource Center in Washington. Gareth Porter has taught international studies at City College of New York and American University and was the first Academic Director for Peace and Conflict Resolution in the Washington Semester program at American University.
We turn now to Muhammad Khurshid in Peshawar, Pakistan, where a blast ripped through the regional headquarters of the ISI, Pakistanâs intelligence agency. Muhammad Kurshid is a journalist, now working as a peace activist and we have been reading his messages on Facebook as he and his family struggle to cope. Muhammad Kurshid has four children but they had to separate the family for safety reasons.
The Daily Star has reported that 10 people dead at the ISI complex. Another suicide bombing killed six in Peshawar at around the same time, bringing the death toll for the week at 50.
The attack at ISI on November 12th was the second attack on the spy agency in 2009. In May, a group attacked a police and ISI building in Lahore Pakistan with guns, grenades and explosives, killing 30 people.
In late October, a car bomb in a Peshawar market killed 112. This after militants were able to hit army headquarters on October 10th very close to the capital of Islamabad. Each of these incidents has also left dozens of people wounded. Muhammad Khurshid was close enough to hear the gigantic blast and he discusses the climate in Pakistan amid all the violence.
According to The Daily Star: âPakistanâs Inter-Services Intelligence agency, the ISI, has been involved in scores of covert operations in the northwest against al-Qaida targets since 2001, when many militant leaders crossed into the area following the U.S. led invasion of Afghanistan. The region is seen as a likely hiding place for Osama bin Ladenâ.
âIts offices in Peshawar are on the main road leading from the city to Afghanistan. The agency was instrumental in using CIA money to train jihadi groups to fight the Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the 1980s. Despite assisting in the fight against al-Qaida since then, some Western officials consider the agency an unreliable ally and allege it still maintains links with the militantsâ.