Episode 2 - The Source of Global Jihad
Phil Rees traveled to the frontline of the west’s ‘war on terror’. It is one of the most dangerous places on earth - the Tribal areas of Pakistan. At a secret location, he gains a rare interview with a senior Taliban commander – a man the West calls a ‘terrorist’. The Taliban believe their duty is to expel western armies from nearby Afghanistan. He tells Rees: “When you follow the right way, you are my brother. But if you follow Bush, we will launch suicide attacks against you, run you over with a vehicle and chop off your head. I would even sacrifice myself.” Rees discovers a nation on the edge of a precipice – which happens also to be the cornerstone of the West’s ‘war on terror’. Former US Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage warns: “I think the spectre of having a hundred sixty six million who fall to extremism. That seems to indicate to me that all of South Asia could be ablaze if they are not brought under control.”
This is the second program in a six-part that series that examines whether terrorism can be defined. Or should any group that uses violence to challenge a state be called terrorists? Phil Rees asks if the old adage that one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter still applies in the post 9/11 world.
Director: Kai Lawrence
Series Producer: Marc Perkins
Executive Producer: Phil Rees
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