Eric Margolis

US imperialism breeds revolution in Pakistan


Eric Margolis, author of American Raj: Liberation or Domination, discusses the many internal factions rebelling against the Pakistani government, Hillary Clinton’s unfounded fears of a Taliban takeover of Pakistan, the geography and significance of Pakistan’s provinces and how the U.S. risks creating more events akin to the Iranian Revolution.

MP3 here. (29:40)

Eric Margolis is a regular columnist with the Quebecor Media Company and a contributor to The Huffington Post. He is the author of War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet.

17 thoughts on “Eric Margolis”

  1. The insane and criminal drone attacks create terrorism. The invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan is insane and criminal. Killing civilians is a war crime. President Obama should be impeached. He is a war criminal. But why do people go along with it ? Why do the soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan obey orders ? To go there in the first place. Are they bonkers, nuts or what ? It doesn´t make any sense.

  2. I’m about 2/3 thru American Raj and learning a lot from it. Thanks for continuing to call on Margolis for insight into insane U.S. policy.

    Scott: Did you see Paul on Rachel a couple of days ago?

    I seem to remember KSM is Baluchi.

    You seem to forget that the U.S. won the Indian wars (they were nothing but savages, according to Ann Coulter), and the U.S. thinks it can win other similar wars.

  3. I had to stop listening to this tripe. The Taliban didn’t advance to within 30 miles of “some major city,” as the host says half-chuckling. They were within drivin distance of the capital city, Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.

    The supposed expert on this region of the world tells us that a few hundred tribal leaders wandered a little bit too close to the capital. He doesn’t refer to them as Taliban fighters – which they are. He makes it sound as if they were just an inane motorcycle gang that everyone blew out of proportion.

    It’s amazing that today’s leftists are the most flippant about the Taliban threat, seeing that the Taliban are dedicated to enslaving women, banning music and dancing, and imposing an extreme medieval strain of religion on all of humanity.

    The fact is that the Taliban do pose an existential threat to Pakistan and they will probably soon acquire nukes.

  4. Penn Says:
    May 9th, 2009 at 10:06 am

    “The fact is that the Taliban do pose an existential threat to Pakistan and they will probably soon acquire nukes.”

    What rubbish. Taliban with nukes? How absurd. This is nothing more than blatent scaremongering.

  5. The sane immediately recognised that which the American military already know: the bombardment of civilian centres in Afghanistan is the surest way to strengthen your enemy. The end result means a greater American presence in the region and the added discouraging prospect of a central Asian conflagration involving significant powers.

    The Gwadar deep sea ports being constructed in southern Balochistan and its direct competitor the Indian bankrolled Chah bahar sea port just across the Iranian border are both strategically positioned at the mouth of the Strait of Hormuz. Super highways and rail systems are being constructed to service both ports with Gwadar linking up with Pakistan’s’ main transportation network. Eventually, Gwadar, will link with China, granting China optional transportation routes placating China’s fear of a US blockade in the Malacca Straits.

    Central Asia is in for a good old superpower showdown the United States has bigger fish to fry than the Taliban.

  6. Mr. Margolis is right in reducing the highly exagerated views of Taliban takeover threats of Pakistan’s governing structure, being propagated by likes of Fox & even NBC. Its utter nonsense! A country that has food security going back at least 30 years, (yes please disregard the spectre of “poor hungry insecure Pakistanis”) that has the service of at least 3 rivers waters, with the largest irrigated area in the world, where starvation deaths are a rarity seldom seen or heard (unlike India which suffers from 25,000 to 200,000 such starvation deaths every year for the past 60 democratic years), that has held its own in 3 wars against a hostile neighbour 6-8 times its size and has been the recipient of consistent negative propaganda about its people & government — we will survive this internalized threat too!! Yes the Taliban need to be routed & rooted out because they represent a distortion of our society & religious values, which unfortunately had been abetted & nurtured by the CIA & our own intelligence too enamoured of CIA itself — as it suited the world view of a dumbwitted Reagan & a zealot dictator Zia, both too under the spell of the neocon worldview. Please have a more informed & healthy view of us and support us — dont pull the rug by tarnishing us as a people.

  7. So is our treatment of Pakistan a precursor for the new policy toward Israel or are we going to continue the double standard (we give an ultimatum to the government to shape up or thier funding will dry up)?
    Or is this war an attempt to field test the next set of military weaponry and tactics (because we have to prove our might by proving the the land war in Asia statement isn’t true for the only world superpower)?
    Or is the Pakistan/Afghanistan conflict a way to expand the narcotics trade (remember the wicked witch of the west had Dorothy run through a field of poppies and was bogged down, no we’re not in Kansas)

  8. “The Taliban didn’t advance to within 30 miles of “some major city,” as the host says half-chuckling. They were within drivin distance of the capital city, Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad.”
    I was not aware that “driving distance” was a more specific unit of measurement,then 30 miles.
    Islamabad is the new capital and purposely built close to the tribal area’s deep in land to have governance spread beyond the old capital Karachi.

  9. I remember when Texas oil men brought the Taliban to the US to close a pipeline deal in Afghanistan


    Oil barons court Taliban in Texas By Caroline Lees

    THE Taliban, Afghanistan’s Islamic fundamentalist army, is about to sign a £2 billion contract with an American oil company to build a pipeline across the war-torn country.

    The Islamic warriors appear to have been persuaded to close the deal, not through delicate negotiation but by old-fashioned Texan hospitality. Last week Unocal, the Houston-based company bidding to build the 876-mile pipeline from Turkmenistan to Pakistan, invited the Taliban to visit them in Texas. Dressed in traditional salwar khameez, Afghan waistcoats and loose, black turbans, the high-ranking delegation was given VIP treatment during the four-day stay.

    The Taliban ministers and their advisers stayed in a five-star hotel and were chauffeured in a company minibus. Their only requests were to visit Houston’s zoo, the Nasa space centre and Omaha’s Super Target discount store to buy stockings, toothpaste, combs and soap. The Taliban, which controls two-thirds of Afghanistan and is still fighting for the last third, was also given an insight into how the other half lives.

    Oh Noes! Terror! Fear! Under the bed quickl!! Nukes!!!

  10. President Diem of South Vietnam was ousted by American efforts. See the Pentagon Papers c 1971.

    Puppets beware!

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