Scott Horton Interviews Eric Margolis

Scott Horton, September 21, 2009

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Eric Margolis, author of War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet, discusses the massing of Indian troops on the India/China border, how nearly every border dispute outside the Western world stems from British imperialism, the little-known Chinese presence in Kashmir and the difficulty in keeping tabs on the “finger in every pie” U.S. foreign policy.

MP3 here. (23:21)

Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles appear in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times and Dawn. He is a regular columnist with the Quebecor Media Company and a contributor to The Huffington Post. He appears as an expert on foreign affairs on CNN, BBC, France 2, France 24, Fox News, CTV and CBC.

As a war correspondent Margolis has covered conflicts in Angola, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Sinai, Afghanistan, Kashmir, India, Pakistan, El Salvador and Nicaragua. He was among the first journalists to ever interview Libya’s Muammar Khadaffi and was among the first to be allowed access to KGB headquarters in Moscow. A veteran of many conflicts in the Middle East, Margolis recently was featured in a special appearance on Britain’s Sky News TV as “the man who got it right” in his predictions about the dangerous risks and entanglements the US would face in Iraq.

Margolis is the author of War at the Top of the World: The Struggle for Afghanistan, Kashmir and Tibet and American Raj: Liberation or Domination?: Resolving the Conflict Between the West and the Muslim World.

3 Responses to “Eric Margolis”

  1. A clarification concerning the 1962 Sino-Indian Border War: Mr. Margolis mentioned the war was fought in Arunachal Pradesh in the Northeast of India. Actually, the war was fought primarily over the Aksai Chan region in the Northwest, a lifeless, nearly uninhabited desert claimed by both India and China, but thru which China had built a highway in the 1950's. India became alarmed by this, sending in troops to intimidate the Chinese into leaving. The Chinese attacked India in 1962, booting them out of Aksai Chan and also briefly occupying India's Arunachal Pradesh, but later withdrawing from here of their own accord. However they did remain in Aksai Chan and the territory remains disputed over to this day. Anyways Mr. Margolis did mention the Aksai Chan dispute but not in terms of it being the cause of the 1962 war.

  2. Israel is indias biggest supplier of weapons and military equipment.

    This might lead to China supplying Iran with stuff, just like russia did after Israel started arming the georgians

  3. It is more than a territory dispute for India. The war in 1962 has become a national shame and humiliation for the Indians because they lost the "war"/skirmish so lopsidedly, so quickly and so unexpectedly. The Indians planned to attack the Chinese, but the Chinese found out and struck first, which caught the Indian troops totally off guards. The whole country went into shock and mourning, and judging by their newspapers, the Indians still haven't completely recovered from the aftermath. There are countless articles about how heroic those Indian solders were and how valiantly they fought — as if their manhood were somehow lost in their brief war.

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