Eric Margolis


This recording is from the KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles broadcast of April 1st. The KPFK archive is here.

Eric Margolis, foreign correspondent and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses why the Libyan War could mark the beginning of a counterrevolutionary response to the “Arab Spring;” why Syria’s uprising – though based on legitimate grievances – may have been instigated by the US and Israel; the spectacle of watching Libya’s rag-tag rebels drive patchwork vehicles across the desert, somewhat resembling characters in a Mad Max movie; the even greater spectacle of watching NATO forces kill Libyan civilians in a campaign to prevent the killing of Libyan civilians; why Arabian Peninsula-based Al Qaeda franchises are bit players in global terrorism; and the large number of foreign workers in Saudi Arabia and Bahrain who potentially threaten the stability of their despotic hosts.

MP3 here. (25:32)

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 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.

7 thoughts on “Eric Margolis”

  1. Neither the CIA nor Israel would instigate the uprisings in Syria, or Jordan, or Libya, or Egypt – right?
    And as everyone knows – the moon is actually made out of cheese!
    JFK was going to "break up the CIA into 1000 pieces" – unfortunately, renegades in the CIA ordered his assassination then 'terminated' everyone who fulfilled the 'hit'!
    We have seen the evil enemy and it is really US!

  2. I used to have so much respect for Eric Margolis; I've read all his books and many articles, and see him as one of the most knowledgeable about the MIddle East and Muslim world. But I've lost so much respect for him because of the way he talks about Libya; he seems enamored by Qaddafi – since he met him and knew him – and he seems to speak mockingly about the people who are rising up against him, sacrificing everything to get rid of the man who has made their loves a living hell. I'll never see Eric the same way…

    1. Hannah,

      You seem more "enamored" by the CIA-lackey-led Haftrar folks than Eric does by Qaddafi. Can you really be so sucked-in by the media as to believe the Libyan revolution is not being hijacked by the US-Israel- France Kabal? Oh I know. You must have met Haftrar and know him.

      Let me ask you this. Who do you think is a better friend to al-Quida?

  3. The Libyans fighting against Qaddafi are not like the Northern Alliance, and I didn't compare them to them. If you speak to Libyans and understand what hell their lives (and deaths) have been under Qaddafi, you'll realize that virtually all Libyans want to get rid of him.

    Bob, I am well aware that the Libyan revolution (as well as the Egyptian one) can be hijacked, and I hope that doesn't happen, but that doesn't change the fact that the people want – and need – to overthrow him. As far as al-Qaeda goes, I think it's a silly question. Of course, they would be on the side of anyone fighting Qaddafi (or Mubarak, or Ali Abdullah Saleh in Yemen, or Saddam before, for that matter). So does that mean we should support those men?

    1. No, it means we should stay out. You don't hear me or Eric cannonizing Quddafi like you cannonize Haftrar and his grutesquely ugly followers. And compared to the Palestinians, they have had it easy before they took up arms and became traitors to their dictator. Even the MSM admits their living stardards are better than .. say… Yemen?

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