Scott Horton Interviews Ali Gharib

Scott Horton, April 15, 2011

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Ali Gharib, New York-based journalist on U.S. foreign policy and LobeLog writer, discusses the neocon effort to keep war with Iran on the front burner, while the news cycle overwhelms their tired talking points; the old propaganda line that Iranians want us to bomb them, to give them a chance for regime change; the WikiLeaks documents that show Israel’s threats to bomb Iran’s nuclear sites (if the US doesn’t) are just hot air; and how observing the fates of N. Korea and Libya could lead Iran to conclude the best defensive strategy is building nuclear weapons and ceasing negotiations with the West.

MP3 here. (20:53)

Ali Gharib is a New York-based journalist on U.S. foreign policy with a focus on the Middle East and Central Asia. His work has appeared at Inter Press Service, where he was the Deputy Washington Bureau Chief; the Buffalo Beast; Huffington Post; Mondoweiss; Right Web; and Alternet. He holds a Master’s degree in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics and Political Science. A proud Iranian-American and fluent Farsi speaker, Ali was born in California and raised in D.C.

4 Responses to “Ali Gharib”

  1. Part 1 of 2

    In my view Ali Gharib is a good analyst on Iran but not as good as some others. Take Leveretts for example. In the last 2, 3 years nearly all of their assertions or predictions turned out to be true. As far as I remember they made just one blunder predicting China will oppose the latest UN sanctions. They didn’t.

    At times Gharib fails to link apparently unrelated events together. For example, sometimes back in Ted Conference a (knowledgeable?) man with German accent presented an interesting speech on Stuxnet. He said something like this “the designers of Stuxnet knew everything about Iranian side, including the size of their shoes”.

  2. Part 2

    How come Mossad and Americans knew everything in such detail? Iranian historians or analyst know so well that Iran is infested with foreign spies, stooges who are against the regime or do anything for ‘money’ I, as an amateur also have no doubt on that observation (Ray McGovern, Ari Ben Menashe also have disclosed the links between the Greens and Mossad/CIA/MI6)

    So, what should Iran do to confront such a large army of spies and stooges? What US or any other Western country would’ve done if the situation was reverse? Admitting Iran is not Scandinavia, Gharib apparently is incapable of comprehending the reasons for the ‘brutal’ crackdown on ‘dissidents’ (who kill policemen, explode bombs, blast gas pipelines, kill scientists etc).

    I sort of understand why. I am recalling the Iranian proverb that ‘if you want to breathe don’t present your azz to a mad bull’s horn’.

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