Scott Horton Interviews Eric Margolis

Scott Horton, August 25, 2011

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Eric Margolis, internationally syndicated columnist and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses the ragtag Libyan rebels entering Tripoli and seizing Gadhafi’s compound (courtesy of massive NATO air support); the similarity with Egypt’s governmental reforms, where the head autocrat is deposed yet former ministers and the power structure remain intact; why the disparate rebel factions, united in hatred of Gadhafi, will splinter and fight amongst themselves; and the return of European colonialism in N. Africa, as the British and French look to stay in Libya for the long term.

MP3 here. (20:02)

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.

8 Responses to “Eric Margolis”

  1. Excellent analysis from a distinguished author and journalist. Eric Margolis is one journalist "who got and gets it right." To stay well-informed and for accurate, first-hand source-material for researchers, his books and articles are among must-read commentaries. He is the best of the best.

  2. Frankly I'm not too sure your speculations (or 'analysis') are correct. It seems to me that the oil companies had complete access to Libya's oil under that fool and swindler Gadaffi as they could ever hope for. If it turns out that the rebels are indeed fighting for the rights of the people they would in fact end up losing out. I haven't made up my mind one way or the other but I do think Juan Cole makes a lot of sense in his pretty complete analysis of the situation. I know this will set off the firecrackers at Anti-war.com but I'm holding my judgment on this one.

  3. Juan Cole only makes "sense" if you believe in his neo-liberal "humanitarian intervention" drivel. Do you think NATO would be at all interested in Libya if their chief export were turnips? These bearded Islamic Rebels who have begun torturing, enforcing Sharia and rounding up blacks with dark skin, have more in common with the Taliban than democracy. They are more interested in thier own spoils than the "rights of their people." Margolis was on Scott's show three months ago and predicted this outcome. He has a very good track record, nor does he engage in the partisan pandering so common to Juan Cole's brand of "analysis." It seems that as long as the right party is fighting the war, Cole's all fine and good with it.

    I'll be glad when the antiwar.com editors drop him. He's not antiwar–at all. Period.

  4. Mr Margolis,
    I find Qaddafis clothes quite original and becoming to him. Also I find dress and tie comic. Specially the tie! Do you know why use use tie? a little tip for you, see Egypt.

  5. This relationship is right out of the ending lines of the movie Casa Blanca, again between an American and a Frenchman.

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