Scott Horton Interviews Eric Margolis

Scott Horton, September 17, 2011

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Eric Margolis, internationally syndicated columnist and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses his article “Americans Need the Truth About 9/11;” the Likud-dominated Israel lobby and how it works tirelessly to control the Congress and drag the US into war with Iran; the underwhelming group of countries against Palestinian statehood, composed of Israel, the US, Canada and… Micronesia; why Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas may settle for a toothless non-state compromise half-measure, sure to please the US; how America’s religious right provides much-needed domestic political support for the Republican Party’s love affair with Israel; and why we can thank Dick Cheney for the results of a decade-long War on Terrorism: bankruptcy at home and diminished power and influence abroad.

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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.

43 Responses to “Eric Margolis”

  1. As an atheist palestinian living in canada I am glad to see an american who sees israel for what it is. thank you for this lovely conversation.

  2. My friend, there are many of us who know what really is going on. I ashamed of our PM who has netanyahu's little wiggly up his bum.

  3. I was shocked this morning by NPR actually interviewing Mahmoud Abbas on this vote. Of course they 'balanced' it out by having an Israeli mouthpiece on after him. It's the first time in years that they've presented the Palestinian viewpoint by a Palestinian. Well I guess they can boast now that they are 'fair and balanced' for the next decade or so.

  4. Hurray for Turkey ! They are going to send warships with the next ship to Gaza. Israel at war with NATO ? The world is in grave danger because the Pentagon aims to achieve a disarming first strike capability and this leads to Launch On Warning. Please send this message to the media and politicians in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland and beyond: Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-wrote on the missiles in Bulgaria, Romania and Poland: "Whether they are on ships or land, they are still a necessary component for an unanswerable first strike." To take out the Russian second strike force, i.e. the missiles surviving First Strike with Minuteman-3 and Trident-2. Both have an accuracy of 30 meters or less, enough to destroy a missile silo. The US Navy can track and destroy all enemy submarines simultaneously according to Bob Aldridge. The missiles in the three countries lead to Launch On Warning, probably by 2014.
    PS: GPS (formerly NAVSTAR) was developed for midcourse corrections of Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 to give a CEP of 30 meters or less.
    According to Professor Paul Rogers the warheads on Minuteman-3 and Trident-2 are designed to minimize nuclear winter effects when used against missile silos rather than industrial targets.
    Chief Trident missile engineer Bob Aldridge -www.plrc.org-resigned because a First Strike Capability is suicidal and wrote The Counterforce Syndrome, First Strike! The Pentagon´s Strategy For Nuclear War, Nuclear Empire (ch. 9 on anti-submarine warfare) and recently America In Peril (Hope Publishing). A Disarming First Strike Capability leads to Launch On Warning and suicide. Because of the missiles in the three countries the Russians will probably deploy Launch On Warning by 2014.

  5. Eric S. Margolis's brilliant investigation, analysis and articulation are second to none. He is a journalist that got it right. His book, ":American Raj" is one of the best ever written on the subject.

  6. Regarding Egypt, Tunisia, and elsewhere, remember that it took two years for Portugal to transition to a peaceful, modern (or modernizing) and prospering member of the European community. This was after leftist military officers, upset about fighting out in the empire, overthrew the government. Things have gone wrong in Portugal since then, but it's not really related.

    Now, can we all agree that the American Christian Right are some of the worst people in the world? I grew up with them in Texas, their ignorance knows no bounds, and it *kills people.* Their prudishness regarding birth control condemns women around the world to die from unsafe pregnancies and such (UNFPA, Global Gag Rule, now look at what's happening in Virginia,) and now they're trying to get us into a war. Why do they champion wars that have devastated the Arab Christians? Israel often treats its Christians as second-class citizens, and uses neighboring Christians for target practice. Someone needs to ask Rick Perry about that.

  7. Margolis is a turd with no Islamic separatist movement unworthy of his support including his support for that KLA regime in Kosovo and the Holomodor hoax that was debunked at the time based on Hearst/Nazi propaganda.

    As for 9/11 it was our support for Chechen and Bosnia terrorism that made it possible working through an international European and North American network that were divert from Chechnya to carry out the 9/11 attacks trained in military camps and private British intelligence linked security firms in the US.

  8. "Why they hate us." So you gotta fit something like that in one line, but I notice another GWoT-seller, oh let's call her Bad Cop, gets to title her venom "Because They Hate." Strangely, I'm not satisfied that 'they' 'hate' at all -as I also haven't stopped beating-my-wife. But someone did feel strongly enough to cause 3 buildings to telescope smoothly and symmetrically onto their foundation. Has Larry Silverstein ever been interviewed here?

    09:17: "..just aren't sophistocated enough to discriminate between [word get's comments flagged] and Israel." Wonder why that came up? Well, points here were 1. they hate us because of Israel, 2. 'We' hate 'them' because of Israeli influence on government. 3. There's pressure not to say the first two in media. So I gather that The Sackers of Rick Sanchez are not to figure into our reasoning seeing as some of us 'aren't sophistocated enough' to -'you know' -handle it… The Christian Right then becomes a handy village-idiot to put down, though their influences are obvious enough.

  9. The nightmare that happened in the Ukraine was no "hoax" sir. Ukrainians do not control congess, Hollywood or the newsmedia. That doesn't mean they suffered any less.

  10. It was a natural famine which the Soviet Union had almost yearly outbreaks until the collectivisation process of Stalin put a stop to it that affected major harvest regions hence why Eastern Ukraine was hit hard but it also affected other region like the Volga and Kazakhstan.

    The engineered famine hoax was debunked at the time with reports by the pro fascist Hearst media and a fake journalist Robert Green a convicted journalist using the alias Thomas Walker with pictures that are still used in Holomodor propaganda from the Volga famine of 21-22 which is resurrected politically during the Neocon supported anti-Communist campaign of the 80’s and to support the Soros Orange regime of 2004 to drive a wedge between Ukraine and Russia cutting of Russia energy supply corridor routes to European markets and crippling Russian sphere of influence.

  11. Abbas is a complete tool of Israel/U.S. Why don't you think this is just a form of brinksmanship on his part to extract a bigger bribe & that he will back down at the last minute.

  12. I typed my comment bef you addressed it. Thanks.

  13. Great interview BUT really Scott “It’s not about bombs in building 7 crap”. Really?
    I refer you to FEMA report appendix C titled “A Limited Metallurgical Examination” in which steel samples for all three buildings were analyzed revealing evidence of (WTC7) “severe high temperature corrosion attack on the steel, including oxidation and sulfidation with subsequent intergranular melting….” WTC1 and WTC2 steel showed similar damage. This is direct evidence of incendiary arson which NIST and the 9/11 Commission report completely ignored (The Commission Report didn’t even mention WT7C!) http://911research.wtc7.net/mirrors/fema_wtc/ http://911research.wtc7.net/wtc/evidence/residues
    Scott is well meaning but completely wrong and most unhelpful to continuously sell the bogus 9/11 “Blow Back” theory. He clearly has no understanding of basic physical laws or knowledge of the large body of hard scientific evidence that renders the 9/11 Commission and NIST reports as completely fictional, incomplete and an obvious cover-up.

  14. Continuing my comment above:
    The 9/11 attacks were a sophisticated military operation that required the active participation of American military personnel and US and possibly foreign intelligence operators. “They” attacked “themselves” and then blamed it on 19 ragtag “terrorist” hijackers (reportedly with dreadful flying skills), who somehow evaded the most sophisticated and expensive air defense system in the world and successfully destroyed the entire WTC and hit the Pentagon to boot.
    Hey Scott, for much more of the science visit : http://www.ae911truth.org/

  15. My dear fellow, I'm an American. I see Israel for what it is, too–namely, a criminal Zionist entity that's heedless of law and morality.

    Of course, the equally lawless U.S. Government enables the Zionists' evil. . . .

  16. BULLS***!!!!

  17. The move is because this is the only way abbas can hold on to his position against popular demand, which, in consideration of arab spring, is the one major force that counts today. He may actually deliver something. At least he thinks so. Especially after the leak of embarrassing negotiation details with isreal. You can say that its another proof that US is steadily losing power over the region. Power to the people! But dont worry … Abbas days are numbered, just like all corrupt arab leaders. I do agree though that he is receiving a bribe to continue on, probably from Qatar or some gulf country. Abbas loves his bribes :)

  18. Is it just me or did scott seem like Alex jones in this interview? He interupted Eric heaps of times, and kept answering his own questions. Scott you are still the man just cool it a bit, and dont be bashing on 911 truth its just divisive. You keep saying you want people to join together on being antiwar, than you have to watch how much you alienate the truthers, et all.

  19. You are 110% correct.

  20. No it is a FACT that is why no credible historian until the late 80's considered it a genocide targeted towards Ukrainians.

  21. The 9/11 Truth bashing by Scott has always prevented me from financially supporting the otherwise excellent Antiwar.com. My conclusions (above) about who was ultimately responsible for the attacks and their motivations is speculative (but a good data fit IMO) but the science is not. Facts are facts and physics can’t be altered because the government or the MSM deem it so. The near universal brain dead acceptance of the official 9/11 narrative is a sickness that infects nearly the entire society including the supposed “Liberal/Progressive” media, the anti-war movement and Libertarians who should all know better.

  22. An early advocate of blowback as best explanation for 9/11, I was skeptical of the 9/11 Truth movement until I started doing some research and actually paid attention to their critiique of the offical narrative. Scott should spend some time reading the works of David Ray Griffin or just go on Youtube and spend a few minutes looking at those videos of the collapse of WTC 7 or take in a few of the many lectures that methodically challenge the offical narrative by employing science and logic. The collapse was never explained and there is ample evidence of its foreknowledge. Hey Scott, how did the BBC report on the collapse of the WTC 7 20 minutes BEFORE it happened? How did a few random fires and relatively minor damage on one corner of a 47 story skyscraper cause its global collapse?

  23. I think Scott's fear of being dismissed a "conspiracy nut" has caused him to shy away from this issue which has grave implications. Remember, those who claimed that FDR had foreknowledge of the Pearl Harbor raid were once dismissed as "cooks" and now they have been vindicated. Is Scott aware of Operation Northwoods and Operation Gladio? As he ever heard of false flags or strategy of tension? If Scott doesn't believe in conspiracy theories, how does he explain the attacks? After all, even the official narrative is based on a conspiracy theory?

  24. Here's a the BBC reportage of the collapse of WTC 7, a full 23 minutes before it collapsed. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NefExHDu3s I just want someone to explain how this is possible. The BBC has never explained the origin or source of its report. The Washington DC affiliate of Fox News also reported on the buidlings collapse before it happened.. Of course, WTC 7 is the Achilles Heel of the 9/11 official story. For if the WTC 7 was rigged for a controlled demoliton, that would indicate foreknowledge of the entire event.

  25. Now blowback could have played a part as well,. Perhaps, the hijackers were patsies in a much larger plan.

  26. Scott, your entire program is dedicated to exposing how the State stirs up hatred, exploits fears, and lies to the public to wage war, all for the benefit of the ruling elite. How can you dismiss the entire 9/11 Truth movement when they have raised valid questions and pointed out anomalies that cannot be reconciled with the official narrative? Could it be that the questions they raise are too disturbing, so you just look away or indulge in an Orwellian crimestop?

  27. Hey Scott, are you suggesting that the board of directors of Lockheed/Martin are conspiring with the US government to start wars all in the pursuit of filthy profits? Doesn't that make you a conspiracy theorist?

  28. WHY THEY HATE US
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umCrKnO6jKw

  29. WHY THEY HATE US
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umCrKnO6jKw

  30. WHY THEY HATE US
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E2cV7HfJgo&NR

  31. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E2cV7HfJgo&NR

  32. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E2cV7HfJgo&NR

    WHY THEY HATE US

  33. Bingo!

  34. I´m sorry, but Scott already is a conspiracy nut – we all are. We believe one theory or the other theory, both options are conspiracies, although one seems more believable than the other, but which one is that? The official conspiracy theory, the one Scott believes, is truly the most far out theory, which is the official version as put out by Bush and continued by Obama. This farfetched theory is about a bunch of cave dwellers with razor blades, who got through our State Department and airport security in order to take over four commercial aircraft, who had the power to stand down NORAD, who had had skill to fly them right on target at above maximum operating speeds, of course after their sophisticated piper cub training in Florida, who were devoted Muslims getting wasted with strippers every night in Florida during their flight training, then sacrificing their lives for 72 virgins in heaven…who had the power to get rid of all the evidence from all sights (structures, bodies, aircraft parts, black boxes, videos…), and nine of whom were later found to be alive and even interviewed by BBC. The story goes on and on, especially how the planners later on used their influence to get Americans to sacrifice their personal and human rights, take up torture, create hatred against the country, invade some of the poorest countries in the world, run the government´s economy into the ground…and all from their caves on the other side of the globe.

    Then there is the other “conspiracy theory”, where there were people with plenty of influence within the government who committed these heinous acts in order to carry out all of those wonderful changes to our country that Scott is so upset about.

    Two conspiracy theories: Which is the theory that is more farfetched that it takes nut cases to believe in?

  35. Ah yes, just like the holocaust deniers that defend Nazi Germany. The only FACT here is you being an apologist for Soviet tyranny. No credible historian would disagree with this. Anyone that does is not a credible historian. Please move to North Korea and start making apologies for them too. That should be a laugh riot.

  36. Guess you need to do more research. Real research. Not conspiracy theory horse shit. There is actually a difference believe it or not.

  37. I'll agree – the American Christian Right are some of the worst people in the world. Right up there with Israeli "settlers" – the people that throw rocks at Palestinian school kids, poison the Palestinian's herds of goats and sheep, dump their untreated sewage through long pipes onto Palestinian land, etc. The American Christian Right (aka Christian Zionists) are proud of their association with these 'settlers'. They both serve "a jealous God" who obviously resents any independent thinking and gets his jollies convincing "His chosen people" of the necessity to commit genocide of the Canaanites, Edomites, etc (i.e. brown people).

  38. @Mike

    The only FACT here is you being an apologist for Soviet tyranny.

    First of all we installed that Soviet tyranny in Russia with the overwhelming majority coming from New York who were not even Russia and that includes those involved in Ukraine during the famine.

    Second it is a FACT that no credible historian before the 1980's considered the famine to be engineered as it would make no sense especially with the raising threat of Nazi Germany and the fact there is zero evidence of it being engineered and overwhelming evidence of the engineered famine narrative being a fraud.

    Third this is the latest attempt to support fascism in East Europe towards Russia because we want to block Russian oil and gas pipelines to Europe promoting British created pan-turanianism and alternative pipeline routes that travel through Turkey and the Balkans.

  39. A great source from a member of the Palestinian diaspora: Hypenated-Republic: http://bit.ly/qugDqF.

  40. the biggest change is Pali will be able to join in UN organizations like UNICEF etc they still can't vote and they still can't introduce legislation. But they get clout for the recognition and are forcing the US and Israel to show their cards to the whole world.

  41. Israel recieved roughly tens times as much money from evangelical churches in the US (tax free) than it does from the US government. I don't think it is all for the bring Jesus back rhetoric though. It's just plain prejudice against Muslims who threaten to become the largest religion in the world. And the fact that Churches are tax free businesses that invest in defense companies (same as universities do) thus propping up the conflict continues sales. And in doing so the Crazies get to stay on TV as it is the major defense contractors who sit as the board heads of the parent companies of ABCNNBCBS FOX. That's the circle. And 75% of US "aid" to Israel is earmarked to be spent back on the US arms industries. So when Scott asked how much is AIPAC and how much is Lockheed and co its really all the same faction, Israel is a medium to generate conflict for profit. 69% of Israel's economy is security. Talk about a modern Sparta 60%!!! of course they want occupation and war.

  42. believing 19 guys attacked of from their director in a cave already IS a conspiracy, it's the OCT official conspiracy theory. I see the need to say "well people hate us because of X Y and Z" because there are so many reasons for people to justifiably hate the US. But I flatly disagree when we see all the complacency in the NSA CIA and FBI on 911 that it was all to mask incompetence. I say it's masking a cover up not a screw up. Are they stupid Yes are they also evil yes. Was there a US hand in 911, Yes it was allowed to happen and assisted. And that statement can be backed up http://www.warbydeception.com

  43. There is now a mountain of evidence that undermines the official narrative. And there would have been more if the government hadn't illegally cleared the crime scene and shipped the steel off to China to made into paper clips.

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