Scott Horton Interviews Eric Margolis

Scott Horton, October 31, 2011

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

Eric Margolis, internationally syndicated columnist and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses how a Libyan-style regime change in Syria could give the neoconservatives a backdoor-to-war with Iran; talk of securing Netanyahu’s legacy through a Churchill-like “moment of greatness” where he attacks Iran and saves Israel from another holocaust; behind-the-scenes fighting by British and French special forces in Libya; why Turkey is harboring an anti-Syrian “army” of deserters; why Iraq will fall apart (even more) when the US completely withdraws; the former Pakistani cricket player leading protests against US influence; and why the Haqqani network is just the latest excuse for the failing war in Afghanistan.

MP3 here. (38:34)

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.

26 Responses to “Eric Margolis”

  1. Great interview.

    In a recent policy alert, Robert Satloff, executive director of the AIPAC-created WINEP, urged that “with the strategic opportunity of contributing to the demise of Iran’s premier Arab ally, Washington should be working overtime to act in defense of the Syrian people.”

    Strategic opportunity for which country?

  2. [...] internationally syndicated columnist and author of War at the Top of the World and American Raj, discusses how a Libyan-style regime change in Syria could give the neoconservatives a backdoor-to-war with [...]

  3. When this man Eric Margolis speaks, you listen. He has been right on every geopolitcal front thus far. I thought he was crazy for saying the US was gonna bomb libya! But what happened? Now they are saying they are going to bomb syria. It will happen. Scary scary stuff.

  4. I'm willing to take heavy odds that the US won't lift a finger to defend the Syrian opposition. And Scott is right that the US is not going to invade Iran.
    Margolis is pretty ignorant of Syria. I don't know why Scott is so impressed by him. He is a great friend of the Pakistani generals installed by the US in one of the greatest disasters of US foreign policy history and a personal friend of some of the worst criminals in Afghanistan.

  5. Of which Pakistani generals and Afghan criminals is he a personal friend?

  6. Not a word about the morality in it, which is the root cause of it.

    Not a word about the corporate rich over it, which is the ultimate conclusion of it.

  7. Iran could not act more friendly and non-aggressive toward Israel, all those in power running Israel are fully aware of this and their beating of war drums is all about winning elections, nothing more.

  8. @Evan

    You are pretty naive the US is already supporting the "opposition" in fact they along with their allies Turkey, Israel and Lebanon by training and supplying the armed Islamist insurrection the same ethnic Turkish linked fascist scum that caused war and chaos and the genocide and ethnic cleansing of Russians in the North Caucasus and Serbs in the Balkans who under the cloak of the Arab Spring most likely initiated the armed insurrection.

  9. I am not sure from the interview if Margolis supports the US/Turkish/Israeli backed Islamic insurrection in Syria unlike with every other Islamist terrorist/separatists groups/movements he has supported.

  10. And the UK is about to be taken over by a Taliban half-wit from Shadwell and Emma Watson is going to have to remake all of Harry Potter wearing a burka

  11. Listen to his report today. He openly brags about being buddies with Golbedin Hekmatyar.
    In previous programs, he has highlighted the Pakistani military as an institution as the sole pillar of Pakistani society. They're a gang of criminals who have raped the country.

  12. Yes, johnUK, I'm very naive. The Chechens are ethnic Turkish linked fascist scum. Read your history of ethnic cleansing by the Russian colonialists, under the Tsar and under the Communists. They make the Israelis look like puppies and kittens in comparison.
    I'm sure the Americans and the Israelis and everyone else have a hand in the opposition. But they are a sideshow. The majority of the Syrians want Asad and his murderous corrupt dynasty out.

  13. Good call, johnUK. The point is, Margolis doesn't know either. He doesn't know Syria.

  14. The dictatorship of Syria has accomplished the only thing necessary to stay in power, please all the men of the intelligent middle-class, the 40% of men who slave drive the lower half of society.

  15. No one of you known the situation in Syria .after 8 months of trouble the support of president Assad and his regime has been increased ,suryan people has been shown for the last 7 days on daily basis in massive demostrations of support in many major towns and cities ,keep the analysis away and follow the proper news.

  16. @Evan

    “The Chechens are ethnic Turkish linked fascist scum. Read your history of ethnic cleansing by the Russian colonialists, under the Tsar and under the Communists”

    First those non-Russian/anti-Russian Communists installed and financed by western powers where killing, murdering and committing genocide against the ethnic Russian population who deported hostile groups after the western backed Nazis invaded the USSR.

    As for the Tsar they after about a 100 years of raiding neighbouring villages capturing and selling Russian, Ukrainian and other groups for slaves in their Ottoman sex slave industry Turkey backed by Britain and France wanted to expand the Ottoman Empire and capture the North Caucasus and all the results that entails just like they are doing today that is why Russia captured the North Caucasus.

  17. Britain has been supporting Chechen and Circassian separatists in the North Caucasus since 1835.

    And yes they are Turkish linked fascist scum as they are part of the Pan-Turanian movement created by the British under Arminius (Hermann) Vambery working for Lord Palmerstone and the British Foreign Office was the advisor to the Ottoman Sultan between 1857-1863.

    Despite the propaganda Chechens fought in Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo and in Central Asia who ran 3 camps in Afghanistan established under the Taliban regime because US/EU backed by their Muslim allies want to control Eurasian oil and gas under a Turkish banner through Turkey and the new vassal states they created in the Balkans.

    “The majority of the Syrians want Asad and his murderous corrupt dynasty out.”

    No they don’t it is just the regions near Lebanon where the Syrian Muslim Brotherhood has had a long time presence backed by foreign powers. Assad still has majority support in the major cities and the Syrian Christian population.

  18. ROOT CAUSE — ARAB SPRING

    United Nations Development Program, named Syria and Yemen as the Arab countries which have experienced the biggest rise in income inequality over the past decade.

    All of the wealth in Syria is owned by the 53% most aggressive and wealthy, while the lower 47% barely survive on less then $240 USD a month. And bottom 20%, most with kids, go hungry with income less then $109.00 a month

    Syria poverty rate is 30%, 11% suffer hunger and a forth of men under 25 have zero income.

  19. I just skip Margolis and his logical fallacies. Days just don’t have enough hours in them to use on this. It’s like reading nytimes. But hey, I guess Fair-Scott needs to fill the schedule.

  20. Yes but it was the US/British colour revolution crowd that sparked the Arab Spring.

    Egypt was designed to weaken Israel’s southern flank to stop it from waging war on Iran that western powers want incorporated into the Nabucco pipeline project.

    This is in preparation for war against Eurasia and Russia which goes back to Tsarist times and has been the driving force of US foreign policy until it was slightly of set by 9/11 and the war in Iraq.

    You just have to look at Brzezinski’s Obama’s staff pick and there background.

  21. the quote was "the road to Damascus runs through Baghdad" from the clean break paper of IASPS by Richard Perle.

  22. Yes, John. The Americans and the Israelis were just desperate to get rid of their client in Egypt and install a Muslim Brotherhood government. It's all so logical! Only a fool couldn't see through it!! And the fact that Mubarak was getting almost as much money from the Americans as Israel–that only proves the conspiracy! Of course!!

  23. As in Libya, the price for Israel lobby-induced Western support for the “revolution” in Syria is accommodation with Tel Aviv. Commenting on the implicit admission of this quid pro quo by the SNC’s chief spokesman, Burhan Ghalioun, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Ibrahim al-Amin, editor-in-chief of al-Akhbar, not surprisingly wondered if this is a “Revolution against Resistance?”

  24. Very Enjoyable! I hope you write more on this subject!

  25. Great post about this. I am sure many visitors will find this very useful.

  26. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed browsing your blog posts. Very Enjoyable! Great post about this. I am sure my visitors will find that very useful.Very nice post. Excellent and decent post. I found lots of interesting information here. Great post about this.

Leave a Reply