Scott Horton Interviews Gabriel Kolko

Scott Horton, March 20, 2012

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Gabriel Kolko, historian and author of World in Crisis: The End of the American Century; discusses his article “Creating a Warrior State: The Enigma of Israel;” why Zionism and democracy cannot coexist; how Israel’s demographic changes are marginalizing secular Jews; and how the will of the people in Israel is reflected – both in Yitzhak Rabin’s assassination and Bibi Netanyahu’s electoral success.

MP3 here. (19:53)

Gabriel Kolko is the leading historian of modern warfare. He is the author of the classic Century of War: Politics, Conflicts and Society Since 1914 and Another Century of War? He has also written the best history of the Vietnam War, Anatomy of a War: Vietnam, the US and the Modern Historical Experience.

23 Responses to “Gabriel Kolko”

  1. the UN even put Zionism on their list of racist ideologies that disprespect basic human rights. But they were forced to remove it due to pressure from USA and Israel

  2. The Enigma of Gabriel Kolko

    “They cooked up a very neurotic ideology, whatever ideas the founders had a quite different one was the outcome. That is to say that since its creation Israel has been at war perpetually, or perpetually preparing for war.”

    FACT
    Zionists did not know that to steal an Arab country from 12 million Arabs would cause perpetual war with all Arabs? But surely, it would be absolutely impossible for Kolko to believe that. For to perpetually sell war materials made in USA you need perpetual war, and to maximize the profits in trading war materials for Middle-East oil you need Israel.

  3. To prove the harm in Israel — This is the Enigma of Israel

    To those who say that Israel is up to no good, may I suggest that of all the nations on earth Israel is accomplishing the greatest of all good. For the purpose of this world is to reach the ultimate conclusion of crime, so that never again are we tempted into being selfish and doing crime.

  4. And just how does Israel lead the world in not being selfish and not doing crime? Can you provide some examples to support your claim?

  5. Israel is an artifact of european colonialism, Zionism made possible. Modern Israel partners with the U.S. military industrial complex and evangelical christians. American Jewish money, campaign financing, ensures control of congress in favor of this ethno-religious aberation and a compromised corporate news media keeps the goyim in line. The Israelis may indeed march all the Palestinians into Jordan, and the silence of America will be deafening. And they wonder why people fly planes into their buildings.

  6. Kolko really nails it with his article "Creating a Warrior State: The Enigma of Israel." Israel went badly awry since day one–and it's never cleaned up its act. . . .

  7. You're right. Whatever one thinks of the UN, they got that right. Zionism is racism.

  8. There are two kinds of religious extremists in Israel first you have the Haredi who believes that Israel cannot be created by men and that only god can pull the Jewish people out of exile. Then you have the religious settlers who believes that all of the land of Israel belongs to the Jews because they believe that god has given the land to the Jewish people. And that given up any part of the land of Israel is a sin and even blasfemie. It is from this community that the killer of former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin came from. These are both very extreme interpretations of the Thora. And both these groups are amongst the fastest growing segments of the Israeli Jewish population. The former refuse to serve in the military the latter increasingly fill the ranks of the Israeli Defence Forces.

  9. Kolko's "Enigma…" says much, but not all. Read: "The Invention of the Jewish People" by Shlomo Sand. Even Israel's ethnic/racial claims to legitimacy are compromised.

  10. You end AIPAC's extortionist control of Congress and the Presidency, then the "extremists" go the way of the garbage eater cult in the US. They shrink if-not-disappear. The extremists are an result of a unnatural political system. Just like the client states of the Soviet Union, they used more GDP than they produced. We know the Soviets collapsed. We, the United States pushes back, and these extremists become too costly: then they get lowly jobs, have to work like everyone else, and the market value of their myth/religion books begin to sell at basement prices.. They might even have to reach out to the Palestinians. Oh-the-horrors.

  11. not that impressed with Kolko.
    there are a lot of people trying to make a living by writing books and articles. Some of them have something to say, most do not. Kolko is solidly in the majority.
    His speaking pattern sounds like he's half- stoned. At very least, Kolko does not sound particularly concerned that Israelis are murdering people by the tens and making plans to murder people (Iranians) by the millions. That's reprehensible.

    We love you Scott but this was not one of your better programs.
    Read Allison Weir, History of US-Israel Relations, Part One http://www.ifamericansknew.org/us_ints/history.ht

  12. Did anyone else notice — most Jews are careful to say "Jews are the 'chosen' people. But Kolko said "Jews think they are SUPERIOR people."

    racist much?

  13. yeah, there are others too, like american exceptionalism. Every upright waliking monkey thinks he and his fellow cuntRyMen are Special! With divine right to kill and plunder. Worse of all they call themselves most intellingent creature in the hole universe. Ain’t that an irony??

  14. Thank you for this discussion. It gave me clearer picture on how things are in the Middle East. Perhaps, it would be good idea to write a transcript for people looking for information through search engines and those who are not fluent in English.

  15. @analymous
    me tinkk you no grammer atall! You CUNTymen spook goood fluent ingelish, yes? You be giniyoos!
    Jokes aside, you should cheerup fellow. It’s not the fluency of correct spelling that matters. Its the cunt-ant! Those who(m) shal UNDERstand, UNDERstand. We However, STAND under NONE!

  16. Just to clarify, analymous = analretentive + anonymous

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