Scott Horton Interviews Eric Margolis

Scott Horton, March 27, 2012

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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 “The Dangerous Mess in Syria Grows Murkier;” the foreign forces instigating regime change by supporting Syria’s rebellion; why fractured Arab nations – which are mostly colonial relics – can’t be made whole again; how Republican warmongering has finally gone too far, alienating the electorate and damaging the party; and the US’s waning international influence, evidenced by India’s refusal to abide by sanctions on Iran’s oil exports.

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.

7 Responses to “Eric Margolis”

  1. Was there ever any doubt.

  2. O's tone of voice, like Hillary's, is increasingly hectoring and sour. He just can't understand why everyone just doesn't obey the U.S.

  3. Kofi Annan is up to U.S./Israeli earlobes in Syria, it seems.

  4. A most compelling logic by Eric Margolis, a case of the West going all-out to give Syria back to France on a silver platter, like the colonial days of old.

  5. DEMO101:U$aramcorp got MasqatDohaDhahranBasraKarkukkuwaitAbuDhabiJobaBurqa DXBmarket in their pockets….EUisrael got MaccaMadinaQudsAmmanBeyroutBaghdad and now Damasqas in their hands……Indeed ONE world diedly Bancc.

  6. So American and NATO imperialists are joining Arab Monarchies and Islamic jihadists to plunge a nation into endless civil war? And this is being done to satisfy France and Israel's murderous ambition and America's desire to bully? What an ugly, violent and frankly stupid policy?

    Nominally socialist countries like LIbya, Iraq, Yugoslavia needed to be reformed not destroyed after the fall of the Soviet Union. Yet US – NATO funded/armed religious and sectarian terrorists in each of those countries until civil war overwhelmed them. How will history judge this imperialist campaign of counter-enlightenment? The ancient imperial strategy of police states for the homeland (and our allies) but anarchy & chaos for all others will lead to global disaster because if you poison countries until they become festering wounds than we all suffer.

    Despite a prattling of human rights talk no one in the corporate media really bothers with the propaganda that there will be a positive outcome in Syria – and so underneath the thin veneer of the whiteman's burden (or "responsibility to protect' as it is called these days) the grinning skull is easily seen: Let the brutes kill each other.

  7. Eric Margolis' perspective on Syria is at odds with that of journalists who have actually spent time there, such as Nir Rosen, the late Anthony Shadid, the late Marie Colvin, Anita McNaught, Paul Conroy, and many others. Antiwar readers and listeners are getting a very skewed perspective on Syria – aren't there any actual Syrians (which means not pro-Assad) who can be found for an interview, to explain what life in Syria is like – even before the last year?

    I doubt that Israel is pushing for Assad to be overthrown. He has never made any problems for Israel, even about the Golan Heights, whereas any government that's more democratic will be more Islamic and more anti-Israel, and they will be under more pressure to actually do something about it.

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