Maybe the president believes he’s won a great victory over the wicked Syrians by lobbing cruise missiles at one of their underused air bases. Maybe Trump believes that he’s scared the evil Russians and the too big for their sampans Chinese into obedience. His 22,000 lb MOAB terror bomb on Afghanistan should keep those pesky... Read More
During the 1973 Arab-Israeli War, Syrian forces had surprised Israel and were fast approaching the edge of the steep Golan Heights, captured by Israel during the 1967 war. It seemed as if Syrian armor and infantry would retake Golan, then pour down into Israeli Galilee. Soviet recon satellites observed Israel moving its nuclear-armed, 500km-range Jericho... Read More
Barack Obama is the first American president to stand up to the Israel lobby since Dwight Eisenhower ordered Israel to withdraw from Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula in 1956-57. Freed of re-election concerns and the need for vast amounts of cash, President Obama finally made the decision to put America’s strategic interests ahead of those of Israel... Read More
Forty years ago–6 October 1973 – Egyptian forces stormed the supposedly “impregnable” Israeli Bar Lev fortifications along the Suez Canal. Syrian forces advanced onto the Israel-occupied Golan Heights. In spite of scores of warnings, Israel was taken by surprise. Prime Minister Golda Meir and Defense Minister Moshe Dayan sneered at the Arabs as incompetent bunglers... Read More
Here we go again, another round of Mideast peace talk kabuki. A process in which Washington, Israel and the Palestine Liberation Organization hold intense talks over holding talks, a ritual as stylized as the traditional Japanese dance. In the end, it’s the same empty, cynical ritual, year after year. This past week, US Secretary of... Read More
WASHINGTON – Secretary of Defense is the second most important and the toughest job in the US government after President. Since the 9/11 attacks, US foreign policy has become highly militarized. The Pentagon today dominates US relations with the rest of the world, not the State Department or CIA. The Pentagon’s 2013 total budget will... Read More
The Mideast is stumbling into one of its most dangerous crisis in decades. I’m just back from the region – and as an old Mideast hand, I am very worried. This region is always tense, but right now a series of separate conflicts are rapidly beginning to intersect. We see the Mideast, North Africa and... Read More
NEW YORK - Hell week! That’s what this city’s angry, frustrated taxi drivers call each year’s opening of the United Nations. It was even worse than that in the last two weeks. Narrow, congested island of Manhattan became a nightmare of gridlocked traffic, blocked streets, blaring horns and fuming drivers. Convoys carrying visiting bigwigs, large... Read More
The ghost of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat is rising from his grave to haunt Israel and the Americans. A devastating investigation by Qatar’s al-Jazeera has found mounting evidence that Arafat’s death in 2004 was caused by the poisonous radioactive substance Polonium 210. Arafat’s widow, Suha, is now calling for his body to be exhumed and... Read More
NEW YORK – Israel’s American supporters are crying out for war against Iran. The entire Republican Party – with the exception of the intrepid Dr. Ron Paul – is consumed by war fever bordering on the hysterical. Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, whose foreign affairs experience is, to put it politely, limited, vowed unlimited military... Read More
Turkey’s increasingly influential premier, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, went to Cairo last week and spoke for the world: "Let’s raise the Palestinian flag and let that flag be the symbol of peace and justice in the Middle East." Days later, Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas arrived in New York to ask the UN Security Council to... Read More
President Barack Obama’s stirring vows to bring peace to the Mideast and oversee creation of a viable Palestinian state have turned to ashes in the face of Israel’s adamantine opposition, and with them the president’s dignity and credibility, and America’s national interests. For dismaying comparison, think back to 1956. Britain, France and Israel colluded to... Read More
On 2 Sept, 2001, in a newspaper article, I wrote: "America's strategic and economic interests in the Mideast and Muslim world are being threatened by the agony in Palestine, which inevitably invites terrorist attacks against US citizens and property." The 9/11 attacks came nine days later. President Barack Obama is absolutely right to seek an... Read More
After the astounding humiliation of Vice President Joseph Biden by Israel's rightwing government, that nation's premier newspaper, Ha'aretz, cited an old Hebrew saying, "Biden had to wipe spit off his face and say it was only rain." Before arriving in Israel, Biden had repeated President Obama's demand that Israel cease building new housing in East... Read More
Afghanistan is rightly called "the graveyard of empires." We should call the Mideast "the tomb of peacemakers." In this troubled part of the world, real peace is as elusive and rarely-seen as the white Arabian gazelle. So we observe, with an abundance of caution, President Barack Obama's long-awaited Mideast peace offensive. Many of the administration's... Read More
The White House publicly humiliated US National Intelligence Director, Adm. Dennis Blair last week by forcing him to cancel appointing veteran diplomat Charles W. Freeman Jr. as the chairman of the National Intelligence Council, one of the nation's most important national security posts. The National Intelligence Council chairman's job is to assemble all reports from... Read More
It now seems clear the last disastrous act of the Bush administration was giving Israel a green light to launch its final solution campaign against the Hamas government in Gaza. Just when we thought it was impossible for this calamitous president and Svengali Dick Cheney to do any more damage to the world or to... Read More
There are two completely different versions of what is currently happening in Gaza. In the Israeli and North American press version, Hamas — "Islamic terrorists" backed by Iran — have in an unprovoked attack fired deadly rockets on innocent Israel with the intent of destroying the Jewish state. North American politicians and the media say... Read More
GENEVA — The U.S., Israel and Iran are playing a very dangerous game of chicken that soon could result in a new Mideast war. U.S. intelligence has concluded that Iran is not working on nuclear weapons. But the Bush administration and Israel, recently joined by France, are issuing increasingly loud threats of military action to... Read More
PARIS — Last week, US intelligence released a dramatic video that purportedly showed a Syrian nuclear reactor under construction and North Korean personnel helping in the project. The video and still pictures were evidently taken by Israeli agents. The unfinished "reactor" was destroyed last September by Israeli warplanes in an operation that was closely coordinated... Read More
When it comes to the Mideast, Washington seems to make a mess wherever it goes. After the huge fiascos in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Somalia, Washington's political alchemists are now working their latest magic in the Palestinian Territories, two, giant, open-air prison camps — the West Bank and Gaza — surrounded by Israeli security forces. Having... Read More
President George W. Bush likes to call himself "the war president" and strike martial poses against patriotic backdrops, a trick he learned from another president who never saw military action, Ronald Reagan. In spite of Iraq and other foreign policy misadventures, and failure to prevent the 9/11 attacks, polls show that when it comes to... Read More
As a shaky cease-fire goes into effect in Lebanon, Israel's generals and politicians are furiously blaming one another for what many Israelis are calling a major political and military defeat. After 31 days of fighting, Israel has nothing to show but world-wide condemnation (the US excepted), scores of dead soldiers and civilians, burned forests, displaced... Read More
The news about the Mideast most North Americans get is heavily biased by the media's need to cater to reader prejudices and misconceptions. To find out what's really going on in Israel, I turn to that nation's finest newspaper, Haaretz. Last week, Haaretz columnist Doron Rosenblum wrote a remarkable, explosive analysis that no one would... Read More
The spreading war in Lebanon and the ghastly massacre at Qana has bared the bizarre contradictions and self-destructive nature of US Mideast policy. With one hand, the US sends $30 million of food and blankets to Lebanon for the 20% of its population made refugees by the American-encouraged Israeli bombing. With the other, it rushes... Read More
After Hamas' stunning victory last week in Palestinian elections, a flustered U.S. Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, tried to explain the Bush administration's latest Mideast fiasco. "I've asked why nobody saw it coming," she offered plaintively. Dear Miss Condi, many of us saw Hamas' victory coming. You didn't because you failed to face facts. Your... Read More
I was once asked during a TV interview if my referring to Israel's Ariel Sharon as "general" rather than prime minister was intended as a slur. "Au contraire," I replied. "Speaking as a former soldier, I respect generals far more than any politicians, including "prime ministers." This column has often and sharply criticized PM Sharon's... Read More
NEW YORK — On the fourth day of the 1967 Arab Israeli War, the intelligence ship "USS Liberty" was steaming slowly in international waters, 14 miles off the Sinai Peninsula. Israeli armored forces were racing deep into Sinai in hot pursuit of the retreating Egyptian army. "Liberty," a World War II freighter, had been converted... Read More
Eric S. Margolis is an award-winning, internationally syndicated columnist. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune the Los Angeles Times, Times of London, the Gulf Times, the Khaleej Times, Nation – Pakistan, Hurriyet, – Turkey, Sun Times Malaysia and other news sites in Asia.
He is a regular contributor to The Huffington Post, Lew Rockwell. He appears as an expert on foreign affairs on CNN, BBC, France 2, France 24, Fox News, CTV and CBC.
His internet column www.ericmargolis.com reaches global readers on a daily basis.
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.
A native New Yorker, he maintains residences in Toronto and New York, with frequent visits to Paris.