07/13/15 – Eric Margolis – The Scott Horton Show by Scott | Jul 13, 2015 | Interviews | 5 comments Eric Margolis, an internationally-syndicated journalist and author of American Raj, discusses why the US has helped destroy Syria and create a humanitarian disaster with millions of Syrian refugees. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Android | RSS 5 Comments Ba'thist on July 15, 2015 at 1:38 am I would like to do as Scott suggests and listen to his interviews with Eric from 2005, but from Sept 2005 to at least the end of the year the archived shows will not play on my computer, which is too bad because there seem to be some pretty important interviews during that period. The assertion that Syria was pretty much an ally of the US prior to 2011is very dubious to me given that the US tried very hard to frame Syria for PM Hariri’s assassination in 2005 and used that event to force the total withdrawal of Syrian troops from Lebanon. The insistence on characterizing the Syrian government as Alawite I find galling, given that the only requirement of the dozen or so political parties that made up the National Progressive Front that governed mgoverned many of the civil institutions of prewar Syria was that they be secular and nonsectarian. Under wartime conditions there may be a preponderance of Alawites in decisive positions for reasons of security, but during peacetime all religions sects and ethnicities were represented in important capacities and executive positions. I am glad that you are so critical of US support for the rebellion in Syria, but you could delete at least several of your criticisms and equivocations about’Asad’s governance and still be accurate. Ba'thist on July 15, 2015 at 1:51 am I rechecked, and it’ s the shows from Sept 2004 to July 2005 that don’ t play for me. Ba'thist on July 15, 2015 at 2:32 am Upon further investigation, I am less certain but there definitely seem to be a lot of dead links to shows from 2004- 2005. One further point: It is absolutely clear that the Bush administration intended to create a sectarian rift between Shi-i and Sunni Arabs when it invaded Iraq, and it realized that Iran would be a very important assistant in that achievement. Post- invasion there was no effort to limit access to Iraq along the border with Iran. That contrasts with conditions on the Jordan border which was tightly controlled by Jordan or on the Syrian border, where there was much military interdiction and even incursion by US forces. The US State Department bought Ahmed Chalabi an opulent villa in Tehran in the summer of 2004, fer crissakes. Iraq was potentially the strongest, wealthiest and most progressive of all Arab countries, but its success depended on a governing consensus between shi-i, sunni and christian Arabs. That consensus was intentionally broken by us and Iran. Ba'thist on July 15, 2015 at 2:35 am It was 2002 when State bought Chalabi his bordello. Typo. Volunteer on July 22, 2015 at 1:08 pm Ba’thist: Volunteers are looking into this issue with limited time available. Thanks for bringing this to our attention. Stay tuned.