Eric Margolis: When Assad Is Gone, We Will Definitely Miss Him

by | Sep 21, 2015


Speaking Friday with host Scott Horton on the Scott Horton Show, Ron Paul Institute Academic Board Member Eric Margolis related the devastating consequences foreign intervention to depose Syria President Bashar al-Assad has created, as well as the further devastation that would be wrought if the intervention accomplishes its goal.

Concluding a discussion largely focused on governments, including those of the United States, Britain, and France, intervening in Syria, Margolis presents an important warning. “The question is ‘Why overthrow Assad?’” asks Margolis, “because, when he’s gone, we are definitely going to miss him.”

The effort of the Islamic State (ISIS), the US, and other nations to depose Assad is, Margolis argues, very similar to the successful effort to depose Libya leader Muammar Gaddafi. Margolis describes the process of intervention in Syria as including engineering “so-called public protests” and “sending in covert special forces to attack the government troops.” Additionally, Margolis says the US has engaged in just a “half-hearted” air campaign against ISIS, which Margolis terms the US government’s “helpmate” in overthrowing the Syria government.

In the 21-minute interview, Margolis and Horton also engage in an enlightening discussion of Russia relative to the ongoing violence in Syria, a matter regarding which Margolis wrote last week.

Listen to Margolis’ complete interview here.

For a brief introduction to the regime change intervention in Libya and its disastrous results, read Peter Van Buren’s February article “Libya: A Perfect Storm of Interventionist Failure.”


  • Adam Dick

    Adam worked from 2003 through 2013 as a legislative aide for Rep. Ron Paul. Previously, he was a member of the Wisconsin State Board of Elections, a co-manager of Ed Thompson's 2002 Wisconsin governor campaign, and a lawyer in New York and Connecticut.

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