Volume 96, Issue 76
Thursday, February 13, 2003

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Dyer on the mark

To the Editor:

I wanted to express my appreciation to the University Students' Council for hosting Gwynne Dyer at The Wave last Friday to share with us his insightful thoughts about the Middle East and the coming war against Iraq. Dyer had the ability to analyze his views in a very interesting way, mixing facts, numbers and jokes all together.

As a Canadian of Arab origin, Dyer was reading my mind, and perhaps the minds of millions of Arabs around the world, concerning the situation in the Middle East. He stated facts and simply presented them in an unbiased structure especially when he analyzed the reasons why the policy of the American government is biased towards the Middle East and how the whole region is being affected by special interest groups, such as the Jewish Lobby. He also stated that Ariel Sharon, the prime minister of Israel, has been well known for his brutal killing of Palestinians since he was a young man in the army, and how it will be so difficult for peace to prevail with a leader who has such a criminal history.

I was really impressed by his courage in laying all the facts on the ground without fearing the consequences. The whole time I was listening to him, I was thinking to myself, "Where is the world's sense of justice towards what is happening to the Palestinians and what is going to happen to the Iraqis?"

How can peace in the world prevail when the country who dominates the world, such as the United States, is lacking justice towards other nations and is only motivated by its own self-interest? I honestly believe that with more people like Dyer who speak up for truth and justice, the world we live in will be a better and more peaceful place for everyone.

Issam El-Hourani
ACS IV

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