Gwynne Dyer talks: he’s not a Bush fan
By Dave Ward
YO, YOU GOTS A PROBLEM, FOO? Columnist Gwynne Dyer spoke
about radical Islamic movements, American unilateralism
and the United Nations at The Wave yesterday.
Dyer says the world is safe, at least until November.
Political commentator and widely syndicated columnist Gwynne
Dyer made an appearance at The Wave yesterday afternoon. He
has lectured at Western for several years in a row, and, as
in years past, he drew a large crowd.
Dyer spent the lecture discussing radical Islamic movements,
American unilateralism and the United Nations, adding he was
concerned with unilateral American foreign policy. He said
he believes the Americans were looking to invade Iraq prior
to the World Trade Center attacks and feels Bush is using Iraq
as the first step in an American attempt to impose their version
of peace and democracy on the entire world.
“If Iraq grew carrots, they’d have invaded somewhere
else,” Dyer said when asked if America invaded Iraq solely
to begin a campaign for imposing its will and gain control
over Iraqi oil reserves. Even though oil was a factor, Dyer
explained that it was not the major one.
He said his biggest concern for the future was Bush being
re-elected this November and continuing his policy of American
Dyer predicted such a scenario would lead other world powers
to begin contemplating “an assembly of force — political,
economic, even military — to counterbalance America.”
He said that American policy is undermining 50 years of work
by the UN to promote peace and avoid a third World War, adding
he does not believe humanity would survive such a war due to
advances in technology.
Dyer said America had gone along with multilateralism in the
past. “They [did] expect to be the quarterback, but they
have been players,” he said, noting he now sees the United
States on a course that does not include the UN at all.
He said he is not worried yet, however, he will be watching
the upcoming presidential election.
“If it all ends this November, the damage will not be huge,” he
said in reference to U.S. foreign policy and its effect on the
Following the lecture, several students stayed behind to pick
Dyer’s brain next to the stage . “I find it mind-opening.
[Dyer] always throws out new ideas,” said fourth-year
anthropology student Jen Chrazan.
“He’s well spoken, he puts everything in perspective
really well,” said third-year engineering student Luke
Brown. “I hope he comes back next year.”