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Gwynne Dyer talks: he’s not a Bush fan

By Dave Ward
Gazette Writer
Pete Bastedo/Gazette
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 unilateralism.

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 world.

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.”

 

 

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