Gwynne Dyer Quotes.

1. "The most basic change necessary to our collective survival is underway: the last redefinition of humanity - gradually extending from family to tribe to nation to the human race."
- Quote by Gwynne Dyer

2. "What makes the Arabs suitable candidates for democracy is their heritage as human beings, not their specific cultural or historical antecedents."
- Quote by Gwynne Dyer

3. "If there was no American prison in Iraq, there would be no Islamic State now."
- Gwynne Dyer, Don't Panic: ISIS

4. "There’s not much risk that it will conquer Iraq’s Shia-majority region or Kurdistan, now that the first shock of its expansion up to their borders has passed, for both could count on strong Iranian military support if required. Syria is a more worrisome case, for a jihadi victory in Syria would bring Islamic State (and, in the north, perhaps also the Nusra emirate) right up to the borders of Lebanon and northern Israel. Millions more refugees would pour across the borders into Lebanon and Jordan (which have already taken in several million Syrian refugees), possibly with Islamist fighters in hot pursuit. This would create a high probability of a direct military confrontation with Israel, even if the Islamists would really prefer to concentrate on killing Shias first."
- Gwynne Dyer, Don't Panic: ISIS

5. "Bombing people in the Middle East is something Western governments can do without incurring significant casualties on their own side, so it is politically safe and answers the public demand for action."
- Gwynne Dyer, Don't Panic: ISIS

6. "The appropriate course of action is to ensure the survival of the Syrian regime. Yes, Assad and his Ba’ath Party have done terrible things (as Stalin did), but they are still preferable to the alternative (as was the survival of the Soviet Union in 1941). The Assad regime’s cruelty and tyranny are comparable to Saddam Hussein’s record in Iraq but, at least in retrospect, it is clear that it would have been preferable to leave Saddam Hussein in power. Any reasonable observer would agree that Iraq would be a far better place, and that hundreds of thousands of people who died would still be alive, if the United States and its sidekicks had not invaded the country in 2003. The best of the bad options now is to leave Assad in power in Syria, although—horror of horrors!—that would mean the United States was helping a dictator."
- Gwynne Dyer, Don't Panic: ISIS

7. "Our task over the next few generations is to transform the world of independent states in which we live into some sort of genuine international community. If we succeed in creating that community, however quarrelsome, discontented, and full of injustice it probably will be, then we shall effectively have abolished the ancient institution of warfare. Good riddance."
- Gwynne Dyer, War: The New Edition

8. "climate-change scenarios are already playing a large and increasing role in the military planning process."
- Gwynne Dyer, Climate Wars: The Fight for Survival as the World Overheats

9. "The Canadian public’s uncritical admiration of the United States, which had been Diefenbaker’s undoing, had pretty much dissipated by the end of the 1960s. The growing nightmare of the Vietnam War was sabotaging America’s reputation as an effective operator abroad just as the wave of urban violence was destroying its image as a bastion of justice and democracy at home, and the United States was coming to be seen in Canada as just another muscle-bound great power stumbling around without a clue."
- Gwynne Dyer, Canada in the Great Power Game 1914-2014

10. "There have been a few attempts to turn Prime Minister Diefenbaker into the tragic hero of Canada’s lost independence, but that is ludicrous. For one thing, the country’s independence was certainly compromised, but it was not really lost. For another, Diefenbaker is nobody’s hero: he was a bombastic prairie politico who combined a crude but saleable version of English Canadian nationalism with an unwavering commitment to a Cold War view of the world."
- Gwynne Dyer, Canada in the Great Power Game 1914-2014

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