Gwynne Dyer has served in the Canadian, British and American navies. He holds a Ph.D. in Middle Eastern history from the University of London, has taught at Sandhurst and served on the Board of Governors of Canada’s Royal Military College. In his book Don’t Panic: ISIS, Terror and Today’s Middle East, Dyer argues that the advent of “Islamic State” and its clones does not substantially raise the risk of major terrorist attacks in Western countries. It does, however, pose a grave threat to the Arab countries of the Middle East.
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair told CNN he is sorry for mistakes made in the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, but he does not regret bringing down dictator Saddam Hussein. Blair referred to the claim that Saddam’s regime possessed weapons of mass destruction, which was used by the U.S. and British governments to justify launching the invasion. These intelligence reports the claim was based on turned out to be false. The ensuing war and dismantling of Saddam’s government plunged Iraq into chaos, resulting in years of violence and the rise of al Qaeda in Iraq, a precursor of ISIS.
Does this mean Trudeau’s decision to withdraw from the fight is the right one?
Do you agree with Dyer, should North Americans learn to live with terror attacks? Is terrorism just the cost of doing business? Are we overreacting to terrorism?