Gwynne Dyer vs. Farzana Hassan

The Toronto Reference Library hosted a talk by author Gwynne Dyer about his new book on Monday, but it quickly turned into an animated discussion on Islamism.

In Don’t Panic: ISIS, Terror and Today’s Middle East, Dyer argues the birth of ISIS and the creation of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria does not pose any substantial risk with regard to terrorist attacks on Western countries.

Facing the London-based author on the panel was Toronto Sun columnist Farzana Hassan.

  • Clink9

    Why don’t these liberals just admit they’re on the other side and we can get on with it? So willing to take money for their books from Western citizens while supporting the jihad.

    I think I have more respect for the nutters that leave our comfortable life to join ISIS out in the desert.

    Like Holden Caulfield says :

    “I was surrounded by phonies…They were coming in the goddam window.”

    • At least the Jihadis are upfront about it.

    • EarlofGroan

      So, where does this liberal, Gwynne, say that he is on the side of ISIS? Where has he been “supporting the jihad”? I presume you are not just making this up?

      You have more respect for someone who joins ISIS than someone who says that the risk to Western civilization is overblown? So, sounds like you are inadvertently implying that you are the one supporting terrorists, with comments where you suggest you have respect for terrorists.

  • Censored_EG

    Thank you, Farzana! You are a brave and necessary voice. Gwynne Dyer is an enormous idiot who bases his writing on wishful thinking and fantasy and not reality and facts.

    • It is appalling but it is the Toronto Liberal mindset.

      • Alain

        It is the typical leftist mindset throughout the West, not limited to Toronto.

  • T.C.

    Dyer is to military history what Atwood is to science fiction. A puling amateur that would never make it outside the protected confines of central Canada literary circles. Don’t waste your money.

  • Reader

    I stopped wasting my time listening to or reading Gwynne Dyer years ago when he was being interviewed (probably on the CBC which I no longer watch ever) with his “Global Warming”™ tirade and suggesting the needed solution was to disperse ultrafine sulfur powder into the upper atomsphere to reflect some sunlight. Of course there was no consideration out of him as to how decreased sunlight might affect farming or other possible unintended consequences.

    • Tom

      Many, many moons ago (in the late 80s or early 90s, I think, he did a series “War”, or “Total War” – something like that, which I found interesting at the time. It dealt with the Cold War, primarily, as I recall. But, as you say, those were the days when the CBC was still worth watching; I also have long since stopped that practice.

  • Alex

    I wonder how those idiots would have reacted had she called them racists for daring to disagree with her, a muslim! That would have completely muddled their already hopelessly confused, progressive “minds”.