Will it start in the Middle East?


The Middle East crisis has escalated to a breaking point where even the smallest incident could change the fate of the world. When a Russian Su-24 warplane was shot down by Turkish F-16s in the Turkey-Syria border area November 2015, the world held its breath.

“The Su-24 being shot down last month gave grounds for war,” Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said after the incident. After discussing whether to declare, Russia decided against a “symmetrical response”, choosing a more peaceful path, for the time being.

Tuesday evening at the University of Guelph campus, renown independent Canadian journalist Gwynne Dwyer, offers an alternative view.

“Don’t Panic: Isis, Terror and Today’s Middle East,” is the title of the columnist, historian and novelist Dwyer has given his latest book. He explains that terrorism is not as huge as an issue as the media “blows it up” to be.

According to Guelph Today, Dyer has authored over 10 books, some bestsellers. He has has a syndicated column on international affairs that can be found in 175 publications in 45 countries. He is also a documentary director and one series titled “War” was Academy Award nominated. Born in Newfoundland, 72-year-old Dyer has PhD inMilitary and Middle Eastern History from University of London. He resides in London, England.

He can be seen at the University of Guelph science complex atrium Tuesday, Feb. 1 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sponsored by Arts, Science and Technology Alliance, the College of Arts, and the University Bookstore; the event is free.

For specific directions, please follow this link: https://goo.gl/maps/poFwUmnc1NU2

The Middle East conflicts, despite media allegedly “blowing it up,” is said by many observers to be a battle of economics; of resources such as oil. But if even slight steps are made in the wrong direction military by major parties involved, more chaos can and will erupt. Many of what are considered to be “major players”, are involved in the region.

All it takes is shooting down one plane for tensions to rise.

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