Editor, The Times:
I happen to be quite a fan of Gwynne Dyer. His War series and book of same name were a groundbreaking introduction to this complex and sometimes contradictory man.
Not that long ago my daughter took me to a talk in Vancouver by Gwynne Dyer. It was really refreshing to hear Dyer’s somewhat different take on world events.
However, I’m too old (too wise?) or simply too cynical to let anyone be my guru. Like Keith McNeill, I sometimes have to scratch my head at the seemingly two opposite ideas that emanate from Gwynne Dyer’s mind.
Like those who aggrandize the late great Winston Churchill, they miss the fact that this truly great man made some very great mistakes. For instance, if the Battle of Britain had been fought as Churchill wanted, the British would have lost it for sure.
However, by all means run Gwynne Dyer’s columns. One does not have to agree with everything he says for there to be a benefit in listening to this brilliant if controversial man and his view of the world.
After all isn’t that what free speech is all about?
P.S. Barbara Amiel did her best to have Gwynne Dyer’s column banned from her then press baron, Conrad Black’s, papers. That should tell you something right there.