Columnist Gwynne Dyer Claims Israel Struck Iranian Terror Targets “For No Apparent Reason”

April 14, 2024

When children make mistakes, they are taught to apologize and learn to do better.

But that lesson, it seems, has been lost on some supposedly serious political commentators, who keep making the same mistakes.

Gwynne Dyer, the London-based syndicated columnist, has repeatedly spread half-truths and falsehoods targeting Israel in his opinion columns, and in his latest April 10 column entitled: “Why Israel is risking a bigger war,” he continues his descent into the moral abyss.

Dyer took issue with a recent Israeli air strike on a building adjacent to the Iranian embassy in Damascus, Syria, which killed a number of high-ranking Iranian military officials, condemning it as a “major escalation in the decades-long confrontation between Israel and Iran, for no apparent reason.”

Dyer claimed the strike was only made by Israel to help Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s political fortunes, and whether by malice or ignorance, wholly failed to point out the specific targets of Israel’s strike.

Among the small number of people killed was Mohammad Reza Zahedi, an Iranian general and a senior commander for the al-Quds Force, the foreign intelligence and paramilitary wing belonging to the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC).

Zahedi helped oversee the Iranian regime’s extensive terrorist proxy groups, including Hamas, and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ).

Iran’s most powerful proxy targeting Israel is Hezbollah, based in Lebanon. Hezbollah possesses an estimated 150,000 rockets, including precision-guided missiles, and is widely considered to be the most formidable direct threat to Israel. Hezbollah, like Hamas and PIJ, is a fundamentalist Islamic terrorist group dedicated to Israel’s destruction.

It should be apparent to any casual observer, particularly a supposedly serious commentator, that the Iranian regime’s active funding, training and arming of Islamic terrorist groups on Israel’s borders presents a clear and present danger to the Jewish State, but that obvious point remains lost on Dyer.

Hamas’ massacre on October 7 in southern Israel was not only a gruesome and genocidal crime against humanity, but represented a clear and deliberate escalation on the part of Iran, Hamas’ primary patron, but to Dyer, it is Israel which is the culprit.

In his column, Dyer even embellished the supposed civilian death toll in Gaza, even beyond Hamas’ claims.

Dyer made reference to the “appalling death toll of Palestinian civilians (now 33,000 plus an estimated 10,000 more buried under the rubble),” misrepresenting that even Hamas, which is the sole source of the 33,000 death toll figure, does not claim that every single person killed is a civilian. Dyer, undeterred by factual accuracy or even basic logic, makes this claim anyway and ignores how Israel says that it killed close to 14,000 Hamas terrorists.

Despite these fatal flaws, Dyer’s column was published in The Peterborough Examiner, The Hill Times, The Hamilton Spectator, The Waterloo Record, The Orangeville Citizen, St. Catharines Standard, Whitehorse Daily Star, The Telegram, and the Chronicle Herald.

Dyer’s column does not meet even the most fundamental journalistic standards of integrity or accuracy, failing to even pretend to tell readers about Iran’s nefarious efforts throughout the Middle East, or even about the target of Israel’s strike in Damascus, and his repeating fake Palestinian death toll numbers, whether as a result of ignorance or intentional malice, nevertheless reflect sub-par journalism.

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