Thursday, May 22, 2008

The Road to Total War (Part 1)

Gwynne Dyer’s excellent 1983 National Film Board documentary on warfare. Although the geopolitical framework in which the film is set appears somewhat dated now, it’s still a thought-provoking reflection on the nature of war and the still-existent, quite real possibility of nuclear annihilation.

A little background on Dyer for those who may be unfamiliar with him. Born in Newfoundland, he received degrees from Canadian, American and British universities, finishing with a Ph.D. in Military and Middle Eastern History from the University of London. He served in three navies and held academic appointments at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and Oxford University before launching his twice-weekly column on international affairs, which is published by over 175 papers in some 45 countries.

Because of his sometimes critical views about Israel, Dyer has been officially banned by the “pro free-speech” CanWest Global media group who refuse to carry his column.