After Suez: Adrift in the American Century by Martin Woollacott

By Martin Woollacott

Fifty years after Antony Eden's fateful determination to tackle the Egyptian President, Gamal Abdel Nasser, veteran mother or father journalist Martin Woollacott brings to existence the arguments, personalities and occasions surrounding the main issue, and follows its disastrous legacy. He attracts on 4 a long time of international affairs reporting to teach the way it replaced the center East, and the realm. greater than anything Suez uncovered with brutal readability that Britain can't pursue any coverage on the earth with out the help of the United States. Woollacott's richly attention-grabbing e-book indicates either how Suez resulted in the place we're this day, and the way parlously Blair and Bush have didn't examine its classes.

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Agreement on such a programme was reached before the Suez crisis. This was a major alliance, which would probably have led to war between Israel and Egypt even if Nasser had not seized the Canal. Britain was thus in a sense the most hapless of the three war makers. It had no deep-laid plans for war against Egypt and indeed had thought it more likely that it might have to take military action against Israel in the event of an Israeli attack on Jordan. Towards war From July to October there was a slow slide towards war.

British and French troops went to Egypt to meet a threat, not to establish a 50 AF TER SUEZ democracy. Half a century later, freedom and threat were brought more firmly under the same roof by the president. Without freedom, there would always be a threat. With freedom, threats simply could not arise. The first actual results of their democratic new start were disappointing to the United States.

The problem was referred to the UN Security Council. All these attempts at finding a solution foundered because the British and French would only accept a formula which took control of the Canal out of Nasser’s hands, and Nasser would only accept one under which he retained it. Neither side was interested in obscuring the issue of control in the various ways suggested. There was one moment, after talks in New York in early October between the British, French and Egyptian foreign ministers, when agreement might have been reached, but it slipped away.

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