After Suez: Adrift in the American Century by Martin Woollacott PDF

By Martin Woollacott

ISBN-10: 1429462647

ISBN-13: 9781429462648

ISBN-10: 1845111761

ISBN-13: 9781845111762

Fifty years after Antony Eden's fateful selection to tackle the Egyptian President, Gamal Abdel Nasser, veteran parent journalist Martin Woollacott brings to existence the arguments, personalities and occasions surrounding the situation, and follows its disastrous legacy. He attracts on 4 many years of overseas affairs reporting to teach the way it replaced the center East, and the area. greater than anything Suez uncovered with brutal readability that Britain can't pursue any coverage on this planet with no the aid of the USA. Woollacott's richly interesting ebook exhibits either how Suez ended in the place we're this day, and the way parlously Blair and Bush have did not study its classes.

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Yet, on 6 November 1956, the moment of which Trollope had written had arrived. A few words spoken in London no longer settled the fate of millions across the globe. Rather, they had sealed the fate of England. 3 T WO FAC E S O F F R EEDOM For years we British have felt we had a civilising mission to improve the Arabs and teach them the ways of British democracy. Now they have shown they want nothing to do with it. Richard Crossman 1 T he Labour politician Richard Crossman, who had managed at the time of Suez to be somehow both pro-Israeli and proNasser, came soon afterwards to believe that the Arab world should be left to stew in its own undemocratic juices.

After an international conference in London the Australian prime minister, Robert Menzies, led an unsuccessful mission to Cairo. The Americans had earlier come up with the idea that a Canal Users Association might be the way forward, and a second London E N G L A N D ’ S FA L L 41 conference was organized. 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.

Montgomery had already noted that the Egyptians had ‘displayed no sense of gratitude nor … any intention of meeting us halfway’, following Britain’s announcement that it was ready to renegotiate its defence arrangements with Egypt. Now he found that ‘The King didn’t seem interested in all this; he kept saying that what Egypt was suffering from was forty years of British misrule! ’ 25 Later British envoys to Egypt were more emollient than Montgomery, and Britain did in 1954 secure a settlement which in theory would have allowed British troops to return to base areas along the Canal in time of general war.

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