By Martin Woollacott
Fifty years after Antony Eden's fateful choice to tackle the Egyptian President, Gamal Abdel Nasser, veteran mum or dad journalist Martin Woollacott brings to lifestyles the arguments, personalities and occasions surrounding the difficulty, and follows its disastrous legacy. He attracts on 4 a long time 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 the planet with no the help of the USA. Woollacott's richly interesting publication indicates either how Suez ended in the place we're at the present time, and the way parlously Blair and Bush have did not study its classes.
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The Americans displayed here the same readiness to bargain with other people’s property that they had shown during the Abadan crisis in Iran. But there is no doubt that they were right. A British and French military attack on Egypt would almost certainly fail, not militarily but politically. All this would be further compounded if Israel joined in any assault on Egypt. Yet that was a distinct possibility, in spite of the poor relations between Britain and Israel, because of the growing influence of a formidable trio in the latter country who believed in the need for a war against Egypt, both to preempt an Egyptian attack and to gain territory.
10 France’s position E N G L A N D ’ S FA L L 25 in Syria and Lebanon had declined, and in North Africa she was fighting and, by the end of that period, beginning to lose a war to keep Algeria. The Soviet Union’s presence was still very limited. As for the Americans, the Sixth Fleet was just coming into existence, and although American influence was growing in Greece, Turkey and Iran and had long been established in Saudi Arabia, it was Britain which, with its military bases, its grand embassies, its longestablished expatriate communities of businessmen, soldiers, diplomats, writers and scholars, set the tone which Wilson so disliked.
Because of the Second World War, the life of the Middle East and the life of Britain interpenetrated much more than they had done before it. When the Suez crisis came, it broke on a nation which ‘knew’ the Middle East, not only the Middle East of classical education and of the Oriental studies which Eden himself had pursued at Oxford, but the Middle East of the war years, through military service in almost every corner of the region. ’ (sleep) and their scraps of army Arabic – ‘maalish’ (It doesn’t matter), ‘bints’ (girls) and ‘take a shufti’ (look) – had its origin in the skewed relationship between British soldiers and the Arab workers, fixers, pedlars and pimps who serviced them during the war years and afterwards on garrison duty in peacetime.
After Suez: Adrift in the American Century by Martin Woollacott