Suez Canal nationalized

Posted by Helen Friday, July 28, 2006

It is a little unfortunate that Tory Historian was so busy on other matters as to miss one of the crucial dates for this country and the Conservative Party in the twentieth century.

Thursday saw the fiftieth anniversary of President Gamal Nasser’s nationalization of the Suez Canal. This act, in itself not unexpected, triggered off what turned eventually into a political crisis in Britain and made it clear to all the participants that the war-time alliance between Britain, France and the United States was no longer active.

It also led to the resignation of the Prime Minister, Anthony Eden.

We hope to see serious discussion on this blog in the next couple of months about the events that led up to the attempted invasion of the Canal by Britain, France and Israel and what the significance of those events might be. But, in the meantime, we could not pass the anniversary of the event that began it all, unmarked.

3 comments

  1. Eisenhower supposedly said that how he handled Suez was the one thing he regretted in his presidency. I cannot remember where I saw that.

     
  2. That comment does get quoted but with no reference. May be true, may be not.

     
  3. Don't know about the Eisenhower quotation, but wasn't it Churchill who said: "I wouldn't have dared, but if I had, I wouldn't have dared stop" about the Anglo-French operation?

     
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