The Suez Canal’s history has been forged over a century by multiple entities and people. Its past has been marked by colossal stumbling blocks.
60 years ago, Britain and the US believed they were on the same page when it came to Suez. How wrong they were.
British prime minister Anthony Eden justified attacking Egypt as necessary to restrain the country’s ‘dangerous’ leader. We still hear similar things before every Western intervention.
It was 1956 – and for Britain, things would never be the same again.
There are striking parallels between Eden’s handling of Suez and Blair’s march into the Iraq War.
Cameron has followed in Eden’s footsteps, but in the 1950s the leadership race was a different ballgame.