Monday, October 30, 2006

Suez again

I had no intention on posting on this, but there's a garbled account on the BBC (when isn't there?).

Eisenhower himself years later admitted that not supporting Eden over Suez had been his greatest foreign policy mistake...
Even as late as in November 2004, after David T Johnson of the US Embassy in London had said that America had historically been prepared "to stand by your nation, through thick and thin", a letter appeared in The Times consisting of only one word: "Suez?"
The revisionist view holds that Eden was absolutely right to resist the unilateral and practical confiscation of Britain's greatest single overseas asset, that had been bought in hard currency by Benjamin Disraeli in 1875.
I think we can date a lot of our problems from this moment. France's departure from NATO, British anti-Americanism, Israel's current peril and
...Over-hasty decolonisation, which brought vicious civil wars and dictatorships to much of Africa over the next three decades, ...

...There was nothing inevitable about Muslim fundamentalist and Arab nationalist victories in places like Iran, Iraq and Libya in the 1960s and 1970s.
So maybe we should blame many of our current troubles on Eisenhower's misplaced anti-Imperialism. But then again, who cares? It's too late to fix it. There's no use crying over spilt milk. Least said, soonest mended. Water under the bridge.

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