Sunday, September 23, 2012
Looking Back to the Suez Crisis
I've been thinking lately about the Suez Crisis of 1956, because that was one time when the United States did not feel it necessary to back Israel. President Barack Obama doesn't feel that Israel should get unconditional US backing for a shot at Iran. That seems like a change in US policy, but that policy has been sliding more and more toward Israel for several decades now.
I was looking for material on the subject and found this BBC documentary from 2004, which is excellent. It evokes the sense of that time. It focuses on Britain, rather than Israel, and it is from the viewpoint of the recent invasion of Iraq, to which there are a number of parallels. Some of those parallels are still fresh.
Worth watching all the way through.