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In 1956, when the US withdrew its support of Egypt's Aswan High Dam facility, Egyptian President Gamel Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez canal, a move which incensed Britain and France. The two former Middle Eastern colonial powers partnered with Israel, which attacked Egypt. This alliance quickly collapsed under the weight of overwhelming world condemnation. The US, USSR and UN were uncharacteristically in agreement on the issue; the USSR even issued veiled threats to use nuclear missiles against Paris or London. Israel was able to obtain the stationing of a UN peacekeeping force in the Sinai, U.N.E.F. (United Nations Emergency Force), to keep that border region demilitarized.
Originally posted by smallpeepsMy question is this: How does this situation fit into the conspiracy theory which says that the middle east situation is being 'managed' toward chaos?
Was this an expected part of the 'end game' from an NWO view? Why did this situation flare up and who was putting pressure on whom?
Originally posted by SpecAgentDW
Remember that Israel was officially established by the British Empire through the UN chanells. Israel used to be a colony of Great Britian (Palestine was in the hands of the Turkish Ottoman Empire during the first World War, British special forces and their Arab allies under Sir Lawrence cleared the area for the Crown) This would explain why they would support Israel, Israel was seen as a bulwark of Western Civilization in a land of recently freed natives whose behavior (at least in british eyes) was barbarous. The only reason the US supports Israel so heartily now is the fact that Israel is a convenient wall to any Arab unification and the threat of a Islamic Empire. Which the Muslims want back very badly, hence this whole mess with the War on Terror.
Egypts blocking of the Suez Canal by nationalizing it (which would have meant paying taxes for any merchant ship that went through) was quite possibly a move by the Soviet Union to draw the Western States onto an open battlefield. Remember, Egypt was a client state of the USSR.
Except it rather backfired when Israel's army (badly outnumbered) manhandled the Soviet equipped and trained Egyptian army in the Suez campaign of 56'.
I do not what soever beleive that the SU would have went nuclear over this issue, they didn't have a whole lot at stake and subsequently rebuilt the Egyptian armies and did the same for Syria and Jordan just before Israel panicked and launched the 67' Six Days war (quite possibly one of the most stunning acheivments in military history.)
The SU didn't use nukes then but they did come close during the Yom Kippur war of 73'.
As far as the Middle East beign part of a bigger NWO scheme, I think you miss out a little on the bigger picture of the Cold War.
See my thread "What really was the "Cold" War?" www.abovetopsecret.com...
Myself, dr_Strangecraft, and a few others have a pretty neat discussion over the broader issues of the Cold War.
I think the only reason the UN got po'd was because they realized just how unrealistic their mission of stopping conflict really was. You can't simply alter mankinds hunger for power and the biolgical imperative to fight anyway. Really, when has the UN ever stopped a major war?
I love shamelessly endorsing myself.
[edit on 4-2-2006 by SpecAgentDW]