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An introduction to the history of the suez crisis of 1956

  • The most critical change occurred in Egypt, where in 1952 a cabal of young army officers backed by the Muslim Brotherhood forced the dissolute King Farouk into exile;
  • Moreover, Nasser had never stopped proclaiming his desire to destroy Israel;
  • They did not appreciate this kind of neo-colonial gunboat diplomacy at all, and exercised enormous financial pressure on the United Kingdom through the United Nations — so much so that the Anglo-French force had to withdraw despite its military success;
  • That is why France, keen to maintain at least the appearance of being a superpower, decided to acquire a nuclear strike force.