SUEZ: The British Leave

Originally, the British opposed building the Suez Canal, but six years after it opened, it took the British just seven days to buy up the biggest financial share. A few years later, to safeguard their investment, they took complete military control of the canal zone, promising to get out again in six years, once things had quieted down. That was 72 years ago.

Last week, in the graceful, columned Pharaonic hall of the Egyptian Parliament, the British finally agreed, once and for all, to leave. Britain's 34-year-old Minister of State Anthony Nutting signed...

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