THE SUEZ: The Bargainers

As the second London conference on the Suez crisis convened last week in the chandeliered conference room of London's Lancaster House, U.S. Secretary of State John Foster Dulles faced a roomful of uneasy men with varying ideas but a common interest. Their interest was to find, through diplomacy rather than war, the way to remove the Suez from the sole control of Egypt's Nasser. The immediate objective was to equip that common interest with a workable bargaining instrument fashioned from the Anglo-American plan for a canal users' association.

As first announced by Britain's Sir Anthony Eden and elaborated by Dulles, the...

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