SUEZ: Angry Challenge & Response

Britain and France reacted last week to Nasser's seizure of the Suez Canal with white-lipped anger. The dictator of the Nile had laid hands on Britain's lifeline to the East, and jeopardized Britain's Middle East oil supplies; he was laying a threat to Britain's very existence. The moral outrage at Nasser's action was matched by an acute awareness of a vital interest involved. The British government sent flattops, cruisers and squadrons of jet bombers flying off to the eastern Mediterranean, and at week's end thou sands of reserves, hastily called from their...

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