THE NATION: The Long Way Around

In the grey German summer of 1948 Joseph Stalin reached out to strangle helpless Berlin, and U.S. planners, although caught unawares, responded with a monument to man's ingenuity: the Berlin Air Lift. In late summer 1956 Western Europe faces a challenge that dwarfs Stalin's Berlin blockade. The great question: How, if Egypt's President Nasser closes down the Suez Canal—either by force or bungling—will Western Europe get the oil that is blood to its industry and life to its economy? The answer: a Suez Sea Lift.

As in 1948 the burden of action falls...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!