SUEZ: To Teach a Lesson

From all parts of the globe this week, foreign ministers of the world's major maritime powers converged on London. They were answering a summons from Britain, France and the U.S. to seek ways and means of countering Egypt's seizure of the Suez Canal. But many among the 22 powers were plainly sympathetic to Egypt. As for Egypt's dictator, Gamal Abdel Nasser, he refused to come at all.

Under such circumstances, what were the chances of stopping Nasser, or of teaching him a lesson?

The will was still there—in Britain, France and (as long as the method chosen was peaceful) in...

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