SUEZ: The Museum

Making the event seem as unremarkable as possible, Britain's Foreign Secretary Selwyn Lloyd announced to the House of Commons in his most toneless voice last week that "the governments of the United Arab Republic and the United Kingdom have agreed to re-establish diplomatic relations at the level of chargé d'affaires." Harried, tight-lipped Selwyn Lloyd is the last survivor in office of the luckless foursome of Eden, Lloyd, Mollet and Pineau, who together planned the ill-fated invasion of Suez in 1956.

Within 24 hours of Lloyd's declaration, which had been foreshadowed by the...