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Post 7. 1956 Suez Crisis

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July 22, 2020

Suez Canal 1954

A chronology of U.S. policy in the Middle East would be incomplete without the Suez Crisis, the 1956 invasion of Egypt by Britain, France and Israel after Egypt’s Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal. 

King Farouk (1950)

In 1952, Nasser and other nationalistic…


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Post 8. Israeli-Arab Wars of 1967 and 1973

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July 22, 2020

Featured Image: For a Perfect Holiday – Visit Egypt

Following the partition of Palestine and the establishment of Israel in 1948, and Israel’s subsequent invasion of the Sinai eight years later during the 1956 Suez Crisis, only a most tenuous ceasefire had existed between Israel and its Arab neighbors….


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Post 8A. 1967 Six-Day War: Israel’s Assault on the U.S.S. Liberty

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July 22, 2020

On June 8, 1967, five days after the start of the Six-Day War, and just hours before Israel launched its offensive to take Syria’s Golan Heights, the U.S.S. Liberty, a U.S. Navy “technical research” vessel, i.e., an NSA (National Security Administration) “electronic spook ship,” was stationed in international waters about…


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Post 9. 1953 – 1979. The Shah and Iranian Revolution

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July 22, 2020

Street scene Tehran 1977

After restoring the monarchy in 1953, the Shah, to his credit, continued the progressive reforms started by Mossadegh. As part of his White Revolution, the Shah broke up large estates and gave land to small farmers, started a school meal program for poor children, built new…


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Post 10. Iraq: 1963 CIA Coup and the Genesis of Saddam Hussein

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July 22, 2020

Iraq, from the Arabic “araqa,” meaning “deeply rooted, well-watered,” did not come into being until the end of World War I, courtesy of Sykes – Picot, which created the British Mandate of Mesopotamia. But truth be told, Iraq should not even be a country, and…

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