[lit-ideas] Re: Victor Hanson in Iraq

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 10:43:52 -0500

Omar: ... whenever an Arab
state had ambitions to become 'the core state,' it
quickly found itself at war with either the US or
Israel. This happened to Egypt when it had pan-Arabist
ambitions under Nasser, and to Iraq in 1990.

Eric: C'mon, Omar, you're an intelligent guy and know more history than that.
Nasser played the Soviets against the Americans and vice versa. Curiously, it 
was this American-Soviet game in the Suez crisis in 1956 that prevented 
Britain, France, and Israel from staging an all-out war with Egypt.

The British and French militaries, you may recall, initiated a successful 
occupation of the Suez Canal area. After the Soviets threatened to support 
Egypt, the United States PREVENTED Britain, France, and Israel from maintaining 
their hold on the Suez Canal.

Further, you may note, almost a decade BEFORE the 1967 war, the Gaza Strip was 
a staging ground for terrorist attacks on Israel.

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