The Suez Crisis/Sinai Conflict Of 1956

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Third party countries played a major role in the Suez Crisis/Sinai Conflict of 1956. In order to understand the impact made by third parties, one must first understand the history of the Suez Canal, the rise of power of Nasser, and the complete Suez Crisis/Sinai Conflict itself.
The Suez Canal opened on November 17, 1869. This canal is an important waterway that connects the Red Sea to the Mediterranean Sea. It allows for lesser distances to deliver goods to other parts of the world. Without this waterway, ships would have to travel copious amounts of miles to deliver their cargo.
In 1854, an agreement between France, Britain, and Egypt lead to the building of the Suez Canal. In 1856, a construction plan was drawn and the Suez Canal Company
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Upon the announcement of President Nasser’s nationalization of the Suez Canal, the British and the French were extremely angry. They had owned, controlled, and managed the canal since 1869. President Nasser had offered an extremely generous sum of money for the Suez Canal Company. Nasser’s goal was for the European countries to take this offer so that their political influence would no longer resonate in his country. This offer did not matter to the British and the …show more content…
The United States was a third party country. The United States was involved because Great Britain and France were two of its allies. They were also concerned because of the involvement of the U.S.S.R. The United States did not want war. We see this in the proposal by Secretary of State Dulles, when he proposed SCUA. This gave all three parties, Great Britain, France, and Egypt, equal say in Suez Canal matters. It also gave added security by adding 15 other maritime nations. There was a policing element. When all three countries turned the proposal down and invaded Egypt, this caused the United States an even greater problem. Its allies were wrong. The Eisenhower Administration had to reprimand their allies and turn down their support because of their allies’ actions. The United States’ involvement in the Suez Crisis shortened the duration of this conflict. They made their allies accept a cease-fire. The war was averted with very few casualties because the United States would not support the military

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