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Europe's Wishes Came True

George257 Wrote: Jan 24, 2013 3:47 PM
After Nasser seized power in Egypt and grabbed the Suez Canal from Britain and France, those two countries sent in troops to retake their canal. (It had been built by an Anglo French company on land purchased from Egypt.) The USSR demanded that the UK and France withdraw. The USA chose to side with the Soviets and back Nasser. Perhaps they thought they could appease him. (Does that sound familiar?) A lot of good men died in Egypt. A generation of Britons and French never forgot that treachery - we expected the USSR to be an enemy, but not the USA. That is why the French sometimes seem less than enthusiastic in supporting the US. Though I do not entirely condone it, in a way I can understand it. But British support of the US in Iraq

Almost a decade ago, Europeans and many progressive Americans were lamenting how the United States was going to miss out on the 21st-century paradigm symbolized by the robust European Union. Neanderthal Americans were importing ever more oil while waging a costly "war on terror" and fighting two conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Our budget deficit in 2003 hit $374 billion.

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