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Daemon
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The Suez Canal Opens (1869)

One of the world's most heavily used shipping lanes, the Suez Canal extends 101 miles (163 km) from Port Said to the Gulf of Suez and connects the Red Sea with the Mediterranean Sea, allowing ships to sail directly between the Mediterranean and the Indian Ocean. After its completion in 1869, its ownership remained in French and British hands until Egypt nationalized it in 1956, setting off an international crisis, during which it was closed. What caused the next closure of the canal? More...
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What caused the next closure of the canal? The Arab-Israeli wars of 1967 and 1973:

After the Yom Kippur War the United States initiated Operation Nimbus Moon. The amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima was sent to the Canal, carrying twelve RH-53D minesweeping helicopters of HM-12. These partly cleared the Suez Canal between May and December 1974. She was relieved by the LST USS Barnstable County (LST1197). The British Royal Navy initiated Operation Rheostat and Task Group 65.2 provided the Minehunters HMS Maxton, HMS Bossington and HMS Wilton, and HMS Abdiel, a practice minelayer/MCMV support ship that spent two periods of 6 months in 1974 and in 1975 based at Ismailia. When the Canal Clearance Operations were completed, the Suez Canal and its lakes were considered 99% clear of mines. The Canal was then reopened by Egyptian President Anwar Sadat aboard an Egyptian destroyer which led the first convoy Northbound to Port Said in 1975.

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So for thousands of years, under various reigns, there have been smaller canals between the Nile & the Red Sea? Interesting.
'Suez' always makes me think of 'sewers'. It's just the phonics, but once you get it in your head, it's hard to get it out again. Eh?


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militarily an strategic area
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I dunno. Mummies? Ra clogged the toilet?

Make every post as if it was the first one in the thread.
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Though it was a major accomplishment it did also cause strife within the region. This strife raises questions; should accomplishments throughout the world be offered free to all who desire to benefit from it, without exception??
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fredric said, Though it was a major accomplishment it did also cause strife within the region. This strife raises questions; should accomplishments throughout the world be offered free to all who desire to benefit from it, without exception??

Free access sounds great but who finances the construction of the canals or other projects? Return on investment drives the world economy. Even a street vendor wants to make a profit on the money he has invested in his business.
Right or wrong, profit it is a world wide driving force.












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