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Daemon
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Suez Canal Crisis Begins (1956)

After Britain and the US withdrew their financial pledges to help Egypt build the Aswan High Dam, Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser nationalized the Suez Canal, angering Britain and France, which had direct financial stakes in the canal. A joint invasion of Egypt ensued, but UN intervention led to an armistice in November. The canal, blocked for months due to damage, reopened in 1957. What politician involved in the aftermath is considered the father of the modern concept of "peacekeeping"? More...
NeuroticHellFem
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Such a masterful feat of engineering. You can't blame the European countries for being upset about their vast financial investment, nor the Egyptians for wanting control of their territory. The shortest land route would have to be right through the middle east!
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What a trek.
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The closure of the canal was a boon to many other countries around the tip of Africa, because many ships had to go the long way around again, bring prosperity to Southern African nations for a while.
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Father of UN Peacekeepers; Wins Nobel Peace Prize
Category: Humanitarian
Type: canadian first
Date: 1957
Record Holder: Lester B. Pearson
Tags: peacekeeping, military, nobel peace prize, pearson


In 1957, Canadian diplomat (and future Prime Minister) Lester Bowles Pearson suggested that the United Nations station a peacekeeping force in the Suez in order to ensure that the ceasefire was honored by both sides. Pearson had initially suggested that the force consist of mainly Canadian soldiers, but the Egyptians were suspicious of having a Commonwealth nation defend them against the United Kingdom and her allies. In the end, a wide variety of national forces were drawn upon to ensure national diversity. Pearson would win the Nobel Peace Prize for this work, and he is today considered a father of modern peacekeeping.

http://www.canadaka.net/achievements/27-father-of-un-peacekeepers-wins-nobel-peace-prize.html
Fredric-frank Myers
Posted: Wednesday, October 29, 2014 10:43:34 PM

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I remember that period well, as I was just leaving the Army National Guard for the US Navy, and the subject came up more often then not. What a great idea, "peacekeepers", if only it could really work, or had the power to truly enforce, "PEACE"... I keep asking myself, at the rather young age of 75, just when the fu*k are we as a world going to learn to live together.
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