Sunday, August 31, 2008

Back to those Straits of Tiran...

So, again we come back to the 1967 war. The question that begs to be asked is...who really wanted war? Nasser or Israel? Even if we assume that Nasser had defacto closed the Straits (as I showed, they were defacto open to shipping even after he announced their closure), was he willing to compromise? Was Israel? 

After the "closure" of the straits, UNEF'S U.Thant was immediately received expressed approval from Nasser for a new diplomatic initiative, including the appointing of a new UN mediator to avert the crisis, as well as a two week moratorium on any belligerent acts in the Straits. Egypt approved, while Israel categorically rejected. Moreover, Nasser was willing to put the Straits issue up to the World Court, again, Israel rejected.  Indeed, just two days after Israel launched its war on Egypt, Nasser's VP was scheduled to have a meeting at the White House for further diplomatic discussions. As of Egyptian troop concentrations in the Sinia, we need only quote Menachem Begin:

"“The Egyptian army concentrations in the Sinai approaches do not prove that Nasser was really about to attack us. We must be honest with ourselves. We decided to attack him.”

Wow. 

2 comments:

Brad said...

This blog goes against so much documented, indisputable history that it actually makes me nauseous. What do you think you are accomplishing by spreading lies like these?

Alex Colvin said...

Cherry-picking documentation in order to present a one-sided narrative is disingenuous and serves no useful purpose.