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SS 20 Chapter 6 Part H

Peacekeeping and the Suez Canal
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Dawn Kissel

on 22 March 2011

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Transcript of SS 20 Chapter 6 Part H

Watch the following 10 minute clip Peacekeeping and the Suez Canal The privately owned canal, links the Red and Mediterranean seas, was built in the 19th century. 1956: owned by British and French Company! British and French? That seems odd. Why British and French? Isn't the canal in Egypt? The canal meant that goods (insert word "OIL" here) could move between Asia and Europe more quickly and cheaply (no going around Africa). Ships paid fees to use canal and money went to company stakeholders. A canal run by a British and French company, running through Egypt, with all of the money going to the company stakeholders could have any problems with it right? 1956: Egyptian government seized the canal. The government believed it was in Egypt's national interest for the Egyptian people, not the company's shareholders, to benefit from the canal. Nationalistic or ultranationalist action by the Egyptian government? In response, Israeli, British, and French forces invaded the canal zone. The Soviet Union supported Egypt and threatened to attack Britain and France. WW3??? What does this have to do with peacekeeping? Or Canada? Lester B Pearson (minister of external affairs) proposed UN forces be used as an emergency peace keeping mission while diplomats negotiate a resolution to the crisis. Hostile countries withdrew and a peaceful solution was found. Peacekeepers still keep peace as well as help countries in crisis transition into democratic forms of government. Lasting global peace is in Canada's national interests. This is why we are involved in peacekeeping.
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