The Guardian's new documents on Suez Crisis

The Guardian is running a series of articles on the 1956 Suez war, revealing some new evidence on the Israeli-French-British plot to get rid of Nasser and how written accounts were destroyed or hidden to enable Britain to keep up the pretense that the war had not been coordinated with the Israelis:

For Keith Kyle, doyen of Suez historians, the abiding conclusion is this: "It was not ... that the Sèvres meeting was held in secret (that was an accepted device of diplomacy), nor that it was with the Israelis (in 1956 a popular cause in many quarters in Britain and especially with the official opposition), nor even that the policy that it inaugurated was unsuccessful. The case against the proceedings ... has always been twofold: that the British presence was the essential ingredient in the launching of an aggressive war, and that it was the subject of a major misrepresentation to the British public of what British troops were being called upon to do."
Sounds familiar...

Issandr El Amrani

Issandr El Amrani is a Cairo-based writer and consultant. His reporting and commentary on the Middle East and North Africa has appeared in The Economist, London Review of Books, Financial Times, The National, The Guardian, Time and other publications. He also publishes one of the longest-running blog in the region,