How the 1956 Suez Operation Demonstrates the Judeo-Christian “Civilisation” Myth in Both Practice and Theory
In Egypt, during 1956, after Nasser had nationalised the Suez Canal in response to the withdrawal of a World Bank loan, he removed the canal from the management of the Suez Canal Company (whose principal proprietors were the Rothschilds, while France and Britain held significant shares) and placed it under the direct administration of Cairo. Angered by this, as well as Egypt’s support for the Algerians, France and Britain invaded Egypt using an Israeli attack against the Egyptian army as their excuse to do so.
This operation is recorded widely as having been “a disaster” for the allies. It was eventually halted “under order of the UN,”  through an intervention that was in fact led by the Americans and Russia. This was of course driven by the US not out of want for peace but because Washington favoured a more covert operation to “bring down” Egypt over a longer period of time. It was also part of a wider Judeo-Christian strategy that is worth learning from in order to properly understand the mechanics of the war on terror and the UN’s position therein.
Away from the mainstream version, the crisis was a huge military boost for Israel and the myth of zion. Under the cover of their French dalliance, as recorded by Jewish sources, the Israeli army learned for the first time that it was “capable of executing large scale military manoeuvres in addition to small night-time raids and counter-insurgency operations.” And they appeared to use it as some kind of training exercise with French backing. The Israeli army captured Gaza, Rafaḥ, and Al-ʿArīsh—taking thousands as prisoners—and occupied most of the Sinai east of the Suez Canal. The Protocols of Sevrez (signed in secret between representatives of France, Israel and the UK during 1956) formed the “war plot” against Egypt and forged an “exclusive friendship” between France and Egypt through Paris’s “nuclear gift” to Tel Aviv, which included a detonator.
Besides the attack on the town of Sharm al-Sheik, which was Israel’s final “objective” and in which they used napalm on civilians, when Britain announced that forces were to be withdrawn, Israel remained and refused to allow the UN forces to enter. Nobody said a thing. Israel then only withdrew from the Sinai in March 1957. This was a delay of some months, giving them the opportunity to utterly destroy roads, railways and telephone lines; they stole the entire fleet of trains that constituted the Egyptian National Railways; and—perhaps most significant of all—they destroyed all the homes in the Bedouin villages of Abu Ageila and El Quseima.
Yet this did not prompt a UN response to protect innocent people from being evacuated from their land and their homes, with infrastructure destroyed, despite being a violation of stated UN principles and international laws.
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General Mud and the Book of Twelve
On the contrary, there is only the startling statement from the UN which was made by the Commander of the UN Army, General Eedson Louis Millard “Tommy” Burns, a Canadian. He said of Israel’s “evacuation” of the Sinai:
“God has scorched the earth and His chosen people removed whatever stood upon it.”
In 1957, Burns met in Tel Aviv with Israeli general Moshe Dayan, commander of the IDF and ex-member of the Zionist paramilitary organisation known as the Haganah. He is also photographed with Haim Latkov, Chief of Staff of the IDF and a Russian Jew, someone who was part of the Special Night Squads of the Haganah.
So who exactly was this man that was so useful to Israel?
For the three years before his UN post, Burns—an outspoken Christian—had been part of the Department of External Affairs as a Special Staff of the Truce supervision Organisation in Palestine. Although recorded as a “professional soldier,” Burns was in fact a rather bland person, described as being “simply incapable of commanding a higher formation.” Still, Burns appears to have harboured passionate Zionist beliefs, perhaps not altogether unattached to the purposes of career advancement. In 1970, within a barely coherent memoir entitled General Mud, he invoked the spectre of the dissolution of (Judeo-Christian) “civilisation”:
“Many retired generals, since 1945, have become convinced that western civilization could be almost obliterated if there should ever be another great war. If war is obsolete for the settling of international disputes, should the injunction of Micah not be obeyed [sic]: ‘Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore’. If so, no one should teach war anymore, or contribute to teach it [sic].”
Who is Micah?
Micah—whose Hebrew name is Mikayahu meaning “Who is like Yahweh (God)?”—is “a minor prophet” reportedly recognised by Jews and Christians (his statements are echoed almost verbatim in the New Testament chapters Matthew and John, and he appears to draw on and rework parts of Isaiah). However, Micah is not mentioned in the Qur’an. Micah has been documented as one of The Twelve Prophets (among whom are also Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah and Malachi) whose verses have been bound together as The Book of Twelve.
This Book of Twelve “functions simultaneously in all Jewish and Christian versions of the Bible as a single prophetic book.” In other words, it is a new scripture. Furthermore, these prophets appear to have been canonised more formally, as part of the Judeo-Christian myth of zion. An exhaustive multi-volume analysis of the Book of Twelve is published by—quite interestingly—a US-based Catholic press. The authors record that while reproaching unjust leaders, defending the poor against the abusive and powerful elite (ironic), the verses of Micah are most importantly a “call for a world centred at zion, under the leadership of a new Davidic monarch” and that Micah “looked forward to Israel ruling over the nations.”
A closer look at the mechanics of this particular “UN intervention” is also revealing. A US Department of State announcement on December 3, 1956, makes special mention of General Burns, and then declares Washington’s support with certain aggressive provisos:
The United States welcomes this decision [referring to the withdrawal of British and French forces from the Suez Canal]. Its implementation will strengthen the capacity of the United Nations to deal with the other aspects of the Middle Eastern problems which are still unfinished business.
As the United Nations force replaces those of the United Kingdom and France, the clearance of the canal becomes imperative. Every day of delay in restoring the canal to normal use is a breach of the 1888 treaty and a wrong to the large number of nations throughout the world whose economies depend so heavily on its reliable operation.
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What Does “the Clearance of the Canal” Mean?
The impact of these removals on the Muslim Bedouin tribes during the 1950s have been documented by Noam Chomsky:
Figure 1: Israel’s role in the Sinai in 1950s
The evacuation of the Bedouin from their land is an entire subject on its own, however it may be reasonably stated that the French “invasion and withdrawal” under the cover of “protecting global markets” and the “UN intervention” and “peacekeeping operation” in the Suez region provided a useful distraction for a broader programme of uprooting, relocation and confinement of the Bedouin (many of whom were Muslims) for the sake of securing the Canal for Western business and consumption.
Today, pointedly, the Bedouin are drafted into the IDF as “trackers” (their knowledge of the desert proves useful to the occupier) and kept within locations built by Israel. Meanwhile, Tel Aviv continues a form of forced transfer into these locations under the banner of “providing homes and infrastructure” to a nomadic people with intricate tribal structures and norms. In 2015, as part of an absurdly obvious statement, the UN finally declared that this programme being carried out by Israel would “destroy their culture and livelihoods.” There is still no mention made regarding a war crime by the UN.
Moreover, it is truly outrageous and confusing for Muslims that the British-French “withdrawal” from the Suez is today portrayed as an “Egyptian victory,” with its flag waved by the so-called “anti-colonialist” social justice movements, when its greatest scar remains the uprooting of the Bedouin and their enslavement and containment by the nationalist Jewish state. It was a mere testing ground for the nurturing of a myth called zion, whose purveyors hold in their hands a contrived scripture.
In case someone seeks to challenge them with Truth and Justice, the Criterion of our Mighty and Majestic Creator, Allah says:
وَإِنَّهُ لَكِتَـبٌ عَزِيزٌ
لاَّ يَأْتِيهِ الْبَـطِلُ مِن بَيْنِ يَدَيْهِ وَلاَ مِنْ خَلْفِهِ تَنزِيلٌ مِّنْ حَكِيمٍ حَمِيدٍ
[…] For, indeed, [the Qur’an] is, most surely, an overpowering [Heavenly] Book.
No falsehood can reach it [or repeal it from any approach — neither] before it nor [ever] after it. It is [a revelation] sent down from an all-wise, all-praised [God].
(Qur’an, 41: 41-42)
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- https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2001/mar/14/past.education1 ↑
- Lucas, W.S. (1991). Divided We Stand: Britain, the US and the Suez Crisis. London: Hodder and Stoughton (now Hatchett). ↑
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suez_Crisis ↑
- https://www.britannica.com/event/Arab-Israeli-wars ↑
- Shlaim, A. (1997). The Protocol of Sevres, 1956: Anatomy of a War Plot. International Affairs, 73(3), pp.509–530. Available at: https://doi.org/10.2307/2624270 (Accessed 08.07.2022)↑
- Pinkus, B., & Tlamim, M. (2002). Atomic Power to Israel’s Rescue: French-Israeli Nuclear Cooperation, 1949–1957. Israel Studies, 7(1), 104–138. http://www.jstor.org/stable/30246784 (Accessed 07.08.2022) ↑
- Varble, D. (2003). The Suez Crisis 1956. London: Osprey. ↑
- Chomsky, N. (1983) The Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel and the Palestinians. New York: South End Press. p.194. The full book is available here: https://archive.org/details/fatefultriangleu00chom and on Google Books, for screengrabs (Accessed 08.07.2022) ↑
- Ibid ↑
- There is a brief film clip (no audio) of UN Commander “Tommy” Burns arriving in Egypt with his proteges (complete with their little Hitler moustaches) and meeting with Dayan (with the eyepatch) in 1956. Available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBUQ6jbkuaU and embedded here http://generalburns.ca/biography/ (Accessed 08.07.2022) ↑
- The Night Squads are documented to have been Jewish ‘murder gangs’ or ‘death squads.’ Israeli military historian Martin van Creveld records that their training included “how to kill without compunction, how to interrogate prisoners by shooting every tenth man to make the rest talk; and how to deter future terrorists by pushing the heads of captured ones into pools of oil and then freeing them to tell the story.” See Newsinger, J. (2016) British Counterinsurgency. London: Springer, p.6. The complete book is available here: https://books.google.co.za/books?id=H3oYDAAAQBAJ&pg=PA6&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false (Accessed 09.07.2022) ↑
- Anon (n.d.) Biography. Burns Community Organisation. Available at: http://generalburns.ca/biography/ (Accessed 08.07.2022) ↑
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/E._L._M._Burns ↑
- The book seems to be currently out of print: https://www.amazon.com/General-mud-memoirs-world-wars/dp/0772004757 ↑
- Burns, E.L.M. (1970). General Mud: Memoirs of Two World Wars. Toronto: Irwin Clarke. ↑
- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Book_of_Micah ↑
- See Sweeney, M.A.at al. (2000) ‘The Twelve Prophets: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi’. Berat Olem: Studies in Hebrew Poetry. Minnesota: Liturgical Press. Available at: https://books.google.co.za/books/about/The_Twelve_Prophets_Micah_Nahum_Habakkuk.html?id=R7HaijsNACAC&redir_esc=y (Accessed 09.07.2022) ↑
- Ibid ↑
- See Sweeney, M.A. et al. (2000) ‘The Twelve Prophets: Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk, Zephaniah, Haggai, Zechariah, Malachi’. Berat Olem: Studies in Hebrew Poetry. Minnesota: Liturgical Press. Available at: https://books.google.co.za/books/about/The_Twelve_Prophets_Micah_Nahum_Habakkuk.html?id=R7HaijsNACAC&redir_esc=y (Accessed 09.07.2022) ↑
- Archives of CVCU Accueil. Retrieved from: https://www.cvce.eu/obj/department_of_state_announcement_on_the_withdrawal_of_british_and_french_forces_december_3_1956-en-1f8f3944-cd4a-41d7-bff4-4e18cc4cdb0f.html (Accessed 08.07.2022) ↑
- Chomsky, N. (1983) The Fateful Triangle: The United States, Israel and the Palestinians. New York: South End Press. p.194. The full book is available here: https://archive.org/details/fatefultriangleu00chom (Accessed 08.07.2022) ↑
- Anon (May 2015). U.N. agencies urge Israel to halt Palestinian Bedouin relocation plans. EFE News Service, Madrid. (Paywall) Available at: https://www.proquest.com/docview/1681936677 (Accessed 09.07.2022) ↑
- Vatikiotis, P. (1978). Nasser and His Generation. London: Croom Helm. ↑
May Allah use us to give His Book the highest station it deserves in our lives and in the world around us. Ameen
The Arab countries (Egypt and Syria specially) were not prepared for war. They were newly independent countries, with secular and socialist rulers with no idea of basic economy and on top of that brutal tyrants who mistreated their population, especially practicing Muslims, the brutal dictatorships that those countries have now, originated then.