The Suez Canal Crisis and the Soviet Invasion of Hungary
An analysis of the Suez Canal crisis and the Soviet invasion of Hungary.
This paper explains how the U.S. encouraged the Soviet Union to invade Hungary and keep its troops there in order to keep the Soviets out of the Middle East during the Suez Canal crisis.
“The Suez Crisis developed from an American plan to win the support of Saudi Arabia and at the same time expose Egypt’s leader, Gamal Abdel Nasser as a Soviet pawn. The Saudis were anti-communist, but also historically anti-British, and to counter Soviet inroads in the Middle East, the US had to assure the their support. In October 1954, Secretary of State Dulles offered to sell arms to Egypt only if Nasser agreed to not buy weapons from the USSR and he publicly denounced the Soviets. Nasser spoke out against the communists, but continued to buy Soviet arms as the US had expected he would.”