9 June 2004
EDEN, Anthony (1897-1977), English politician. One autograph letter signed and six typed letters signed, TO LORD WILLIAM BEAVERBROOK, 27 August 1957 to 11 July 1961. Together 13 pages, 4tos and 8vos, personal stationery.
THE SUEZ CRISIS, THE BAY OF PIGS AND OTHER PROBLEMS WITH THE AMERICANS: "THEIR TROUBLES AND OURS, ARE ONLY BEGINNING....
Bitter feelings lingered in the mind of Sir Anthony Eden long after the Anglo-American clash over the 1956 Suez crisis and his own forced resignation as Prime Minister. This fine group of letters to Lord Beaverbrook reveal how suspicious he was of America's Middle East policies. June 1957: "The Americans when I was there seemed to think that having moved the Sixth Fleet and Jordan having quieted for the moment, all was well. In fact, of course, their troubles and ours, are only beginning. The Kremlin will not take that set-back lying down and Nasser will do as he is told." Two months later he is still complaining about the Americans: "I do not see how we can agree a common policy with them as long as backing sand is their basic Arabian policy. To try to lure Nasser away from the Russians...will not work; it is likely to make him only more attractive to Moscow. He will come our way if he has to, & if he can, which is highly doubtful."
In April 1961 Eden remarks on the American fiasco at the Bay of Pigs, and it again recalls Suez: "My own fear is that the Americans have launched their partisans in insufficient numbers and with insufficient power. They may be faced with a choice of backing them with American forces or letting them fail. As they have only eighty miles of sea to cover and not a thousand, as we had at Suez from Malta, they ought not to have under-estimated the job they have to do, and Kennedy ought to know that exiles are always optimistic. Maybe the Americans have calculated better than appears on the surface." He adds, "I pray so." On July 11, 1961 he thanks Beaverbrook for good wishes "about my migration to the House of Lords," then rounds into his Egyptian nemesis one more time: "Nasser has an unerring nose for the cash and is out for a share of Kuwait by some smooth trickery. H.M.G. will have to get up very early if they are to fend him off."
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