By Col Connaughton
Through contemplating the operational elements occupied with all kinds of intervention, and via reading a few of the old precedents for those operations, Richard Connaughton offers a well timed interpretation of overseas affairs.
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When START has run its course into the middle of the next decade, Anglo-French holdings, compared with the superpowers, will rise significantly. When these figures are extrapo-lated into what is possible in the Third World, particularly the Middle East, it serves to shake cosy self-congratulations based upon the accumulating East21 INSTABILITY IN THE THIRD WORLD West disarmament accords. 32 For the selfsame Americans, Soviets and Europeans as well as the Chinese this is a case of déjà vu. There is considerable irony in the fact that the top five arms exporters to the Third World are the five permanent members of the Security Council (see Table 3).
Fitz is the last person I want consulted,’ Eden retorted. ‘The lawyers are always against us doing anything. For God’s sake keep them out of it. ’51 A secret meeting at Sèvres on 22 and 24 October 1956 was attended by representatives of the British, French and Israeli governments. Those attending the meeting contrived to ‘set Egypt up’ so as to lend legality to the proposed intervention. It was agreed by the three parties to give Egypt (and Israel) what proved to be for the former an impossible ultimatum—to cease hostilities and withdraw ten miles from the canal.
Stability was maintained through the balance of power providing equilibrium within the international organization. The recent changes in international relations, most notably the ending of the Cold War, have served to make it possible for these paradigms, thus far regarded as being quite separate, to merge. This is a fundamental premiss of this work, namely that the post-Cold War international system contains enough incendiary material for the future conflagrations to make collective security a vital necessity.