While the stores are still jammed with shoppers preparing for their "50th Anniversary of the Suez Crisis" parties, there's still time to get your hands on DVDs of The Entertainer before the big day this Friday. Maybe I'm in more of a mood than ever for the annual holiday, because I've been reading Simon Winder 's The Man Who Saved Britain, an invigorating screed about James Bond.Winder claims the Suez crisis was "based on anti-democratic lying to the entire world," followed with Great Britain's foreign policy "becoming synonymous with reckless militarism but also with pathetic weakness." This political fiasco was but one part of a failure of national self-esteem, salvaged by the rise and fame of our fictional hero 007. Who needs to go over the points of the 1956 crisis? After all, parents like to retell their children the story, during the traditional falafel and dolmas suppers. Who hasn't watched dewey-eyed kids saying, "Daddy, make that face again, like the one Prime Minister Anthony Eden made when he realized the U.S. wasn't going to back him up in invading Egypt." Not only is this holiday so much fun for the little ones, but this bit of 50 year-old historical trauma has certain relevance for those watching the political scene today. Maybe Egypt's leader Nasser was no Saddam, but they both used to be compared to Hitler, once upon a time.
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