The Suez Crisis (beta)
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British cartoonists, drawn not only to it's strategic military importance but also to the symbol capital a canal as a site of passage and divide, had a long-standing obsession with the Suez Canal.
Although justification for conflict were reiterated by the British Government, cartoonists quickly turned their attentions to questions of the damage done to international stability and Britain's position on the world stage.
Although Carl Giles made a typically jovial and comic play upon the national mood following the ceasation of hostilities 6 November 1956, most cartoonists (reflecting the sentiments of their newspaper editorials) savagely condemned the week long military conflict and in particular the financial difficulties it had placed Britain into.
Cartoonists continued to reference the crisis long after the it's denouement. Nonetheless the symbol of the canal retained it's stark, compositional simplicity, reminding readers of the fragility of international pacts and the ease with which division could be established.