Brits planned to cut off Nile in 1956

Freshly released from Her British Majesty’s National Archives:

Military officials believed they could harm agriculture and cut communications by reducing the flow of water, newly-released documents show.

The plan was outlined to Prime Minister Anthony Eden six weeks before British and French forces invaded Egypt.

But it was abandoned because of fears it would trigger a violent backlash.

Under the plan, Britain would have used a dam in Uganda to reduce water levels in the White Nile by seven-eighths.

But planners realised that the scheme would take months to work, and could also harm other states such as Kenya and Uganda.

One British official noted that the plan, while unworkable, could still be useful.

“It might be possible to spread the word among the more illiterate Egyptians that ‘unless Nasser climbs down, Britain will cut off the Nile’,” Cabinet official John Hunt was revealed to have said.

So basically their idea was, hey, maybe if we start a famine in Egypt it will bring down Nasser. Real classy.

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  1. Thats practically what the EU also did when Hamas won the elections in Palestine. The idea was to cut off the aid to the Palestinian people, they starve and this will bring down Hammas.

    Ofcourse cutting off the Nile is even more rediculous than cutting off the financial aid but its still the same thing and also The EU claims to be the role model of democracy nowadays but still controlling how people should vote in other areas of the world!!

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