In 1967, British Prime Minister Harold Wilson gave up on the remnants of Pax Britannica. His Labour Government pulled British forces from Malaysia, Singapore, Yemen, Dubai, Qatar, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, and other Persian Gulf emirates. Denis Healey, the Defense Secretary, explained, "I don't very much like the idea of being a sort of white slaver for the Arab sheikhs." He did not wish for the indebted nation and its armed forces "to become mercenaries for people who would like to have a few British troops around." That truculent retreat handed responsibility for security in the Gulf and the Strait of Malacca to the United States.
Apr-3-2016, 21:35:04 GMT