LIFE magazine — August 11, 1952
A prescription for U.S. involvement in the Middle East, this little-known LIFE magazine editorial would present a far more reasonable approach than the cynical, unsympathetic tone taken in TIME’s 1951 Man of the Year article, "Challenge of the East" from earlier in the year.
Taking partial responsibility for developments in the region, LIFE acknowledged the ill effects of U.S. support for despised tyrants friendly to Western interests, and recognized the historical parallels between the American revolution and the Arab world’s struggle with colonial powers.
The piece would represent an unusual detour for LIFE, whose ordinarily harsh, derisive depiction of Premier Mossadegh would closely mirror that of its sister publication, TIME, also published by staunch Republican Henry Luce.
Omitted here is an opening section discussing the impact of television on the political process and the apathy of the American voter. Commented LIFE, “Once our citizenry starts following politics as it follows baseball what a country we’ll have.”
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