Invitation to a ‘Murder’
May 25, 1951 — U.S. Editorial

The Mossadegh Project | May 23, 2013                    

This non-syndicated editorial on Iran ran in the editorial section of newspapers across the country in May-June 1951.


Only a greatly inflamed nationalism could lead Iran to refuse any consideration whatsoever to legitimate British concern over the future of the seized Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.

Iranian leaders obviously are operating under tremendous public pressures. It’s proper to say, in fact, that they are openly fearful of making the slightest concession to the British viewpoint. All offers of discussion and consultation have been turned down with bitter temper.

But though this be accepted as more or less inevitable in the present mood of the Iranian people, it seemed an unnecessarily harsh gesture to propose that British experts come in and assist the Iranian government in nationalizing the company.

Something like murdering a man’s good friend and then inviting him to preside over the dismemberment of the body.

Newspapers who ran this editorial under their masthead included:

The Daily Times (New Philadelphia, Ohio), May 25, 1951
The Biloxi Daily Herald (Biloxi, Mississippi), May 26, 1951
The Logansport Press (Logansport, Indiana), May 27, 1951
The Monroe News-Star (Monroe, Louisiana), May 28, 1951
The Times-News (Twin Falls, Idaho), May 28, 1951
The Daily Globe (Ironwood, Michigan), May 28, 1951
The Sandusky Register (Sandusky, Ohio), May 28, 1951
The Centralia Evening Sentinel (Centralia, Illinois), May 28, 1951
The Courier News (Blytheville, Arkansas), May 29, 1951
The Victoria Advocate (Victoria, Texas), May 30, 1951 (title: Insult on Injury)
The La Grande Observer (La Grande, Oregon), May 31, 1951
The Longview News-Journal (Longview, Texas), May 31, 1951
The Shamokin News-Dispatch (Shamokin, Pennsylvania), May 31, 1951 (title: Insult on Injury)
The Chippewa Herald-Telegram (Chippewa Falls), June 1, 1951 (title: Here Is Insult To Injury)
The Cumberland Evening Times (Cumberland, Maryland), June 4, 1951 (title: Insult To Injury)
The Marshall News Messenger (Marshall, Texas), June 7, 1951 (title: Iranian Attitude Delayed Negotiations)
The Lead Daily Call (Lead, South Dakota), June 15, 1951 (title: Insult To Injury)
The Deadwood Pioneer-Times (Deadwood, South Dakota), June 15, 1951 (title: Insult To Injury)


Related links:

Iran: Enemies of the People | The Morning News, April 18, 1951

Iranian Oil Important | The Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, April 14, 1953

Persia’s Oil Grab Will Hurt Us — Her, Too | Aubrey Thomas, May 3, 1951

MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”

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