They Can’t Get Laid
November 20, 1951 — U.S. Editorial

The Mossadegh Project | May 24, 2021                      

A non-syndicated editorial on Iran published in various American newspapers.

Money For Iran

Now that the government of Iran has succeeded in disposing of the goose which laid golden eggs at regular intervals, namely the British oil concession, the ever-generous United States is expected to take care of Iran’s treasury difficulties. When the flow of oil from Iranian refineries was cut off, the government lost more than $5,000,000 a month of revenue. Consequently Iran now needs money, and has asked for $120,000,000 to tide it over. [Iran asked for an $120 million loan]

Observers of the Iranian crisis have noted that Premier Mohammed Mossadegh frequently adds tears to the eloquence of his oratory. In the case of the money, there might be no question about the genuineness of the tears. Mossadegh came to power in the midst of the confusion following the assassination of his predecessor, promising to seize the oil properties and make all Iranians rich. [Premier Ali Razmara, killed March 7, 1951] Instead Iran is broke. He may have been telling the truth when he said that unless there is some money in the treasury soon “no one can be sure of the outcome.” But he probably has a pretty good idea that one outcome will be the end of his rule.

Newspapers that published this editorial included:

The Newark Advocate (Newark, Ohio) — November 20, 1951
The Cohoes American (Cohoes, New York) — November 21, 1951
The Terre Haute Tribune (Terre Haute, Indiana) — November 22, 1951
The Daily Republican-Register (Mount Carmel, Illinois) — November 26, 1951


Related links:

We Asked For It | November 16, 1951 editorial

Self Help | The Somerset Daily American, November 26, 1951

Waiting Game In Iran | The Knickerbocker News, November 28, 1951

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