Cause For Optimism

August 22, 1953 — The Times-Union

The Mossadegh Project | May 2, 2021                     

The 1953 coup in Iran

The Times-Union newspaper in Albany, New York published this editorial reacting to the overthrow of Prime Minister Mossadegh in Iran.

Coup in Iran

The one cause for Western optimism in the Royalist coup in Iran is that the Tudeh (Communist) Party will be set back severely enough to make it useless as a political instrument in the greedy Soviet pressure for Iranian oil.

If the pro-Shah government, headed by Maj. Gen. Fazollah Zahedi, can consolidate itself and win secure control of the country, that seems about as much as the West can hope for—and no more. [sic—Fazlollah Zahedi]

Certainly our own inept statesmanship, which has blundered itself into the position of being considered a stooge of the British by the people of Iran, can derive little personal satisfaction from the bloody coup that swept tough, old Premier Mossadegh out of power.

It is true that Dr. Mossadegh had been showing an alarming tolerance of late of the Tudeh Party, accepting its support as a necessary expediency for ruling—but the question remains: Was he pushed into that position by Western blundering of months ago, or did he enter it voluntarily?

The British have no reason for elation. The new Premier Zahedi is about as violently anti-British as he is anti-Communist. And the fanatical Moslem leader, Ayatollah Kashani, who appears to have given Zahedi powerful support in the coup, is bitterly anti-British.

It will be days, perhaps weeks, before the present turmoil is resolved one way or the other, So the only cautious hope so far is that the power of the Tudeh Party will be broken.


Related links:

The Bully’s Role | The San Francisco Examiner, August 12, 1953

Iran Coup Vindicates Tough U.S. Policy | Edgar Ansel Mowrer, August 26, 1953

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

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