The Temperamental Gentleman

October 18, 1952 — Amsterdam Evening Recorder

The Mossadegh Project | November 13, 2015                   

An editorial on Anglo-Iranian relations in The Amsterdam Evening Recorder and Daily Democrat newspaper (Amsterdam, New York).


The breaking off of diplomatic relations with another country is a serious matter at any time. It is even more grave where the severance of Iranian dealings with Great Britain is concerned.

Premier Mossadegh has unquestionably embarked upon a perilous course. Nevertheless, it should not be taken for granted that this temperamental gentleman has abandoned all hope of getting the consent of the British to the steps which he has taken to nationalize the oil resources of his country.

What we should bear in mind is that it is always possible to command the services of a neutral government, and in this instance it might very well be that the United States will be called upon to intervene with Downing Street. [A definite possibility...]

The really sore spot in any negotiations which may still be possible is the fact that Mr. Mossadegh has made no offer at all to compensate the British for their investment in Anglo-Iranian Oil Company, nor does it appear at the moment that he has any intention of doing so. Instead, it would seem that he expects the British to pay for the privilege of having their property taken over by the State. [100% false. Iran intended to compensate Britain for the nationalized oil properties]

How London can go further than it has already is not easy to see. One factor that holds out some hope of agreement through the good offices of a neutral nation is discernible in the resentment which some of Iran’s political leaders entertain toward Mossadegh. While they are prevented from showing their opposition openly by threats of mob violence, the premier must certainly be aware of its existence.

What we might do to further peace is not too clear, but it would appear that we might at least urge upon the Mossadegh government the need for a more conciliatory attitude. If this should fall, then we may well expect the worst in Iran.


Related links:

Will Mossadegh be left high and dry? | Douglas Wilkie, Oct. 21, 1952

Mossadegh Pauses | The WORLD This WEEK, Oct. 11, 1952

Appeal To Reason | Amsterdam Evening Recorder, Sept. 6, 1952

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

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