Foolish Wisdom
November 28, 1951 — The Brooklyn Eagle

The Mossadegh Project | April 24, 2014                    

Another typically cynical editorial in The Brooklyn Eagle (aka The Brooklyn Daily Eagle).

Mossadegh the Politician

Premier Mohammed Mossadegh would display greater sincerity and courage but less political acumen if he deferred the Iran elections to the more distant future. He has scheduled them for next week, a shrewd bit of timing that makes certain a vindication of his policies at the polls.

Premier Mossadegh returns empty-handed from his long stay in the United States and is given a hero’s welcome. Notwithstanding his country’s deepening economic crisis, he has been able to capitalize upon the current fever of nationalism and to present himself in the popular role as his country’s savior from British imperialism.

As matters stand he has nothing to offer his impoverished countrymen but more stringent austerity and the grim prospect of eventual economic disaster.

Wisely, under the rather frightening circumstances, Premier Mossadegh will hold his election without delay, before his country begins to reap the whirlwind of its government’s futility and folly.

70th Anniversary of TIME’s Man of the Year Article


Related links:

Collapse of Oil Industry in Iran Brings Misery Despite Mossadegh | Brooklyn Eagle, 11-11-51

Mossadegh Fights For Oil in Name of Iranian Poor | US News & World Report, July 6, 1951

Mossadegh Is Bad Medicine | The Ogden Standard-Examiner, August 3, 1952

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

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