Justice Is Swerved
December 26, 1953 — The Buffalo Courier-Express

The Mossadegh Project | October 21, 2014                   

Following an editorial endorsing Vice President Richard Nixon’s views on combating Communism, The Buffalo Courier-Express produced this highly judgemental verdict.

Three-Year Term Gives
World a Rest from Mossadegh

There’s something to be said for the three year sentence imposed upon Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh after his conviction on charges of treason, even if the former Prime Minister of Iran doesn’t think so.

“Now I know what justice is,” the old man remarked scornfully as the court decision was announced.

We doubt that he does. Three years is certainly a light penalty for treason. It was given him because of his age and because the Shah he was accused of trying to overthrow urged leniency, although the court said the sentence should have been death.

Did Mossadegh expect a reward for bringing his country to the brink of financial ruin through his virtual nullification of the country’s greatest natural resource by nationalizing the oil industry and forcing the British to withdraw, shutting down the world’s largest oil refinery?

One thing the world can be thankful for—three years of solitary confinement will put a welcome crimp in the flow of Dr. Mossadegh’s erratic oratory and provide general benefits by giving Iran a chance to recover from the effects of his disastrous policies.

Divvying Up the Loot: The Iran Oil Consortium Agreement of 1954
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Related links:

Mossadegh Will Live | The Times Record, December 26, 1953

Dr. Mossadegh’s ‘Fast unto Death’ Turns into Feast | Buffalo Courier-Express, April 13, 1954

Mossadegh Admits He Sent Anti-Shah Notes To Army | UPI, Nov. 29, 1953

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