Guns N’ Apples
October 17, 1952 — The Buffalo Courier-Express

The Mossadegh Project | December 9, 2020                    

The Buffalo Courier-Express reacts to Iran’s severance of relations with Britain.

Premier Mossadegh Is Nothing
If Not Consistent

When it comes to upsetting the apple cart—his own or somebody else’s—Premier Mossadegh of Iran is a model of consistency. He has the art of upsetting down to a science.

He started it when he nationalized Iran’s oil industry and drove out of the country the only people who knew how to make profitable use of Iran’s chief national resource, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Co.

That upset the Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. apple cart, but it also upset Iran’s. No oil, no revenue. Iran is virtually broke.

Dr. Mossadegh continued his planned-confusion tactics when he rejected all British and American attempts to compromise the oil dispute and salvage something for both sides. He made matters worse by demanding an exorbitant price from Britain as a prerequisite to further negotiations.

And now, despite protestations of friendship for the British people, he has given the door to possible settlement an emphatic slam by severing diplomatic relations between Iran and Britain.

If Dr. Mossadegh had embarked on a deliberate program to bankrupt his country, he hardly could have done a better job. Nobody can say he isn’t sticking to his guns. He’s looking right down the muzzles.

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Related links:

Resumption of Relations With Britain | Christopher Gandy (Oct. 13, 1953)

U.S. Interest In Persia | The Cairns Post, July 19, 1951

Mr. Harriman’s Mission | Buffalo Courier-Express, July 16, 1951

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