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August 21, 1953 — The Daily Courier

The Mossadegh Project | May 17, 2021                           

Lead editorial in The Daily Courier newspaper of Connellsville, Pennsylvania, two days after the overthrow of Premier Mossadegh.

Coup D’ Etat in Iran

News dispatches from Iran stating that Premier Mohammed Mossadegh had been overthrown and that Foreign Minister Hussein Fatemi had been “cut to pieces” by infuriated mobs in Tehran, show the unpredictability of the downtrodden masses in that sector of Asia. [Hossein Fatemi was actually in hiding and had not been attacked]

Last year crowds assembled in the capital of that country to denounce the United States for germ warfare in Korea. The baseless charge against America, instigated by the Tudeh (Communist) party, was thought by some observers to be an attempt to embarrass the ruler of that country whose friendship for the West was common knowledge. But events proved that they were wrong in their analysis.

Latest reports indicate that the bloody violence that characterized the coup d’ etat was a spontaneous reaction in the rank and file of the populace as mark of affection for their shah who was forced to flee the country several days ago. [Britain and America played a major role in the events behind the scenes. After the initial failure of the coup, the Shah chose to fly to Iraq.]

Students of the situation may now be in a dilemma. Does the reinstatement of the power of Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi indicate an early settlement of the Iranian oil dispute with England? [Mohammad Reza Pahlavi]

If the proponents of Western policy have gained ascendancy, this could be interpreted as another sign in the apparent trend against the Soviet Union. This trend has been gaining momentum in Eastern Europe since the death of Stalin. [Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin]


Related links:

Coup In Iran | The Times-Union (Albany, New York), August 22, 1953

Chronic Crisis | The Muncie Evening Press, April 16, 1953

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

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

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