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October 26, 1951 — The Herald and Review

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A classic Cold War editorial in The Herald and Review newspaper of Decatur, Illinois. It also ran the next day in The Southern Illinoisan of Carbondale, Illinois.


It would seem paradoxical that nationalism, the devotion to the interests and glory of one’s own country, should have come to be an attitude condoned and in some cases encouraged by Communist agents. Yet the histories of the several disputes between the West and the East indicate that most of the nationalists surges are being aided and abetted by Red sympathizers.

Egypt and Iran lead the list of nations currently clamoring for release from foreign influence. Political and military uprisings there are being copied in several of the North African Arab states, including Morocco, Libya, Cyrenaica, Algeria and Tripolania.

The peoples of these states have scented complete independence and find the air fresh and promising. India, which broke with Great Britain in 1947, apparently supplied an example for the nationalistic trends present among peoples from Singapore through Southeast Asia, the Middle East and North Africa to the Western Mediterranean.

This is an arc of danger that is being expanded in every possible way by the Reds. They are as rabid as the most devout nationalists, and with good reason. They incite these peoples of throw off the shackles of “foreign” influence, which normally means assistance from Western nations, in order that they may become fair game for Communist propaganda.

The current wave of nationalism is playing into the hands of the Communists, who undoubtedly are laying plans to exert another type of “foreign” influence upon these small countries, once they are freed of Western influence.

If these peoples find Western influence oppressive, they have much to learn. Has anyone ever thought of publishing a history book with loose leaves?

Truman and Mossadegh’s First Messages on Iran Oil Dispute (1951)
President Truman and Premier Mossadegh's First Messages on Iran Oil Dispute (1951)


Related links:

Public Confidence | The Herald and Review, October 26, 1951

Intent On Evicting West, Iran Virtually Asks Russia In | The Buffalo Courier-Express (1952)

What Will Happen In Persia | The Advocate, May 1, 1951

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

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