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August 24, 1953 — The Dothan Eagle

The Mossadegh Project | September 8, 2021                  

The 1953 coup in Iran

The Dothan Eagle in Dothan, Alabama reacted to the fall of Mossadegh five days after the 1953 coup in Iran.

Nothing Is Remote To Us Any More

Half a century ago, or even less, the exiling of a chief of state in a French protectorate would have attracted only a few paragraphs in the papers. About the same amount of space would have been devoted to the overthrow of the government in Iran, Persia in those days. The world was a big place. There was always something going in the remote areas. But who cared what went on so far away?

As the world has shrunk, times have changed. The French government’s exiling of an anti-french sultan and his replacement by one who is pro-French has Morocco in a turmoil. Bordering countries are threatening to get in the dispute and take it to the United Nations. There we would be involved.

The overthrow of the Shah of Iran by Premier Mossadegh and then Mossadegh’s overthrow by a faction loyal to the Shah followed by the Shah’s return constitute a series of rapid and dramatic events that are tremendously important.

Who runs Iran and thus controls this oil-rich nation of the Middle-East determines events not just in Iran but on a global scale. Russia wants the oil of Iran. We and our allies would also like to have it or, at least, keep it from going to Russia. So long as there is instability in Iran there will be uncertainty as to Russia’s ability to make war. And there will be no peace.


Related links:

Mossadegh Upset | Albuquerque Journal, August 21, 1953

Iran At Crossroads | Detroit Free Press, August 27, 1953

The Persian Enigma | The Advertiser, August 17, 1953

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

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