This King Business

April 10, 1953 — The Elmira Star-Gazette

The Mossadegh Project | November 30, 2014                   

An editorial on No’he Esfand in The Elmira Star-Gazette.

The Elmira, New York newspaper was a consolidation, as of July 1, 1907, of The Elmira Evening-Star (1888), The Elmira Gazette (1828), The Elmira Free Press (1878), and The Elmira Evening News (1894).

New Peril in Persia

IN OBSERVING the world scene, Americans usually are not unhappy to see a monarchy succumb—as have so many in the last half-century. We believe it was Will Rogers who remarked, “This king business ain’t what it used to be.”

When a monarch is replaced by a republic, generally we approve. In some cases of gross corruption and ineptitude, as with Farouk in Egypt, we are not unsympathetic toward a dictator who deposes a king.

But where the trend is away from decency and conscientious regard for the people’s welfare—where the monarch has striven for national welfare and is in danger from a demagogue—then the labels become meaningless. A transition away from monarchy at this time in Iran, for example, bodes ill for everyone, particularly the Persian people.

Premier Mossadegh, as of now, has contrived by terroristic tactics to subdue all opposition save that of Shah Riza Pahlevi. [Mohammad Reza Pahlavi] And his current goal is to reduce the shah to a figurehead.

Should he succeed, the future of that chaotic, unhappy land will become increasingly doubtful.

70th Anniversary of TIME’s 1951 Man of the Year


Related links:

Iran Army True To Shah | Jamestown Post-Journal, April 15, 1953

Iran and U.S. | The Elmira Star-Gazette, August 28, 1953

Setting For A Light Opera | The Times Record, March 5, 1953

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

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