The Whole Shebang
August 22, 1953 — The Klamath Falls Herald

The Mossadegh Project | September 15, 2021                       

The 1953 coup in Iran

A newspaper column by Frank Jenkins, the opinionated editor and publisher of The Klamath Falls Herald (Oregon) from 1942-1960.

In the Dayís News


Tehranís airport was jammed this morning with crowds of people and cheered as their young shah stepped from his private plane that had brought him back to his country after a brief exile resulting from his difficulties with Old Man Mossadegh. As he came down the steps from the planeís door, Iranian officials in top hats and striped trousers threw themselves on the ground to kiss his feet. Whereupon the people cheered more loudly and wept more happily. Tears filled the young rulerís eyes as he took in the spectacle.

Something new in the world? No. It is very, very old indeed. For countless centuries, when an old regime ends and a new one begins, the people have wept with joy, hoping that the new one would be better than the old one. Hence the cry that has resounded down through history: ďThe king is dead, LONG LIVE THE KING.Ē Off with the old and on with the new.

The future just HAS to be brighter because the past has been so bad that the future just MUST be better. Modern as we Americans are, sophisticated as we profess to be, we felt that ancient emotional upsurge on the morning after the fourth day of last November. When will the people (including us Americans) learn that good government comes to the people ONLY through the enlightened efforts of the people themselves? Good government never has come to any people BY ACCIDENT. Good government never will come to any people by accident.

Hereís another story: A special train is carrying Moroccoís new sultan this morning to Rabat. There is no joy in Morocco because of the change. Instead, the Arab population is glum and grim and quiet. Why the difference? The French are sending in the new sultan to replace a sultan who was getting too nationalistic (Morocco for Moroccans) in his ideas. The French are backing their new PUPPET sultan with strong army and police forces and have Rabat under tight military control. Itís the old story of the master cracking the whip. The children of Israel left, the land of Egypt and fared forth into the land of Canaan, facing the perils of the Red Sea en route, because they wanted to RUN THEIR OWN SHEBANG. Always people have wanted to run their own shebang.

Letís turn for a moment to France, whose general strike against the government refuses to die even though the government has offered a partial settlement in the way of a promise of higher wages. Franceís troubles arise out of an inflation that keeps prices going up faster than wages. The people want more money to enable them to keep even with the game. The new government of France is trying to hold down government costs so as to check the inflation that is causing the trouble. As long as wages could be raised every time prices went up. It wasnít too bad and nobody worried. But French prices have become so high that French goods canít be sold outside France and France isnít self-sufficient. It has to sell its goods abroad in order to live. Therein lies the rub. Eventually we all have to learn that only out of MORE PRODUCTION can we have more things that we canít divide what isnít produced. Usually we have to learn it the hard way. The French are learning it the hard way.

Itís so hard for ALL OF US to realize that a law to make everybody rich overnight wonít work. It seems like it OUGHT to work. But it wonít.


Related links:

Nothing Is Remote To Us Any More | Dothan Eagle, Aug. 24, 1953

Neglected Treasure | August 25, 1953 editorial on Iran

The Revolt In Persia | The Advertiser, August 21, 1953

MOSSADEGH t-shirts — ďIf I sit silently, I have sinnedĒ

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