Good In Theory

August 21, 1953 — Mason City Globe-Gazette

The Mossadegh Project | February 16, 2021                    

The 1953 coup in Iran

“North Iowa’s Daily Paper”, the Mason City Globe-Gazette (now simply known as The Globe Gazette), responded to the fall of Mossadegh two days after the 1953 coup in Iran.

Mossadegh’s Troubles

PREMIER Mossadegh’s troubles in Iran stem primarily from this fact: He offered his countrymen bread and he gave them a stone.

Nationalization of Iran’s oil resources was a wonderfully appealing idea on a theoretical basis. But it hasn’t worked out. While it’s undoubtedly true that the Iranians were not getting a fair share of the fruits of their oil production, they aren’t getting anything now.

More than that, irreparable damage has been done to Iran’s status in the world petroleum picture. Its place has been taken by neighboring lands.

It’s a hungry, down-trodden people that has risen up against Premier Mohammed Mossadegh. His brief, fretful day on the world stage seems to be at twilight.


Related links:

Mason City Globe-Gazette Editor W. Earl Hall: Mossadegh Not Loved By Iranians (1957)

Mossadegh Betrayed By Own Chicanery | The Elmira Star-Gazette, August 24, 1953

Exit, Weeping -- Mossadegh | U.S. editorial, August 20, 1953

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

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