April 16, 1951 — The Montgomery Advertiser

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An editorial in The Montgomery Advertiser newspaper (Montgomery, Alabama).

Between Two Fires From Iran

It is reported that the worst locust swarms in 80 years are destroying crops in the southeastern part of the country and threatening to sweep northward, devouring everything in their path.

A correspondent reports that a crisis of serious proportions looms unless timely outside aid in food grants is made available. The Iranian government has appealed urgently to the United States. That sounds bad, but Iran ought to be able to get help.

The locust plague comes, in a sense, at an opportune time, when Iran is being courted by both sides in the great world controversy. At the same time that the locusts are threatening to sweep north, there is danger that the communists may drive south; it will doubtless be put up to us that we must save them from the locusts in order to head off the Muscovites.

The trouble is, Iran is so graft-ridden that investment in an anti-locust campaign is likely to be mutilated beyond recognition before it filters through the hands of the local politicians. But you can’t blame a nation beset simultaneously by communists and locusts from making the most of a bad situation.

The U.S.-Britain Alliance To Erase Mossadegh Was Not Inevitable
The U.S.-Britain Alliance To Erase Mossadegh Was Not Inevitable


Related links:

Do We Face War In Iran? | The Arizona Republic, May 16, 1951

On the Other Foot | The Nashville Tennessean, May 16, 1951

Unwanted Peace | The Herald and Review, July 18, 1951

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