What A Tool!
The Mercury — August 12, 1953

The Mossadegh Project | August 29, 2017                          

The Mercury newspaper in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia published this anti-Mossadegh editorial exactly one week before he was overthrown.

Australian media archive


THE Allies must be seriously concerned about developments in Persia, where Dr. Mossadeq, in close association with the Communists, is securing for himself dictatorial power.

Dr. Mossadeq has just completed a farcical referendum, rigged even more brazenly than those of Hitler and Stalin. Its purpose is to dissolve the Lower House of Parliament, which refused to grant him unlimited authority. Such as it is, Parliament is the last barrier to dictatorship; Dr. Mossadeq can now prepare to rule by decree.

The illegal Communist Party [Tudeh] helped Dr. Mossadeq with his referendum scheme, and he still relies on its support. He seems certain to become a Communist tool.

It cannot be a coincidence that the Russians have, suddenly switched their policy and agreed to a joint commission to settle long standing grievances between Russia and Persia. At the same time the Moscow Radio and Press have begun a tirade against Anglo-American “imperialists” interfering in Persia’s domestic affairs and inciting revolt.

President Eisenhower’s recent refusal to give Persia more aid until she settles the oil dispute may have been prompted by the growing influence of Communism. If America is convinced that aid has served its political purpose she would be foolish to continue bolstering up a country when it seems at the point of falling under Russian domination.

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Related links:

Mossadeq Still In Saddle | The Mercury, March 4, 1953

Iran Is Headed Toward Disaster | United Press, Aug. 11, 1952

Iran’s “Election” | The Times Record, August 5, 1953

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