Return Trip
August 2, 1952 — The Times Record

The Mossadegh Project | November 20, 2014                           

This Saturday evening writeup in The Times Record was the second of two editorials that dealt with Iran that day, the other being “Power Politics Has Its Price”.

The piece refers to erroneous news reports that, following his autumn 1951 U.S. trip, Dr. Mossadegh would be making a return visit to America. It never happened.


Against the background of the wave of anti-American sentiment that swept the country, accompanied with violence and physical attack on American military representatives, the reported intended visit of Iran’s Premier Mohammed Mossadegh to this country will be met with mixed emotions.

There is no question of the purpose of the weeping, fainting Mossadegh to Washington. He wants money to bolster the sagging finances of his near bankrupt country. What Washington’s attitude toward such a plea may be remains in question. Whether Mossadegh gets the help he seeks, however, may be expected to depend upon reasoned estimate of the realities of the situation and the long-range effect upon our own interests than upon emotions.

The realities are, of course, that this country is the only one short of Soviet Russia to which Iran can turn for the financial aid it desperately needs and must have. Fear that refusal to grant the loan requested may cause Mossadegh to turn in desperation to Moscow doubtless will dictate the result of his visit. If the aid is granted, however, it must be based upon the utmost assurances from Mossadegh that attacks upon this country and its representatives in Iran must cease. There should be some assurance also that his government will make further effort to arrive at some reasonable agreement with Britain in the long standing feud with the Anglo-Iranian oil interests.

Truman and Mossadegh’s First Messages on Iran Oil Dispute (1951)
President Truman and Premier Mossadegh's First Messages on Iran Oil Dispute (1951)


Related links:

We Asked For It. | November 16, 1951 editorial

Mossadegh Is First Problem U.N. Must Solve in Oil Crisis | Peter Edson, October 15, 1951

After Mossadegh the Deluge | The Alsop Brothers, August 13, 1952

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

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