A Failure of Imagination

August 24, 1953 — The Times Record

The Mossadegh Project | February 6, 2013                  

The 1953 coup in Iran

Editorial in The Times Record newspaper of Troy, NY — Monday evening, August 24, 1953.

Although they weren’t sure what was happening, they were certain that Mossadegh was a tyrant, with the Communists, had no support in Iran and the people were demanding his death...


One doesn’t know how to interpret the return of the Shah to Iran. Of course it is a betterment. Mossadegh was planning a tyranny. He was playing with the Tudeh group, which are Communists. Whatever he did after he took over the entire control of the country was contrary to its interests.

But what about the counter-revolution? Some think it was engineered by the British in the hope of settling their oil controversy. The Shah is pro-British. Some imagine that this involves civil war. A few insist that monarchy is doomed anyway and it is a pity to have the Shah back.

We note, however, the enthusiasm with which he was received. We cannot believe he is unpopular or that the Mossadegh autocracy had the support of the people. The Shah comes back with plaudits, with little opposing rancor, with a nationwide demand for the execution of Mossadegh as a traitor. Let us see what the next move will be on the Persian chess-board.

SAFER AT HOME: U.S. Implores Shah To Stay In Iran (Feb. 1953)
SAFER AT HOME: U.S. Implores Shah To Stay In Iran (Feb. 1953)

Search MohammadMossadegh.com

Related links:

New Regime in Iran Beats Reds To Draw By Narrowest of Margins | UPI, Aug. 25, 1953

The Fate of Mossadegh | The Brooklyn Eagle, August 21, 1953

Iran—No Change | The New Republic, August 31, 1953

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

Facebook  Twitter  YouTube  Tumblr   Instagram