Highly Explosive
The Warwick Daily News — August 1, 1952

Arash Norouzi
The Mossadegh Project | January 14, 2020                    

A deeply ironic — and inaccurate — lead and sole editorial following the 30 Tir uprising in Iran and the overthrow of King Farouk in Egypt.

The Warwick Daily News of Queensland, Australia, a newspaper plagued by plagiarism, imploded itself in 1954.

The Warwick Daily News (Queensland, Australia)

Military Coups

Events in Persia this week, following developments in Egypt last week, have culminated in a situation in the Middle East which can only be described as highly explosive. It can well be imagined that the British and American Governments are keenly alert, despite their apparent air of aloofness.

In Persia the position of the Shah has become particularly shaky. He has been forced to accept the anti-British Mossadeq as Premier and to accept the indignity of approving the banishment of a number of his family. Mossadeq, in fact, has become a dictator and the support which he is receiving from the army suggests that it will be a military dictatorship. [!]

Although the prospect of any composition with Britain over the Abadan oil refinery has virtually disappeared, Britain may not be greatly worried, as she has already commenced to exploit alternative fields.

The principal worry for both Britain and America, however, is the widespread hostility against, both nations manifested by the Persian mobs during the political crisis and by Egyptian demonstrators last week, and the fact that the “Big Three” countries of the Middle East are now controlled by army regimes, either openly as in Egypt and Syria, or covertly, as in Persia.

Together these three military dictatorships could have a considerable influence upon the Rationalistic movements of the Middle East. The Soviet is bound to be fishing for bargains in this sea of anti-British and anti-American activity.

Moreover army regimes invariably seek to build up their striking power, both for foreign aggrandisement and home consolidation, and Russia may see the opportunity to provide arms in return for political benefits.

The whole Middle East could, in fact, become violently eruptive as a result of collaboration between Soviet diplomats and the army leaders of Persia and Egypt.

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