Invitation to a ‘Murder’
May 26, 1951 — U.S. Editorial

The Mossadegh Project          

This non-syndicated piece ran in the editorial section of newspapers across the country between around Saturday, May 26 and Saturday, June 16, 1951.


Only a greatly inflamed nationalism could lead Iran to refuse any consideration whatsoever to legitimate British concern over the future of the seized Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.

Iranian leaders obviously are operating under tremendous public pressures. It's proper to say, in fact, that they are openly fearful of making the slightest concession to the British viewpoint. All offers of discussion and consultation have been turned down with bitter temper.

But though this be accepted as more or less inevitable in the present mood of the Iranian people, it seemed an unnecessarily harsh gesture to propose that British experts come in and assist the Iranian government in nationalizing the company.

Something like murdering a man's good friend and then inviting him to preside over the dismemberment of the body.

Related links:

"Scared To Death" — Inside Washington August 27, 1951

"Iranian Oil Important" — The Lockport Union-Sun & Journal, April 14, 1953

"Glycerine — Or Just Oil?" — U.S. Editorial, November 3, 1951

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

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