October 19, 1951 — U.S. Editorial
On October 16, 1951, while Premier Mossadegh was in the United States, the first Pakistani Prime Minister, Liaquat Ali Khan was assassinated. The precise motive remains a mystery to this day.
The tragedy turned into an opportunity to propagandize about the Soviet menace, even though the correlation exactly didn’t apply. An editorial circulating at the time assumed the murder was Russian-inspired, though the recent deaths it cited for comparison generally had no Communist connection (Islamic fanaticism and/or political enmity were the culprits in most cases). It also attempted to equate Communism and nationalism as twin evils in the developing world, a theme gaining traction in media such as TIME magazine.
There is no verifiable author for this nakedly pro-British non-syndicated editorial, which was published in various U.S. newspapers including:
The Oil City Blizzard (Oil City, Pennsylvania) — October 19, 1951
The Janesville Daily Gazette (Janesville, Wisconsin) — Oct. 19 (title: Killing Benefits Only the Soviets)
The Owosso Argus-Press (Owosso, Michigan) — October 20, 1951
The Raleigh Register (Beckley, West Virginia) — October 21, 1951
Woes in the Near East — U.S. editorial, October 19, 1951
Terror In Iran — The Knickerbocker News, August 9, 1952
Not An Iranian Problem — The Lethbridge Herald, October 12, 1951
MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”