A Mystifying Situation
March 2, 1953 — The Times Record
Lead editorial in The Times Record newspaper of Troy, New York — Monday evening, March 2, 1953. Their front page that day had the top headline: Tehran Mobs Stone American Homes.
TURMOIL IN IRAN
Admittedly the situation in Iran is confusing. Mobs are rioting in the streets, denouncing Premier Mossadegh and acclaiming the Shah at one moment and a little later hailing the Premier and assailing his opponents. Even the origin of the outbreaks is mystifying, for Mossadegh denies that the Shah intended to abdicate and go into exile. The proposed departure may have been for the purpose of obtaining medical care.
In such circumstances few things are clear. But it is plain that the oil-rich and poverty-stricken country is in grave danger of falling into the hands of the Soviet Union. The Communists in Iran are taking part in the rioting and their chances of gaining control are multiplied by prolonged disorders.
Another thing that stands out in the confusion is the utter selfishness of the Premier and his principal opponent of the moment, Ayatollah Kashani, Moslem religious leader and Parliament Speaker. These former allies have quarreled and now they are contending for power. The Shah is but a figurehead although he appears to be popular with the people.
Between them, Mossadegh and Kashani long ago managed to strip the Shah of command of the armed forces and impose what amounts to palace arrest. In their greed for power, the rivals are dragging their country to the brink of disaster. They are playing into the hands of the Soviets who watch the wrecking process and wait to pick up the pieces.
The Return of the Shah — The Times Record, August 24, 1953
Breakdown of Iran Oil Talks Stir Riots Against Mossy — AP, March 3, 1953
Mossadeq Wants Monarchy To Stay — The Indian Express, April 7, 1953
MOSSADEGH t-shirts — “If I sit silently, I have sinned”