The Wall Street Journal — August 21, 1953
In 1953, Iran’s government, neither Communist nor a Soviet satellite, was democratic, popular with its citizenry and oppressed no one. Yet the Wall Street Journal newspaper clearly didn’t want its readers to know that. Their August 21st post-coup editorial fabricates the tale of a fictitious “dictator” with Communist ties finally getting his comeuppance in a popular “counter-revolution” by a fed up populace—a vindication, they would have us believe, for Commie-haters everywhere.
It is well known now, of course, that Mohammad Mossadegh fell from power due to a military coup which had been conceived and implemented by the United States and Britain. Indeed, Mossadegh certainly had his fair share of opportunistic domestic adversaries—those that opposed him included royalists, army generals, Islamic terrorists, and, inconveniently...Communists.
A U.S. intelligence estimate 10 months prior to the coup found that the Communist Tudeh party believed its aims would be best met through Ayatollah Kashani, not Mossadegh. This editorial sharply contradicts the American government’s own assessment of Tudeh intentions.
The editorial is particularly chilling retrospectively, as the world witnesses the delusional, murderous behavior of actual Middle Eastern dictators in their final throes of power. In a matter of mere weeks, Tunisia, Egypt, Bahrain, and Libya underwent genuine mass uprisings in their streets, in addition to major anti-government protests in Algeria, Yemen, Jordan and Iran. Had the true “lessons fro Iran” been understood, perhaps these trends would have progressed a lot sooner •
AUDIO: 1953 U.S. Army Radio Drama Portrays Mossadegh As Chief Foe of Communists
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