Kid Gloves

October 26, 1951 — U.S. Editorial

Arash Norouzi

The Mossadegh Project | August 10, 2014                    

Is this the mildest editorial about Mossadegh ever? Usually he was slapped around in the newspapers, but here he is handled with kid gloves—a true anomaly. The only question is, who wrote it? The Frederick News-Post (Maryland) ran it on October 26th, while The Owosso Argus-Press (Michigan) used it on October 30th. Perhaps they weren’t the only ones.

It’s Not What You Own

Mere possession of wealth is not enough, the main point is its utilization.

Since coming to this country to plead his country’s case before the United Nations, Premier Mossadegh of Iran has seen how we develop our wealth, and has enunciated the philosophy that it’s not what you have but what you do with it that counts.

He was talking to a group of students from his native land, studying in our colleges. [Columbia University] He pointed to our great wealth in oil and the development of our industry to appeal to them to acquire knowledge of our techniques so they could return home and run the oil industry in Iran.

Until Iran learns, through its youth, how to operate its oil industry, it will have to depend on foreign technicians. Where these technicians come from will influence the flow of oil, whether to the Western democracies which have had a monopoly of it, or to the Soviets, who hungrily covet it. We can only hope that Mossadegh’s stay in this country, including a visit to the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, will influence his final decision to the democracies.


Related links:

British Press Reactions To Iran Oil Settlement — August 9, 1954

Oil Pact Insults Iran, Mossadegh Says In Jail | AP, September 9, 1954

Iran’s Nose | April 20, 1954 editorial

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

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