Diagnosis: Heat Stroke
August 4, 1953 — U.S. Editorial

Arash Norouzi
The Mossadegh Project
| December 27, 2014      

In the vast pantheon of ludicrous anti-Mossadegh propaganda, this ‘editorial’ is a bona-fide classic.

Where It’s Really Hot was published under the masthead of newspapers across the United States—with no attribution whatsoever—between around Tuesday, August 4th and Monday, August 10th, 1953.

According to this petty, anonymously-penned scrawling, Mohammad Mossadegh, Iran’s popular, democratically elected Prime Minister, was a “self-proclaimed dictator”!

Where It’s Really Hot

Those who feel the urge, now and then, to complain about the heat should not make the mistake of doing it in the presence of a resident of Tehran, Iran, if there is one about. In Tehran things really sizzle when the air heats up.

One day recently the mercury chased all the way up to 181 degrees in the sun and 120 in the shade. The next day, when Tehran enjoyed a cool wave, it was a mere 158 degrees in the sun and 104 in the shade.

There may be a clue here as to the reason for the strange antics of one Mossadegh, self-proclaimed dictator of Iran. Mossy, it will be recalled, shut down Iran’s oil industry—which was the nation’s principal source of income—to spite his face or something. Perhaps his noggin had been exposed for too long a period to the rays of the Iranian sun.

Related links:

Iran SizzlesThe WORLD This Week, September 28, 1951

Mossadegh Is Called Secret Cookie NibblerAssociated Press, April 11, 1954

Wrong Address — July 11, 1951 editorial

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

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