No Dough For You
July 10, 1953 — The Buffalo Courier-Express

The Mossadegh Project | October 22, 2014                     

This editorial refers not, as it states, to Dwight D. Eisenhower’s first reply to Mohammad Mossadegh, but to his last (his first cable reply was January 10th, and the last on June 29th). Nor did Eisenhower make any reference to Communists in Iran in either of his messages.

The Buffalo Courier-Express (Buffalo, New York) — Friday, July 10, 1953.

President Eisenhower’s Note
Tells Mossadegh the Score

Eisenhower’s reported first communication [last] with Iran’s Prime Minister Mohammed Mossadegh hardly seems likely to give the old gentleman grounds for rejoicing, but neither should it leave him in doubt as to the Eisenhower attitude.

In a sharp note the President is said to have told Premier Mossadegh that the United States is disturbed by the freedom allowed increased Communist activity in Iran [Ike did not say this] and that the American taxpayer could not be expected to shell out financial aid for Iran when Iran is in a position to earn plenty of money through oil revenues if only it would settle the controversy with Britain over nationalization of the industry.

President Eisenhower’s suggestion about oil makes the only sense there is in the whole issue. Oil is Iran’s chief natural resource and not to use it is against the national interest. As far as holding hands with the Communists is concerned, it is inconsistent with Dr. Mossadegh’s violent nationalism. [precisely!]

Premier Mossadegh may reject the Eisenhower note, and probably will, but he can’t say he didn’t understand it.

Divvying Up the Loot: The Iran Oil Consortium Agreement of 1954
Divvying Up the Loot: The Iran Oil Consortium Agreement of 


Related links:

Premier’s Supporters Angered By Remarks Of U.S. President | AP, August 8, 1953

Mossadegh’s Sitdown | The Philadelphia Inquirer, June 2, 1953

Iran Premier’s Supporters Rally To Bar Communists | AP, June 19, 1953

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

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