A Rush To Judgement
May 28, 1951 — The Buffalo Courier-Express

The Mossadegh Project | September 9, 2015                     

Dr. Mossadegh was only one month into his premiership when The Buffalo Courier-Express published this glib lead editorial. Based on some reports which appear to have derived from Britain, the editors thought they had a pretty good sense of where things were headed. Yet Iran’s nationalization fervor would erupt further, not diminish, in the months to come.


It is just possible that some of the tenseness is seeping out of the situation involving the governments of Iran, Britain and, to a certain extent, the United States over nationalization of Iranian oil resources.

One Iranian newspaper has called attention to the fact that the much-maligned Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. hasn’t been entirely an evil influence, that actually it has done much to benefit the people of Iran through improvements in health, education and other matters.

Another paper, [Tulu] which strongly has supported Premier Mohammed Mossadegh, now apparently has turned against him and his insistence that Iran must take over the British-controlled oil company to prevent a third world war. It said the premier is spending his time in “a theatrical display far removed from reality.” [They are quoting the British press’ paraphrased description, not directly from the source]

And a premier who bursts into tears at a press conference might be regarded as likely eventually to forfeit public confidence.

There is no doubt about the existence of a dispute between Iran and Britain, nor is there any doubt about the seriousness of its implications. But indications of differences of opinion in Iranians themselves may be taken as a sign that at least there is an outside chance that the American counsel of amicable negotiations in search of an equitable settlement may bear fruit and that Iran at least may lend an attentive ear to the British demand that the Court of International Justice at the Hague order submission of the oil dispute to arbitration.

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Related links:

Adding Insult To Injury | U.S. editorial, May 26, 1951

Danger Signals In Iran | The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 1, 1951

Harriman Mission Stirs Hope In Iran Oil Crisis | The Brooklyn Eagle, July 12, 1951

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