King of Beggars

August 25, 1953 — New York Daily News

The Mossadegh Project | June 1, 2022                     

An editorial in The New York Daily News newspaper following the 1953 coup in Iran.


Iranian Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi threw a press conference shortly after his triumphal return to Tehran. [Mohammad Reza Pahlavi] The most important news he had to offer was that Iran is nearly busted, because of the quaint financial policies of deposed Premier Mossadegh, and is “ready to accept help -- from anybody.”

We’re strongly opposed to U.S. Loan handouts to small, busted nations as a general thing. However, here would seem to be an opportunity for the United States to do what it could toward keeping Iran free of Russia, by coming up with a loan offer.

We said loan not handout because the collateral should be a powerful lien on a lot of Iran’s oil. If we can buy Iranian resistance to Moscow on such terms, why not do it?

The U.S.-Britain Alliance To Erase Mossadegh Was Not Inevitable
The U.S.-Britain Alliance To Erase Mossadegh Was Not Inevitable


Related links:

Iran Needs Chance To Earn Its Way | The Saratogian, Aug. 27, 1953

“Sincere Felicitations” | The Times Record, August 28, 1953

Iran According To Ed Sullivan (New York Daily News, 1951-1954)

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

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