Make a Wish

May 15, 1953 — The Singleton Argus

The Mossadegh Project | November 14, 2017                   

This was the sad, sole editorial in The Singleton Argus newspaper of Sydney, Australia.

ē Australian media archive

Twisting the Lionís tail

Every member of the British Commonwealth of Nations is perturbed and amazed at the arrogance of Egyptís ultimatum to Britain over the Suez Canal, and Britainís indecisiveness in handling the threat.

Weakened though she was by the strain of World War II, patriots of the Empire would not accept the opinion, sneeringly expressed in some foreign countries, that Britain was done for, and had degenerated into a fourth-class power.

But even the staunch patriots find their heads bending in shame when they see the proud lionís tail being twisted by such insignificant countries as the Argentine, [sic] Persia and Egypt.

Too many instances have occurred, in recent years, of Britons being subjected to indignities and ridicule by political upstarts, who openly laugh at Britainís mild and apologetic protests, couched in terms of international niceties and excessive politeness.

A little more of the bulldog aggressiveness in protecting her rights and people would restore our confidence in Britainís leadership, and show the Neguibs, the Mossadeqs and the Perons that the lionís backbone has not been replaced by a wishbone. [Gen. Muhammad Naguib in Egypt, Premier Mohammad Mossadegh in Iran and Juan Peron in Argentina]


Related links:

Britain Humiliated | The Advocate, October 5, 1951

Fruits Of Folly In Iran | Miami Daily News, December 7, 1951

Great Britainís ĎLoss of Faceí In Iran Could Inspire African MoveThe Courier, Oct. 13, 1951

MOSSADEGH t-shirts — ďIf I sit silently, I have sinnedĒ

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