Good Omen
January 11, 1952 — The Advocate

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An editorial on Iran and Egypt in The Advocate, a newspaper serving Northwestern and Western Tasmania, Australia.

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The Advocate (Northwestern and Western Tasmania, Australia)


ANGLO-AMERICAN accord in the Middle East should be a good omen. It may open the eyes of the Persian and Egyptian Governments to the folly of the policies they are pursuing. It is suggested that the proposal for an International Bank loan may prove attractive to Persia. It would give the Government power to acquire the Abadan works and exploit the oilfields under Persian authority. Britain does not object to nationalisation, but to expropriation.

In Egypt the Nahas Pasha Government should be made to pause when it realises that it will have not only the power of Britain, but that of the U.S., to face in its demand for full control of the Canal zone. Surely there must be many in Cairo who realise the Government is throwing away the substance to grasp at the shadow. However, the strength of the new ferment of nationalism in Egypt, as in so many countries in the Middle East and beyond, should not be underestimated.

It may be possible to make some compromise as regards the Sudan. For instance, the sovereignty of Egypt in the region might be recognised, provided a period were allowed for a change from the condominium by which, in theory, the control is shared by Britain and Egypt.

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


Related links:

In Step On Middle East | The Advertiser, March 12, 1953

A Little, But Not Enough | Goulburn Evening Post, April 1, 1952

Persian Tribes Revolt | The Barrier Miner, February 15, 1952

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