Suicidal Game
September 1, 1952 — The News

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This was the lead editorial in The News of Adelaide, Australia, a newspaper owned by Rupert Murdoch’s father, journalist Keith Murdoch. Rupert took over as publisher after Keith died in October 1952.

Australian media archive

The News (Adelaide, Australia)

Mad juggler of Persia

DESPITE the warnings of history, Dr. Mossadeq persists in enlarging the dangerous political and economic vacuum he has created in Persia.

It may be only days or weeks before his wanton recklessness causes an explosion to rock the whole Middle East and plunge the free world into another major crisis.

Britain and the US are prepared to make big concessions in an attempt to settle the oil nationalisation dispute. Despite the personal backing of President Truman and Mr. Churchill, the Anglo-American approach has been coldly snubbed. [Harry Truman and UK Prime Minister Winston Churchill]

Persia is reported to be disappointed over the amount of economic aid—£10 million—offered by the US. This form of international blackmail is typical of Dr. Mossadeq’s attitude.

Ever since Persia kicked out the British, she has been gambling on American private interests moving in to operate her nationalised oil industry; a gamble thwarted so far by strong US Government pressure on American oil companies.

How long can Dr. Mossadeq continue to play his suicidal game? Time is not on his side. The Tudeh (Communist) Party and a Nazi-patterned National Socialist group are competing for power. [SUMKA]

If one or the other steps into the Persian vacuum, Dr. Mossadeq will lose more than he has been trying to gain from Britain and the US.

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


Related links:

On the Road to Chaos | The News (Adelaide), October 23, 1952

Dealing With Dr. Mossadeq | The Advertiser, September 17, 1952

Grim Turn In Oil Dispute | The Daily Examiner, September 2, 1952

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

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