NEAR EAST: Two Mohammeds

As the British Foreign Office looked benevolently on, two countries of the Middle East acquired new rulers last week. In neither case had the British officially played kingmakers, but in both cases they had done yeoman work behind the scenes. They were very well satisfied with the results.

On the Air. In his summer palace outside Teheran, tough old Reza Shah Pahlavi of Iran listened intently to his radio. In London a BBC announcer was reading a famous Persian ballad, and through the spitting of static the Shah could hear an old story:...

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