IRAN: The Rhythm Recurs

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Whenever the Lion is in trouble the Bear takes a poke at Iran. Thirty-five years ago, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Sazonov made a formula of it: "The English, engaged in the pursuit of political aims of vital importance in Europe, may, in case of necessity, be prepared to sacrifice certain interests in Asia. . . . This is circumstance which we can, of course, exploit for ourselves, as, for instance, in Persian affair

The formula was in full application last week. Britain no longer aggressively expanding her empire could scarcely count on...

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