Foreign News: The Challenger

Hardly had Prime Minister Winston Churchill zoomed back from Moscow to announce that the question of Poland and the Balkans would vex Anglo-Russian relations no more, than those relations suffered a new wrench.* This time it came in Iran—traditionally a prospective Russian Lebensraum, traditionally a very tender spot with Britons. For Iran lies like a massive wedge between British India and British-controlled Iraq. It is also the source of much of Britain's Near Eastern oil.

Oil was the immediate cause of the trouble. Iran's Premier Mohamed Said Maraghei was being briskly boiled in oil last week, and even the U.S. had been...

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