IRAN: Whose Ox Is Nationalized?

In Iran's Majlis (Parliament) last week, 106 deputies got to their feet and voted to nationalize Iran's oil; not a single deputy voted no. A spectator in the galleries screamed: "Eight grams of gunpowder did this!"

He meant that the Majlis was intimidated by the assassination of Premier AH Razmara, who had opposed nationalization of oil.* That was true, but it was only part of the story that had led up to one of the worst calamities to the anti-Communist world since the Red conquest of China.

Iran's oil (6% of the world's production and Western Europe's biggest oil source) was...

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