IRAN: Two Steps Forward

Mohammed Mossadegh, just about the last man standing between his country and the Reds, last week tried to take his country two steps away from Communism. The first was a little step. The unpredictable Premier called in British Charge d'Affaires George Middleton to discuss once more the possibility of a settlement with the British. Then, while Mossadegh waited for London's response (certain to be hedged with suspicious reservations), he decreed one of the most far-reaching rural reforms ever proclaimed by any government. It was more thoroughly spelled out than Egypt's (see above)—if less certain to be carried out.

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