IRAN: The Waiting Game

Clad in pajamas, lying in bed, Mohammed Mossadegh, the old man of Iran, played the waiting game. Five times in two years either Britain or the U.S. had hurried to his bedside with offers to settle the dispute over Iran's nationalization of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Co.'s billion-dollar properties. Five times he said no. Each time he left the door ajar and each time his callers returned bearing still more tempting offers. For the longer he waited in his bed, the weaker Mossadegh seemed, and the more anxious the West grew to prop...

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