IRAN: After Three Years

In the midst of the Middle East furore over Nasser, another veteran twister of the British lion's tail was heard from.

Mohammed Mossadegh, as weird and wondrous a character as ever stole a headline, was swept into office as Iran's Premier in 1951 on a promise to nationalize the sprawling British-owned Anglo-Iranian Oil Co. He accomplished his purpose in a dervishlike vortex of tantrums, sulks, fainting spells, mopes and well-publicized weeping that made even readers of Lil Abner forget Daisy Mae. In doing so, he brought his country to bankruptcy. At one point in his frenzied career, Mossy succeeded in...

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