IRAN: Land of Insecurity

In the spring of 1946, a little man named Hussein Ala, envoy from Iran, stood before the U.N. Security Council and unflinchingly insisted that the Russian army get out of his country. Sullenly, the Red army withdrew. The Communist puppet government of Azerbaijan in northern Iran collapsed. This was the first important postwar setback for Communist aggression—and the first great post-war symbol of the free world's strength. Thoughtful men, while they rejoiced, realized that the victory would be empty unless the U.S. moved rapidly to aid Iran, which was economically prostrate and politically...

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