IRAN: Our Shah or Death!

With weeping fits, fainting spells, petulant threats to resign, and swift strokes of summary statesmanship, Iran's Premier Mossadegh for nearly two turbulent years had manipulated all before him—the Parliament, the popular will, and the earnest but weak Shah. Last week, the young (33) Shah of Shahs spilled some tears himself, and it was fanatical old Mohammed Mossadegh who had to gasp for breath and fight for his political life.

Mossadegh had apparently decided to bring his growing differences with Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlevi to a head. The Premier was convinced (with reason) that one center of resistance to his rule lay...

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