By James F. Goode

This examine provides an research of US-Iranian kinfolk within the 20th century, with specific consciousness to the trouble over nationalization of British oil pursuits at midcentury. As such, it specializes in the occupation of Muhammad Musaddiq, who struggled in the course of these years to loose his state from international effect, and whose reminiscence endured to hang-out bilateral family with the us as much as the Iranian revolution. all through, it examines Anglo-American perspectives of Iranians (and through implication of different non-Westerners) which affected - and nonetheless impact - the behavior of foreign relations.

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He had difficulty with permanent officials whom he considered snobs. ' At an Empire Day rally Eden announced ominously that 'the outcome of these Persian events is bound to have repurcussions throughout the whole Middle East, and indeed beyond. ' 8 Aside from problems within the government, Labour had to deal with the AIOC board chaired by Sir William Fraser, who with his associates adopted an inflexible position vis-a-vis the oil question. The Treasury and the Ministry of Fuel and Power usually supported them.

Brewster argued that the United States was 'footing the bill' in Iran by lending London $300 000 000 to make up for its oil losses. Others claimed that Washington had supported British colonialism and exploitation too long. Representative Jacob Javits (R-NY) called for immediate aid to Iran and Senator Dennis Chavez (D-NM) likened Musaddiq to Benjamin Franklin, seeking aid in France during the American Revolution. The attacks compounded the difficulty of maintaining amicable AngloAmerican relations.

The American oil expert, Levy, instructed officials on salient features of international oil. In talks with Kazim Hasibi, Musaddiq's oil adviser, and Undersecretary of Finance Allahyar Salih, the Americans discovered that political factors weighed as heavily as economic ones. Harriman accused Hasibi of ignorance about the oil business and of passing on bad advice to the prime minister, which could lead the country to disaster. 8 Harriman was impressed by Iranian determination to make whatever sacrifices necessary 'to be rid of what they consider ...

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