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By Kermit Roosevelt

The previous head of the center East division of the CIA through the Nineteen Fifties, information his involvement in Iranian politics

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502. S. Embassy, as insultingly small. Grady called for a loan of $100 million for its psychological effect, but the State Department had no funds and the lending agencies felt that Iran, in the absence of an oil agreement, "did not look like a good risk. "* Meanwhile, negotiations with Gass and the AngloIranian Oil Company had continued through the first half of the year. In July 1950 Gass and Finance Minister Golshayan signed an agreement which did increase royalties from four to six shillings per tonplus an immediate payment of 23 million pounds to cover credits already accrued.

Khosro Khan was a stocky, smiling young man, wearing a double-breasted blue suit, who looked somewhat like an American college boy, a football player. He offered us ice-cold beer and, smiling broadly, asked, "Is this a good introduction to nomadic tribal life? " When we think of nomads, we think of black wool tents, of humped camels stretched along a desert sky in stark silhouette, flocks of goats and sheep ever moving in the constant search for grass. We think also, even more now than we did then, of a way of life that is close to vanishing, just as the red Indians and the buffalo have practically vanished from our own country.

The date of 1881 is the correct one, which made him just seventy when he took office. Born into one of the rich land-owning families, he was educated in France and Switzerland. The struggle over Persia a t that time was between Britain and Czarist Russia. Young Mossadegh opted for the for- , mer. With British backing he was elected to the Majlis in 1915. In due course he became governor, first of the province of Fars, later of Azerbaijan. His great strength lay in his ability to mesmerize crowds by his speechmaking.

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