I became Stalin chapter 246
“Our informant in Iran… No contact. I heard that there was a Suk-gun job in the military… .”
“Okay… It’s a big deal.”
Iran’s response to the Anglo-American blockade was swift. They quickly brought in foreign students who had been studying in advanced industrial countries, including the Soviet Union, and placed them in the petrochemical complex where British engineers had left, while also securing a new market for selling the mined oil.
As a last resort, it was even discussed to move pro-Western generals in the military to cause a coup, but the government took a step ahead and purged such pro-Western members of the military by removing them from their positions.
“Your Excellency is not going to sit still… .”
“Damn it, you can’t invade Iran, can you?”
It was the worst option to attack without a reliable friendly force in the local area. Unless it’s a small or savage country.
And it’s been a problem since I got in. There was no way I could stand still and watch the USSR set up right above, and the US and UK set up in Iran right in front of me.
The US intelligence service was not unaware that the Soviet Union and the “resource nationalism” they emphasized were behind the now nationalization of Iran and the seizure of industrial facilities. But contrary to MacArthur’s rant, an all-out clash with the Soviet Union was too burdensome for the United States.
It was right in front of Iran or India or the Soviet Union, which is a short distance from there, but for the United States, it was a place where they had to go around the world halfway.
“I don’t have a cause, I don’t have the capacity… Shit!”
“that… However, an emergency has come in.”
“What? How bad are you going to get?”
“for a bit… .”
The atmosphere of the State Department was more like a portrait book. The fierce diplomatic turbulence sparked by the MacArthur Doctrine created an overwhelming workload.
Foreign countries, including the Soviet Union, were anxious about what the US was trying to do. Whatever they were about to do was likely to be hostile, the State Department had to work hard to calm them down.
But in the meantime, are you in a hurry? Who else took the initiative?
Thinking of how the ambitious MacArthur Doctrine had already been torn apart, the State Department officials felt injustice even though they did not support it.
The problem was prestige. The position of the United States, already the champion of anti-imperialism, has collapsed. I’d rather have a prestige as a powerful empire, but… .
“In Egypt… .”
Egypt? Egypt was also part of the MacArthur line. King Farouk, an incompetent but sure pro-government faction, was in power. It was qualitatively different from the Pahlavi Shah, which could be transferred to Germany or the anti-Western group if it was a woman.
“Something from Egypt?”
“Uh… It’s a coup! The military has staged a coup!”
* * *
“For decades, our people have suffered from governments that do not hear, see and do nothing. There were many things that the people desperately wanted from the government, but the government turned away from the people. 25 years of corruption! 25 years full of disaster!”
“Wow! Long live the revolution! hurray!”
On the tank, an officer of the Revolutionary Army was speaking in a loud voice to the public.
A voice full of passion with exceptionally bright eyes. Lieutenant Colonel Nasser clenched his fists and raised them to the sky.
“They thought of Egypt’s bountiful land and God’s gift to us as merely their toys. We will now return this gift to the people. Now, their strife will become even more fierce. But, however, the darkest of nights mean that the dawn is approaching. People! My dear people of Egypt, my homeland!”
“Long live the people! Long live the revolution! hurray! hurray!”
“My dear brethren, take up your arms. If you don’t have a weapon, make a fist. The day of liberation is coming. Rather than live in humiliation, let’s fight and die. We are building our country, our history and our future. I will go down that road with you. Long live Egypt!!!”
The streets of Cairo were full of people. The suppression force did not even dare to open fire on the revolutionary army in front of the cheers of the masses.
Pollen fluttered, and the people put roses in the muzzle of the tank gun heading towards the royal palace. The main officers of the Revolutionary Army were engulfed in flower bouquets and necklaces made by people and did not know what to do.
“There is no resistance. Farouk says he will approve the regime and seek exile if he surrenders and preserves at least part of his life and property.”
“Ha! That damn fat bastard!”
The feeble King Farouk was too busy to cover himself. Well, the momentum of the revolutionary army was that high.
There was not even a single resistance to entry into the capital Cairo from all directions. It would be shocking to know that an anti-monarchy anti-Western resistance organization was formed even within the police organization!
To be precise, it was not without resistance. All the suppression units joined as soon as they encountered the revolutionary army.
Nasser continued his paused speech on the chariot, while Sadat was judging the situation by analyzing incoming radios.
The revolution, no, the military rebellion was once successful.
Holding it is just a problem. If it succeeds, it will be a revolution; if it fails, it will be treason.
In Egypt, to be precise, the Suez Canal was the lifeline of the imperialists. What kind of counterattack the imperialists caught in their breath would come, the Freedom Officers couldn’t even guess.
The Soviet Union offered them a ‘nuclear umbrella’ under the water, but was it true? What kind of thorny road awaits you in the future? They succeeded in changing the regime, but will the great imperialist powers leave Egypt alone?
Nasser swept down the chariot once. The elite armored units trained by the Soviet military advisors were the backbone of this revolution, and if the imperialists invaded, they would have to fight at the front.
The scorching heat from the tank lit by the desert sun gave him a certain sense of self-confidence. In this chariot he overthrew the Jews, the minions of the imperialists, and will continue to triumph.
He jumped up and shouted loudly, as if instilling confidence in himself.
“Long live Egypt! Long live the people! The revolution has won!”
* * *
Iran’s nationalization of British-Persian oil companies and Egypt’s coup d’état shook the Middle East. Governments around the world struggled over how to respond to this situation, and in the end, they carefully settled their positions one by one.
Countries in the Middle East showed markedly divergent responses according to their inclinations.
“The illegal coup must stop immediately! The act of robbery of legitimate assets shattered the great principle of the protection of property rights, which is a prerequisite for peaceful development.”
Saudi Arabia was the first to criticize Iran’s oil nationalization and Egypt’s coup with the term “abaptation of legitimate assets.” Saudi Arabia, which crossed the Gulf to the east, crossed the Gulf to Iran, and crossed the Red Sea to Egypt, was afraid.
The first thing the Egyptian Free Officers Corps, which seized power in a coup d’état, declared “Arab socialism”. This great principle advocated unity and nationalism for anti-imperialist Arab countries, and the redistribution of wealth.
It was an unacceptable argument for the Arab monarchies, who monopolized the wealth of resources by colluding with those “imperialists”.
Countries with pro-government monarchies such as Saudi Arabia, Jordan, and Iraq issued statements condemning Egypt and Iran, calling for restoration (status quo ante bellum) and punishment for those involved.
Conversely, countries where Arab nationalists had a great influence on the independence process interpreted the changes in Egypt and Iran as ‘victory’.
“The present victory is a great achievement for the Arab people against the imperialist powers!”
Syria, Algeria and Lebanon united and immediately issued a statement supporting the “victory” of Egypt and Iran.
“Who owns the resources? The gift given by Mother Earth cannot be said to belong to anyone, but at least it is clear that it should be used for the millions of people who live on it and cannot enjoy the abundance of the earth.”
“Listen to the cries of those people who groan in poverty! As they beat their boats in the financial districts of London and Washington, the grasshoppers groan in endless ignorance and despair. We intend to use any part of this great wealth for them.”
“What we lose is chains, and what we gain is our fair share. Arabs, unite!!!”
Your poverty is not because of your faults, but because of plundered wealth. The declaration came as a shock to the people, who had to groan under hard labor every day without any expectations for the future.
“If you change this dog’s life, even if it’s the devil, I’ll support it! ?!”
“Ha, ha, it’s all because of the British that we shouldn’t have worked like that?”
Those who had taken low wages, terrible exploitation, and contempt for granted, began to open their eyes. As the Arab countries were divided into left and right, the people looked into which one was better than the complicated ideology and pondered which one is better.
And the development of Syria, Lebanon and Algeria came as a direct shock to the Arab people.
“No, that’s how it happened… ?”
The first thing the newly born socialist countries declared was the “three no policy”. Land distribution according to the principle of light oil field without landlords. Totally free of education, at least up to secondary education. Free of charge of essential medical care without medical expenses.
The Soviet Union provided support to countries that adopted the “socialist development line” and declared free education, free education, and free medical care. Hundreds of international students come to the USSR every year to learn the studies necessary for their homeland.
In addition, universities were built with Soviet money in capitals such as Damascus, Beirut, and Algiers.
In fact, the income levels of Arab countries did not differ significantly. However, differences in medical care and education succeeded in giving a powerful shock to the people.
“If I go there, I can live, so why did my father die? There is a doctor who gives free medicine as long as you cross the border… .”
“really? Girls and girls can go to school? If you go to the USSR, do you think women also go to college? Is that a lie?”
Expensive foreign hospitals for British and American settlers were staunchly closed to poor locals. But in the neighboring country, free clinics were opened in the poorest villages.
Most of the children had to go to work when they reached the age of 12 to help their parents from an early age and make a living. But crossing the border, children were able to go to school for free and compulsory. Smart children were able to study abroad with government funds.
It was ‘Arab Socialism’ that made the difference, and the support of the people began to gradually flow in one direction.
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