The 1950s were a turbulent time on both sides of the Iron Curtain. With the Second World War over and the star role played by crude oil in its outcome, British and U.S. intelligence agencies wasted no time working out scenarios should the Soviets invade the Middle East. In hindsight, especially to younger generations, this might
British and U.S. intelligence considered obliterating the Middle East’s most valuable resource instead of allowing it to fall into Soviet hands.
By Irina Slav