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June 22nd, 2009
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Iranian protester pleads for U.S., world to intervene

A picture obtained on June 21, 2009 shows Iranian riot police on a street of Tehran on June 20, 2009.

A picture obtained on June 21, 2009 shows Iranian riot police on a street of Tehran on June 20, 2009.

An Iranian student protester in Tehran made a passionate plea for help from the world community this morning in a phone call to CNN’s “American Morning.”

For safety reasons, CNN can only identify the student by his first name, Mohammad. He's been a part of the protests and a target of the violence there. Below is an edited transcript of the interview.

John Roberts: What is the scene like on the streets? Are there more demonstrators out there on the streets? Or is it much quieter than it has been in recent days?

Mohammad: Hello. Actually I participated in Saturday's demonstrations in parts of Tehran. What I saw, I saw thousands of security officers that tried to break up the crowd. They used canisters and batons and water cannons against us. They attacked us. And we also in response attacked them. We attacked them by throwing stones. And we built trenches in the streets and actually defended too.

Roberts: So there was quite a large confrontation going on there over the weekend. But can you tell us what the scene is like on the streets today?

Mohammad: Today was a long day in Tehran. And yesterday there weren't any organized rallies in Tehran. Because we take orders from our leader Mr. Karroubi and Mr. Mir Hossein Moussavi. The connections, the communication is very difficult, more than even you can imagine in Tehran. But I myself haven't received any orders from our leaders yet. But as soon as I get any order, I will participate in any demonstration that they tell us.

Kiran Chetry: When you say receiving orders, tell us how the protests are organized. How are you guys called to go and where?

Mohammad: Actually, I'm a regular person. I'm not behind the scenes. I cannot tell you exactly how these demonstrations are organized. But as I know, as people said, there is a council, a group of Iranian reformists who organize these demonstrations and they tell us in any way that they could and we just follow.

Chetry: Do you get it on your cell phone, text messages, are you able to use the internet?

Mohammad: Actually, they reduce the internet speed. We have severe problems with the messenger software and every software like messengers. This is arranged by making calls, messages, calls to his friends or her friends and try to gather as much to tell as he or she can.

Roberts: Mohammad, we have been talking this morning about what the students are fighting for and whether the students are fighting for something different than the older more established political candidates like Moussavi. Are the students seeking regime change? Are they looking to bring down the Ayatollah and completely change the form of government there in Iran? Or are you looking for – as has been suggested – more civil rights, more freedoms within the context of the existing regime?

Mohammad: Yes. Let me tell you something. For about three decades our nation has been humiliated and insulted by this regime. Now Iranians are united again one more time after 1979 Revolution. We are a peaceful nation. We don't hate anybody. We want to be an active member of the international community. We don't want to be isolated. Is this much of a demand for a country with more than 2,500 years of civilization? We don't deny the Holocaust. We do accept Israel's rights. And actually, we want - we want severe reform on this structure. This structure is not going to be tolerated by the majority of Iranians. We need severe reform, as much as possible.

Roberts: Interesting perspective this morning from Mohammad, a student demonstrator there in Tehran.

Mohammad: Excuse me, sir. I have a message for the international community. Would you please let me tell it?

Roberts: Yes, go ahead.

Mohammad: Americans, European Union, international community, this government is not definitely - is definitely not elected by the majority of Iranians. So it's illegal. Do not recognize it. Stop trading with them. Impose much more sanctions against them. My message…to the international community, especially I’m addressing President Obama directly – how can a government that doesn't recognize its people's rights and represses them brutally and mercilessly have nuclear activities? This government is a huge threat to global peace. Will a wise man give a sharp dagger to an insane person? We need your help international community. Don't leave us alone.

Chetry: Mohammad, what do you think the international community should do besides sanctions?

Mohammad: Actually, this regime is really dependent on importing gasoline. More than 85% of Iran’s gasoline is imported from foreign countries. I think international communities must sanction exporting gasoline to Iran and that might shut down the government.

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  1. Big Bri

    The protests will slowly dwindle down as their Government will soon shoot any protester. The world leans on the US whenever trouble breaks out, and blames us for everything bad in the world too. Iraq is free, women can go to school, people can think, pray, and act differently then others without fear of Saddams Death Squads. Within 5 years Iraq will be prosperous, and it's all because of the US. Iranians see this freedom, and they deserve it. Unfortunately, without military action, there is no way to stop this regime. But the seeds of discontent have been planted, reformists will group together behind the scenes, the Ayatollah's powers have been greatly diminished, and the World will be hard-pressed to recognize an illegimate Government. The CIA and other covert forces will begin speaking with the reformists there, and before you know it, this regime will tumble...and with it, the funding for 80% of the terrorist groups in the world will be gone. Change rarely happens overnight, but once the sound of freedom is heard, there is no stopping it.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  2. DAN

    FREE IRAN!

    June 22, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  3. Melissa

    Hamid, actually Israel is the most pro-American nation.

    Americans are promoting staying out of it for many reasons. If nothing else, the fact that it will mean more if the Iranians gain it themselves is enough reason. But there are other reasons as well. Interfering could mean a third world war. Not to mention that the US is currently involved in two wars, the American economy is nearly bankrupt because of funding those things (and a bunch of other stuff), and the American soldiers are committing suicide in record numbers due to the stress of the wars they are already involved in.

    No matter how much the warmonger Republicans want to interfere, the United States needs to stay out of it. We don't have limitless resources, no matter what the rest of the world thinks.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  4. KrisPi

    This story is fabricated.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  5. Hillary

    and for whoever suggested that Mousavi is blaming the west – read it again. The post clearly points to European communication device that the regime is using to block the internet. clearly read what is being written before you make judgements.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  6. jumpin jax

    CANT WE GET THESE FOLKS SOME AUTOMATIC WEAPONS?

    June 22, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  7. Jahan

    To you who think these are your average iranian burning flags whenever you see them on tv. NO it is not!!! They are mainly hired or Basiji members who gather on orders of the government to make their support look larger than it really is. Trust me it is nothing special they do this all the time. I have a friend involved and he gets asked several times to participated and is told what to say how to act etc. really this happens all the time it might seem bizzare to you guys but it is a bizzare regime.
    So dont think iranian burn your flags its really not like that.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  8. Frank

    Iam a Ugandan in Belgium, i strongly support the Iranian people, governments today must rule according to people's consent not coercion. The Iranian dictators must be feeling guilty of crimes against humanity. The world needs to condemn these inhuman activities of the Iranian authorities against innocent citizens. Shame on the Iranian dictators!

    June 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  9. Hillary

    It is of no use to try to convice people like Jackie that those who burned the American flag, or took Americans hostage back in the 79/80 revolution are not the same as the people fighting for their rights.

    These type of close minded individuals do not care to see what is really happening -much like a child has selective hearing, these people are selective to what they see and believe.

    I for one have family in Iran and know that this young man, Mohammed is speaking for the majority of the protestors. LIke he said, Iranians do not hate the West, they want to be a part of the World community. They are not anti-Israel and actually DO recognize that the Holocaust happened.

    I am an American Christian and my husband is Iranian and Muslim. His family in Iran loves me for who I am. They do not see me as an infidel nor do they see other Christians or Jews as infidels – we are all people of the book.

    What you see on the mainstream media, is what the radicalists want you to see, they want you to see them burning the flag, they want you to think that they are out to wipe Israel off the map. The young reformists want this changed. They want to be recognized and not condemned by the world. This is what they are working for and this is why we must support them. I cannot be there – thus I wear green in support. THis is something that we can all do and why it may not be able to physically help, it is a sign that can be seen around the world. Solidarity we must have.

    Open your eyes and your hearts

    NEDA – your voice will not be forgotten

    June 22, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  10. Saml L

    Regardless of what happened, the Iranian regime as we know it for the last 30 years is over.

    It is over because the elites cannot come into an agreement and there are open dessent among the ruling class.

    It is over because more so than ever members of the reformist bloc are able to secure a critical mass of supporters.

    Most importantly, it is over because their Supreme Leader have proven to be a political idiot in navigating this election process. From his absurdly early declaration of election victory to his impassionate speech warning crackdown on what's a largely peaceful protest, he have decided to not only side against his own people, but fundermentally undermind the notion that there is a social contract between the regime and its people.

    There is now no pretense that the iranian theocratic regime is dictatorial and does not serve the will or the interest of their own citizens.

    I sincerely wish the protesters and reformers in Iran their best and I hope they will stay safe. Rather they know it or not, their government will not be the same ever again.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  11. docboricua

    I doubt very seriously that this person and every single person in Iran burned US flags in the last 15 years. I think his ideas hold merit.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:22 pm |
  12. Reza

    I am an Iranian and I read most of the above comments. I appreciate those people who can hear us and trying to help us. In response to Jackie, just remember this regime is not representing the majority of Iranians. This regime is afraid of losing momentum in middle east. I read and heard from some friends they brought some Lebanese Hesbolah and Palestinians to beat and kill our people. This regime has money and brings them to support the regime in Iran. Also note Lebanese Hezbolah and Hamas will send their forces to Iran, because they don't want to lose their connection with their root (Islamic regime). They are afraid of doing re-election. If they had 65% votes there wouldn't be afraid of re-election.

    I don't know why America is not acting wisely in most of the time. In Iraq they invaded Iraq while people over there were not ready to have freedom and democracy. And now U.S. government doesn't do anything while people in Iran are ready to have real democracy. We need a little help from western countries as Mohamad said. More sanctions will bring the regime down...

    June 22, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  13. Lara

    To all who keep pointing to past incidents of American flag-burning on the parts of Iranians, remember this:

    On September 11, 2001, the streets of Iran filled with people, burning candles in vigil. For us, for our suffering, for our loss.

    Sure, there are extremists over there who still hate us, because their government has told them to. But they are NOT the majority. They are not the Face of Iran... they are just the mask that the Iranians wish to shed.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  14. Henrik Sørensen

    Open letter to everybody in the free world.

    Get involved. If we are to claim that, our greatest values are freedom and liberty, how can we then sit passively by when others fight for the same rights ? How can we claim these rights for ourself if we are not ready to defend them everywhere and in all times ? Why can we claim to hold the banners of freedom, while standing idly by when others are oppressed ? If our governments cannot or will not fight then we MUST. Get involved support the Iranian people in their plead for Freedom and democracy.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  15. Noel

    How can I sit back and live my life guilt free with the freedoms this country has protected and given me while the poor Iranians struggle for their freedoms? Oh, I know how, I just have to remind myself what those evil bastards did to our citizens back in 1979 when they allowed this current regime to take over. Suck it up Mohammed, you are going to have to dig your way out of this!!

    June 22, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  16. Willie

    What you are seeing in Iran today, with Mohammed and his fellow reform seekers, is what the world saw happen in the former Soviet union, after decades of harsh military rule. These young people have been educated, and want to be a part of the world community. The world, and yes, the US should continue to bring all the diplomatic pressure it can mustor upon the illegal iranian government. I pray that these young people are able to sustain there movment, and see that there country will be welcomed into the world community once the government is reformed.

    May God keep them safe, and strong!

    June 22, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  17. J Dunn

    Burning our flag in the past had a fairly legitimate reason, and not just a propagandaist one.

    We were intrumental in overthrowing Mossadeq and installing the Shah Mohammed Reza Pehlavi, a ruthless dictator who was a puppet in US hands. The Shah fell because his thugs began torturing for the love of torture, not as a component of national security. They became lax and sadistic, which led to his quick fall. Once the Shah was overthrown, rather than hand him over to the new regime to face his crimes, we provided him safe haven. That was a pretty bad idea.

    Shortly afterward, we financed Iraq's war against Iran in which Saddam used VX gas and other nasty, banned weapons, all provided to him by us. It's estimated that Iran suffered 1 million casualties from the war, which isn't an easy number to forget or forgive.

    Most of the flag burning these days is done by the instrumentality of Iran's government, but there are still plenty of people in Iran who remember that we've been pretty rotten to them, too.

    Iraqis didn't greet us with open arms, and Iranians won't either. And don't forget that Iraq was arguably more westernized than Iran. Iraq actually had a secular government when we overthrew it. That said, I think there are things we can do to facilitate regime collapse in Iran, just don't put any of our men on the ground to accomplish it.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  18. Benjamin Franklin

    In truth, there's very little the US can do about the situation in Iran. If Pres. Obama spoke more forcefully against the regime, he would just help the conservatives in Iran claim that the protesters are agents of a foreign power. The protesters are fighting those who hate the US, and they represent American / free world democratic values. The dictatorship has given the protesters martyrs – a very foolish choice indeed, in a country where the veneration of martyrs runs deep in the emotions of the people. Dictatorships require the intimidation of the people, and these people are not really intimidated. I wish them well, and I hope for their success.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  19. Robert

    These people, these protestors speaking out for freedom, for representation, for a voice in the world... they are our borthers and sisters.

    The time of Bush, of the hard line rulers across the world, is over. It is time to realize that borders do not separate a people any longer. Races, nationalists, religions... these do not separate people, must not seperate people, willing to live together in harmony.

    People willing to live and let live need to work together to eliminate the oppression. The time is now. There are no second chances.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  20. cd

    Response to JackieQ- Brea -Ca:

    In response to your "but you used to burn our flag on television" comment... this student was probably a baby if he was even born the last time American flags were burned en masse in Tehran. He does not burn American flags. You have to realize this is a new generation speaking to us.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  21. John

    It shows how little we American know about Iran. We have caused many problems in that country from establishing of a first CIA created government to the supporting of Khomeini’s regime. Let’s do it right this time. Help these young well educated people to get their freedom. Establish a government separate from religion there. Stop supporting dictators around the world. If we want to help, we can do it in many many different ways. Open your eye’s and your heart’s.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  22. Alex

    Everyone needs to consider the fact that the election may not have been rigged and that these demonstrators may be the minority in Iran. It should also be noted that media sources like CNN and BBC may be telling only the more dramatic side of the story in order to inspire more Americans to read their articles as was suggested in CNN's own article by Iran's government.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  23. DON IN WESTPORT, MASS.

    We must forget the past. We cannot blame the children for the sins of their fathers. It was the fathers that burnt the American flag.
    It's thirty years later and if the young people of Iran want a true Democracy, let's back them up as much as we can.
    I hope they get through this.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  24. Mary

    By rejecting imposed election results, the Iranian people, students, organizers, protesters, politicians, reform-minded clerics, and the military have demonstrated they have the power and courage to choose and create the better world they desire.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:15 pm |
  25. Sid Vicious

    I just wanted to say what a jack-ass JackieQ- Brea -Ca is. I really don't need to explain my reasoning. His stupid post explains why.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  26. Bludney Plud

    Beef Master X:

    Have another beer, you gibbering idiot. And after you hook it down, maybe you can explain to me what more you think Obama ought to do than he has done already. As if he could do anything further....

    You seem to think that it is wise to further antagonize a regime with whom we desperately need to engage meaningful dialog. Maybe in your redneck world, a "get tough" stance works. Maybe fighting is the only way you think ought to be used to resolve disputes. But in areas of international diplomacy, words are used, and used carefully.

    So, maybe your uni-brow, knuckle-dragging Cro Magnon might-makes-right approach may impress the hell out of the guys at the racetrack, but this is the real world. So stow the John Wayne macho man bravado and let a man who is a hell of a lot smarter than you do his job.

    Impeach Obama... when are you wingnuts ever going to let go of the fact that your candidate lost the election?

    June 22, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  27. Scott

    With state run and censored media in Iran, it has been hard to tell exactly what was true. But right now at this time, there are people in Iran with a kindred spirit of liberty to ours in the U.S. and they are fighting for their freedom. At the very least we should stand together in our support of them despite any other ideological differences.

    Freedom is never so valued as when the price for freedom is earned by the people who will enjoy it. Don't lose sight of that fact. They are asking for our help, not for us to take over their fight. Despite what the U.S. government is able or not able to do, our prayers are with the Iranians as they fight for their freedom.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  28. George

    Strike the iron while it is hot. Israel shuould make a preemptive strike now and kick the a.. of current Iranian leadership.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  29. MikeG

    I am a little confused gang....Can someone let me know.... are the Iranians fighting for democracy, overthrowing the Clercial regime, yearning for total revolution or just asking for their voices to be heard at the voting booth....

    Before we make any moves, or decisions or intervention, should we not first find out exactly what they want. I initially thought that they were ok with the religious aspect of the government but did not like the fact that their voices for election were stifled .

    If so there should be nothing but moral support that can be given by the world. We cannot and should not intervene. If the world is asked to intervene by the iranian people and the world acts in unison , that is a different subject.

    So, let's find out exactly what the Iranian people are asking for....the world can only make it worse if we fail to understand the true reasons behind all of this ... and remember regardless of anything, they are a sovereign country and no one has the right to go in and decide what they should or should not do...

    June 22, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  30. Bill

    We (Americans) fought for our independence. We fought the GERMANS and JAPANESE and now we are forced to fight RADICAL ISLAM everywhere. Many died in our fights for freedom but we won and it was worth it in the long run. If you want it bad enough YOU Iranians must fight for it. Why do we have to help? Once you gain control with YOUR fight WE can start to assist you with the rebuilding effort and some open trade.

    YOU MUST FIGHT FOR YOUR OWN INDEPENDENCE!!!!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  31. Henrik Sørensen

    JackieQ- Brea -Ca

    Who burned who's flag ? Are you aqusing these Iranians who have been defending the west and US for 30 years putting their lives at stake of burning flags ? You are just another stupid ignorant. These are the people who are being oppressed by the flagburners fool.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  32. Melissa

    Bob Kole, that was incredibly ignorant of you. Canada, Britain, and all the other free nations in the world have free speach too. Get your head out of the American sand and open your eyes to the rest of the world. The United States is NOT the pinacle of civilization.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  33. azt3ca

    I've been following the story and this kinda makes me sick. These peple choose to fight for freedom and all the world just watches this place go in a meltdown. This is where they need the regime change not Afganistan or Iraq. Iran's govenrment is the true threat to freedom.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  34. P. Meredith

    Have we forgotten our past, that we (America) had once asked France to help us during our own Revolutionary war? I'm in the service and have fought in this war over in the Middle East and seen the autorocities and not all the Iraqi people were against us, just trying to make a living with their own lives at stake by helping us. Those that burned our flag did that for propaganda by the peope we are fighting against.
    All that man (Mohammed) has asked, is for us to stop trading with Iran and to place more sanctions on Irans govt. Is that too much to ask? Can we honestly turn our backs? War is never easy and never will be, it should only be used as a last resort when all else has failed.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  35. danno

    Why are "Police" signs in English?

    June 22, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  36. John

    Douglas,

    The Saudis aren't in this fight! Are you aware of that? Figures you'd keep harping on something that is irrelevant... Gotten any freebies today, govt handouts.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  37. Douglas

    The Saudis aren't in this fight! Are you aware of that? Figures you'd keep harping on something that is irrelevant... Gotten any freebies today, govt handouts.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  38. Dale

    Neda was 16. A student, a daughter and now a symbol. We watched her die in front of our eyes. Neda's blood pours in the streets and crys freedom. Neda. I hear the crys and they don't go in vien. Every human deserves freedom within reason.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  39. Cindy

    The Iranian Foreign Minister says that Western media is hurting the future stability of Iran. I say that Western media is not the cause of Irans problems, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is!
    Some say that because I am American that I am "evil", a "Jew lover ", a "puppet", and that I am pushing my beliefs on others.
    I AM an American, I am a wife and mother, I am not religious but do not begrudge people their beliefs, I love all people who believe in peace and put the children of this world first. I say SHAME on those people in power all over the world who peddle hate and animosity and then claim that all who do not subscribe to their anti-world ideologies are evil and forcing their "Western" beliefs on others! My wish for all tyrants is this, that they wake up one fine morning to find thousands of people protesting their tyrannical rule outside of their windows. And keep in mind that when this happens, no matter how you try to stop it, the world will be watching! The people of Iran have the right for their voices to be heard, their votes to count and they deserve peace. Do not support leaders who take their queues from the Hitlers of our history. Support freedom, justice, peace, and love!

    June 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  40. Hamid

    I just don't understand all this;

    Where are the brave Americans who are the symbol of freedom and democracy in the world?!!

    I (as an immigrated Iranian) came to this country and am proudly serving this country;
    I also have been always proud that this country is the home and carries the statue of liberty;

    But where is the support for freedom?

    Isn't it the time to come up with a plan and be done with Mullahs for good?! For a better world, Better middle east and better Iran.

    Our young girls and boys are being killed in streets of Iran and noone from outside is helping them;

    I JUST DON'T UNDERSTAND!

    Have USA forgotten that the prople of IRAN are the most Pro-American nation in whole middle east?

    Why the leaders in world are not getting together to come up with a uniform message and a serious INTL. threat to Mullahs regime in Tehran?

    If we don't do anything today, are we not going to regret it later?!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  41. Lynda

    Michael K.. where you one of the ones who sat and wondered why the world hated us when the World Trade Center building came tumbling down? To even suggest we enter this country illegally and start arming people is crazy.

    Are you aware the U.S. propped up the Shah for all those years?

    Obama is totally correct. We can't meddle. The minute we do those brave protesters will be in even more danger of losing their lives.

    We must pray for these people. We must show them our support from our people to theirs, and if sanctions are called for and approved by the U.N. then so be it. But the U.S. has GOT TO stop being the moral judge of the world.

    Many died in our own revolution. Many died fighting for the equal rights of every citizen in the U.S. and many will die in Iran. If it's worth fighting for, it's worth dying for. I pray the deaths are few, but we know from looking at many revolutions that it will not be, nor will this issue be solved in a week. This may take years.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  42. Elaine

    How do you suppose the USA would have reacted if the UN imposed sanctions when dogs, fire hoses, clubs and tear gas were used on civil rights marchers, many of them children, in the '60's? The young people in Iran are fed up. I agree with the post that stated there must be ownership of those freedoms. If the world community had intervened in some way during the 60's many of the sympathizers would have blamed the movement for whatever sanctions were imposed, and it would have ultimately hurt their cause. This may be a good time for the Chickenhawks to shut up and sit down. History is NOT on their side!

    June 22, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  43. bee

    this will not end you will see this is the beginning of a revolution mollahs will die all of them

    June 22, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  44. Tre

    These people are for a change, much like we did hear in the United States over and over again. If the American people were fed up with the way the government was running, then we would act on it (Civil Rights Movement, Vietnam Protests, etc). Do I believe we need are Armed Forces there no, and we shouldn't resort to it. Do I believe there should be support from the International community and United States for these people in Iran fighting for a belief a value that we cherish here, a right to speak their minds, Yes. This is close to what we did in the last Presidential election, what if Obama didn't win because of Mcain and the Republican party sabotaging the votes.........I believe people would have responded and respond with vigilance. Ok, so many peoples ignorance will come out with Iran 's conflict here in United States. "Well they burned our Flags", "There killing soldiers from the United States", and so on. That was then, a different group of people, and not in the beliefs there trying to pursue. Besides if a foreign countries took a good look at what happens in KKK Rallies and The Nation of Islam or and militant group that does not believe in equality then, there assessment wouldn't be to good of the United States either. Take the past and learn from it, lets move forward with Iran and its protest for freedom from its old government. I support there cause and hope they succeed.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  45. John

    As far as the people go, it's been said that Iran is the most pro-Western country in the middle East. Don't confuse flag-burning religious zealots who get on TV with the majority of the people. Don't confuse the theocracy and the insane government with the people.

    The fact that thousands of ordinary Iranians are willing to risk their lives to protest an anti-Western dictatorship, should be an indicator as to the emotional tide there.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  46. JimmyH

    I wonder what the rulers in Syria are thinking right now and, more importantly, what are the Syrian people thinking as they watch the events in Iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  47. Ben

    Dino, First of all CNN is great. They are showing that they care about what is happening to people in other parts of the world. People in Iran need to show the world what kind of animals they are dealing with. Also the fact that you are reading this blog and leaving a message shows that you actually do give a crap about Iran. To give you and others who pretend that what's happening in Iran does not affect them I say this: The Islamic Republic is the hornets nest of all the terrorism in the world and Iranian people will bring down this regime and will bring peace and prosperity for themselves and other parts of the world with or without the help of international community.

    Nikita, I want to let you know that this is not about Mousavi and what he says anymore. People in Iran were just using him as an excuse to revolt against this regime. They are passed Mousavi and you will see this in the near future. Also on your comment about dropping a neutron I must say I really feel sorry for you. I hope you have heard about Hiroshima. Please think twice before making such comments.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  48. Rebecca York

    I feel for Mohammed and all the protesters and those that agree but can't protest for whatever reason. The ones on TV we saw burning the US flag and such could have been the ones on the other side don't forget. It's like here in the US where we have all had enough of the same government and that is why Obama was elected by a huge landslide. Thank God for that or McCain would be bombing Iran right now. And who knows what Palin would be doing.

    We have to help these people. I think sanctions by the entire world are a great start. Obviously power, greed, and oppression are what the current regime is all about. Take it from them and they are nothing.
    Anything to bring the current regime down to it's knees. How can anyone kill or hurt another? Shooting Neda down like that? How can that be done by a human being?

    Keep reporting Iran and make sure we all stay informed CNN.....

    June 22, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  49. JON

    People of Iran, continue what you can do for your country, people may die but that is just one of your sacrifices for the freedom of your children's and children. The change should be done within you, and you will realize you will be more powerful if you emerge victorious on this battle. Do not leave your freedom on the hands of haters. Once the person hates he is not worthy to be in the kingdom of God. This basic rule is in every relegion and buried deep in our pure soul(believers or non believers). I dont believe your supreme leader specially when stated that demonstrator causing the violence will have severe punishment, well if he is for the people of IRAN, he will realize that 7 students got killed by the police. I ask him, who's causing violence here? Yeah IRAN should change the government, This people love to hate. How can we be acceptable for Universal community if we ourselves can't get along together on the same planet what more if have another visitor. Human being is still destructive species, we should change this attitude and become more mature in our ways. We dont have much time.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:58 am |
  50. Douglas

    I support Iranian women. Keeping going further....

    To Americans: Did you know that Iranian women have WAY more liberty than SAUDI WOMEN?????

    Keep driving that SUV rick smith.

    Idiots

    June 22, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  51. joseph

    I'm a Chinese American and a born-again christian living in US. I fully support Mohammed and his fellow Iranians to pursue peace and freedom, just like the Chinese students in Tiannman Square 20 years ago. Even though we have different religious belief and nationaility, in this sense we are one people.

    Furthermore, I want to express my sincere admiration for them (especially the brave women). I pray to God everyday for them to succeed and ask God to give them safety. Remember, you have already won the battle by proving to the world that you think totally differently from the dictators in your government.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  52. Rebecca

    It is a hard position we have been put in. It is easy to understand why we would not want to get involved. We have already lost so many of our own troops because of what is going on over in Iraq. This is not our fight. This is something that should really be worked out within their own country, with their own people. But, in the same respect, they are asking for our help. Being a nation who, for the most part, try to take care of their own and also help others around us, we are in the middle of a situation that, by the Grace of God, should be able to be settled without the aid of the US. We don't have any control over what our President will decide to do. But we still do have our own rights. So, until our government can figure out what needs to be done, since none of us are making the decision, the one thing we could all do for those that want our help, is to pray. If we can't help them, maybe God can.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  53. Saba

    the people that burnt ur flag were the ones sitting with khameni and sayin down with U.K. v r on da streets trying to get them of their high horses

    June 22, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  54. Realist

    To all of you would-be champions of 'Iranian Rights':

    Tell me exactly what we should do. If you say "Speak out in support of the Iranians", well, that's not really helping them is it? That's just words, and what's more, they're words the regime there will almost certainly use to exploit Iranian nationalist sentiments against the protesters.

    If you say 'Help them', tell me, how would we do that? Would we send in troops? WHAT troops? Would you go to Iran and fight and die for these people? No, I didn't think so.

    We've been through this dance before. In 1956 we spoke out in support of Hungarian dissidents. Encouraged they rose up and... were brutally crushed by the Soviets while we did nothing. In 1991 we encouraged the Iraqi Shiites to rise up and overthrow Saddam Hussein, which they promptly did. The result? Tens of thousands of dead Shiites, and no regime change. Words mean nothing, but they can make it harder for the protesters by allowing the regime to paint them as tools of the American Great Satan and enemies of God. The Iranians are a proud people who can and should determine their own destiny with no interference from us. Do we support what they fight for? Yes. Will we fight their fight for them? No, and neither do they want us to.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  55. Douglas

    C’mon Americans....Stop BuYing The Corporate Media….Why don’t you support the overthrow of the SAUDI FASCIST STATE?????

    Because I believe in freedom unless it costs me money or I am making money exploiting people.

    America has no moral standing to say anything.

    Do it on your own Iranian students. I’m with you. You do not need the bars and stripes.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  56. Philip A. Jamani

    Ahmadineajad must give way, he is a devil incarnate. He is another Saddam in the making. He has made inflamatory remarks about the people of God {Israel} and anybody who touches Israel is putting hands in the eyes of God. That man must be toppled at all cost, the whole world should come together to bring him down, otherwise the world will live to regret the evil he is planning in conjunction with north korea against the entire world. He was not elected but he used the power of state to rigged himself in, in order to carry out his evil act against the State of Israel and the entire world. America should do something about this Evil Fly that want recognition. Check out his nuclear activities. I know for sure, he will be H-A-N-G-E-D like Saddam. His end is near. Those who plot against Israel, never live to carry out their plan but ended up HANGED like Haman in the Book of Esther. Let Ahmadinajad read this Holy Book and see what happened to Hamman and it will surely happened to Ahmadinajad

    June 22, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  57. Douglas

    C'mon Americans BY The Corporate Media....Why don't you support the overthrow of the SAUDI FASCIST STATE?????

    Becomes I believe in freedom unless it costs me money or I am making money exploiting people.

    America has no moral standing to say anything.

    Do it on your own Iranian students. I'm with you. You do not need the bars and stripes.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  58. Kathy Garrett

    I agree with this young Iran protester. He is NOT asking for armed intervention from the world. He IS asking for sanctions.
    The world can easily cut off the import if gasoline to Iran, and this would have a powerful effect in bringing the state to a realization of what is really happening.
    Next, this young mans statements about Israel are amazing. The world needs to support this event. But not by barn stroming or sending in troops.
    Obama is wise to hold off and not go shooting from the hip. The prior admin was great at being "ready, fire, aim" and making a mess of things. It is better to garner world support. going it along is what led to the mess in Iraq.
    Last, but not least, shooting off the missive that "They burned our flags and shouted death to Americans" is just plain dumb. That was in the prior revolution, when the Shah was ousted. I remember it well. It was 35 and 38 years ago!! Those people are the ones in power now that this young man is protesting against.
    My prayers and thoughts go out to each of them, We worship the same God, no matter our religion. We desire the same freedoms no matter our nationality or culture, we are all of the same race. We are all Iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  59. Andrea F

    We didn't start the fire
    But when we are gone
    Will it still burn on, and on, and on, and on...

    -Billy Joel

    Peace is not a relationship of nations. It is a condition of mind brought about by a serenity of soul. Peace is not merely the absence of war. It is also a state of mind. Lasting peace can come only to peaceful people.

    -Jawaharlal Nehru

    June 22, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  60. John

    This is a reason why George Bush sent forces into Iraq...oppression of the people. Believing in freedom and democracy the US invaded Iraq and took down the regime. And then our own country and media used it against him. I dont think Obama will be that dumb...Too much to lose.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  61. Paulo

    1.) Remember the chants "Down with America!"?
    2.) Remember the burning American flags in your streets?
    3.) Where were you when we could have used your help in Iraq?
    4.) You really feel the UN will help you? Get real, the UN is USELESS
    5.) Obama and the American liberals can solve this through 'diplomacy' and singing Kumbaya.

    Good luck....maybe France can help?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  62. Republicans Destroy Humanity

    I wish America rose up after the facist Bush regime stole the elections in 2000 and 2004

    The Iranians have more balls then most Americans, including me

    June 22, 2009 at 11:50 am |
  63. ANNMARIE VALENTINO

    This should be their fight – not ours. If there is a victory, it will be that of the Iranian people. Every time we stick our nose into the affairs of the Middle East, no matter how sincere our efforts, we end up in another war or confrontation and more lives are shed needlessly. The Iranian people are speaking up, as they should.

    And by the way, it WAS many of those same students who burned American flags. Don't let them fool us into thinking they were innocent bystanders. Unfortunately, they can't be trusted not to turn on us again.
    Obama is not the dummy that Bush was. That's why we elected him. To say "impeach him" is ludicrous and probably written by some militiaman who is still angry that he won.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  64. NamiF1980

    Those that are shown on TV chanting death to America or UK or even burning american flags are no different from the religious leader or Ahmadi-Nejad who are torturing and killing their own people in Iran. They have been brain washed by lies and bribes but they are only fraction of ppl and mainly uneducated but they are not voice of the entire nation. I will fight for freedom of Iran and I will not stand out of the way but do anything I can in my power to contribute to freedom of not only Iranians but humanity across the globe. Our freedom is a big step in freedom of all women, men and children who are being suppressed by dictatorship.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  65. Melissa

    No, Obama does NOT need to intervene, and he shouldn't. If anyone should, its the UN. Stay out of it.

    Freedom gained by other people interfering has no meaning at all. The Iranians must do this themselves.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  66. Chris in NH

    Enough already! Why does the USA need to intervene? We have our own problems with which to deal and no extra money to send to Iran. Hey, CNN! Iran did not cover our revolution, why should we continue to cover their's? Enough!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:49 am |
  67. Megan

    To Nikita Kaim, please don't use big words you don't understand. it might actually hurt your little brain!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  68. Francisco Mejia

    When Leadership finally fails they victimize the ppl!! but is it time for their Shock & Awe!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  69. Frank

    We tend to wish the worst to other countries becuase we dont feel the pain.

    We had issue with George Bush going to Iraq, there were demonstration in major cities of the world. People did not burn things and obeyed the law while protesting.

    George Bush did not win the 2002 election, I didn't see people on the street buring thiings. It was the supreme court that ordered recounting stopped in 2002 giving Bush the win. WIth the majority on the supreme backing Geroge Bush

    Has anyone considered that the election could have been right, it's democratic system not majority carries the vote. Why will the west encourage the loosing side to demonstrate and disobey the law. Irrepective of how we dislike the current government in Iran, we should not encourage the side that lost an election to turn to violence.

    When elections are lost and the loosing side feels there rigging with the counting of the votes, they should follow the civilized due process not riot on the street.

    when we point one finger at some, 3 fingers are pointing at us..

    June 22, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  70. Beyr

    Yes, Iran needs to take care of this itself.
    But when the government brings in the BASIJ militia which consists of out of country troops from Lebonan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and any place they can hire them, these troops do not CARE about Iranians and will shoot & kill them DEAD!
    Iranian riot police are not and will not kill their fellow Iranians.
    The BASIJ militia must be stopped and thrown out of the country or KILLED DEAD!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  71. Polar Bears Against Palin

    Bush and you right-wing skunks are no better than the leader of Iran. Bush cheated and rigged 2 elections, in 2000 and 2004. Where was your outrage then? Scum!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  72. Rachael SA Arizona

    Just read another article on propaganda. Now Motakki accuses Britain and US as interfering in their government. Such is the way of propaganda. Hey, Motakki, what's wrong-can't handle the fact that Iranians have minds of their own?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  73. Mike from Boston

    As stated by other nations after 9-11 & something I heard this weekend:

    "Today, we are All Iranian".

    Americans are behind you and your rights. Your struggle remains in my prayers.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  74. Connie

    I sorta remember y'all chanting "Down With America"...maybe France can help you.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  75. JimK

    This puts the U.S. in a tough position. We would be more than happy to enlighten Iran with our democratic processes, but the fact of the matter is that elections were held and didn't go the way of a decent chunk of it's people. Revolutions have been started for a variety of reasons, and no country ever got aid in the very beginning of the revolution/reform movement. Even the U.S didn't get official aid in the American Revolution until 3 years after it started. And that was because our initial leaders requested aid from the leaders of France and Spain, person to person...which by the way was much harder 210 year ago.

    The democratic world feels for Iran, but like everything else, if reform is to take place, it must start from within. Rock throwing never leads to anything productive, and makes an amateur statement. If reform is to take place, and I think the government of Iran may be listening, there must be strategy and exact goals. From a worldly perspective, no one knows exactly what the people of Iran want, seems like some people are just pissed off the elections didn't go the way they wanted, and there are some vague reformist ideals floating around.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  76. Frank I.

    The middle middle eastern countries in general hate Americans and their Govermnent and they have the right to some extent. We messed starting from right after WWII by playing games and manipulating their govermnets. We made things even worst by electing Bush twice and invading IRAQ. It's time for the U.S. to butt out and pull out of the middle east all together.
    The Iranian people must unit and fight their own battle. We can help by broadcasting to the world the turmoil that is going on in Iran, and hopefully the other Islamic neighboring countries will decide to help.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  77. Behrouz

    Iranian, or any other humans on this planet have the right to leave in freedom. Real Iranian people are peaceful and do not hate anyone.
    Thoes people the burn flags are brain washed extremists that do not represent any iranian acts. They are beaten 7 year old girls on the street and killing hundereds of people without you knowing. I have confirmed reports from Iran that the killing is still continued without any regrets by the Evil goverment. The goverment is curropt and has to be stopped by any country that can help. Sanctions will not stop this goverment. Please, Mr. Obama and other authorities of the World, help Iran people to be heared ASAP. Their stand against this evil goverment will not last and then it will be too late.
    I wish that I could do more beside writing...

    June 22, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  78. Jessica

    QUESTION: If the majority of Iranians LIKE the current regime, and reality is that the students and revolters are really the minority, shouldnt we decide the majority knows whats best for the minority?

    I mean, here in America that's the way it's been set up for the Gay Marriage debate – "leave it to the states" meaning, if the majority says no, so sorry Gays – you have no rights!

    America = do as i say, not as i do

    June 22, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  79. Josh

    If we really care about the protesters and their lives we should intervene. The problem is that it is not them against the Mullahs alone, the Pasdaram military branch has growing influence, and is deeply tied to the Ahadinejad regime. Obama is right in thinking that an internally led change in government would be more effective than having troops installing a government (in the case of Iraq it is a corrupt government that does not have the will or interest of the people). However for an internal revolution, you need to win the support of the Iranian military. In Iran, the power structure with the military and its growing influence makes this more unlikely, and so simply encouraging them to protest is more likely to encourage young innocents to die. We should either directly engage Iran with military force, or remain silent and continue seeking diplomatic ties with the current regime. Obama's strategy of encouraging the protestors loses on both fronts and could be misleading to the protestors that are putting their lives at risk.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  80. Ryan

    The UN should do somthing, people are dying in Iran for wanting democracy. The UN was made to keep the peace and people are dying for wanting peace and reform in Iran. People protesting outside of Iran should call for UN itervention to at least protect the protesters in Iran

    June 22, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  81. Minerva from Los Angeles, CA

    Iranians worldwide, my thoughts and hopes are with you! I admire your courage and strength and solidarity facing this hardline regime, especially young students and women. You are so brave, my heart goes out to you! I will ask my government to help you any way they can. You have made so many sacrifices already, but stand strong and you will win. There is no other way out but to win. Don't back down! Never give up!! As Churchill said. We are with you. We are one. May God give you strength and purpose. You will not fail. You will win. The time is right.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  82. mnixie

    If you want world peace and unity then you must support the voices of freedom and democracy. Obama has missed the opportunity. When people anywhere in the world are benied freedom and basic human rights we must all stand up and raise our voices.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  83. Kamelia

    This message is for Monica and Jackie. It is uneducated people like you who know nothing about suppression. It is typical people like you who make the Americans look dumb and spoiled. Those who are asking for help never burned your flag but it is not surprising that you must base your opinion on what the American media has displayed to you. Those who are protesting want freedom and peace but unfortunately people like you are only exposed to stereotypes and people like you fail to take other perspectives into consideration. And I suppose it is ok to risk the lives of your military members when they try to invade a country that isn't theirs? What about the hundreds of innocent lives being taken by the same military forces in Iraq? Perhaps, we can let that one slide I guess. I for one still cannot figure out why the American troops are fighting in Iraq and I still cannot figure out why they are being supported. Before you sign yourself up to be the first to respond to someone's plea, do some research, read some books and then include your share of thoughts. How sad is it to be deprived of knowledge about one's global community? Truly devastating.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:38 am |
  84. Billy from Canada

    The people of Iran deserve freedom. Freedom's we all take for granted in the west. These demonstrations are more than protesting Irregularities on voting. Its about liberty. This may be a prelude to more middle-eastern countries demanding more from their regimes.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:37 am |
  85. LibertyQueen

    While we may only get bits and pieces of news from people on the street in Iran...cnn and the international media should have gotten their courage up and gotten out on the streets to record this historic change...what we are not seeing is worse that what we are seeing.

    International sanctions? YES International intervention? YES

    June 22, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  86. Jessica

    STUPID AMERICAN – realize not every person you saw on tv representing "iran" is the same people you see revolting.

    Just like the world saw in Novemeber, a different America. WE were not the ones standing behind Bush, no more are THEY the ones standing behind Ahmadinejad.

    WAKE UP STUPID ONES

    June 22, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  87. updown

    GW Bush called Iran, Iraq and North Korea the axis of evil. He was lambasted by the media, Dems and liberals in this country and abroad. Saddam was not the nicest of guys, wheather or not he had WMD. Now we have N. Korea with missiles aimed at Hawaii, and an oppressive regime in Iran stifling any dissent amonst it's people. Are any of the Dems / liberals willing to admit that GW was right on at least this one item? I know he was wrong on many others.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  88. Glen

    I really feel for the Iranian people and I pray for them. I met a recent iranian immigrant a coupe months ago and she said most iranians hate Armadinigad. What are our options? Go into Iran like we did with Iraq; or place an embargo on their oil and other goods as Mohammad suggests. Since I do not think we can afford another war, I think the later would be our only choice and the rest of our allies and the west needs to help.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  89. Cyrus Koresh Manavi

    Well said Mohammad.
    We Iranian-Americans are with you and stand behind you in your struggle for democracy and freedom. I agree with you that the international community, if they are serious about the war on terror, has to support you by economic means to bring down this government. Stop sending gasoline to Iran. Stop commerce, don't recognize this government of thugs and Basijis and this unpopular regime will collapse. This is the time to put action into words Mr. President Obama. This is the real test if you want to bring about change in the Middle East. Mr. President, Be under no illusion that you can deal with this brutal regime in Iran. They will pursue nuclear bomb, they will continue to support the terrorism and they will continue to repress Iranian people. Iranians have opened a new front on the War on Terror, support them.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  90. Tammie - ca

    Iranian people mourned with you after 9/11 and got arrested for it in Tehran. Iranians are peaceful people. We are not in war with anybody. It is a minority of religous fundamentalists who burn your flag, people who have no support from the Iranian nation.

    We need world support, to have freedom and get rid of this dangerous regime. Islamic republic is a danger to Iran and the world.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  91. Brandt D

    Commenters like Jackie Q are the reason why the majority of the U.S. 'hates' other countries. The only people who burn U.S. flags are supporters of the current regime, not the protesters you see in the streets. Learn before you act like a keyboard warrior. Keep Tweeting about your latest shopping spree, Jackie.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  92. Douglas

    If Americans want to end a religious theocracy....how about they tell their leaders to put PRESSURE on Saudi Arabia????? This stuff is so biased its not even funny. Yea, lets put pressure on the country that we have no interests in while we ignore the regime that feed us the black stuff. Put pressure on saudi arabia. Stop selling them weapons and tell them to open up their corrupt system. Hypocrisy has no limits. geez.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  93. Army Mom

    As an Army Mom whose only child proudly wears the Army uniform, I beg the American "leaders" not to expend our weary troops further. Sanctions – yes; military manpower – no.

    There is only so much and so many tours in a combat zone our kids can take. Listening to my son the stories he tells about what truly goes on behind the scenes is deplorable.

    What a great country we have, and yes, it is our responsibility to help those less fortunate. However, our troops need to rest!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:33 am |
  94. Kat H

    If you're going to hate entire countries that burn US flags, wouldn't that have to include the US? People burn flags here, people here hate our government. It's ignorant to say that a minority of people who hate us should keep us from protecting millions of others who do not from the very violence we disdain.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  95. ATL Guy

    We need to walk very carefully around this Iranian episode because if we get to involved in it, essentially we own it. As it is right now with Iraq, Afghanistan and North Korea we have our hands full. Like our nation and others have done after us, the Iranians need to rise up against their repressive regimes and fight for their freedom. Its a fight they have to take. We will provide you with moral support but we can't fight this fight for you.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  96. shawn

    America cannot help. What can we possibly do? As much as Iran is a rogue country, it is also a sovereign country with rights. If we did help, how? Militarily, Diplomatically, Sanctions? None, in my opinion would work. The root cause of why nothing would work is Religion. To many in Iran believe there religion directs them to hate and kill American's.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  97. Rachael SA Arizona

    I agree with Mohammed again. The international community should not recognize the Islamic Republic as the true governmental entity for all Iranians. They do not represent Iranians. He has said what I said 30 years ago. The International community- because of their recognition of the Islamic Republic as the government of Iran- is therefore also partly responsible for the mass murders of thousands of Iranians during the last 3 decades. Thus intervention by the international community should occur. This youngster gave one idea to us already and yes he is apparently under orders. If you listen to him, Mohammed clearly demonstrates that there is some organized overthrow in the process. I do agree to place US response on the side of caution. We should look to ourselves in our own beliefs first. I will only back those in Iran who want to separate church and state for one. I will only back those who will place murderers and rapists in prison and not give them luxury houses and cars.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  98. Ali Ahmadi

    when ever they want to have an anti US rally. they call out anyone who will participate in Tehran (8 mill people). they bus people in from out of town. They even force military people and police to dress in regular clothing and show up. they force civil servants and even highschool and middle school students to show up. they almost forced me to go when i was in 8th grade. fortunetly my school was a private school led by reformists and they managed to get us out of it.

    so they anti-US rallies are not exatly an acurate representation of iran.

    my concern is that Mohammed's request about others getting
    involved would not represent what most protestors want especially the leadership that is depending on some very conservative clerics that are starting to turn on the regime. i am not really sure what the US could do anyway. its not like anybody in they iranian gov listens to US.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  99. sarah peyravy

    My father came to America from Iran in 1974, before the revolution. These protests are the first major sign of change for Iranian people since the first revolution. We can only hope these protests will change the current regime into a more American friendly country-for my family's sake and the millions of Persians who are proud of their heritage and desperate for their liberty in Iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:30 am |
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