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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. baizid

    absolute rubbish.
    why would a muslim want foreign forces to intervene in Iran. This is just a work of US to prove to others that iranians want them to be there. Ofcourse the drama is set inorder to steal oil and kill iranis
    over 250 000 iraqis were killed by US soldiers in the past 5 years. No iranians want US to be in Iran

    June 22, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  2. Lynn (CTR), Lake of the Ozarks, MO

    It's funny how everyone seems to think they're right in this matter, when the fact is, there is no 'right' or 'wrong' decision. No matter what the U.S., or E.U., or U.N. chooses to do to assist if anything, it will be wrong to someone on this vast planet.

    The United States cannot appease everyone all the time, we are choking ourselves with political correctness in our own country, and too stupid to realize it; we do not need to be involved in other conflicts. I have to admit that President Obama is doing exactly what he should be doing . . . nothing, at least for now.

    Some of you have claimed this Mohammed could be a paid person to shout what we want to hear, that could be true, but it could also be he very well is an Iranian crying out for help . . . I have seen one cry for help so far on twitter from Iran, I would love to be able to sit and blog and comment all day and watch to see where this goes. However, I have work to do and cannot possibly do that, in order to monitor how many cries for help we receive. We all have our own opinions and voices, as should the Iranian people; after all that is what 'freedom' is all about, and the blog sites and comment postings are a part of that freedom.

    Yes, my heart aches for these people, I watched the video on youtube.com of the young teen being killed up close. It's gruesome, it's horrifying, and it's insane that anyone in this world could tolerate such dictatorship. Of course these people want out of their oppression . . . who wouldn't? However, we as 'free' Americans cannot give that to them, they must organize themselves, and take back what is theirs.

    I saw a comment from someone telling to 'turn the tables' on the Basij, absolutely, I agree. Take control, I also saw on certain blogs that I will not mention (in order to keep the Iranians profile low) that the Iranian opposition is quite intelligent in ways of confusing their enemy and protecting themselves from further harm, or at best lessening it.

    For now it is best we stop slamming hatred towards the people of Iran, and let them know we support their fight for freedom. However, sit back and be patient; and for Pete's sake get off the Presidents ass . . . would you like to be in his position right now? Really think about that . . . I highly doubt it!

    JackieQ ... tsk tsk, I think no more needs to be said.

    June 22, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  3. Aditya

    @Susan:
    the reason Arab countries are silent because in essence, they're always wary of Iran and the Iranian regime. Remember: Iran is not an Arab country, and moreover it is a majority Shiite nation. So the Gulf Arab states don't necessarily feel a common link with them culturally. Further, Iran is a nuclear state - and they feel threatened by that, but are afraid of saying anything about it for fear of isolating the hardline elements within their societies who may quietly sympathise with the Iranian regime's ideals. So while the Iranian regime keeps up with it's anti-Israel rhetoric and continues to live in isolation, they don't care because they can keep selling oil to it and not worry about any radical backlashes from the Mullah's back home.

    June 22, 2009 at 2:07 pm |
  4. Rosanna

    Hi Mohammad – this is an incredible opportunity for young Iranians to overthrow the Islamic Regime and bury everything it stands for. Rise up, yell, be brave and know that this is your ONE MOMENT to make REAL change not only in Iran, but to squash the regime's proxies,Hezbollah and Hamas.

    June 22, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  5. william

    the last time we encouranged revolution, it was to the shiites of basara, george h. left them out twisting in the wind as sadam slaughtered them. are we willing to help overthrow this government if invited in?
    probably not since W has us tied up in Iraq and Afghanistan. if we had taken care of business in Afghanistan in 03 before bolting to Iraq with no game plan, we would be in a much better position to help militarily, and that's what it will take to defeat the republican guard and whoever else backs the crazy religous zealots.

    June 22, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  6. dennis

    The overwheming majority of the American people support the Iranians peoples fight for change. Our hearts were bleeding like the blood running from Neda's face when we saw the results of some coward's bullet from a rooftop. Unfortunately, our government and other governments around the globe are going to do little to nothing to help the Iranian people. The Iranian people must rise up on thier own. There will be a huge amount of sacrafice, but it's the only way. May God be with you.

    June 22, 2009 at 2:05 pm |
  7. Maryam

    Don't worry, the United States would not take any action that they believe would not also benefit US.

    June 22, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  8. Hank

    From Berry Woods:

    "There is a better way to fight, and it doesn’t involve acting like animals, and making chaos and having by-standers getting killed.

    A government reflects its people, if Iranians really want change, they can do so by uniting and peacefully working together while following and respecting the laws of the nation.

    Don’t let your country turn into another Iraq or Somalia, civil war will not do any good and will make the situation worse.

    –Woods."

    What world do you live in?!? Wake up! The world isn't all hugs and kisses like in Berkely, CA. Yeah, we really blew it with the American Revolution. If we had only sat down and peacefully engaged in dialogue with the British, realizing our nationhood would have been delayed by only a century or two.

    People wake up! These left-wing peaceniks have no concept how the real world works. Put one of these Islamic extremists in a room with you with a gun and he'll put a bullet in your head. He will have no regrets and sleep like a baby at night..

    Regimes in power with little popular support will resort to extremes to maintain their positions. Only resistance will bring about change.

    Fight on Mohammed!!

    "The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants." -Thomas Jefferson

    June 22, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  9. Serg

    This is a twofold argument. On one side there is the premise of not interfering with the internal affairs of a sovereign nation and on the other hand there is the reality that there are many thousands of people in Iran who want change and want to become a modern society. I mean can you really blame them, they live in a society where women are viewed as inferior and thoughts different to the status quo are viewed as radical and defiant.
    We intervened in much the same way in Vietnam and it bought us an almost decade long war at the cost of over 50,000 American lives. I think that if we can do anything it would be assist the protesters by providing training via Spec Ops teams and Green Berets and help to undermine the Iranian government much the way we did with the Soviets in Afghanistan. This way Ahmadinejad and the the Ayatollah get what’s coming to them and he hands of the United States are clean and we are in the position to become a very good friend to a blossoming democracy in the middle east.

    June 22, 2009 at 2:04 pm |
  10. Henrik Sørensen

    To the people that can't understand why an Iranian protester would write in English on his posters of protest: Can you all read farsi ? Of course they write in English as well, they want their words to ring out to the world as well.

    June 22, 2009 at 2:03 pm |
  11. Mike

    US involvement would be a huge mistake.

    Iran has hated us for so long because we orchestrated an overthrow of their democratically elected government back in the 50's which resulted in the installation of an incredibly brutal ruler. We cannot repeat the mistakes of the past and expect different results.

    As painful and heart-wrenching as it is to watch on TV, these people must win their own freedom or it will have no value.

    If we help – there will always be those who say it was America and not the "will of the people."

    Every swing of the policemans baton is actually another nail in their own coffin. The world is watching...

    June 22, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  12. Greg

    Who cares let them fight it out amongst themselves. America is not the worlds fu ck ing babysitter!

    June 22, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  13. Glen Cuff

    As a father who lost a young son with Leukemia,my heart goes out to the young girl who was killed(NEDA) and her family in which I know their grief and to all those who lost their lives. (there are tears in my eyes as I write this!)The good people in Iran only want what we take for granted in the west. The world can't stand by and watch this slaughter of innocent people. All the countries of the world should and must severe all ties with this BRUTAL Government in Iran. Yes the world is watching but that is not good enough.These people need action and support from the free world.
    GOD BLESS YOU ALL IN IRAN FOR STANDING UP FOR WHAT YOU DEARLY BELIEVE IN AND DESERVE!

    June 22, 2009 at 2:01 pm |
  14. Gary

    America has enough problems of its own. Where is FRANCE?
    They want to be a super power, let them step up to the plate.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  15. Henrik Sørensen

    Extremists are the price for true freedom of speech. In my country Denmark, we have extremists from all sides of the political spectrum. Leninist, Stalinist, National socialists. We generally ignore them, by being informed and alert. We recognize their right to speak, and having parties. This is the terms of having a TRUE democracy. The Iranians that protests wants a TRUE democracy. Not a rigged election that keeps their oppressors in power. Thats not just the Iranians fight. Thats the fight of all that believes in TRUE democracy and rights of freedom.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  16. Maryam

    I read all these comments which have little relation to what Mohammed asked. He asked that other countries help through sanction, particularly not exporting oil from Iran. He never asked for American to send their troops there!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  17. Aditya

    Make sure you checked the phone call for authenticity...of course CNN is part of the mainstream media with no credibility...so I wouldn't put it past them to get fooled

    June 22, 2009 at 1:58 pm |
  18. BigSkylie

    Guy could tell truth, Guy could not tell the truth. Serious problem.. Like all the time when getting Information about Iran these days.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  19. Heather

    I am so afraid for these people. Proud to see them stand up for what they believe in but afraid that they will all be slaughtered for their dissent.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  20. Jim

    I refreshing and unique perspective from someone within a very repressive country. I am exicted to hear this kind of talk coming from a place where choice is not an option.

    I don't know if the international community has the right or responsibility to intervene, as much as we may like to help, is it not for the Iranian people to do?

    Freedom cannot be given, it must be earned. We tried to "free" the people of Iraq, and look what we got for it. Years of bloodshed and untold violence.

    I hope they can be sucessful and topple the governement, but I don't think it is right for the USA to do it for them. The will of the people must be concieved from within.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:57 pm |
  21. citizenUSA

    Stop telling these people they don't deserve our help or sympathy because "some" Iranians danced after 9/11, burn our flag, call for our "death", held hostage dozens of our people a long time ago. All this is true but most of the protesters are young with different ideals. Most probably were not even born during the hostage crisis. Even if they did some of the other things, it was likely at the encouragement of adults, parents, and such. Also, people do change. How can we turn our backs on sincere cries for help? Why do Iranians look to the U.S. for a solution? Because deep down inside they know who and what we really are.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  22. Somone from Iran

    For all those people who feel angry because Iranians burn down their flags and chat “Death to America”, “Death to Israel” let the world know: it’s not us. It’s not normal Iranians. We do not hate you. We do not burn your flag. Iranian government lies to you. They show disgusting images of thousands of Basiji forces who chant “Death to America” and burn down your flag. All those people, thousands of them, are PAID to do this. Basiji forces who burn down your flag, are the same people who kill us on our streets. You are upset that they burn your flags? They burn our bodies, and the world does not know how upset we are.
    What can we do about it? We can’t do anything. For 30 years, we have been in isolation, and when we want our voice to be heard, they fire us, arrest us or even kill us. You witnessed it by your own eyes.
    Just know this. It’s not us. We believe that people of the world (Americans, Jews …) are our friends, sisters and brothers. But we can’t express it. Let the world know that we do not hate you. You must let the world know.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:56 pm |
  23. bill

    I think something is being missed here......many other comments have touched on the fact that when the Iranian regime has a problem with the US, they fill their public area's with USA flag burning and banners with anti US slogans and shouts of "death to america"...it's true, we have all seen these images on our screens from the news, but in the first few days of the big rallies after the "election" in Iran, the Iranina government was bussing in hundreds of people from all over the country to hold their own Pro government rallies to make it appear as if there is a majority of Iranians who accept the package they are trying to sell, and those are the images displayed on the official Iranian news network and broadcast to the world....

    If they are doing that now, don't they do the same thing with the US flag burning rallies to make it seem as if the Iranian people are all anti western?

    The Iranian government is a dictatorship and has been all along, Amadinejad is nothing but a puppet of the "supreme leader" and he dances to the tune for them. They pick the candidates that they think are worthy and let them run for office and they pick the winners who will support their policies. In truly FREE elections anyone can run for office and the people pick the candidates who represent them.

    In Iran, the entire election process is a farce from the get go, there is nothing free or just about it.

    The people of Iran have obviously grown tired of being TOLD who will represent them, I think the west has an obligation to help free the people of Iran from oppression and dictatorship, we should not believe everything the regime broadcasts on the news as it is mostly propaganda and a pack of lies.

    If there was anything legitimate about this election, the Iranian government would not be shutting down the cell phone service of the entire country, shutting down the text messaging and cutting off web sites that help the people communicate and ejecting foreign reporters and banning all news casts of what is taking place...they don't want the world to know what is really going on in Iran.

    Please REJECT the Iranian regime, and SUPPORT the people of Iran

    June 22, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  24. YourFriend

    Our prime purpose in life is to help others. And if you can’t help them, at least don’t hurt them. The only hole that vengeance has ever filled, resides in the ground, six feet deep.

    America, Iran and all of humanity understand these basic principles, because we are all the same, worldwide. To give and receive Love, respect and dignity; these are the most basic of human needs. These things above all else are what drive our passions. And because we strive for all these things so passionately, it is sometimes so hard to see through the agendas of men and women who desire power and compliance and are willing to use your Love for your brothers and sisters against you.

    Whether you live in the United States, Iran, Iraq or South Africa, we all understand what it is like to feel humility and pain; to have our voice go unheard; to feel weak in the face of hatred and powerless in the wake of the powerful. In humanity, there are no party lines; there are no boundaries between countries; there are no government agendas; there are no races. There is you and the world you see. By believing that the world is split into so many different countries, religions and beliefs, men and women who desire power are able to use that belief to get you to act or feel a certain way. Don’t buy into it. The only line that divides us is the line we choose to make. Rub your feet in the sand and remove that line from your heart.

    You are good, you are able to give as well as receive Love, and above all you are the hope of the entire world.

    It’s all been said countless times before, by mean and women smarter than us. We just need to listen with our hearts to understand.

    In the end, we are all the same. Our views may be different, but we are not. And whether you believe in Buddha, Allah, Jesus Christ or no one at all, in the end, it is you who will need to justify your own actions to make peace with this world. Make the best and greatest impact you can, while you can. If you can make a change, do so. Do not worry about your neighbor’s views towards you, do not worry about being ostracized in your political party, do not worry about those who will hate you because of it. Be the person you were born to be. Lead through Love and other will respect you for it; whether they follow your example or not. Do what you can, because this life is not a dress rehearsal. This is not a movie. This is your life. Live it and let humanity be that much better because you did.

    My thoughts and prayers go out to those who have lost so much, by their willingness to stand out. One life lost has been too much.

    You must be the change you wish to see in the world. ~Mahatma Gandhi

    Peace to you and your families.

    Minneapolis, Minnesota.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  25. C. Santos

    I read here many posts asking why Obama is not doing anything, you all realize that once US takes a side there is no way back? And if for some reason US do not succeed in helping the democracy in Iran that will bite us back? It is a tough situation and has to be tough thoroughly as it may send a wrong message throughout the Muslin world. Right now I think that we can help protesting and when the right time comes the world should do something but don’t put on Obama’s hands the decision to go there and end this thing, it is a global responsibility, EU, Asia, Americas, ONU, everybody.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:55 pm |
  26. Ed from Texas

    Call me a wuss, but I cried when I saw Neda murdered on the streets of Tehran. And for what?......a peaceful protest. My heart goes out to them.....but beyond words....I am not sure there is much we can do. And we must choose those words carefully else the ruling clerics use them to denounce the protesters as "American Lackeys".
    My heart hopes for the best for them but my brain says it will be crushed and crushed violently. CNN has never been my primary news source but I commend them on their coverage.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  27. Maryam

    To the misinformed commentators here: it was the pro islamic government people who burned American flags 30 years ago and ohter times since then, not the opposition who would like to change this government.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  28. Mark Huther

    No way America gets involved without U.N. approval this time. Basicly, if the west gets involved like so many people are asking for then it is for the same reasons as them being in iraq....think about it. Futhermore Iraq's government at the time was much more tyrannical.

    When and if this gets brought before the U.N. many countries will use this forum to harbor anti-american/british sedemit like always. Nothing will be accomplished. You can't be pro western involvement in Iran but be anti westeren involvement in Iraq. Its a trap set for the west, no matter what they decide they will be wrong. I know its a hard time for the people of Iran but pain is usually part of victory.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  29. Leo

    Why does he want the UN impose more sactions against his own government? That would only hurt the citizens like himself... doesn't make any sense...really leads me to believe this person has been paid as the responses really do sound fake.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  30. The Real World

    It is the same old garbage. Everyone hates the U.S. until their liberties are being infringed upon and then they come crawling for help singing our praise. Well, this time Iran you are on your own—the same goes for you France. You cannot love America only when you need something.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  31. Jim Cunningham

    Every official at every level of the US government swears to uphold the Constitution before officially assuming their role. It would be a true "Morning in America" if they actually read it and let it inform their conduct in office. We had our revolution. Let Iran have theirs, and let's take a page from "friends" China and Russia's playbooks and do something in OUR national interest for a change. Let's ditch the obsession with the affairs of other nations and tendency to meddle that started with Eisenhower's Dulles brothers, went on steroids with the Kennedys and persisted with virtually every administration since. No more Republican "Shining City" crap, no more Clinton/Gore social work-by-force, no more "Leader of the Free World" posturing. No more. Get our military back in our own hemisphere, retaining the ability to obliterate any enemy while we mind our own business and see if we can salvage a country successive generations will want to live in.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  32. Zaw

    Mohammad, I am sure your message is welcomed by most freedom loving Americans and the rest of the world. Keep up your work. You can count on Americans when it comes to promoting freedom around the world. It is Essential to our survival and best deterrent (better than nukes we have) that can guarantee peace and security for all of us. Don't be discouraged by some postings above with extremist views. It may be surpirsing to you, but we DO have extremists in U.S. as well. They are also free to post their opinion. Most people with right mind just ignore them.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  33. gorbea

    Infowar against Iran
    http://www.infowars.com/iran-faces-greater-risks-than-it-knows/

    another examplet of CIA Operation Mockingbird
    secret Central Intelligence Agency campaign to influence domestic and foreign media

    CIA, Iran and the Election Riots

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRwUZ-u6KFo&w=640&h=390]

    Israeli Effort to Destabilize Iran Via Twitter

    http://www.godlikeproductions.com/forum1/message817610/pg1

    June 22, 2009 at 1:49 pm |
  34. Patti

    Bad idea for the US to interfere. Let these folks take care of their own battles. Stepping in to help them do what? Kill the bad guys? Once we get in there we will never get out....more dead people, civilians and military....we NEVER have tried to just "stand back and watch" when we see a threat to us, that's a different story. I think for once, the president is smart....let them earn their own democracy...we did.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  35. Interested

    Can someone tell me why these photos always have English markings in them> Police written in English>Where is my vote written in English. Seems strange to me.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  36. harris

    I am standing in solidarity with each and every Iranians who are fighting for their human rights no matter what issues between america and iran shows,they are fighting for the same rights that martin luther preaches about and i stand by them in solidarity.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:46 pm |
  37. Alec

    "But you use to burn our flags on television. Remember?"
    I seriously doubt Muhammed has ever burned an American flag. I know the time period you're referring to. It is possible during the beginning of the Hostage Crisis in 79 he had grandparents involved in protests against the U.S. but this was 30 years ago, several generations apart for Muhammed. Khomeini back stabbed and lied to the people over there with his promises in the beginning for a democratic government.

    "the streets of Iran are flooded with protesters yelling ‘Death to America’, ‘Death to American’s’, and burning of the American flag."
    Much of that is staged presentation for the media. The people that do this, if you watch your tv you will see that they always do this at the same location – it appears to be inside an open-air mosque at Tehran University. When they chant they know the camera is focused on them. Many of these "Death to America" chanters ARE PAID TO ACT. It's True. I've read about it in a book called Persian Mirrrors by a NY Times columnist who has covered in Iran since 1978. Many of them chant half-heartedly, they are given freebies, some are paid, most are given a free meal to participate in the chanting of "Death to America."

    June 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  38. Jim

    US Citizens don't have such a short memory that we have forgotten the images of students burning American flags or footage of 52 blindfolded hostages held for 444 days by students that raided the US Embassy (with the support of the Iranian government I might add). All this because of the US chose to get involved.... and back then we couldn't "tweet" or "blog". 66 million people live in Iran. A few HUNDRED protest that the election was rigged. No real proof is offered, despite the simple fact that if 11 million votes were rigged proof should abound. This is a storm in a teacup pumped up by the media and President Obama has been wise to show restraint.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm |
  39. ananthan krishnan

    wats happening in iran is also a scene displayed in Malaysia, where the ruling govt has used force, extortion to be in power.

    The Prime Minister – Najib – has a murder charge, for blowing up a Mongolian woman with explosives and he is ruling the country. He has refused to testify and the the juducuary is in tatters.

    Read: the malaysianinsider.com

    Sad, but thats the state of many muslim countries, who in the name of Islam, commit crimes on its own people, and are involved in big time corruption and what not.
    These countries are at par with Zimbabwe, where the Devil rules

    June 22, 2009 at 1:44 pm |
  40. Loretta

    I have long believed that the only way to get a grip on terrorism is for women and educated young people to scream bloody murder against the tyrrany they live with. that's what they are doing.

    Listen to them!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  41. dora collier

    I will stand with anyone who wants FREEDOM! I don't care about the past, I only care about today – people change!

    June 22, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  42. Eric of Reseda

    Americans would be amazed if they actually went and had coffee at an Iranian cafe. These are progressive, educated people who indeed light years ahead of the oppressive regime they have to deal with day after day. It's a hip, young population that may embrace Islam, but also embraces the ideas we espouse here in America: worship your G-d in peace. Let us worship ours, likewise. And come Saturday night, let's tip a few beers – despite prohibition – and enjoy a little rock n' roll...or hip-hop, as the case may be. We Americans should fully support the uprising against the Islamo-fascists. Someday, Iran will be a great trading partner in goods and tourism.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  43. Onlooker

    Let Adrian Pasdar become an ambassador for the Iranian people. He is a hero after all. His father was an Iranian immigrant and cardiac surgeon.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:43 pm |
  44. MGM

    Unfortunately, I think "the establishment" in Iran would use western involvement as an opportunity to scapegoat America/the west and pretend like it is America who wants them to admit their election is a farce, rather than the Iranian people. The way things are, who is going to take them seriously when they say that when it is obviously their OWN citizens who are protesting and whom they are brutalizing?

    But that doesn't mean my heart isn't breaking for the Iranian protestors who are courageously standing up for their rights. Hell, if I lived in Iran, I'm sure I would be pleading the world for help too. Please stay strong, Iranians. We are praying for you. You are so brave.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  45. Alex

    If you read history, US has twice intervened with regime changes in Iran. Once in 1950s and second in 1979, where they tricked Shah into leaving the country and instead it back burned on them when the hostages were taken. People never voted for an islamic regime, Khomeini declared himself Supreme Leader AKA Dictator AKA God. This is a clerical regime, these people are uneducated, insane individuals who in the name of a religion have supressed people of Iran. US again has a chance to not intervene but deliver a clear message that says we support FREEDOM for people of Iran. Freedom in Iran means peace in the middle east.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  46. Hugh

    just curious – why dont you have a share link so that we can easily share this article and the comments via twitter?

    June 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
    • Derek Dodge

      http://bit.ly/8pc1T

      June 22, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  47. jess b.

    The same people we see shooting and beating people are the ones burning the flags and chanting death to America.

    Same as the "official" stream of information coming out of Iran right now.
    17 people killed.

    Bull.

    How many people said stay out of Germany?

    June 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  48. Cee

    All you clowns ripping Obama....What's all the concern about the Iran situation....I thought it wasn't foolish to be considered a citizen of the WORLD!!....

    What do you want Obama to do....What did Bush do for 8 years???

    June 22, 2009 at 1:40 pm |
  49. Respect

    I'm not one to speak about lying to the American people, but why does the Iranian police force spell out "POLICE" in english and they are in Iran?

    June 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  50. Kristen

    Wow, it's astounding how many people believe that Obama's "inaction" is indicative of weakness. You do realize that our founding fathers all felt very strongly that the US should not try to impose ourselves on other nations, right? Obama is right in this matter. Why do you think the hardliners in Iran are trying so hard to connect us with this? They WANT us to play right into their hands by throwing all of our support behind the protestors. Our involvement would only make things worse for the protestors. We would indeed be "meddling," and we would once again be seen as attempting to force ourselves and our customs on the Middle East. Iran is a sovereign nation. If there had been widespread protests after the 2000 or 2004 elections (or any election for that matter), would Americans want other countries to come in to put things right? I seriously doubt it.

    Also, anyone who believes that democracy will rule if the protestors prevail is seriously naive. The Iranian people should have their voice heard, for sure, and it does appear that the elections were somehow fraudulent, which is unconscionable. But let's not pretend that if Ahmadinejad is ousted, Iran will suddenly be a thriving democracy. It will still be a theocracy. People who think otherwise don't seem to wholly understand the situation.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  51. Aaron Seattle

    I truly sympathize with the Iranian people. But the fact of the matter is we are already in 2 wars, a deep recession, and a growing energy problem, we honestly cannot accept OR AFFORD another military action. I want to help these people as much as the next person but the truth is if we interfere that will only strengthen the Ayatollahs power and resolve. The people of Iran can do this on their own. Seeing the events of the past week I have absolute belief the Iranian people have the power within them to change their gov't for the better, they just need to keep believing in themselves and remember that an oppressive gov't is not one which is legitimized by it's own people and they have every right to do reform it!
    Obama is right to show support for the Iranians but not to get involved. The best way to help is keep our internet services up and running to provide access for communication for these people, ie. twitter, facebook, and a host of other sites. This is why he asked Twitter not to do that update.
    So everyone bashing Obama needs to get a grip on our current reality as well as the Iranians and get over your Bush era war-mongering since it will not solve anything just as the current wars we are in will solve nothing.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  52. Tom, AlBUQUERQUE, N

    Jake in LA, You are sailing without a sail or a rudder. The protesters in Iran are being propelled and encouraged by outsiders to disrupt and /or overthrow their Government. Musouvi is but a pun in this matter. The West have since 1953 tried to engage in Iran affairs and select its leaders. These protesters mean well but the majority of them are not well informed and are being swayed by emotionalism, like you Jake.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  53. edgyone

    Smart kid. He is absolutely right. Stop the flow of refined petrol and sanction Iran for crimes against its own people. The iranian revolution suceeded in part from a strike in the Iranian oil fields. If we were to sanction Iran by cutting off the supply of gasoline they might shift the focus from enriching uranium to refining oil. The French have to much at stake econimically for that to happen though.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  54. Stop,Look, Listen

    Wake up folks, this is the 21st century and a new breed of determined peaceful people, who want inclusiveness and freedom has ushered in. As a new day in America dawned in November 2008 so can a new day dawn in other coutries around the world. We have devoted american blood, sweat,and money to senseless causes around the world for decades, now an opportunity presents itself for us devote our resources to rid Iran of its backward thinking government. These people need our support. If they are willing to die to effect change and get rid of the tyrants, then we should be willing to support them in any way possible to truly attain global peace.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  55. Babak

    I’m an Iranian born American who has spent the majority of his life in the US. What Americans think they know about the Persian people up to this point is the result of careful manipulation of the state media in Iran and the 24 hr news thirsty media in the West. Although, changing mess perception is extremely difficult, what we are finally seeing on televisions is the images of the actual ordinary people; their views and their struggle. The images of flag burnings and chanting of “Death to America” has always been a way of an illegitimate regime trying to keep on to power by isolating its people.

    No one is asking for US troops on the ground, or the involvement of any military action.

    All that is asked by Mohammad, to whom I have the deepest gratitude for his courage, is for the international community to support the people of Iran by knowing that the views shown by Iranian government does not represent the people.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:36 pm |
  56. Shelly

    The leaders only want you to see images of people burning US flags. They control the media there. I agree. The minority feel that way about the US there. The majority want freedom and peace!

    June 22, 2009 at 1:35 pm |
  57. Grrr-awful-o

    Most of us Americans support your struggle for democratic rights. I'm not sure what tack our government will take but our citizens are on your side. Hopefully there's something we can do – like trying to cut off gasoline exports to Iran as you suggested. Good luck!

    June 22, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  58. Daniel

    I am throwing politics aside here. Regardless of my thoughts on the Obama administration, this is something I think we REALLY need to come together on. These people want freedom, and we need to do all we can to help them. We don't need to invade and if Obama is really seeking to have a reasonable dialogue with Iran, it won't come from the current administration. It must be with the new generation of freedom loving Iranians.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  59. Toni from TX

    Mohammad, most of America stands behind you in your quest for recognition from the international community. However, because of the historty between the US and Iran, American must remain cautious. It would be political suicide for the President to act otherwise. I have a brother who is stationed in Afghanistan and have served several tours in Iraq. Our family is tired of war, protests, suicide bombers, torture, etc. My thoughts and prayers are with the Iranian people.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:34 pm |
  60. CED

    JackieQ- Brea -Ca – Remember Japan and Germany? Allies now. This is called repairing and moving on. My grandfather killed people in Japan, another in Germany, some in our family killed by same.

    Iran is no longer an American enemy, wanting freedom, International community and support.

    STOP THE HATRED!

    June 22, 2009 at 1:33 pm |
  61. Brandon

    Everyone would have to agree if Bush was president we'd probably be in Iran now freeing the people from a repressive regime... might not have been the greatest or best entry but we'd be in there....

    I think the world should help not just the US and help the citizens of Iran stand up to this regime; especially if the statements from this young man represent the people of Iran... it would be a great step towards peace.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  62. Cee

    BeefMasterX:

    Why didn't Bush go in there when he was mouthing off about Iran for 8 year???

    GOP is looking for a Scapegoat!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  63. Todd

    BeefMaster,

    You are an idiot. This situation is much more complicated than you're making it. Sure it'd be nice to just step in so easily and within a week we'd have the change we want, right? Yeah just that easy... Maybe if you didn't hate Obama so much you'd realize that as much as we'd like to step in its not that simple. I'm tired of people like you criticizing the President on this issue, if you don't like the way its handled then you can go to another country and make this country one person better. Thanks.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  64. Stefan

    But... sounds to me like a setup... AMERICANS.. intervene... so the government can shift the blame to YOU.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  65. Cycoblitz

    Arx, OK, take your freedom and love your dictator. You say we are not for freedom? In our simple lives, we are free. Your attitude indicates the hatred many Iranians feel for us here. While thousands pray for your innocent citizens, you come out and sprew more hatred for us. do you represent the majority of the Iranians, or are you just filled with hate?

    We truly care about what you're going through. We have never burned your flag here. The difference is that hate is not the first thoughts out of our heads every day. It's wanting freedom and hoping the world can taste it, too. thanks for showing us what you stand for.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  66. Jon

    /* More than 85% of Iran’s gasoline is imported from foreign countries. */

    Hey - does anyone know where the Iranians are importing their gasoline from? It's not the US. My first guess would be Russia, but I'm having trouble hunting down an answer on my own.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  67. cal

    Monica0220,
    In earlier reports cnn stated that the Iranian government has bussed in supporters to Tehran to make it look like they have more supporters than they do. I doubt that this is the first time this tactic has been used.
    Remember the media does not represent the full picture. The media can only show and discuss information that is collected or given to it.
    Imagine that there were ten rallies, for lets say neo-nazi's, in ten different states in the U.S. Now if the only footage that is collected by foreign news agencies is video of those rallies the U.S is going to seem extremely racist even if the vast majority of the people in the U.S are not.
    As for comparing the U.S Revolutionary War, many people seem to forget that we DID NOT win on our own. The French were extremely helpful. Of course that was because they didn't like the Brittish but the U.S doesn't like Iran. Some people believe that without the French's help the U.S would not have been able to hold out long enough.
    As for soldiers being sent to Iran, nobody in the government has really stated that as an option. The Iranian student had the right idea. Iran requires foreign oil to funtion. If the government can't funtion then then it can't enforce laws or show it's legitimacy..

    June 22, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  68. Gavin

    This is very hypocritical. When they can not handle their own problems, the only choice they have is the USA. Then if we were to intervene, they will hate us for be in their country and messing with their internal affairs. This is what happened in the past and this is what’s going to happened in the future. Please do not take me wrong, I feel the pain of the Iranians. But I do not think it’s our business to say anything about their country or their system because there would be a backlash even our intentions is to help their people.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  69. danny

    Danny K,

    Let the peopleof Iran ask the USA and Israel for help first.. If so then and only then should we help. They can no longer say, "oh help us but not these countries...", what would that serve? Freedom is freedom for all.

    Danny

    June 22, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  70. George M

    Now is the TIME we must support the reformist movement. They have at last found the courage to protest. Among the hardliners all are not bad. There are some hearts that can be converted to goodness.That is the key. Some people dont change. Some do change. We need friendly leaders, who are sensitive to the issues of the people and the their nation. So we USA must support and do whatever we can to bring these young generation out of PERIL. The world is watching and this cant go on forever. There is a STOP for every GO. There is a RED light for every GREEN light. So America this is the time to bring our iraninan Americans and support them. This is could be a catalyst for the fall of the MULLAHS.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  71. cathy

    I am impressed with the articulation of Mohammad oregarding the situation in Tehran. Two things come to my mind however. One, when it is said that students are protesting, or students are organizing, I think this tends to misrepresents the situation. It somehow diminishes the magnitude of involvement of the everyday person, of the families, of the average business person, and the elderly that are involved in the demonstration. Care needs to be taken to not make it seem that the struggle of the Iranian people is marginalized to just "students"

    Secondly, is it possible to confirm that this phone call or text message is really coming from this person in Tehran?

    June 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  72. Drider

    The people who are trying to drag the phrase "American troops should not be involved" are simply trying to scare Americans into a senario that wont happen......Unless these Iranian freedom fighters fail and then there is a good chance we will be pulled into a war with Iran down the line.

    Some people here obviously want this Iranian guy tossed under the Obamajad bus being his plea for non combat help comes in the form of meddling that Obamajad said the Iranians didn't want....he just didn't say which side.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  73. ron

    The Iran election is a true miracle. How else can one explain how the votes were all counted and the results given in a few hours. Approximately 40,000,000 votes to count with no computers. Try counting to 1,000 with about 1-1/2 seconds between each number. See how long this takes. Now estimate how many vote counters. It is obvious it would take between 12-24 hours to count the votes minimally. Iran's supreme leader says all the votes were counted in a few hours, I call that a real miracle. Perhaps the supreme leader can fly by flapping his arms quickly!?!

    June 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  74. James

    I see so many of these posts (Jackie Q, Tom, etc) regarding staying out of "political" entanglements in this recent Iranian election and I can see we've become very "gun-shy" with our complicated involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. But, the student Mohammed being interviewed Mohammed never asked for military involvement but only economic sanctions and political pressure. It's disheartening to see how many American's have forgotten our own history. Remember, America was founded on a revolution, when our forefathers rejected the "tyranny" of England's crown. We also benefited from the help of the French to establish this country. In return, we sent the bravest and best of our generation in the 1940s to stop facism and again in Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan. It only makes sense that the Iranian youth's or for that matter any human being's desire for basic human rights should resonate with us Americans. I for one will give whatever political support I can for these youth and their search for social justice.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  75. Larry D

    I feel the pain of those iranians who feel that they want peace and democracy there current president is defintly headed toward a dictatorship. I do think we need to wait this out see what happens if it gets worse do something to help ease this tension. We do not need another war like we did Iraq invading countries doesnt solve issues but talking to countries 1 on 1 does.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  76. Lynda

    Freedom for All - Not quite true but good enough. Having lived through the 60's I saw many of our own citizens shot down by police for what they believed in and have no doubt it could easily happen again.

    The point, never take your freedom and liberty for granted.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  77. Frank

    Tom, from AlBUQUERQUE, New Mexico

    How dare you say such things. How can you look at yourself in the mirror and truely believe that killing innocent men and women is OK for a government to do. It is very obvious you support the regime and I highly doubt you are american.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:29 pm |
  78. Meg

    WHY are we still selling them gasoline? It seems an obvious way to support the reformers

    June 22, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  79. Tanya b

    I see comments about the burning of US flags. Who do you think were burning the flags. It was the government not the people. The iranian ppl are not evil as they may have been portrayed. as you can see for the past week, they have been shot at, beaten up, arrested, killed, etc... But how have the ppl been responding? by throwing rocks. Have you seen the way ppl have been killed for just walking in a peaceful protest. The riot is by the government trying to make the ppl look bad.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:28 pm |
  80. American4AFreeIran

    As an American, married to an Iranian, I can assure you that the MAJORITY of people within Iran, feel the same as Mohammed. They want freedom, they DESERVE freedom and I hope that they continue to fight for their freedom!

    June 22, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  81. jason

    A flag it's just a symbol. The fabric of the American flag is not important It's the freedom that it represents that is important. A flag can be restiched or rebuilt, but freedom must be fought for and defended at all costs. All America should be behind these people 100%. Because in the end all they want is to be free to live their lives without fear of tyrannical rule. That is something every American should be able too relate to.

    Have the last 8yrs shown you nothing? We should not view rhetoric from an established government as the voice of the people. What we are seeing now is the true voice of the people of Iran. The repressed voice hidden beneath the government rhetoric.

    The desire for freedom is as basic as the need for food, water and shelter. No human should be without these basic necessities in life.

    Long live the true voice of Iran. May freedom come to your doorstep sooner then later.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  82. lynne

    This courageous young man's message must not be ignored. I am extremely disappointed–ANGRY –that Obama is not taking this opportunity to help the people of Iran, to safeguard the world and the region. His election to the office of president was a huge mistake in respect to American security and foreign policy. He is far too obsequious, bowing down to Saudi royalty (one of the worse human rights records in the world), and he is passive–afraid to make a stand. He watches the danger in the street that the protesters face and he makes a weak statement. I hope with all my heart that he will listen, that the other countries of the world will listen to this young man's message. Political experts are perplexed by Obama's timidity.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  83. Jake (Los Angeles)

    Tom You must be a moron or on some sort of drug. You think it's right what the Iranian government is doing? Are you out of your f-ing mind? let me guess you voted for Bush twice? Why don't you sit back in albuqurque and watch the cactus grow and let the educated people discuss these things mmmmmmmkay? This is a global problem, we already have North Korea to worry about with their nuclear capabilities and if we don't stop this oppressive regime we'll have another nuclear dillema on our hands.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:24 pm |
  84. gene roberts

    Obama is doing what he should.If their is going to be an Iranian Revolution is should be the Iranians then and only then should the United States take the position of backing the new reformists or else our immediate participation will be the extinctsion of the light of freedom that is beginning to 'twinkle'.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  85. Atheist IQ

    Iranians were the only ones in the middle east who had candlelight vigils out of respect for the American victims of Sept 11 attacks.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  86. Rachael SA Arizona

    Connie, the French were chanting "down with America" right alongside. I don't think any of us should be so naive to think that even some of our European "allies" didn't have a hand in helping the Islamic Republic in it's anti-Americanism. I still want everyone to please heed the fact that Motakki is blaming the west for these recent protests and that the IRI is rethinking it's relation to Britain. This is a very important set of propaganda now coming from the IRI. If the US were to err on the side of caution-I think taking Britain's side in this would be of great benefit.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:22 pm |
  87. nyc

    IMPEACH OBAMA! TOTAL DIGRACE TO OUR COUNTRY..MORE PRO-ARAB THAN PRO-US. BRINGING US DOWN ONE DAY AT A TIME. MORON. MORE INTERESTED IN SOCIALISM THAN DEMOCRACY! I PRAY FOR THOSE IN IRAN WHO WANT PEACE AND DEMOCRACY..and, as for those who say the Iranian youth burned our flag? That is what the Iranian government WANTED you to see. These kids are the world's future. Pray that justice is served upon the bastards in their government now.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  88. ASH

    Does anyone read the comments first before repetitiously stating the same old flag rhetoric that has been intellectually dismissed?...jeez

    June 22, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  89. FreedomForAll

    Jabli Izvesti June 22nd, 2009 1:05 pm ET

    Barack Obama is absolutely right in ruling out any kind of intervention in Iran.The same demonstrators in Tehran,who now seek American intervention,could very well turn around and accuse the Great Satan of all kinds of high crimes.The anti-war groups in America should make it clear that America is no longer the world’s policeman.
    --------------------------------

    If you honestly believe we are not going to step into this situation, then you do not pay close attention to what is ACTUALLY going on. Of course we are going to step in. The "powers that be" in our government have been waiting for a reason to go into Iran. Why do you think this is all over CNN for American's and the world to see? If they didn't want us to see all of this, believe me we wouldn't be seeing it. This gives our government a nice way in with support from the people of the United States. I agree with doing something to help these people, but our government as ulterior motives. Inspite of their true reasons, Iranians need help and support. And it needs to happen sooner rather then later, before more young people are beaten and killed.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  90. lucia

    Whats going on is a terrible thing..I dont think its right for inocent people to get hurt if their fighting for their rights

    June 22, 2009 at 1:20 pm |
  91. J

    This is not our battle; this is not our time; this is the Iranians time. You must rage; if you truly want change you must take it yourself. Hold up the death of Neda as your Alamo. Fight for the change you so want.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  92. steve5976

    Show Obama he is wrong join facebook group

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?ref=home#/group.php?gid=101105806897&ref=nf

    June 22, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  93. Kristen

    I think it's really interesting that so many people think it's our obligation to go in and somehow aid the protestors. Where were all of you during the outrageous human rights violations in Burma? What about in various places in Africa? I don't recall many calls for the US to get involved in places like Darfur and Myanmar. Now all of the sudden we've got GOP members crawling out of the woodwork to demand that we stand firm with the protestors. We've got Congress passing resolutions to declare our solidarity with these people. If the reason for this is human rights, why were there no similar resolutions passed when people in other countries have been oppressed in similar ways. I also find it ironic that so many of the people who now claim to love the Iranian people were ready to bomb them not so very long ago. What is happening in Iran is horrible, and my heart goes out to these people. I have no quarrel with the Iranian people. The Iranian people are by and large very generous, peaceful people who very much want to be part of the global community. It is not our place to get involved, however. We might be welcomed at first, but we would be hated later. I'm sure neo-cons and the hardline Israeli government would love nothing better than to see us get involved. It would make it so much easier to further their plans to subjugate Iran.

    Also, what exactly would intervention look like? Military action? Sanctions? What? If people support some kind of military support, exactly how will we pay for that? We've heard quite a bit from the Republican party about how we need to curtail spending (it's funny how they weren't worried about that when we spent trillions on Iraq and Afghanistan, but whatever). Any kind of intervention in Iran isn't going to be free, you know. Sanctions have to be approved by various members of the UN. The US is not in charge of the world.

    People need to wake up to the reality of the situation and stop being so hypocritical. If it's really human rights you're concerned about, then good for you. But ask yourselves if you have urged US intervention during other human rights violations elsewhere in the world. I'm going to assume the answer is no.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  94. Mike O'Brien

    I don't know. Should we step in ? We could be stepping into 'quicksand'. Mike in Montana

    June 22, 2009 at 1:19 pm |
  95. lae

    Have not we burned a few flags within our own borders? Or was that bras we burned? I can't remember. It is always refreshing to be reminded that the views of a general population does not always, if ever, reflect the views of those who govern/rule them.

    I deeply appreciate what Mohammed has said. I am, however, disturbed by his dutiful following of "orders." "...as soon as I get any order, I will participate in any demonstration that they tell us." What if this "any order" is not in accord with the ideals the Mohammad holds?

    I worry that Mohammed may not be critically reflecting for himself. He risks being duped by another agenda that may not be entirely forthcoming. His seemingly blind loyalty may contribute more to further discord than to his idealism.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  96. Douglas

    To John:

    Saudi Arabia and all the other ARAB OIL DICATORSHIPS MATTER. They are the ones that US policy can must affect.Failure to do this...means your a hypocrit.

    ANd by the way. Thank you for your tax dollars. They helped me pursue and obtain PHD in Political Science. Thanks a lot! haha

    June 22, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  97. Reply to Tom

    Tom, have you just begun following the situation? The Iranian protesters are not upset about their candidate losing in their election. They're upset that the election itself was rigged, which is basically proven in the latest report displayed yesterday on CNN with regards to voting irregularities. The presidency was the one tiny spot in their government where they had some say over the direction of their country, but even that turned out to be fraud with this latest event.

    I originally thought non-intervention may be our best bet as well, but Ahmadinejad has made it clear that non-intervention will not benefit the US in the slightest. By his view, we have already interfered though we have done nothing.

    The situation is very dynamic and volatile. Obama should proceed with caution, certainly, but at no point should he not proceed.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:18 pm |
  98. dan

    Romanians took Ceausescu (their dictator) and his government out in a week or so (Dec 1989) They really did not deen the Americans' help. You could take them out, too. It will help if the military is on your side. NO turning back – don't give up.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:17 pm |
  99. Marelan

    I pray that the power of evil be broken over the country of Iran by the power of the prince of peace the only one who can change hearts, the true Son of God, Jesus the Christ......We are standing with you brave young people of Iran!

    June 22, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  100. JAHWobbly

    JackieQ- Brea -Ca: US flag-burning demonstrations are manufactured by the hardliner government. They bus in kids from school. Every principal has to hand over x number of students in order to stay out of trouble. The only people who go to them voluntarily are the wack-job psychopaths in this conservative regime.

    The best thing for the US to do is keep its hand off and be very very careful about what it says. It can and must be on the side of the American values of freedom and democracy, but should NOT take sides. Whomever it takes sides with will have a giant target on them, be identified as traitors and will lose the power to lead.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
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