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June 22nd, 2009
09:45 AM ET

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. Cali

    No. I respect the courage of the students and all, and in fact I support their push to be heard. However, I'm sick of seeing America get dragged into Middle Eastern problems only to be blamed and branded as "evil" by everyone we try to help. I'm also sick of seeing other developed nations just stand around. Perhaps instead of singling out the USA and our president, these groups need to demand that the United Nations get off its backside and do something. America isn't the only nation in the world with a military, nor are we the only one that knows something needs to be done.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  2. Nelson Lee

    I am astounded with some of the ignorance by the posters and readers of CNN. So many of you generalize and summarize that you are coming off as completely fools. Why must you constantly lump everyone together?

    Speak your mind, write your thoughts, give your opinions, but at the very least, read what you write, be accountable.

    B22 – How can we intervene with that in our recent history? Huh? Get me facts of huge voter irregularities, so much so that it was FRAUD. It was COMPLETE? Do tell.

    Dan – How is it that you know it's the same protesters? Why must you lump everyone in the same country together? Are all Americans the same? Do we all bear the same opinions? I think not. Just as I think your comments are baseless and without thought and fraught with ridicule, you come off as such a complete utter fool.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  3. Gary

    The Polish helped in our revolution,far more than the french.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  4. Henrik Sørensen

    concerning the Obama thread of thoughts here:

    I was just happy to see that US: became a Democracy again.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:24 pm |
  5. Duck Billed Platepus

    I doubt any country that is led by a Muslim will get involved with over throwing another Islamic state. That is why the Great Messiah has not supported the new revolution in Iran. Good luck, but looks like you're going at it alone.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  6. Jay

    I hope the Iranian people can overthrow that regime and create a government that is democratic and secular. Hopefully the former crown prince of Iran can help facilitate this process if the regime is overthrown. I am not sure what would have to happen for this take place. We need to be putting pressure on the Iran's government right now to do anything possible to make this happen.

    A democratic secular government can help limit Islamic extremism, funding to Hezbollah, foreign fighters in Iraq, and so much more.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  7. Sandra

    Kudos to the students for their bravery. The first thought I had when I seen this was "these people are risking theat of injury or death marching and protesting for what they believe in and we Americans sat by idolly as George W. and his cronies stole the last two elections and look where that left us". Regardless of our differences the Iranian people, their safety, and their future is in my daily prayers. God Bless America and may he watch over the Iranian people during their plight.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:22 pm |
  8. Alyssa

    To make such comments (i.e. Don't forget that they burned our flag, shouting Death to America) is an absolute mockery and insult to the Iranian people who are risking their lives in pursuit of innate rights we in this country enjoy on a daily basis but rarely every appreciate. Three-fifths of Iranians are not even old enough to remember the Islamic Revolution of 1979–are we going to judge an entire people by the actions of their country nearly 3 decades ago? That's like telling someone to judge the United States by its actions just 4 decades ago when schools, buses, restaurants, etc were still segregated.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  9. Helen

    Jackie,

    You may want to try to understand history a little better. He did not burn our flag on TV. The people like the ones who voted for Ahmadinejad burned our flag. You just did not know better until now. Don't stereotype just b/c he is Iranian. You still don't get it. That is what they are trying to say, that all that WAS NOT them. They are trying to communicate to the world that this regime has never represented its people.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  10. Jared

    I think these events have given a voice to a part of Iran that the general public never gets to hear. The technological advances of our time have finally made it difficult for corrupt and totalitarian governments to continue to suppress its people.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  11. Amir Rafique

    The young generation of Iran wants to be heard. They dont want to be suppressed. The rulers of Iran will ultimately have to bring some reforms. For example many women of Iran want to wear burqa but they dont want anyone forcing them to wear it.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  12. John James

    U.S. elections were never rigged as it is a historical fact that Bush won FL by a small margin in 2000 irrespective of the Supreme Court's involvement. I am sorry to have to keep posting info that strikes down these endless liberal myths ("tax cuts for the rich," "torture," "unauthorized invasion of Iraq," etc. - all lies).

    Obama is a coward and should resign. Its just that simple. You cannot go from "community organizer" to President without paying some dues (or taxes ala his criminal cabinet).

    No one has done more damage to this country or told more lies in such a short period of time as Obama. Vote for personal responsibility, vote for impeachment!

    June 22, 2009 at 4:19 pm |
  13. YourFriend

    "CNN STOP this irresponsible reporting. "

    LAWLZ! You just said that to the people who published that Big Foot was found on their frontpage!

    ROFLCOPTERS!

    June 22, 2009 at 4:18 pm |
  14. CoffeeTime

    Obama talks, talks, talks every day – even Jon Stewart took him to task for being in front of us almost 24/7 since being elected. Except, of course, when talk really matters. Then he's mum.

    What an embarrassment of a president.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  15. Saman

    I am an Iranian Canadian. Here is what I am afraid will happen: The western world is not going to do anything about this. They will try to negotiate with these animals hoping to persuade them not to develop nukes. They won't succeed but then they still won't do anything (other than pity sanctions). Once Iranian government has nukes, people like Khamenei and Ahmadinejad won't hesitate to use them against US and Israel. Why? Because they have the same mentality as the psychopaths that blew up the world trade centre. Once a city in US is leveled they in turn will wipe the entire country of Iran off the map.

    So let's see how this worked out: Thousands if not millions of innocent people die in the west and an entire nation that has been taken hostage by a group of brain washed (and that is what they are) fanatics pays the price for it.

    To the people who think Iranians should rise up: Let’s see you send your son or daughter unarmed to be slaughtered by a bunch of savages. In this modern world you can't stay indifferent. 911 should have though us that.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  16. T.O.

    I do think that something should be done to help the people of Iran, but I dont think that the US should jump in and rescue them. We have too many other problems of our own to worry about. And this is also why other countries despise us, bc we cant mind our own business!! We stick our noses where it doesnt belong. Yes my heart cries out for the peolpe of Iran, but this is not our election and it's not our fight.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  17. Howard

    How are we to know this "Mohammed" is who he claims? What if he's a plant by the the Ahmadinejad government to draw the U.S. and others into doing exactly what they are trying to claim, and thereby give them a pretext for even more violent repression? Mohammed's answers were just a bit too glib and vague for my taste.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  18. John Sharpe

    Liberate Iran? There is way too much crack in America these days. Nothing short of a nuclear-armed missile pointed at Tel Aviv will ever make that happen. I find this Iranian drama to be inspiring. Iranians will get their freedom…eventually. These things take time. Don’t worry. More sanctions on your country are coming. The Iranian Government is still at odds with the US, Europe and now, half of it’s own people. They will not withstand forever. This is just another (painful) step in a long journey from colonialism. It’s now time for the dust to settle and your moderates to push the envelope. The past does not matter. At the end of the day Americans and Iranians are a lot more alike than was ever advertised. Who would have thought it could be possible? It was a good thing for America’s coach potatoes to see a slightly bigger view of the world than the typical right wing rhetoric from both countries.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:17 pm |
  19. LISA

    I am an American woman. For 2 years, when I was 19, i dated an Iranian student here in the states. Standing in the mix of that community here in the U.S. during the hostage crisis and revolution, I can tell you that there are two realities. One you see in the media, one in real life. The people of Iran have been living in fear for many decades. Before the revolution, there was the brutality of the Shah, and hopes for freedom dashes with Khomeni. People are people. As a young person then, and older (and wiser) now, I came to see Iranians first, as very smart, proud, and yet terrified human beings. Think out of the box! If you lived under the confines of brutal dictatorship for several decades, you would also think twice before resisting orders to burn flags, chant slogans, attend pro-government rallies. I remember Iranian women attending universities here, feeling compelled to where the chador. Not out of religious ideology, but for fear word would get back to Iran that they weren't obeying the "rules of Islam" and that family members there might exact a price for their disobedience.That these young people protesting in Iran have spent their entire lives under the threat of violence, it is miraculous that they have the courage they are showing. They are not asking for our military support, they are asking for us to recognize the "Iran within Iran". The Iran that has shouted to be heard for the last thirty years. I commend them all!!

    June 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  20. CharlesP

    Neda: We too love our Canadian neighbors, but do the make the mistake of referring to us as "ignorants who have never tasted oppression.". Unlike Canada, our country was born out of oppresion, and filed with immigrants who sought to escape it. And many of our own have tasted oppression within our own borders. This is why we are quick to support other who rally to gain freedom. But for our government to aggressively respond to Iran would only give the Iranian Regime more justification to crack down on the Reformers. Let our government's words be tempered, while our citizen's continue to show support in teh media and in the streets.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:16 pm |
  21. leila

    not just US all the world should intervene. In Iran people are loosing their lives because they don't have any thing even for defense and on the other hand we see the cruel government which is using all its power to repress the innocent people. and now what other countries are doing? just watching. countries that claim they are supporter of democracy and freedom. Please pay attention it is not the equal fight. it's the fight between innocent people without weapon and the government with all facilities. how many of them must get killed to convince the world that it's the time for other countries to help?????????????

    June 22, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  22. Adam

    I really feel for the Iranian people and I wish them luck in their struggles with their current government. But I have a feeling we (the USA) needs to stay out of direct intervention, this is an issue for Iranians to settle. The world as a whole can respond with sanctions and such but America should not take it upon itself to "right this wrong". We can't do this for them, it wouldn't last.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:14 pm |
  23. Armin

    As another Iranian I could say that sanctions doesn't help at all. I have no Idea how international community could help but sanctions just make things more difficult for poeple. They would get enough gasoline for their troops anyway. And I don't agree military interference either. Lots of innocent poeple gonna get killed and country will be in chaos for a long time just like what happened to Iraq. I have no idea what we should do????

    June 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  24. Jeff in Reno

    There's the catch-22. If you help them then you alienate the sitting government, if you don't then you alienate the demonstrators and run the risk of their bitterness should they come to power.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  25. hormoz

    I left Iran two days before the elections,Obama needs to support the Iranian people to get rid of this regime.the whole world needs to support them.That is if you dont want another HITLER to rise.

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

    My fellow Americans, Iranians do not burn the American flag; the ones who are beating people on the streets of Tehran burn American flag. They burn their own people, They go to villages, bring thousands with a bus to the city, give them lunch and money and tell them to say death to America and burn American flag on international TV, those people burning the flag do not even know who's flag they are burning.Those sayin death to America have never seen an American nor they know where America is!! Please get it!!. The Devil and its illiterate supporters are running this country. Please get it!!

    June 22, 2009 at 4:11 pm |
  27. Katie T

    I think some people are caught up in the protests and forget that the man they are supporting is not as affectionate about America or tolerant of Israel as the majority of Iranian people (if the comments here are to be believed). About Moussavi: "He, like most Iranians in power, does not believe in the existence of Israel. He defended the taking of hostages at the U.S. Embassy in Iran in 1979, which led to the break in ties between the countries.

    He was part of a regime that regularly executed dissidents and backed the fatwa against British author Salman Rushdie.

    And as late as April, he opposed suspending the country's nuclear-enrichment program but said it would not be diverted to weapons use."

    http://www.cnn.com/2009/WORLD/meast/06/15/iran.elections.analysis/index.html

    This is the man the protesters are supporting. Why should Americans want to help him into power?

    I am for reform and change in Iran and support the right of Iranians to protest, but I certainly would not want to see this man in power.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:10 pm |
  28. Arash Mojaveri

    Your parents made a mistake in 1979. Took over the power from Shah and handed out to those who supressed them for 30 years by the name of relegion and still slashing them out on the streets( No matter who supported them at the begining ). We all know you are looking for true democracy which allows people to dance or pray, drink Alcohol or fast, wear Hejab or mini skirts, trade with Israel or Palestine, and so forth. BUT remember there were always individuals who took advantage of your blood on the streets and made fortune out of it not for country but for themselves. BE CAREFUL THIS TIME. Your children do not want to see this sacrifice to be counted as pro-Islamic or Pro-Western movement. THIS IS IRANIAN MOVEMENT TOWARDS REAL DEMOCRACY free from Mullas or Mousavis inside and Obamas and Putins outside( with all respect to Mr. Obama's view and support ). If they show you sharp teeth, break it with your hard bones untill you get a strong fist and if they reach you out in peace and true wills, respect their rights and wishes. ZENDEH BAAD MARDOME AAZADEH ( long live free nations ).
    And to our western friends ( whom Im currently living with ), unfortunately your lobbyists still believe in the old policy of Freedom for Silence in the west. If you really believe in free world ( NOT JUST free WEST ), take a look around the world and see how other nations are paying for us to be in peace. Lets share it and make it happen for every one not just you and me.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  29. sam

    that is why they are protesting against iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  30. sam

    Everyone saying that people from Iran hate us, read this interview!! Achmendinijad (spelling might be wrong, but you get the point) and maybe a few iranians hate the U.S., but some people in every country hate the U.S.(I would understand why, some people here are so arrogant) but the vast majority of iranians want to befreind the U.S. and they are sane, normal, people that are tired of having a ruler that doesnt listen to them and they want a real democracy.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  31. Dougj193

    Interesting point about how and who have been burning our flags and dancing in the streets for years at our expense – yet we are for freedom of all people. Its a tough call for me.

    All I can say for these people is – where is Allah when you need him.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:07 pm |
  32. history repeats

    Shelly

    i agree 100%. but lets stop asking our creator what to do and start asking ourselves. its the creator talk that gets people these horrible regimes ruling them in the first place....look at BUSH!

    June 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  33. Amin

    Iranian people never put Americas flag on fire, it was the government and their supporters (basijis), they have the TV and power and they can decide what to show on live TV, further more the pay poor people to fire Americas flag front of live TV. I grow up Iran and I know how people think and what they want. The government and basij are not Persian, even they speak Arabic most. If people in Iran could talk and tell what they want, trust me the government was gone 15 years a go. Iranian people needed help and need help for their freedom.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:06 pm |
  34. fariba

    Thank you all for your comments and thank you CNN for letting Mohammad's plea for help from US to be heard.
    As an American Iranian, I like to ask everyone who is reading this message to please spread the words of Mohammad and am asking you to help( in any way you can). US and United Nation needs to help Iranian PEOPLE like our young brother Mohammad ( not this supressive regime of Mullahs and this fanatic islamic republic). Ask the media and our representative senators to get involve and to not only condemn this merciless act but also to help internally. Let people get better internet access and more outside TV covergae and unblock internet sites and increase communications with our Iranian brothers and sisters. Thank you and remember each one of us can make a difference and fight for freedom in our own unique ways.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:05 pm |
  35. Vern

    My heart goes out to this person and other who think like him. But so often you see these folks on TV wishing us harm. President Obama is doing the right thing in not jumping to take sides like the Republican woild like him to do. He has already spoken out on the brutality of the Iranian people and we now need to wait and see what will happen. America need, for once, to stay out of everyones business. We have problems of our own to sought out!

    June 22, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  36. DK

    As an American I support what the Iranians are doing for themselves. I believe in their cause and I believe that their government does not speak for the Iranian people. I believe the Iranian people want to participate in the world and not be isolated.
    However, everytime the USA says anything regarding the middle east, we are the infidels, the great satin........I don't blame Obama for not wanted to stir up the pot. He is doing it for the Iranian people..........why can't you see that if the USA gets involved with the Iranian election, the whole story will shift to the USA interfering with the middle east. The same rhetoric all over again. I hope the Iranians succeed with thier case, I am glad the USA has decided to keep a low profile during this uprising of the Iranian people. Power to the Iranians.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:03 pm |
  37. grayson green

    Hang in there. I sit at my tv and computer reading and watching this unfold. Its hard to watch peoples freedom and rights get shot down no matter the nationality religon or race they have should have the same freedoms we do. these people have been cheated by there goverment and deserve reform even if that means U.S. intervention.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:01 pm |
  38. Daniel

    Hrrm, personally I'm very grateful the French "meddled" in our revolution.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:59 pm |
  39. Gary

    Sorry Skippy.Time for the USA to stand on the sidelines,like the rest of the world always does. Keep your eye's open and remember to duck .
    Fight each other as hard as you can .Ask the Germans for some help !

    June 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  40. B22

    How can we speak up in their defense when our own election was complete with voter fraud, intimidation and allusions to racism if we didn't want to vote for the candidate of color?

    How can we intervene with that in our recent history?

    June 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  41. Tyler

    The regime stands on the backs of it's people, whipping them like animals to do the work of a regime that doesn't value their lives only their submission and labor. The people of Iraq should enact a general strike. Sanctions from with in. Deny the leadership the value of your labor. Be willing to starve before you will work for such a corrupt leader.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm |
  42. Dan

    Why is it that these same protesters that have wanted us to get out of the Middle East, out of Iraq, out of Saudi Arabia, out of Israel... suddenly want us in Iran?

    My vote, for what it's worth, is for us to mind our own business, build our own economy, fix our own roads, become self-reliant with respect to energy, and let the rest of the world fix its own problems. I believe that the money spent in Iraq could have rebuilt every road and school in the nation. Ours, that is. We already rebuilt all of Iraq's...

    June 22, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  43. Rachael SA Arizona

    To Iranian,
    I cannot agree. Despite the fact that the majority of Iranians are Muslim, many voted for the IRI simply to prevent themselves from getting shot. Furthermore, you keep referring to the 1952 coup d'etat as though it were yesterday not 50 years ago. I know that the under 30 year old's in the US consider this ancient history and so do those under 30 year olds in Iran right now.

    To Sean,
    I applaud your bravery and true American spirit throughout this horrid battle against those meglomaniacs which choose to impose violence on the American people and again I applaud that you pass that spirit on to Iranians fighting against the violence done to them. I have always loved the American military(our fighters) and their heroism.

    I still would like the rhetoric to discontinue. It is time the IRI face up to the fact that they have failed. Stop blaming everyone else for their failures. Iranians have a mind of their own-the IRI must recognize their failures and be stopped in trying to provoke violence towards the US and Britain. We should be engaging in some sort of retaliation as a country and side with Britain. Provocation of violence by the IRI is immoral and not tolerable.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:56 pm |
  44. saam

    Stupid CNN, you just put Iranian goverment agent on the air , Mohmmaed is not a student?!

    June 22, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  45. Rick

    The minute a crisis develops in some far away land, one that traditionally has hated the U.S., we as a nation and a people are called upon to set things straight! Send us your troops, we love America, Obama is the greatest, and Thank You U.S. Then once the revolution has been put down and the government changed, we're spit at, shot at, kicked, and called the evil zionist infedels of the west!

    I'm sorry, but we as a nation were born through our own revolution with very little help. Help that only came because France was already in a war w/ Britain.

    I'm getting a bad taste in my mouth for the middle east and their constant "We Love you Us ........We HATE you U.S................Now we love you again". Go figure it out for yourself and do it on your own. How many of those so called "Students" were crossing the Iraq border to assist the insurgents in the early part of the Iraq stabilization?

    Hey Iran.......you're on your own!

    June 22, 2009 at 3:55 pm |
  46. Henrik Sørensen

    Don't send the US.army ... They'll just mess things up as they always do.
    Spread information, help the Iranians to be heard loudly and clearly. Thats what broke the racist regime in South Africa, thats what what gave the American blacks their rights. Speak up, make noise, so much noise that the fraudulent government in Iran hears it SO LOUD that their ears bleed.

    I love my American friends, but boy you got a lot of ignorant nuts over there.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  47. G.W.Bush

    Hey, you voted for change, McCain and Palin would of continued to spread freedom but you voted for a talker instead.

    We liberated Iraq but most of the world seemed to be against it except the majority of Iraqis. Now we have Iran which if you remember I said was part of the axis of evil is killing it's own people in broad daylight.

    Vote GOP next election.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:54 pm |
  48. Samuel

    As an American, I am truly sad and embarrised by some comments here (and other blogs). In a great tragedy that falls on Iranians, people who are now show their commitment in reform and change, there are some of people here who turns there back on them by talking such rot because they are from the middle east. Even worse, they make a mockery of their revolution and mentions "Obama" as part of the problem.

    Its Ironic, for the past eight years, Americans were once optimistic in bringing democracy to the Middle East, but now, when the the Iranian people woke up from their oppressive regime, we don't want to get involve. And sometimes, we make horrific comments about them.

    Now from what I see, Iranians prove themselves more brave and strong than the majority of adverage Americans who think they know freedom.

    To the self-proclaim patriots, conservatives, and proud Americans? You think we Americans have courage, or balls?

    Of course we don't, you know why? Because through the past ******* eight years we dis the world and the middle east with our mililtary power, calling for detestation and prick waving as "Spreading freedom." Want to join the army now, the government, or Blackwater to gain courage and honor? The courage of Americans today is nothing but a spec of dust compared to how the Iranians are fighting and dying for their liberties. And all this started because of over ******* oil.

    No, we have no courage, the only courage we have is to rant in the internet, while people at the otherside show the world theirs. And they proved themselves.
    ------------------------------
    A blog message from Neda's sister-
    "I will participate in the demonstrations tomorrow. Maybe they will turn violent. Maybe I will be one of the people who is going to get killed..."

    After Event's
    "I'm here to tell you my sister died while in her father's hands
    I'm here to tell you my sister had big dreams...
    I'm here to tell you my sister who died was a decent person... and like me yearned for a day when her hair would be swept by the wind... and like me read "Forough" [Forough Farrokhzad]... and longed to live free and equal... and she longed to hold her head up and announce, "I'm Iranian"... and she longed to one day fall in love to a man with a shaggy hair... and she longed for a daughter to braid her hair and sing lullaby by her crib...

    my sister died from not having life... my sister died as injustice has no end... my sister died since she loved life too much... and my sister died since she lovingly cared for people...

    my loving sister, I wish you had closed your eyes when your time had come... the very end of your last glance burns my soul....

    sister have a short sleep. your last dream be sweet."

    June 22, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  49. katherine

    To all of you whom are against Iranian's-six million jews died in hollocoast because no one helped them including the Americans.
    Do you know what will happen if we don't help them? the Ahmadinejads will grow strong and at the the end they will use their nuclear weapons against us the U.S.A! So why cant we help these young Iranians whom only crime was to be born in the revolution period and get rid of all these mullahs and terrorists (whom by the way were put there thanks to Jimmy Carter) and this way the whole world would be in peace and free of all evils. SO AS YOU SEE WE DID HAVE A HAND IN DESTROYING THAT COUNTRY, AND ITS ONLY FARE TO HELP THEM REBUILD IT.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  50. nonadee

    I 100% agree with Casey- very well put.

    Ghazleh- to mind our own business and not educate ourselves of events in the world only sets us up for future failure. I'm satisfied with the amount of coverage, because in some way, it does affect us.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  51. Jay

    Every nation has its own problems. So is Iran. The way to democracy can be long, blood-stained and extremely painful. That's the price to pay as you can learn from history books. Don't rely on outsiders. We can help, but only to a certain degree. The successful democratic movement should be from inside no matter how high the price to pay is. Otherwise, chances are that a spell of long and more painful chaos will follow. And it will ruin your country even more thoroughly. So it will take time. But be patient. Don't think that you can get what you want overnight (with only a small payment on your end or by foreign intervention). It will require a lot of sacrifices. Educate yourself, your people. Eventually, majority people's will will prevail.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:50 pm |
  52. anita

    Fact: The United State is the only country in the world that doesn't have a death penalty for burning it's own flag.

    Fact: More people in the United States have burned it's own flag than any country in the world by people saying "We earned the right to do this"

    They didn't earn the right to burn their own flag. The Union soldiers from the Civil War did. And the soldiers in WWI and WWII and the soldiers in Irac and Afghanistan. Some people in this country only use certain rights of theirs to their advantage. Freedom of speech, freedom of the press, freedom of religion, and freedom to burn our flag.

    They seem to forget that thousands of people died in our own Civil War who gave their lives so we could have these freedoms.

    Burning our own flag is an insult to those people who put their lives on the line and died for us, their future generations.

    Iran is now at that point that our North and South were so many years ago. We need to stay out of it. This is their fight. This is their Civil War. Like someone here said, Freedom means nothing unless it is earned. They NEED this and if they want change they need to fight for it like our ancestors did or it will mean nothing to them. And when they finally achieve it hopefully they will not take it for granted like so many millions of us US Citizens have. Even I plead guilty of taking it for granted sometimes. We should never forget how we got to this point in our lives. Never forget the soldiers of freedom.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  53. ALAN FRON PA

    OBAMA IS A COMPLETE COWARD. THIS POOR IRANIAN LOVES HIS COUNTRY MORE THAN OBAMA LOVES THE USA. WHERE'S GEORGE BUSH WHEN U NEED HIM. AT LEAST HE WOULD STAND BY THESE POOR OPPRESSED PEOPLE. OBAMA SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 3:44 pm |
  54. Morgan A.

    "Bryan Johnson" it is people like you and your disgusting hate speech that make situations like this possible. PLease shut your mouth and wait for the adults to speak. If hate and racism is all you have to offer think on this: SOMEWHERE OUT THERE OSAMA BIN LADEN IS SAYING THE SAME THING. Only he has switched the words Christianity and Islam in that statement.

    Somewhere out there someone is using ignorance like this to kill and terrorize. That statement can be used for dozens of groups and hundreds of situations. Only this time: They are talking about your religion and your indentity. Only now someone is saying the World would be good without you. And as a Christian, I am going to tell you. ALOT MORE DEATH AND DESTRUCTION AND EVIL HAS BEEN DONE IN THE NAME OF JESUS AND CHRISTIANITY THAN IN THE NAME OF ALLAN AND ISLAM.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  55. Elizabeth

    The student is correct. Shut down the supply of gasoline to Iran. It is the one major reason that Nazi Germany lost the war.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:43 pm |
  56. Ignorance_is_not_bliss

    JackieQ, I echo the sentiments of those who thought your point was narrow minded and obviously you are unaware of what really happens in the world you live in.

    To the person who suggested we impeach Obama, sure we'll get right on that after we try and convict senior members of the Bush administration for war crimes. I hold them LARGELY responsible for the way we are viewed by much of the extremists today.

    If this transcript is from a legitimate protester who is in Iran, i commend his bravery for taking this risk to give his view to the world. He DOES make perfect sense. He is suggesting a PEACEFUL yet effective method to cripple this regime. My heart goes out to all of the citizens of Iran who truly are... fighting for their freedom.

    And our president, all I personally wanted was for him to publicly condemn the violence being used by this regime to attempt to silence his people. He has done this. Now it is up to him and our allies to take the next course of action, sanctions. He has been wise to take the stance that he has. Let on NOT forget what the big mouth of an arrogant greedy world leaders can cost us. It should still be pretty fresh in your minds! Oh, and don't get me started on "stolen" elections. We Americans all remember that too. How's your economy today America? THAT didn't happen on Obama's watch.

    These people have a right to their freedom and I wish them well, but the US has enough blood on it's hands. Some of your comments are rather shocking. What would you have us do? Send our troops in? Really...

    June 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  57. Edy from NJ

    This is a very strong statement by President Bush: "to the Iranian people, I say tonight: As you stand for your own liberty, America stands with you." Will the president of the United states back up his owns words with actions? You promised these people for freedom and they fighting for it now. Iranians are doing their part and it's time for us to take it from there.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  58. Nikki

    Jackie, Iranian govt does not represent the people of iran. They bring their supporters in the street for propaganda purposes and burn american flags. but those $50,000 people do not represent a country that has a population of $60 million. Iranian people are educated and cultured and they want a portion of the freedom that we take for granted in this country. Despite being beaten and thrown in jail, they held vigils after 9/11. We are all human beings regardless of where we were born. If people are being killed and tortured and they ask us for help should we turn our back to them? is this what humanity has come to?! the majority of these kids are 16-20...if you know any kids in this age group in US, maybe it will give you a better prespective.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:39 pm |
  59. Shawn

    Theocracy is the enemy of democracy. Iran’s theocratic government is not representative of the will of Iranians who seek basic human rights that we take for granted in the US. I wonder what our government would be like if we were ruled by the likes of Pat Robertson and Jerry Falwell. Thank you CNN for covering this story and showing unfiltered footage of what is going on in Iran. This brutality has been going on in Iran for 30 years and the rest of the world has just stood by and allowed these atrocities to continue to occur. Supporting the Iranian people’s fight to democracy, peace, and human rights does not require risking American lives. It requires our support, our voice, and a unified international effort to shut off the Islamic Government of Iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  60. YourFriend

    "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.."

    Your solution to that situation, I am assuming, would be to be the one who puts the bullet in the head of the extremist?

    If that is true, you have shown that your solution is no different than the extremist you illustrate here.

    If you die for peace and love, it is not a wasted. There is value in giving up your life for a better world where peace prevails, whether it is plausible or not that the world will ever live in true peace. I believe that is because others will see your courage and their actions will be affected by it, one way or the other.

    But to take a life based on your fear is a travesty, not just because your own life has been dominated by fear, but of those who would take up the gun to avenge the death you have caused, or vise versa. Violence, begets more violence. Someone has to have the courage to end the cycle.

    I hope you understand my use of the word fear has nothing to do with you having the “guts” to pull a trigger.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:37 pm |
  61. watch it from distance

    blah blah blah

    Some Americans are really fire up easily whenever someone appear weak and cry out for help, always speak and react before analysis and thinking. Look at war in Iraq, I believe Bush has good intesntion to free Iraqis, see what turn out to be? We and next few gernations pay for this stupid act.

    Yes there are plenty of people in many regimes cry for democracy and freedom, we have limit resources and have done PLENTY thankless jobs for the world. We proud to have democrcy and freedom here, ironically these are the only thing we have, no prosperity but plenty of debts for citizens.

    We have no business in Iran, don't listern to the US media preching the nuclear threat from N Korea and Iran, it's our "allies" want their peace at our expense while invade us economically at the same time. America need to be smarter than what we are now, do you see China and Russia welcome Iran in recent conference after the election? They are very glad America fire up on the democracy things of other country and forget to solve their own problems.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  62. S LUCAS

    I feel terrible for the people of Iran. The ones who are protesting are fighting for there rights as HUMAN BEINGS. The ones who are not protesting (that are on the current governments side) are too blinded by the money that is being given to them to want change. President Ahmadinejad is known for giving a little more to the villages that are not as wealthy and that's probably to get there vote while the men work for that militia (the "volunteer" army- meaning follow our orders and we will take care of your family needs).
    If you listen or read a little more carefully.......IRAN IS NOT ASKING ANYONE TO INVADE THEIR COUNTRY. A lot of the posts are reflecting that action. The Iranian People are asking for other countries to come together with UN and NOT ACCEPT Ahmadinejad as the President and to cut certain ties. It is actually quite smart, but of course must be done as a team.
    There are a lot of post that shock me on here. Not all Iranians are MUSLIM. A good majority of them are Jewish, Christian and Catholic. In the west we have a right to chose our religion. In IRAN they have NO CHOICE but to follow ISLAM. How is that fair? And that is ALL BECAUSE OF THE CURRENT GOVERNMENT WHO HAS BEEN IN POWER FOR THE LAST 30 YEARS. The KING never ever had discriminative rules like that.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:35 pm |
  63. Tom, AlBUQUERQUE, N

    CNN has become an agitator for US involvement in Iran. CNN is mouthing all these communicades from The anonymous Iranians with no way to authenticate the verity of any of it. CNN is guilty of propogandizing on behave of the Iranian anti-government hooligans. This MOHAMMAD student could be a total fraud...how are we to now. CNN STOP this irresponsible reporting. Iran has a right to stop these so-call freedom seekers/sore losers from destroying their country. USA must stay out of this fight, period.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:33 pm |
  64. AL

    “Thus choosing to die resisting, rather than live submitting, they fled only from dishonor, but met danger face to face, and after one brief moment, while at the summit of their fortune, left behind them not their fear, but their glory.” – Pericles of Athens, Thucydides’ Peloponnesian War

    Keep up the good fight. You have the respect and support of the American people...just not our President.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  65. Neda

    I am a Canadian and I love our American neighbors, but you speak like people who have never tasted oppression. Here is how things work in my country (canada) if there is some injustice happening, I can alert the media and get coverage.
    Here is how it works in countries like Iran. The government announces the US and Britain are planning an air raid on Iran. The government tells people to make some noise against the West or start the Death to America chant at Friday prayers. A minority of the population, mostly uneducated and ignorant chant this, some genuinely believe that the West is coming for them, it's fear, some are afraid of what will happen if they dont do this (gov't officials). Then they video this and broadcast world-wide to show Iran hates America.
    The media is owned by the government. There is no such thing as free speech. What should the Iranians do? The don't want to be represented by a mad man ( group of mad men) in the global community. So they elect a reformist representative. Then the election is rigged and their guy is "defeated". What can they do but protest. They protest, and they get killed. If US and "The West" wants to turn their back on Iranians, let it go down in history, it is because it is politically unwise for US, not because of the Iranian people.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  66. DefyAll

    All iranians who wish to see the changes as requested by Mohaamed, must take to the streets and no matter the cost, no matter how many die, just keep fighting ! Let the bodies stack up to the sky if need be, so the whole world can see that all Iranians want this for yourselves as bad as we want it for you. Stay strong ! Never Give Up ! Viva La Resistance !

    June 22, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  67. Neda

    I am a Canadian and I love our American neighbors, but you speak like ignorants who have never tasted oppression. Here is how things work in my country (canada) if there is some injustice happening, I can alert the media and get coverage.
    Here is how it works in countries like Iran. The government announces the US and Britain are planning an air raid on Iran. The government tells people to make some noise against the West or start the Death to America chant at Friday prayers. A minority of the population, mostly uneducated and ignorant chant this, some genuinely believe that the West is coming for them, it's fear, some are afraid of what will happen if they dont do this (gov't officials). Then they video this and broadcast world-wide to show Iran hates America.
    The media is owned by the government. There is no such thing as free speech. What should the Iranians do? The don't want to be represented by a mad man ( group of mad men) in the global community. So they elect a reformist representative. Then the election is rigged and their guy is "defeated". What can they do but protest. They protest, and they get killed. If US and "The West" wants to turn their back on Iranians, let it go down in history, it is because it is politically unwise for US, not because of the Iranian people.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:31 pm |
  68. Nikita Kaim

    Let the French or Germans take care of this one. You don't want Team America: World Police, then somebody else can send in troops. Go cry to the Russians to send in troops.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  69. Bryan Johnson

    It doesn't really matter. The rapture is soon, and all of these awful Muslims will be incinerated by the holy, cleansing fire of Lord Jesus Christ. Praise God, there will be no Iraq or Iran soon enough.

    Maybe some of you "Muslims" should wise up and give in to the gospel of Jesus Christ?

    June 22, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  70. isabel

    There will always be blood within a country when its people are trying to fight for what is right for their own country; i.e. our own Civil Rights movement. The clue here is the Iranian rights - "THEIR RIGHTS". Now, if their own government will not listen to their own people, and in the end uphold this fraudulent election, then the U.N., not U.S. alone, should start sanctions, etc. But to NOT let the Iranians solve their own election problems is not simply wrong.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:29 pm |
  71. Drider

    Mister Iranian, nobody is foolish enough to think that Iranians will not remain of the Islamic faith and we don't have a problem with that...Do you sir?

    We also noticed the same people yelling "Allho Akbar" from their rooftops are also yelling "death to the dictator" and "death to Khomanie".
    This does lead people, me included that they wish to be out from under
    their oppressive boot and that is one Hell of alot better than what they have now, it is one Hell of alot better than what "world" has now.
    May I suggest, now that you apparently have American citizenship, that "you" stay out of what is now the will of the Iranian peoples rights......or fly back to Iran and join the Basij.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:28 pm |
  72. Concerned

    "Death to America" is Iranian regime propaganda. Do you believe everything you see on TV?

    June 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  73. Morgan A.

    The situation in Iran, Saddam coming to power in Iraq, the situation in North Korea, and dozen other situations similar to this are the results of American (and more over Western) short term solutions and intervention. Instead of supporting a legitimate regime that cared about its people – we choose to support the Shah and give him carte-blanche despite his complete lack of comprehension or caring for his people. Why? WE placed OUR strategic interests first. The Cold War and fight with the USSR was more important. The results helped sow the seeds for the current situation in Iran.

    Many of the world' s worst conflicts are the results of Western powers quest for imperialism and efforts to support their own interest. Think Britain and India-Pakistan, think the British/ United States and Iraq, think the modern UN and Israel and Palestine. Unfortunately, Obama has few options because his acting strongly will give the Iranian regime the "cover" to label their citizenry as "foreign agents" and slaughter them without restraint.

    These people are fighting for their civil rights. Their right to be free. Their rights to live their lives. Our own history shows that Government can be the evil and the instrument of injustice. Look at slavery. Look at the forced relocation of Native Americans. Look at Jim Crow. ok at internment during WWII. Look at the Civil Rights Marches – it was OUR POLICE and OUR LAW doing that.

    But WE, as Americans and more importantly as HUMAN BEINGS able to freely exercise our abilities of speech and action can take a stand. WE CAN SAY, WE SUPPORT YOU.

    No one is free until ALL are Free.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  74. NXN

    Supporters of the conservative regime burned the flags during the 1979 revolution. Those conservative hard-liners are the very same people that are in charge of the government today and brutally attacking demonstrators. It is unfair to attribute the hard-liners’ actions to all Iranians, especially those that are risking their lives to oppose the conservative regime. Please be more careful in your comments.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  75. Michael

    Let Iranian people exercise their rights and elect their own government themselves. They earned this right back in 1979, and hated Americans ever since. I don’t need another sandbox to play in. Those who want to help Iranians – join the armed services, and go. Leave me alone!

    June 22, 2009 at 3:24 pm |
  76. Tanya

    Demargo, have you read previous comments posted by educated people? They try to educate ignorant ones. Read them first and then post your comment. Actually, don't post anything, people like you never change, never grow up.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:23 pm |
  77. Pete In Michigan

    Keep standing up and letting the world hear you people of Iran. I hear you, and I know im not alone.

    Rest In Peace Neda Salehi

    My prayers are with all the freedom seeking people of Iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  78. Sassan from The Netherlands

    It's time for Obama to make a statement and take action. The Iranian people recognised for years that this regime is too strong to remove to do this without foreign help. But no, bravehearts, they try once again, but really need help, as you can see on the web.

    And JackieQ- Brea -Ca needs to think if she/he can. Burning flags isn't done by the population , but by regime mobilised people.

    So once again to Obama: Help the brave Iranian people!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  79. Hamid

    Mohammad,

    My God bless you all brave students in Iran;

    Unfortunately I am outside of Iran but am doing as much as I can to buy supports for you all;

    Problem is some of our fellow american friends can not distinguish the difference between minority hard liners and militias and the mass population of Iran who are pro american;
    I am reading all these comments and out of every 3 or 4 of them they are saying that "Rmember you guys were burning our flags in Tehran streets"

    They just don't get the picture right;

    PEOPLE OF USA
    PLEASE LISTEN THIS ONE AND LISTEN GOOD:
    The ones that were burning your flags in last 30 years are the ones that are shooting these young crowds in streets today; They are the ones that shot and killed NEDA two days ago;
    If they stay in power they will burn your flag for many years to come; they are stupid, rude, brain washed minorities; what do you expect from idiots?

    I hope it is clear for you now.

    Thank you for your support

    June 22, 2009 at 3:18 pm |
  80. Farsh

    Iranian,

    What makes you so sure the Iranians in Iran want this Islamic crap they have for a government?? The Islamic regime has showed the world what kind of cult it is, and yes Iranians in Iran want Freedom and to get that Freedom it would mean its time for the Islamic regime to come to an end and that is what is happening now.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  81. Izzy

    Jamie D;
    Like we had a 'duty' to help the people of Iraq, Kuwait, Somalia.... how is that working out for us, oh... that's right Americans protest our involvement and the International community ridicules us for involving ourselves in things that are not our business.

    I did my duty in Kuwait and then went back for a second helping in Iraq, you get the rest of the International community and the U.N. to say " United States, we are requesting your assistance " and then get them to agree to MATCH our efforts and I'll be the first in line to go back to that sand pit.

    From my experience I'm betting there are more Iranian people that do not want U.S. assistance than there are that want our help, untill I can be proved wrong my vote is to mind our own business and pray Iran can find peace.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  82. Sherri

    Gazleh: This is so sad that as an Iranian American you would think that we should mind our business in America! Where else would you be getting your daily bread from?!!! Please read your American History and then comment because your daily life IS depended upon other countries affairs (as we have our hands full in majority of the world)!

    June 22, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  83. YourFriend

    "What world do you live in?!? Wake up! The world isn’t all hugs and kisses"

    The world is; what you beleive it to be. All else is interpretation.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  84. Salman

    Iranian-Americans want the old Shah regime back because it unfairly guaranteed them an aristocratic lifestyle and excesses that led to the 1979 revolution – thats why they all fly those monarchist flags (with the yellow lion on it), while in other countries, people fly the normal Iranian flag. Why trade one dictatorship for another? These exiles are essentially despised by the average Iranian for their unfairly accrued wealth and status, so why do exiles think their opinions represent the average Iranian's?

    Iran needs REAL democracy – No mullahs, and definitely no monarchs. If Iranians fairly vote for the Shah's son to be president (or Ahmedinazhad for that matter), then he should be president for 4 years. Let Iranians decide who they want as leaders, but don't force the old and corrupt regime onto the masses again. Put away those monarchist flags already, and support real democracy in Iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  85. WILLY

    We support people of Iran. Any fight for freedom it is right fight. And I'm praying for all people who are in the street of Teheran protesting.
    Allah be with you.
    Mwandambo
    Columbus, OH

    June 22, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  86. Frank in CA

    Unfortunately, the majority of Iran are rural religious people who support the current government. It's nice that the middle class and students want more freedom, but they don't represent the majority. Tougher sanctions might get the people that currently support the status quo to see what a mess religious zelot leaders cause the countries they lead.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  87. Drider

    I'm man enough to realize and correct a mistake when I make one.

    When I mentioned that Obama followers we're bringing how they are against the USA sending in troops to Iran to help Iranian freedom fighters, I was wrong.

    It wasn't "just" to invoke the Bush/Hitler garbage.

    It was to insert a strawman (American troops) who will never be sent into Iran to sort out this illegitimate government for the Iranian people.

    It is being said as a type of subliminal, nonexistent....future debate.... that we could save billions more dollars by not sending strawman troops into Iran and we could better spend those saved dollars on education and ACORN.
    I feel terrible for freedom fighting Iranians, I really do but look at how many billions of dollars we saved.*rolls eyes*.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  88. Les

    Before asking the question of whether the US should intervene we might consider whether we even have to. The mullahs who have been running Iran are now clearly understood by the Iranians as the charlatans that they indeed are and have always been.

    These inept tinpot dictators are undermining their own cause more severely than we in the US or elsewhere could ever hope to. The tinpots have so incensed their populace that they are in the streets day after day at very real risk to themselves-as unfortunately has become all too evident.

    The mullahs may hang on for a few days, weeks or months, but their days are numbered. Just wait until the funerals for the martyred protestors start and we'll all understand.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:11 pm |
  89. Ahmad

    I'm an Iranian, I must tell the world that the majority of people here want peace, they don't lke violence.It's about a 100 years that the people of Iran are fighting for freedom but I don't know why we have always gone the wrong way. The islamic revolution was one of these ways which people followed to gain that freedom, but again they were wrong. I'm sure the words of Mohammad are true because these words are what most elites, most of the students and many of the people here believe in deep into their hearts.
    Like who doesn't like freedom???
    WE ARE NOT SAYING THAT AMERICA SHOULD INVADE THE COUNTRY, WE ARE SAYING, NOT TO RECOGNISE THE PRESIDENT AND THE GOVERNMENT OF IRAN.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  90. Farsh

    After reading some of the posts here, it is clear that most Americans do not know their own government very well. The bottomline here is the US took away the Freedom Iran had in 1953 by installing the Shah and the outcome today is what we see in Iran. SO PLEASE DO NOT SAY THAT IF IRANIANS WANTS FREEDOM IN IRAN, THEY HAVE TO FIGHT FOR IT ALONE.. HAD THE US NOT MEDDLED WITH IRAN'S AFFAIR IN 1953, THE ENTIRE MIDDLE EAST WOULD HAVE BEEN DIFFERENT TODAY.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  91. Elaine Bergstrom

    Remember that most of these people were children or not even born when Iran has their uprising against the Shah and the hated regime the West put in power. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all ... and much though our government would like to step in, what can we do but give those in power who oppose you just another reason to crack down.
    Good luck...may you persevere and win. Indeed, by showing the world the other side of Iran, you already have.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  92. johnny

    Obama is doing the right thing by staying on the sidelines.We don't need to give the government of Iran a reason to abuse their people.The united nations must stay united and tackle this problem collectively.If it was George Bush we probably would be fighting by now.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:08 pm |
  93. proud_to_serve

    Many of you post here saying you want freedom for Iran. If you really believe in your heart that the U.S. should 'help' them please don't forget to stop at your recruiters office and sign up. I'd hate to go have to fight this war without you.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  94. Ghazleh

    Why are we americans so obsessed with Iran? Why can't we mind our own business and leave Iran to the Iranians? It's ridiculous to see our media giving so much undue media attention to the plight of people who really do not matter to our daily life. Being an Iranian American myself I would advice the Americans to please mind your own business and not meddle with others affairs. I hope we as a nation can grown up and stop acting anal.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:07 pm |
  95. Iranian

    What you people do not realise is that Iran is ISLAMIC republic where 95 percent of the population is muslim. None of this was imposed on them, in fact they choose in a referendum to get rid of their king and turn the country into an Islamic republic. The fact is that despit some of the vote irregularities, millions and million of people did really vote for Ahmedinejad and he would have won even if it was a fair election.
    People do not want to end the Ilamic revolution. The evidence of that is the 85 percent turn out in the elections. econd evidence of people wanting to remain Islamic is the fact that these "protesters" want Moussavi as their president. This is a guy who helped start the Islamic revolution and was the leader of the country along with Khomeini. His party's colour is green which is also the colour of Islam.
    Every protestor has been shouting Allaho Akber from yheir roof tops and roads and their balconies. This is not a war against the Islamic Revolution. It is simply a protest to get rid of Ahmedinejad. Only people shouting "freedom for iran" are the ones living in America who wernt even born in Iran or havnt returned since the Islamic Revolution.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  96. Rachael SA Arizona

    I still think we should side with Britain on this issue. I read that Moussavi's supporters still side with an Islamic government but the very nature of the "freedom's" that these people want attacks the underpinnings of Islamic control. The mere fact that the IRI is once again accusing the US and Britain of interference is the same old rhetoric. The government still won't let their people have a mind of their own!! The IRI continues with isolation because they don't want their own people to be allowed a mind to think what they think and feel how they feel. As much as I side with caution-to continue to harass foreign governments which the IRI has done-over what their own people say they want is in my opinion enough to engage the IRI in retaliation. We should stand up with Britain-stop the IRI's rhetoric and tell them that after 3 decades they have done nothing to support their own people and blaming the US and Britain for their own failings does not add any of our interest to engaging them in any diplomatic process.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  97. Anthony

    I don't know what people expect us to do. The president has already stated his support and forcefully demanded a stop to the violence by the government of Iran. People are being irresponsible when they try to make it seem like we are going to come the aid of people on the streets. We are not going to invade this country. See Iraq. We are not going to arm them. See Osama and the Taliban during the Afghan/ Russian war. Our constant meddling in international affairs continues ot backfire on us.

    The United States has to step back and let people in developing countries grow up and take responsibility for their futures. We have to let these people earn their freedom. Let them develop their own Ben Franklins, George Washingtons and Martin Luther Kings. Everytime we step in, we hinder their development into a true democracy. We can't even get out of Iraq because the people are dependents of the US. They are on international welfare. Let the Iranian people win this on their like they are trying to do now. They know we are behind them.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  98. Lena

    One of the best weapons we have, as people, against what is happening in Iran right now is this: Information. Yes, there are a lot of opinions on here that are biased one way or another, but people are at least *aware* of what is happening. Of the terrible losses being suffered by the protesters. Of the irregularities in the election. Of the horrible violence that has broken out.

    I sorrow for those who have lost so much, not only in Iran, but elsewhere. The world is an unjust place, and only by recognising the injustices can they be corrected. Freedom and justice often come at a terrible cost, but once gained, are all the sweeter.

    To those in Iran who are standing up and speaking out, know that there are those of us who may not stand with you in body, but do so in spirit. May God bless you and keep you...

    June 22, 2009 at 3:05 pm |
  99. Regolyth

    I'm not buying it. Not Mohammad, not CNN's coverage, not the acid-tongued opinion-givers in this list, certainly not Jackie-Q. I tire of hyperbole, spin, half-assed half-facts, misdirecting psuedo-truths and all the religious crap people want to cram down my throat. Find the facts and dispense with opinion because the former trumps the latter.
    Iran is a sovereign state with its own government and culture, as magnificent and legitimate as our own. Monitor, but leave them alone. There are more important things for us to froth at the mouth about. I am pleased by Obama's approach to this and other issues of our day and understand our divided country will take some time to heal from the Bush era.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:04 pm |
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