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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. JD

    No matter what we may think of this situation, it boils down to this:
    The Iranian people that are protesting and defying the government today, are fighting against one of our enemies that we in the US will have to face sooner or later (it's a matter of time) because of their nuclear ambition. Now we have the chance to take the side of the people of Iran and blockade the regime, jam their communications, arm an underground Iranian resistance and help them with intelligence to remove this dictator. It is what we wished had happened in Iraq with the Kurds and Hussein and never did because we did not follow-through and we ended up over there. If we miss this chance, we will end up landing American boots in Iran years later because we were too timid to help Iranian resistance overthrow their dictator (our enemy)

    June 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  2. koolau

    The protesters must win a victory and give us 100% assurance that US weapons, money and knowledge will not be used against us in the future. France only joined America because we demonstrated that we could win victories and just needed help to ensure total victory.

    Any new Iranian government that is installed with US help needs to give favorable or exclusive privileges to natural resources/markets to help us recoop our expenses. The trade will also strengthen our relation with Iran and promote prosperity for both USA and Iran.

    I don't want to see traitorous behavior like the Afghans who was helped at great cost and sacrifice by America to expel the Soviets.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  3. Hirad

    I'm from Tehran.

    I heard from a friend that theirs a topic on CNN and with current situation of low speed and filtered Internet (it took 3-4 minutes to load this page) I have just came here to say my word.

    Ordinary people of Iran never burn any nations flag ! when we were at school at some occasions they were puting a US flag on the ground on our way to make us step and walk on it ! most of us were jumping over it ! you can ask this from many Iranians living in states . the ones who were burning flags have taken the people of Iran as hostages for years and now killing them !

    I have read in history that CIA assisted Mohamadreza with a coup to take down the government of Mosadegh our national hero which was the prime minister ! later Carter deserted Mohammadreza which helped Khomeini to take the power ! these are just the ones proved to be right ! US aided Saddam against Iran ! US hit the Airbus during a tense time ! US have made sanctions that just harm the people not the evil government of Iran ! because the world needs oil, they buy oil from Iran and who gets the money ? they pey Hezbollah to use them in these times ! 10 years ago we all saw lebanese hezbollah beating people in Tehran ! we are waiting to see them again this time !

    All you American friends ! we not only do not hate you and do not burn your flags ! we dont hate anybody ! We are among few nations that originaly have Jews living among us from old times ! in ancient years Persians have rescued them and gave them freedom. We had our religion and beleif in human rights and human values a long time before Islam or even christianity ! Everytime I travel abroad I can feel the heavy and meaningful look of other people and know the reasons ! we dont want to be apart from the world we want to take back our nation to the place it deserves besides other countries, we want our freedom and we call peace to the world.

    I hope I could pass my feelings ! No one planned to protest till last Saturday but this time the "Lie" was so big that we all just exploded ! Our people have not asked anyone else any other country to help them or intervene, sure the fact that this time the world is watching gives us courage and we all are sure that we wont let this flag down and we wont Let the Blood of Neda be wasted , that look in her eyes have broke all our hearts and whatever it takes we are ready to give !

    we wanted to speak up peacefuly and proved it and they did not resist ! we called legal reviews they rejected what else remained for us to fight with empty hands against all their weapons ! you have seen this bastard Ahmadinejad in Columbia , you have seen how they lie , you have seen how they cheat ! take a look at his website http://www.ahmadinejad.ir look how he prepares lies as visitors comments ! people from States, Britan and Canad post comments with the same pattern and vocab as Germans, Turks, Chinese , Nepales , Mexicans and ... For god sake dont beleive their peaceful nuclear activities ...

    I'm sure that the "Truth" is loud and powerful enough to help us find our way ! We'll get it soon or late but I cant appreiate and not be grateful if anyone by any chance can save a life and stop these monsters !

    June 22, 2009 at 6:13 pm |
  4. G

    It's sad to see elections not being handled fairly. Unfortunatley the popular vote is not always heard or supported. It wasn't eight years ago in the USA. It's good to see people standing up for themselves but it can be done more peacefully.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  5. Phil

    The only action the U.S. should take is to strongly condemn the Iranian's government violent actions. Other than that, we cannot be the worlds police becuase of the dangerous precendant it will set in American foreign policy. We've made too many mistakes in the pass in different regions of the world and as much as I hate what is happening in Iran, the Iranians are at a revolutionary point and have to ulimately decide if they are going to fight for their freedom. Good luck to the people of Iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:11 pm |
  6. Venkat

    Let Iranians decide; they have done this before – throwing out a repressive regime- and they were perfectly capable of doing so again. It's is important to note that this is not an agitation just by youths; it has backing of reformist politicians, many of whom have a good standing in the ruling hierarchy – like Khatami.

    American involvement however subtle it is can make it worse. That would unite the Iranians and will prevent more people from joining the ranks of reformists. It’s like Russia or Cuba (the bad guys, as were told) trying to take sides in Florida vote count.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  7. Jessy

    I guess the word "POLICE" is among the english words that are so common around the world that even the Iranians can understand it as much as we Americans can understand Latin medical terminology. Either that, or the Iranian Government was too cheap to make their own shields so they bought some old ones from long ago.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:09 pm |
  8. GeorgeF

    Why should we care what happens to them. Let our enemies kill each others. Then we can finish them up easier.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:07 pm |
  9. Ray

    Based on comments posted, you can pretty much tell who is a Republican and who is not. Can we move past the fact that the guy in the white house is a Democrat and say things that can help us figure out what to do. What is the point of calling Obama a weakling when even respected Republicans think he is handling the situation correctly i.e. Henry Kissinger, U.S. Secretary of State under Nixon. This situation is like playing chess, you cannot allow the opponent out maneuver you. You have to out think your opponent and always see what others cannot. Do you really believe Obama is not being briefed by all the intelligence agencies concerning the situation in Iran? Or will you rather prefer the shoot first and ask questions later approach?

    June 22, 2009 at 6:06 pm |
  10. Mark

    Where is the US needed the most? IN Africa. Just these days, WORLD HUYNGER HAS HIT ONE BILLION!!!!!. That is inexcusable, specially at this time in which people are rotting in cash.

    Why so much attention to Iran? why CNN did not make big deal of world hunger hitting one billion? does media have a secret agenda?

    When you seat in your comfortable chairs and see the problem in Iran, think first on the one billion people going hungry in the world and do something for that. Also think on the effect that the media has on your feelings and what makes you believe.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:02 pm |
  11. bart

    Unfortunately, I see Americans becoming more cowardly when it comes to human rights and the rule of law by the people. Sure, we've been burnt before, but each new situation is different. Assessing each new situation, you will see that each has similarities to others in the past. The right of people to assemble and protest should be protected....by the government. I believe Obama did mention that in one of his speeches recently. And yes, thank the French embargo and troops for our independence! Anyone remember what happen to those people and monks in Myanman? The Iranian people have a beef here, in my view. They wanted a fair election and didn't get it. Their hopes have been dashed. I wonder how our own US people would have reacted if our election had been stolen again. Thom Hartmann mentioned on his radio show that people protested during GWB's inauguration. His car was egged. Sadly, I don't remember much being said in the news about it. The people were corralled into certain streets too. Imagine if our people had had the courage to protest in mass then. How many days would that have lasted. I admire the courage of those who have put themselves on the line to protest the Iranian election. I know many agree that our popular US President Obama is intelligent and is a fine orator, but courage may not be a quality they taught him at that fine Harvard law/oratory class. Where have all the Gandhi's gone?

    June 22, 2009 at 5:59 pm |
  12. Ali

    It's really hard to know what to do, or who to believe. We will always be wrong, no matter what we do... whether we take the actions he suggests, or whether we stay back and offer only words for support. Who knows who the majority is? Who knows who is right? I see the protests and the brutality against the people, and I want to help, but then I hear from my friends who come from that region that it is arrogant to want to help, since Iran didn't interfere in our elections when the outcome was in question, so how do we dare interfere in theirs?

    June 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  13. GJ

    Can CNN verify that this is, in fact, a protester? It seems to me that the Iranian power structure would love nothing more than for the West to get involved as a way to justify a crackdown. This guy's words just don't ring true.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  14. Sara J

    60% of Iranians are under the age of 30. meanining most of them were not even alive at the time of the Islamic revolution. These people are more liberal and are seeking their much deserved democracy. They are not asking the US to send troops, or fight their war. They are asking the International community to simply put sanctions like they always do to most countries that are in violation of human rights. I think some people here have misunderstood this man's comments.
    I feel for these people. Imagine living as a prisoner in your own country!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  15. umokbut

    I believe this person is for real. He is not asking for a war, just sanctions. How do we know the images we see of supposedly Iran's peoples burning the USA flag is really Iran's people doing it and is really representative of the majority of Iran's people? We don't know that! I hope that this interview is for real and is representing what Iran's people want.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:57 pm |
  16. mark

    There has been enough violence directed at the Iranian people for the last 30 years, they have all their freedom and dignity taken from them by the repressive regime and still many many of them are fighting for the freedoms we have and take for granted every day.

    I dont care what happened in the past between Iran and the West, it is NOW that Iranian people are fighting for their very lives, when will the WORLD LEADERS stand up and help ?

    June 22, 2009 at 5:56 pm |
  17. KA from California

    Below are some facts for the delusional ones in this forum.

    Flag Burnings: Were and still are being sponserred by the hateful regime of Iran and not the people of Iran. It also has nothing to do wih how old people are.

    Meddling: is totally nonesense. AMerica would still be a colony If it weren't for the meddling French.

    Homeland security: Something that most of us are forgeting. Iran's goverment is a danger to the stability of the middle east and US allies, including Israel. They 'll soon have nuclear capabilities.

    It would be in US to help bring down Iran's government. It would bring about piece, and, help the our economy. The Chinese governmnet are expoting billions of dollars worth of exports to Iran, while US stands on the side-lines hoping that sanctions would work. Stop looking at this picture with blinders on.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  18. Richard -- Canada

    Fayln is right --HUMAN

    June 22, 2009 at 5:54 pm |
  19. Patrick F

    There are two opposing groups in Iran: the religious and the secular. It is the fundamentalists that back the current regime, while the rest of the nation is at the yoke. The part of society that wants to rid the government of the religion is not armed to the teeth – as are the religious elements. What I see can be paralled to what was happening in Germany in the 1930's – regardless of the wants of those who abhore the atrocities of their government, if they cannot stand up to it they cannot succeed in their movement over the long term. Hitler was adept in believing that extreme violence would accomplish contol of the masses. Iran's Ayatollah subscribes to the same methodologies.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  20. rupi

    this is for JackieQ- Brea -Ca,

    if you don't know that the images iran shows of people burning us flag is arranged by the government and not telling the true feelings of the people shows how far your head is up you know where

    June 22, 2009 at 5:52 pm |
  21. Mohammed

    This is hypocracy. Why people not asking what is the reason for this present condition in Iran? Simple answer is Israel. It is so pathetic that none of the writers raised the question of legitimacy of Israel. You guys are nuts and cracks. Because it is Iran , the most anti Istaeli country in the world and because it is suspected to be aquiring nuclear weapon which might be a threatening factor for Israel's existence all the Israeli backeres i.s the so called democratic countries in the world went against Iran. When they could not find ways to lessen the nuclear activities in Iran by various sanctions they took the Iranian election for fomenting unrest. Mind it Israel would be destroyed for its atrocity. It is funny to know that no one raised questions why Palestinian had to suffer for Germany" action. If Israel is taken out from middle east all kind of social unrest would go down. Because Jews are responsible for all unrest in the world. Take a look at the history. It is Jesus Christ who would make the justice for the people of middle east

    June 22, 2009 at 5:51 pm |
  22. cesan

    No, No, no help. They have to win their FREEDOM on their own. Remember our fight for independence. They have to stand up and do the same. Let it be their own fight!
    U.S. – please stay out of this one!

    June 22, 2009 at 5:48 pm |
  23. Seyyed

    JackieQ- Brea -Ca: Don't be so naive, mate. Those flag burning extremists are often paid by the government to act that way. We shall though not forget that there has been several times in history those flag burning events have been justified. Don't forget the civilian airliner IR655 carrying 288 passengers and shot down by U.S. navy in 1988. We shouldn't either forget the numerous times U.S. participated in overthrowing Iranian regimes, in order to secure the own oil consumption. Nevertheless, even those who attended Ahmadinejda's last speech are dissidents, in reality they are municipal employees forced to participate by the government. I'm Iranian living abroad, but i visit the country once a year and I can assure you that 95% of the people in Iran don't even care about U.S. or Britain! They have seen through the Ayatollahs bluffing faces a long time ago but have up until now been defenseless. This election was an accidental spark that ignited the whole scene we now are witnessing. Hence, Mohammad do actually represent the average Iranian opinion. As well as American people do represent the average American opinion and not George Bush's (or KKK's). As well as Amos Oz represents the average Jewish opinion and not the opinion of right wing hardliners in the Knesset. As well as Geert Wilders do not represent the average Dutch opinion. To those who are dissatisfied with Obama: do not mistake his approach! He is very clever indeed! His attitude of change and his flirting with the Muslim society paved the way for Iranians to pursue change! You do not always have to cut a man's throat with a knife, over time you could do that with cotton as well! So, a stable Iran might be the key for a stable and reliable Middle East! Half the worlds problems solved... Over and out!

    June 22, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  24. Paul A. - California

    This country has been oppressed for FAR more than 30 years. They rose up against the last dictator "The Shah". Who remembers the silly peacock throne? Young Iranian college kids were marching our streets wearing masks so the Secret Police would not ID them.

    We supported them then and WHAM they bring in another dictator. BIG SUPRISE!

    I saw leave them alone. If they want to stop being oppressed stop bring in dictators otherwise shut up. The next dictator will be as bad as this one.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:46 pm |
  25. Jesus'

    Americans fought for their freedom and won it. Countless American lives were lost in the Civil War and Independence and what have you done for your own freedom........nothing that i can remember other than fighting the "Jews" or "Zion", but you have never fought for yourselves or your families!!

    Iran must fight for their own freedom. Even if we help you win your "freedom" with our own blood you will throw this away and revert back to your true heritage which is killing, raping, blaming Israel and the West for your problems and praying to Allah.

    Your religion and your belief in a false book of so called scriptures is your true enemy. Islam will never allow you to be free or your women to be free. It is a repressive religion and will never teach you to think for yourselves. You will continue to fight each other and kill each other, but it will never really be for a purpose. It will only ever be to allow more repressive GOV officials and stupid "spiritual" leaders to drain away whatever life you have left in you! Sorry that you have to die for nothing Islam and Iran, but your lives are not worth a whole lot to us that have already have fought and won our own freedom. We know that even if freedom is "handed" to you, you will scoff at it and throw it right back in our face.

    Your religion and your beliefs shame you as human beings!!

    June 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  26. Jaime

    For all those ladies who claim that Obama is not doing anything, my question is how do you know? Would you telegraph your intentions of what you may or want to be doing? It seems all these ladies want Obama to come with some silly speech threating Iran. Calm down ladies, there is no reason to complain at the moment.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:43 pm |
  27. Greg Whilden

    What a tragic loss of a beautiful and courageous woman. Regarding the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei...his days are numbered...the Iranian People's anger over Neda's death and others like her will lead them to "get rid of that old man!" That dude and his dog Ahmadinejad gotta go. My bet is their time is almost up.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:41 pm |
  28. Bill

    President Obama's silence is deafening. Where is his sense of outrage and indignation? How can the leader of the free world say nothing while those seeking freedom are attacked. Does President Obama have any backbone? I fear not. We have ourselves another Jimmy Carter not John Kennedy.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:40 pm |
  29. Rich

    I don't think the US government can step in at this time. We're already knee deep in problems due to Afghanistan and Iraq right and taking on yet another middle eastern affair will ultimately come back to bite us I fear. We're looked poorly upon these days. If it were another country and we stepped in how would you look at us? Conquerors or as a country that wants to help?

    That said please note that many of the citizens of the US are hoping that you will get the change you're demanding and fighting for. We're hoping that once finished you won't be isolated from the world. Should you come out ahead we'll be waiting there on the other side to greet and help you. Good luck.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  30. RDL

    Sorry Mohammad, you make a good case but your timing is bad. The American people have just thrown the party of war out of office and chosen a president determined to be friends with your leaders. The US government is entirely run now by the party of peace and diplomacy. They will support you with a lot of fine words, but they never get tough on dictators (unless those dictators happen to be pro-American). The democrats would never have freed Iraq from Sadam, and the Europeans have even less spine. As for the rest of the UN Security Council, Russia and China are brutal dictatorships just like your own government. After Tel Aviv gets nuked by your president, most Americans will finally realize that their own fate is linked to your's. But until then, you're on your own! (I suppose you do have one real supporter in the world, and that's Israel, so you could pray that they strike a blow against the tyrants who are killing you in the streets.)

    June 22, 2009 at 5:37 pm |
  31. Demetrius

    Some pretty ignorant comments.

    The United States of America, won its independent's with the help from a super power, the french. You know, the ally we mock, and neglect?

    If America is not the beacon of freedom what is then? I say, support the people. Why not topple one of the "Axis of Evil" nations? Shoot, it would make N. Korea think twice!

    June 22, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  32. persian boy

    as a another iranian student we never burn
    your flag. iranian people love america and americans but this dictator regime do this things.
    we are hostage people by regime.
    we ask world especially american to dont leave us alone . you will see that we can shut down this dictators.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:36 pm |
  33. Reza wishes FreeIran

    As a young educated iranian living in USA who was involved in 1999 students movement in Iran, I think it's time that iranian people inside Iran ask Iranian Army to get involved and support the people of Iran. Iranian Army is the only force in Iran that can help out people to bring democracy and freedom to Iran not foreign forces.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:34 pm |
  34. Mike

    Does anybody truly believe we will do anything other than sit on our hands with the leadership we have in lace these days? An opportunity to improve the global community missed. It'll be another Tiananmen Square, with no progress at all since the west as a whole has just sat around for fear of getting involved.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  35. DAvid

    could it be that the invasion of Iraq will be what years from now credited for bringing reform and peace in the middle east.

    Help these people

    June 22, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  36. Kelly

    Persia was once a great power and influence in the world.
    They gave so much to the history of the world, poetry, music, life lessons.
    Yes they deserve are support.
    Witness the crumbling of a self serving theocracy. a 4th reich if you will.
    Down with the mullah's
    Godspeed Iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:31 pm |
  37. Thomas

    Did anyone notice that the Iranian police riot shields all have "police" printed in English. How do you spell "police" in Farsi? Wonder where they got those? Perhaps evidence of more western "meddling"?

    June 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  38. Pattie

    Hey Jackie Q,

    Not sure what you're point is because some Iranians have burned US flags in the past...? Certainly not all of them. And LOL who really cares anyway....for cripes sake...our Flag has been burned in just about every country on the face of the earth! And just like some people in the USA are ignorant *ahem ahem* but we can't paint everybody that way. FYI it's common knowledge that Iranians DO NOT hate Americans and they are tired of being isolated. Where have you been for the past 30 or so years? Have you not read a newspaper or seen the many interviews w/ various Iranians all these years? I know I have and I'm not even that "political".

    Let's not confuse hatred for a government with hatred for it's people. The world community did this with America too and I know we didn't like it!

    I support the Iranian people 100%...!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  39. Mark

    kiana proud iranian,

    If you do not keep the law, you will suffer the consequences. That goes in any country. Stop thinking you are the center of the world. There are 40.000.000 inhabitants in Iran and you must respect the will of the majority. The fact that you lost does not mean you have green light to cry like a baby and create a mess. You do not like the regime and do not accept the results?, then leave your country; there are thousand that have done so. Want change? then do things the right way. Violence will not solve anything. Stop being destructive.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:30 pm |
  40. Larry S

    It is certian that BO will not do anything of importance . . . it is a simple matter of there is nothing on his teleprompter.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:29 pm |
  41. Thomas

    Obama is WEAK! The man cannot take a principled position on anything.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  42. P (Austin)

    The United States has 150,000 troops in Iraq armed with heavy armor. Its time to turn the M1A2 east and head towards Iran. The U.S. could send an invasion force of 75,000 troops and armor across the border. In addition, the US could station two aircraft carrier battle groups off the coast. F-22 Raptors could defeat the air defense systems of Iran to provide air superiority of the US troops. America could live out Pres. Bush's dream and finally become "Liberators".

    June 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  43. Shelly

    My heart goes out to the people of Iran for standing up for what everyone should have basic rights of freedom. I as American am tired of people in this country thinking in such simple terms of good guy bad guy...with us or agianst us...the world is so much more complicated than that. What we can do right now I do not know. But I do know that I will stand by anybody who stands for freedom. When you are willing to lay your life on the line for it then by god they derseve our respect and help when it is where we can help them. BUT FOR NOW they have my respect, prayers. People of Iran you are not alone..we are watching you and supporting you.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:24 pm |
  44. kyle from ohio

    BeefMasterX June 22nd, 2009 10:38 am ET

    Your statements show how you are in tune to the conversation Obama should resign, because he's not doing what you would do, and what are your political polices, that would have us follow you!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 5:22 pm |
  45. Raphael Javaheri

    Bush should have gone into Iran instead of Iraq! Also, if US does not get rid of the current dictators in Iran they will make life miserable for US in Iraq, Pakistan & Afghanistan. The difference here is that the Iranian population will welcome the west and they are not same as arabs of talibans. The young Iranian population is most educated in the middle east and are highly sophisticated and resilient as you have been witnessing this past week. Not to mention the OIL and how they could effect global economy. Besides how could the west engage with these ruthless self serving dictators? World cannot stand on side lines don't do a thing to help and then on the other hand preach democracy!

    June 22, 2009 at 5:21 pm |
  46. Ray

    BeefMasterX, stick to eating beef and leave commenting on politics to people who think rationally. If you have never lived in the middle east or a country with a huge Muslim populace then you cannot begin to appreciate how delicate this issue is. Obama has to walk a fine line and weigh the risk involved with committing himself too quickly. If there is one thing you can pretty much bank on, its that any perceived interference from the west will become a rallying point for the hardliners (the protesters will quickly be labeled "subversive agents of the west"). So please spare us all your ill informed rants and let people with intellect have the floor. After all said and done, the United States will still have to deal with whoever the leader of Iran is......

    June 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  47. Teena M

    I lived in Tehran from 1972-1974...when the Shah ruled. I was only 15 at the time and had never been outside the State of Texas....except for Mexico. During that time there was an illiteracy rate of 89% throughout the country of Iran. So right off the bat you have a country and a people that are very poor and uneducated. With that comes the ability of a government to oppress....easily. I can honestly tell you that many of the Iranians that I knew were friendly and curious as well as protective of their American friends. My family was not rich by any stretch of the imagination but in their eyes, we were.....because we "went to school", we were able to buy food in large quantities, etc...things WE take for granted. This was my first "exposure" to a culture very different than what I was used to. Unfortunately, the oil company that my dad worked for did nothing to prepare us for what we were about to live in. It was a very eye opening and humbling experience and one that I will never forget. I feel certain that the "flag burning" stuff you see on TV is totally aligned with the radical government in charge...I do not believe it is the general consensus of the Iranian people. It's easy to sit back and say where were they at when they took hostages in Tehran....well it is easy to say that....because when you have people that can barely put food on the table and clothes on the backs of their children...where in the HELL are they going to get guns and bullets to shoot the bad guys? I saw MANY an American kid in Tehran treat the Iranians badly......it is a sticky situation for sure what is going on there right now. My heart says you should always help someone in need but this is one situation where I think our country has to sit this one out.

    On the other hand people respond to what is put out there....if the Iranian government is putting out negative stuff to us.....they get negative back.....therefore, a vicious circle and nothing productive to result from it. Just keep in mind you're not really getting a true picture of what is............

    June 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  48. Mark

    "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."

    LOL. A tacit proof that protesters do not know the the forces that control them. Do the protesters represent the majority of Iranians? of course not!

    I wonder if the withdrawal of American forces were planned to coincide with the Iranian elections. As we can read in small letters in the international media, the attacks in Iraq are skyrocketing at the moment and hundreds of thousands of American troops will leave Iraq by the end of the month. I think that Americans are trying to cover their asses by giving all the attention to Iran. Well planned! LOL. In love and in war, anything is valid!

    June 22, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  49. Charles

    I wish we had a real independent news coverage in America. All it is now is propaganda network. Talked to many Irans in voice chat software like Ventrillo and Teamspeak and they will tell you this is all propaganda from CNN and false all in trying to get the west to back US funneling more of the money (we do not have) to start a civil war.

    The government wants the Iran government gone, and instead of declaring war what better way than a war of propaganda, and funneling money to start a coup.

    Remember USA also put Saddam Hussein into power this exact same way. By causing civil unrest and propaganda.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:17 pm |
  50. Brion

    We should not get involved in Iran until we clean up our own backyard. We can't talk about violence in Iran because we can't even hold our own government accountable for the torture committed on their orders. We can't talk about lack of freedom in iran because we have a double standard of freedom here in the US–for example gays are treated as second-class citizens, disallowed from serving openly in the military or forming loving marriages equal to other couples. No, we should not stick our nose in Iran's mess unless we want to be further known as a country of hypocrites. I am not of Persian heritage and was born here, but have loved Iranian culture since the 1970s. I deeply hope they can get rid of the religious dictators and join the world as a free and open nation. Our interference would hinder, not hasten their success.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  51. rmehdi

    JackieQ: The people who burned American flags on TV are the same people the protestors are trying to get rid of. The Iranian people are fighting for liberty and justice, we need to support them!

    June 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  52. Joe

    Remember that song – "And Iran, Iran's so far away"

    Great song that is very applicable now.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  53. farzad

    The important thing to remember here is that if the US wants a peaceful middle east, it has to intervene. Iran has been proven to meddle in the affairs of the neighboring countries. It has supplied weapons, cash and training to Hezbollah and Hamas. Generally destabilized the region. It has tried to export the revolution around the world (Khomeini’s dying request).

    Looking back to 1978 and 1979 president carter’s foreign policy constantly destabilized the shah’s government with alleged human rights violations....what’s happened in the 30 years gone? Now we see innocent people killed and the US just watching?

    In my eyes it’s not a question of if the US should intervene. It should intervene and it should do it now before more innocent people are murdered.

    farzad

    June 22, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  54. Lisa Soorani

    As a wife of an Iranian-American, I was horrified to hear Chetry ask this young man how the protests were organized. Thank God, Mohammed was smart enough not to give any details. CNN is usually more responsible. The anchor made us sick. This is not a game, this is life and death. This was a moment of cheap journalism that hopefully will not be repeated. Other than that, CNN has done an excellent job of reporting this historic and upsetting event.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  55. christina Q

    Any of you ever met any Iranians living here in the US or any other country other than Iran? They sound just like this young man. I've known a lot of Iranians in the different countries where I've lived, and the ones I've met are all, without exception, educated, broad-minded, and very non-judgemental people. My experience in the ME has shown me that the extremists in all of those countries are a violent few, but defend their extremism with a love of religion, making the moderates afraid to speak out lest they be judged as apostates and become targets. I agree that freedom from oppression is a struggle, and the Iranians must fight for their God-given rights, we cannot do it for them. God speed to the people of Persia!

    June 22, 2009 at 5:12 pm |
  56. jdebnam

    People in the US need to understand that as long as we are Americans, we are basically obligated to help those in need that are in need or want freedoms in all forms. The Middle East may not be the most stable area of the world, but it doesn't matter where or who says they want to pursue freedom. It wouldn't be wise for the US to jump right in and fight against this regime because it would undermine the "legitimacy" of this revolution and further give credence to the current government. I think most of us want to help them in some way, and I believe that no matter what we do, we can support them only through the UN for now. Any actions that happen need to be the actions of the international community, not just the US. If it does get worse in Iran, I'm sure the many countries of the world would act to support the "freedom fighters" in more physical ways. Just like our revolution against Great Britain and how Daniel said, they need to try to do it themselves, but I believe help will be given at some point in the future. It may be cliche, but like others have said, "Freedom isn't free." No one will commit until we know that it's what is in the peoples' best interest. If we react too early, more innocent people may be put in harms way that wouldn't need to be put there. I just hope that they succeed and are able to say that they did it themselves and that they are finally free because they chose to be. Good luck to all of you "freedom fighters" in Iran!

    June 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  57. kiana proud iranian

    How much more?
    Till we realize.
    How much blood to be shed?
    Till we stand up and fight.
    How many more days?
    Of inconstant argument.
    Enough loss, enough horror that plagues our eyes
    For my country, for my family
    They’re tears are my strength.

    This tragic event nears itself by day
    Questioning our moments in the days
    They’re INHUMANE; the apocalypse is JUST a name,
    Tears, love and hope erode in the dessert of existence,
    Splash the river on your face, as the dirt washes itself away
    Turn and turn around the men and women,
    Who FIGHT with PRIDE, the war that never seems to END.
    The government, they are nothing but LIE’S.
    The truth is and epiphany that they DENY,
    Letting all our LOVED ones die and die.

    By: Kiana R. C.

    mr president ahve you had enough yet?
    there is NO such thing as not standing up to help the ones in dire need of your government mr. president. americas help is needed.

    WHERE IS MY VOTE!! I AM A PROUD IRANIAN
    No more blood shall be spilt of innocent people around the world.
    where is my vote
    we are great, we are strong, we'll stand together and never fall apart.
    my country will not die in flames.
    do you agree?

    June 22, 2009 at 5:11 pm |
  58. Scott

    Ignorance_is_not_bliss wrote: "I hold (the Bush Administration) LARGELY responsible for the way we are viewed by much of the extremists today."

    While I can think of plenty of unkind things to say about the Bush Administration that they clearly deserve, it's absurd to say that they're the reason the extremists view us as they do.

    They've viewed us this way for decades - and will never stop viewing us the way they do so long as we stand in their way. Pluralist, secular western culture is a threat to the Islamist vision of a singular political system that is in accordance with (their version of) God's commands.

    It's conceivable to say that there are some Iranians who look askance at us for our role in bringing the Shah to power in 1953. He was probably worse than what he replaced - and not much better than the current thugs ruling Iran.

    But the true religious zealots have very different motivations for their hatred of the West - motivations that pretty obviously predated George W. Bush's presidency...and live on beyond it.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  59. Jane

    Iranians need not resort to violence. Even in the face of what happened to Neda, you must show restraint so that you don't give them justification to shoot back. Make every death and every incident weigh heavy on them.

    Obama is making the right move. We cannot be the world police, and we cannot provide fuel for the Iranian government to pin this issue on foreign involvement. No point in throwing our weight around– doing so will only hurt them.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:08 pm |
  60. Henrik Sørensen

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    I AM PROUD OF MY COUNTRY DOING THE RIGHT THING.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  61. Caroline Cooleyy

    My husband is a famous singer who was born in Iran. Iranian people have never wanted this regime, they are an intelligent, cultured, brave society. We have always controlled them through back doors, no one can not say that the US hasn't always been involved in Middle East policy. The Shah was put there by the US and then when it is of no avail to them anymore they disappear. These people are not using weapons, they are not savage, they are standing up for freedom with as little as stones. YES we should help them,, it is at the very least a human rights travesty that is occuring. Khameni and the entire Islamic Regime is not their for the people. The people are afraid to speak out, they always have been. My husband, who is famous around the world wrote this song for the iranian youth, LOOK At THE PICTURES and tell me that someone does not need to step in.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kz8cPu0YvOY

    June 22, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  62. John

    How can anyone want to turn there back on Iran... There people want to make there country strong and stable and the world is not helping... How can any of us say we are civilized if we allow countrys to control who the keep in power. This is the worlds time to help the people of Iran and make them a freind and stop treating them like a fo... I love my country and will do anything for it but i am heart broken to see that we have not yet stepped in.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  63. I Freedom

    The United States got into their second Vietnam with Iraq. It was based on cartoon drawings presented at the United Nations and whose goals changed from WMD to Taliban to Al Queda and then the Liberation of the Iraqi people with a round trip back to the reasoning of the US Security. American people are still dizzy from that experience. Thousands of Young American soldiers have died and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi civilians. Once bitten, twice shy. Now we are asking for their blood again.
    Although, this is truly a legitimate crisis, most Americans are not aware about the Iranian way of life and its political atmosphere. They still relate the flag burning and "Death to America" chants to all Iranians. It's not their fault if the media has presented this image continuously for 30 years. The talking heads always use Iranians to mean all Iranians and for the first time, I am seeing that these same talking heads are beginning to finally distinguish the difference. From the comments on this post, it’s obvious that most cannot believe that a change of regime could really mean change, and again, we can’t blame them. If world politics was as highly available as sports and entertainment information to the American public, we would not see some of the messages we are seeing above. Americans Citizens mean well and always have, they are for most part not in the know and their empathy has been taken advantage of. Whenever they tried for the better good of another, they've been misled by their own and have lost in a big way. If you don't agree, then ask yourself why the Second World War was called the last good war. Everyone believed in something and didn’t feel mislead even after it ended.
    The Iranian Government has not represented Iranian “people” since the Iran/Iraq war, but who in the West knew this? As a matter of fact, the war was continued needlessly to distract attention from internal problems. It's hard to distinguish the government from the people at this point, and it is inspiring to see those of you who do. I raise my hat to you. Ahmadi-Nejad is not Iran and his beliefs are that of a radical ruling class and the uneducated class that can be controlled with radical beliefs. If a week of unrest at the risk of losing your life has not proven that, then there is little that they can do to prove otherwise. For those who argue that this is a small minority of the educated and the middle class, just remember that the vote was bought and paid for to the poorer classes by government aids through the budget available to Ahmadi -Nejad. That vote can sway both ways depending on who is reaching out to them, and Mousavi has no such resource.
    But still, it's American blood that might have to help to pay for this freedom and I for one can understand the reluctance. The sad fact is that Iraq should have never been the target of such a precious resource and has done nothing for world peace but a great deal for the control of oil flow. If that resource was applied to this brutal regime, we could have had a better Middle East. But one has to really think and ask, is a peaceful Middle East truly what the global powers desire? With the rise of China and India as world economic powers, what would the stable Middle East with its oil rich resources mean to them? Why is China digging in Africa for Oil, when it’s right next to the richest oil fields in the world? The truth is sadly that a Democratic independent Iran is not what the West wants either. A well trained puppet leader might be more beneficial in such a case, but this time the people of Iran will fight against that too as they have already had the puppet Shah. I have no answers, but thought a little insight might help wipe away the hate and clear the vision for those who still believe that Iran is that of the 1979 revolution and hostage takers.
    As an Iranian American, I can tell you that most Iranian love the west and what it stands for, but what they don’t want is to be ruled by the west. They would love the fusion of the cultures to move forward. Maybe the first Internet Revolution is a proof of this.
    If the objective is to open the doors for freedom and democracy and good relations that will only flourish, this is the time to help; if the objective is to gain control of the oil and setup a puppet regime, then it might be better to leave the innocent to the batons of the cruel regime, as that is only buying time for the next revolt….although I think some like me, might even be happy with this rather than the horror being witnessed. Remember, the true horror of jails and torture are not being televised.
    Either way, you are looking at the truth for a change. This is a desire for real change and outlet of decades of restrain. These are the heroes that we’ve replaced with science fiction super heroes. It’s hard to see it from the American point of view, as we’ve lost connection to our own real heroes, but these are the Washington, Jefferson and Adams of the 21st Century; their weapons this time are cell phones, internet and rocks.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:01 pm |
  64. Gifted

    The caller's statements sound questionable, especially for one who's not leading protest activities.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:00 pm |
  65. Jeff

    I wish I could have more compassion for the Iranian people. History was made 30 years ago when the exiled leader of the "reform" movement in 1979 returned to a hero's welcome. Mousauvi was one of those celebrating the return of an Islamic Revolution. Now the people of Iran want the west to step in and help the Islamic Republic reform. All I can say, reform yourselves you chose this government 30 years, choose a different form of government by over throwing the current one then maybe we'll talk.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:59 pm |
  66. Sima

    I would like CNN to interview the Iraqi youth on how they feel about the US intervention in their country. I support the Iranian Reform movement and resent the CNN's hijacking of it. I say to Mohammad that this movement deserves more respect than to be begin the Americans through CNN and to ask him if he understands the that US is already intervening in the matters by having had invested over $400 million on this matter, and to the "Iranian-Americans", let us quietly support our youth and stop buying into the American brand of democracy. Show me one case where the US has helped the masses without considering their own gains and let us not forget that the US has much to gain by destabilizing Iran and therefore the region.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:57 pm |
  67. Michael

    Sanctions and a firmer response can only be done with the rest of the middle east pretty much in the lead.

    The problem with that is, Saudi Arabia, for example, is being run the very same way, with a few elite, basically, dictatorships. So they are going to go in and tell Iran what they are doing is wrong? Most of the other countries do the same thing. They dont want their lower class people getting any ideas on their own freedom.

    This is why they are quiet, as is China, and if they want to maintain their power, they have to shut up.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  68. Scott

    I really don't know why this is so hard to figure out. These peoples' signs are in English, folks. This idea that "we can't get involved because we'll become a foil for the regime" is ridiculous.

    Besides, recognizing right from wrong is hardly "getting involved" or "meddling". I don't want to see any sort of military engagement or anything else along those lines with Iran. But championing freedom and denouncing tyranny is, and always has been, the heart of Americanism.

    I'll never understand why our president is watching silently as this goes on.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  69. D

    More than 1/2 the population of Iran weren't BORN during the Iranian hostage crisis. Believe me that situation burned me up too but these are the people who are OPPOSING the people who did that. I support them and hope they gain their freedom.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:54 pm |
  70. Rocky

    I don't think that that the U.S. should intervene alone, nor should they invade Iran. The only way that Iran will survive, is unfortunately to fight this war by themselves. It will unite and strengthen the country as a whole... It hurts me saying it, but I don't think that the U.S should meddle. President Obama is handling the situation very well, believe it or not.

    HOWEVER, I do agree with Mohammad in saying that the world as a WHOLE needs to sanction the Iranian government and support the people by NOT recognizing the current Iranian government. A sanction on exporting gasoline is a great idea. It will absolutely help Iranians win their battle... If there is no invasion, then as a world we must help the Iranian people indirectly– we must discredit the government. They need our help!!

    We cannot just stand back and continue to watch the horrible abuse on human rights in Iran!! It's inhumane, cruel and unusual punishment–

    June 22, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  71. CHRISTOPHER

    I personally feel Obama is doing the right thing his stratergy is bang on. Republicans have their views and will be accounted for. Obama is right, its the peoples fight but at the same time i support the republicans on their views of intervention at times , but overall i stand by Obama. This is a war from within and has to be dealt with in their own way. Mohammad we the people of the world are with you no matter what. Victory belongs to the most percievaring. The help will come but not in the ways of war it will come diplomatically and through sanctions. Patience is a virtue and victory is certain. Sometimes time is its own healer and this is the time we have to wait. and standdown. ( And i Quote message to the republicans and everyone against the Obama administration " Trust in your President for he knows what he is doing is right. You ll had your chance but now its his. Respect your leader. Cause i quote again " REAL POWER NEVER SCREAM FOR ATTENTION" ). To me a great nation is " a nation that can learn to keep its power "

    June 22, 2009 at 4:48 pm |
  72. Geroge

    Not all Iranians burned our flag – jut like not all Americans support Obama.

    There I hope for the world after all.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  73. Democrats Destroy America

    There is nothing more pathetic than seeing Americans complain about the mortgage and the car and the medicine they can't afford and wanting the government to bail them out like Obama did for the filthy rich executives.

    Well, the editor for Newsweek saying that Obama is god is just as pathetic. Yes, Democrats are destroying America, turning it into a socialist state where there is no personal responsibility, only government bailouts.

    Get a clue, get off welfare (corporate or otherwise), plan for your own future, and try to take a little responsibility. You don't have to become a Republican to act like a man.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  74. MIKEFROMTO

    Why Should the US stick their nose in another country's corrupt election.. Nobody stuck their nose into your corrupt election in 2000
    when W stole the election.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  75. Bubba

    Daniel, we had a revolution. Iranians can't figure out things amongst themselves. See the difference?

    June 22, 2009 at 4:47 pm |
  76. Loraine

    Interesting that we (American) has sat by for 20 years while entire villages are destroyed in Africa and did nothing or little (by any administration of the past.) .to even think of helping the people of Iran after 1 week of student protesting is beyond ridiculous.

    There has been no peace in the middleast since the death of Christ...over 2000 years...no help from American or any international community can help thnow or ever. That is why we should get out and stay out...completely.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:46 pm |
  77. Terry

    We must be patient as the American People and sad to say, let the situation implode until we have the support of the Middle East including Saudi Arabia, Israel and yes the British. How many of you recall that the British requested permission from the Bush administration to fly over Iraqi air space and drop a few bombs. Of corse the President denied and I'm not knocking that but we are fighting many Wars right now. I believe In the people of Iran and I hope when the time is right we can move in swiftly and justly to help that Nation and bring a Democratic Society to its strenght.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:45 pm |
  78. Matt D

    PS......By the way, there are many of we educated Americans who understand that the majority of Iranians oppose the government who spouts off at every moment against the United States. Similarly, when the US invaded Iraq in 2003, a good majority of Americans shook their heads and asked why we would do this. Saddam was not the threat which destoyed two buildings in New York and part of a government facility in Arlington, VA. Our government spoke for us even as we the American people spoke out against that war. Sometimes governments do not always reflect the opinion of the general public. I think this to be true in Iran right now also. We as Americans cannot be blind to these transparent concepts anymore.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  79. Todd

    This is not the time to go in with emotion. As Americans we have to empathize and give our vocal support, but nothing more.

    You need to understand the history there, and the fact that the people in power overthrew a government that the West, meaning the US and UK, put in power that destroyed a democracy that was once there.

    The current Regime feeds off of that mistrust of the West, and ANY intervening on our part will only illegitimize the struggle these people are putting forth. Do what we are doing with Sanctions and restrictions, get other nations to follow.

    Eventually this government will have to fall to the people, either by internal political pressure, economic pressures, or just them bankrupting themselves and the nation in trying to build nuclear weapons they cannot afford.

    Its a population of college students, where the average age is only 27. they don't remember the revolution, and they care more about the external world and freedom than the current regime, who falsely assumed they were as ignorant and easily molded as the previous generation that was duped.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:43 pm |
  80. Ankhamun

    My hearth goes out to the Iranian people, and I pray to our God that things get better. Those of us whom come from conflicted countries understand Iranians pleas to the International Community, and specially the United States, but President Obama is doing the right thing not getting involve YET, there has to be a balance before the rest of the world intervenes. If done to early then it'll seem like the world is stepping over their sovereignty, and if it's done too late it could be catasthrophic for the Iranian people. Remember that every time the US gets involved too soon we get blamed for whatever happens afterwards, unfortunately there will loss of life, but hopefulle their sacrifice will not be in vain. And for those who only writte non sense, educate yourselves and open your hearth to our brother and sisters in Iran, and before you speak of burning flags remember that we also have here in the US extreme racism, and terrorism as well. Remember the shooting at the Holocaust museum a few weeks ago and the Oklahoma bombing, so we are not free from radical extremists either.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:40 pm |
  81. charlie s

    This is a tip of the iceburg. I believe the vast majority of Iranians feel as Mohammad. We aren't meddling to protect the Iranians; but now the violence is changing that. We wasted our time in a Iraq war when the people that truely want our help is asking for it, we now have no resolve.

    Cry, cry and cry again as we bury our heads in our pillows. We delay; we allow more death. Neda is the ralling call. Innocent death as we don't meddle.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  82. Todd

    By all means, intervene. Instability in an oil rich nation like Iran will drive my oil stocks through the roof again! War in the Middle East is about EXPENSIVE oil, not cheap oil! Plus, war is GOOD for the economy, creating jobs and opportunity.

    Seriously, though, I suspect the Iranians are more than able to sort this out for themselves. Sooner or later, the evidence will be overwhelming that the elections were rigged, and the Ayatollah will through the nutcase President to the mob to save his own butt.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  83. Danny K

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

    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…."

    You people realize that a big part of the reason why there has been an uprising is because of Obama's historic speech reaching out to Muslims everywhere? In a polar opposite approach to Bush's condemnation of his enemies, Obama opened up a line of communication and willingness that went against every bit of propaganda Khamenei and Ahmadinejad. What this did was undermine their propaganda.

    Once we stopped acting like they expected us to (like stupid warmongering imperialistic cowboys on a Crusade), they took notice, and wanted to give us a second chance to earn their trust. Not just their leadership, but their people. Obama is taking the right approach. With the US staying out of it, this revolution to overthrow their theocracy has more legitimacy in the eyes of their population. They may want our help, but it would undermine their cause and any chance they have of winning over the conservatives who are staunchy anti-American. They will need everyone's support, even the conservatives at some point if they want national reform.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:38 pm |
  84. matt

    I agree too, we respect our freedom and remember every year the cost of FREEDOM!!! The cost of our men and women over the many years to keep our freedom and it means something very special.
    Iran needs to fight for their freedom so it will last a life time! The freedom they had to fight for and not just given to them to take advantage of. They will remember their own brothers and sisters life forever and their kids will remember too..........................

    June 22, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  85. looselycoupled

    Jack Q is a moron.

    The good and decent majority of Iran do not burn American flags. Stop watching Fox news all day you idiot. You are probably more conservative, ignorant, insular, and intolerant than the majority of Iran!

    Thankfully this protest for democracy and a fair government has finally shown all the ignorant Americans who haven't met anyone or been to Iran, that most Iranians, especially the vast majority of the younger generation just want to live in peace and be international allies with the West. The majority are rational, tolerant, trendy average people who actually love the culture of the West, and would love to travel in western Europe and the United States.

    The crazed protesters chanting "Death to America" are the tiny minority of religious and political extremists, and most of the time even those protests are artificial setup by the state and shown on state TV to show "support" for the oppressive regime.

    It is time for the oppressive Islamic theocracy to fall and for all Iranians to have freedom with a democratic government that can lead them into the future as a partner to the international community!

    June 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  86. Matt D

    It was a different generation of Iranaians, and a small percentage at that who effected the regime change in 1979. The current generation will not put up with the persecution of freedoms by this current president and Islamic backed cleric. Unfortunately, the U.S. does not have the bandwidth this moment to help in the Iranian situation even if it wanted to. The Revolutionary Guard is not Saddam Hussein's Special Forces.. These guys are good. You think we lost good men and women in Iraq? That would be nothing compared to if we went into Iran......We need to stick with openly supporting from the sidelines and things may change just like in Germany in 1989.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  87. Ahmad

    All it takes " do not buy oil from Iran" , the system will collapse in a matter of weeks.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:34 pm |
  88. Mcarter

    "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."

    Obama has been good with single word quotes about events and stating an open hand to the world. It's time to show that an open hand also slaps others who offend humanity. Pres, Obama get up and address to the UN and remember this protesters words when dealing with N. Korea. It's time for the World (not just the US) to put a stop to these countries. Information as to why pours from visible wounds the World can see and should rush forward to stop and heal. To sit still to protect any nation's name in a region is a vote supporting those brutal regimes. Egypt, Jordan, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Israel is one leadership anywhere in the world worth the suffering of God's children?

    June 22, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  89. Lynda

    I am shocked at how many people can't actually read the transcript before jumping to comment.

    This kid asked for sanctions. Never was there a mention of asking for anyone, from any country, to go into the country and fight, arm, or otherwise get involved in an internal struggle.

    It seems a lot of people want to project the comments to be what they want them to be, so they can argue against whatever they projected.

    I know the educational system is a disaster, but before commenting, try reading!

    June 22, 2009 at 4:33 pm |
  90. noel

    I don't believe America fully understand the Muslim world and the middle eastern in general yet. That is why whenever and whatever we do, backfires.
    What is going on in Iran right now is a start of a middle east revolution. Even that we don't understand, nor should we proceed to pretend we understand by crying to say "WE are Americans-we are responsible for other's freedom; thus we need to intervene". We don't even understand what "Iranian freedom" means. Sure, we hear from all sorts of people on this blog that Iranians want freedom, but eh?? what is that? Let us not be pigheaded and assume, "I am an American therefore I know what is good for you!" Let us stand back a bit. The Iranians are creating their own history; they will be a unique voice in the middle east . . . they will be heroes if they succeed. Perhaps that is why we want to intervene? We want to be the heroes, not them?

    June 22, 2009 at 4:32 pm |
  91. Linda

    Obviously Irans leaders & President Ahmadinejad have removed their masks & are showing their true colors of just how evil they & their so called Peaceful Islam Muslim Religious Government really are by hiring Terrorist Militia to wrongfully slaughter their own people. They probably also even paid all the voters who did vote for Ahmadinejad. For the whole world heard them all Chant Death to America, Brittan & Isreal on Friday which sounds just like true Jihadi Terrorists. Irans Natzi Hitler Leaders & President don't like it that their people & our news media are exposing their dishonorable deception & evil Government Leadership to the world & their inability to brainwash, supress, control & dictate to the citizens of Iran currently so this is their punishment to them in return. Their egos won't let them show weakness by backing down, they would rather be Natzi Hitler Terrorist murderers. Injured Iranian people are afraid to go to the hospital there for treatment because their HEALTH CARE IS GOVERNMENT RUN, FEDERAL HEALTH CARE REFORM, and they are afraid of the kind of treatment they would get might harm them more & of being arrested should they seek health care now. Also, how sad these citizens of Iran can only throw rocks in defense at these Government Hired Terrorist Militia because obviously their Government has taken away their 2nd Amendment Rights to bear arms.

    It would appear to Americans that Obama & our Government are trying to force these same policies on us in America & copy & make America like the middle East Governments policies, controls & takeovers by forcing America to adopt a Federal Health Care Reform also & by taking away Americas 2nd Amendment Rights to bear arms, etc. What's happening in Iran is just one reason we don't want Obama & his administration policies here in America. Vote No on Federal Health Care Reform & any bans on our rights to bear arms here in America.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  92. V1KTORvaughn

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

    If they really want freedom, they will have to fight for it. The cost will be enormous.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  93. Johnny

    I think this website sums it up, to be honest - http://www.saveiran.com

    June 22, 2009 at 4:30 pm |
  94. NCTarheelgirl

    It doen't matter how many times people in Iran have burned American flags and protested in the street with hate speech for us. We only see what the Iranian government wants us to see. That has been proven with the protest that are going on right now. They have shut everything media down in that country so the outside world doesn't see the protesting. It doesn't matter how bad they have treated us. Our president, who was elected by a free society should have the back bone to at least step up to the plate and condeem what is going on. When will this country wake up, when you are having to riot in the streets for your freedom because the government you elected has taken your rights away. Please America show some compassion.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:29 pm |
  95. Jerry

    I can't stand all these people that think we should be tough on Iran and hope for regime change that respond with "well they took hostages" or
    "they burned our flag" when the time comes to support the people. Are you really that ignorant? Most of those anti-US demonstrations are staged events...do you think the average person in Iran really hates Americans any more than the average American would hate some person in Iran that only wants to make a living and have a decent place to raise their kids? These people just want the same things as everybody else. Hate the government but don't hate the people. Based on how we've behaved for the past 8 years we should be the last ones lecturing anybody else and holding grudges that are 30 years old. Should the US get directly involved in what's going on? No. But as a country that had its own revolution we should at least be a little more supportive of people living in oppression no matter where there are.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:27 pm |
  96. rdh

    A reply from Iran: who burned your flag? you should learn the monority that used to demonstrate to burning american and israel flags on T.V ,they are shooting our people on streets now.i thought you americans are more intelligent than judge in this manner.actually they are paid for their acts.by supporting khamenei as hypocrite persons ,burning your flags,killing people on streets,...
    Iranian people always condemn this minority .
    but if i want to be honest & realistic ,and if we as Iranian people want to be intelligent and honest we don t expect help from you and your goverments.
    you know what i am talking about ! politics is too complicated and politicians behave in dirty ways.
    regards to you all !

    June 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
  97. dennisg40

    Looks like bad timing. If they had done this during the Bush administration he would have had troops over there in a heart beat but I don't think Obama will do that.

    Unfortunately the U.S. has played world cop since the end of WWII and it has helped bankrupt us and caused the death and injury of many of our soldiers look at Korea and Vietnam. South Korea would like U.S. forces to leave and we can't do much about North Korea for the same reason in the 1950's: China. So nothing has really changed. Vietnam did well under a capitalistic form of communism after we left it alone. It seems like when we leave people alone and let them choose their own form of government they work it out better when we mind our own business.

    After all...all of the old Soviet Union Eastern Block nations as well as most the satellite countries under the oppressor foot of "mother Russia" gained freedom after the financial fall of Soviet Communism are now free and we didn't have to fire a shot.

    The best way we as a nation can bring freedom to places like Iran is to use less and less of the fossil fuel that they sell including the rest of the middle east. With less and less money their power will dry up along with their economy and their own people will "throw the bums out."

    Three cheers for the freedom lovers in Iran but you can do it yourselves by making the ayatollahs get a real job like digging ditches or cleaning toilets and giving people like Ahmadinejab "a Jasper Texas Ride" behind a very fast camel.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:26 pm |
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