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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Roberts: Yes, go ahead.

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

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

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

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  1. brnmar

    I pray that the recent turmoil in Iran will end and the Islamic Republic of Iran will continue to be a beacon of hope for the oppressed people of the world.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:19 am |
  2. Michele

    Listen to the man – has the solution: boycott the sale of gasoline and you will have Iran on its knees.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:18 am |
  3. China Nolan

    Notice how the right wing Republicans are attempting to make hay out of another nation's misery and suffering. Now as to the interview. Democracy is attempting to breakout in Iran. The middle class is attempting to throw off the theocratic dictatorship and has been for the last thirty years. They just are getting more animated about it now. Obama's approach is exactly how it should be. Let the Iranians sort this out while continuing the current policy of sanctions and engagement. The dual policy of sanctions and engagement is what won the Cold War. It will prevail in this instance also.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:15 am |
  4. Melanie

    Attention George( who thinks CNN paid Mohammed), CNN would have to pay a heck of alot to cover thousands if not millions like Mohammed. Mohammed is amongst just too many to be silenced any more. Justice comes at a price they are paying not CNN, freedom in history has always come with a price and that price can be no higher than the lives lost such as Neda's so sadly lost. My deepest sympathies.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:14 am |
  5. Sher

    Cut off gasoline? Is this guy nuts? Anyone who believes this guy "Mohammad", if that's his real name, is a useful idiot. He's probably a regime stooge whose trying to sucker us into doing something aggressive against Iran. Here's a newsflash: Cutting off gasoline to Iran won't just disrupt the government, it will also disrupt IRAN! Imagine how the regime would make use of such an act. They'll spin it, probably with great success, as the evil godless West trying to bring down the proud and strong Iranian people! Wanna drive your car? You can't because the evil West took our gasoline! We're not the enemy! THEY ARE!

    Don't fall for the propaganda.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:14 am |
  6. BOBS

    I admire the bravery of the people protesting but I'm afraid after 30 years of fist shaking and "death to America" I feel it hard to have any sympathy for this nation. Best support we can give is to stay out of it and let them fix the mess they have allowed themselves to get into themselves.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:14 am |
  7. xnysmokie

    People need to remember this is how Adolf Hitler rose to power, the world sat by and said little and did nothing until it was too late and we were dragged into a world war where millions died. We need to take an agressive stand and support these people that are being killed and tortured for their beliefs. History should not be allowed to repeat itself but sadly it often does

    June 23, 2009 at 8:11 am |
  8. MRD

    Yes it's true that they used to burn flags.. but then.. so did the guys in Kuwait.. we saved their butts. One American lesson for Iran.. The government is "of the people.. BY THE PEOPLE".. and if it isn't FOR THE PEOPLE.. time for a revolution. You guys made this government.. now you regret it.. you must be willing to fight to get rid of it. One thing Iranians could do it to simply go on strike- stop working. If no one goes to work the economic turmoil will topple the government,. Simply impoise a non violent workers strike.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:11 am |
  9. tcaudilllg

    Let us not forget that the U.S. received ample support from the French in its own fight against tyranny! Who will support the Iranians?

    Bottom line, if the moderate Left comes to power in Iran, then things will be much different in the Middle East.

    June 23, 2009 at 8:11 am |
  10. ah

    in response to Monica0220 all i can say is WOW !!! what a heartless and cold person you are to enjoy watching innocent young kids die in streets for the mistakes of other haters. these young people are sacrificing their lives for freedom.they want to be just like you guys, they want to taste freedom,they want to live happy and care free just like you do.don't punish them because of these uneducated backward extremists.all Iranians are not the same.

    June 23, 2009 at 7:52 am |
  11. ah

    in reply to "JackieQ- Brea -Ca" just because every one lives in Iran doesn't mean they all have same beliefs as each other.the flag burning would defenitly be the actions of the extremists that are patroling the streets right now with guns in their hands and hatred in their hearts toward every body that isn't one of them.just ask yourself how can they feel love toward america and americans when they are killing their own kind mercilessly without flinching?in their eye there's only one right way and it is theirs and no one elses.

    June 23, 2009 at 7:45 am |
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    June 23, 2009 at 5:07 am |
  13. TB

    God bless and keep those fighting for freedom in Iran. I wished our president had the balls to stand up and say something, but he would rather just bow at the feet of the Saudi's and cower before north Korea.

    But this is what the iranians and the rest of the world wanted. You all wanted us out of the middle east and we are the evil white devils......until we're needed. You wanted Obama, and you got him. We warned everyone he was weak and preferred to meet with dictators first rather than leaders of the free world. He alienates our British allies and Literally bows at the feet of the Saudis.

    Obama has so derided our soldiers and our place in this world as the leader and the peace keeper that he has painted himself into a corner, and now to preserve his own position, he will not lift a finger to help the people of Iran. So hope and pray that Republicans in the US, retake the congress and the presidency. We know what freedom means. We were the party of lincoln. We were the party of Reagan who said " Tear down this wall!" And we are the party of Bush, bringing freedom and equality to the middle east.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:53 am |
  14. Arie

    Hi from Israel.
    Amazing things said by Mohammad with so much hope from my point of view.
    I sincerely hope you get the country back on track. Iran was leading the arab world in the best way up until 79. Now, the worst.
    I knew a lot of Iranians back in france and the states whose famillies had to escape.
    Classy refined people, with taste for good life and yet respecful of traditions and low key. I hope the Shah's spirit finally regains the country.

    June 23, 2009 at 4:33 am |
  15. Jessica

    @leilani: The Iranian government is IGNORING the protesters. Sitting by saying nothing and doing nothing is only appeasing the current repressive regime. Allowing them to kill Iranian citizens and suppress the truth is only hurting Iran and the nations that would benefit from a more stable and democratic leadership. These protesters are asking the international community to stand with them because they are being hunted, arrested, and murdered by the very people that you entrust them to. The "supreme leader" and Ahmed have already blamed the U.S. and the U.K., they are already spreading propaganda claiming that the revolution is back by the U.S. Why should we stand by as they kill and suppress their own people when we are in a position to do something to help these Iranians find a little bit of freedom?

    June 23, 2009 at 3:04 am |
  16. Jessica

    Why is it that so many people equate U.S. involvement with the use of military force? These people aren't asking for our military, they're asking us to stand with them as they fight for freedom, as they fight for the universal rights that Obama recently spoke of in Cairo. These protesters are screaming, pleading, but the U.S. government has largely remained silent. Don't sit back and pretend as if being "moved" by images of death and oppression is doing something. The Iranian government is already blaming the U.S., the blaming ship has already sailed. So please, President Obama, stop using that excuse and stand up for these students. Speak to the international community and let them know that the U.S. unequivocally supports the Iranians' fight for freedom. Wouldl Moussavi be much of a change? Who knows. BUT this has become more than support for Moussavi. Iranians are standing up and saying that they are willing to die for freedom. The people of Iran are asking for our support and our help. They have taken it upon themselves to fight for even a little bit of freedom while the leader of the free world says almost nothing. And when he does, he legitimizes the "Islamic Republic" that these young people are so bravely fighting against. Stop being a coward. The U.S. would not be imposing our beliefs by expressing support for the protesters, who started this movement ON THEIR OWN, and calling on the Iranian government to stop the killing and the repressive rule. I never thought I would see the day when European leaders would more emphatically support democracy and freedom over the U.S. Good for Merkel and Sarkozy...I wish Obama had the same strength as you have shown.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:55 am |
  17. Charles, WI

    Stay out yes. Have you watched the videos? Have you read witness accounts? This thing is blowing wide open on its own. The leading Revolutionary Guard commander was arrested for refusing to get physical with protesters. Some key high level religious members are siding with the protesters. This thing has gone from 0-60 ON ITS OWN in the past few days. Let it go. I give vocal support to the protesters and am proud of them for taking a stand. For now all we can do is voice our support as citizens and I pray for the brave people fighting for change. Americans would never have the guts these folks do.... not since 1776.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:27 am |
  18. Alan Moeini

    My fellow American, Iranians do not burn the American flag; the ones who are beating Iranians on the streets of Tehran burnt American flag. They are burning their own people and this is where they come from. The Government reaches out to villages, brings thousands of peasants with a bus to the city, gives them lunch and money and orders them to say death to America and burn American flag on international TVs, those people burning the flags do not even know whose flag they are burning. Those shouting death to America have never seen an American nor they know where America is!! Please get it!!. And I assure you that there is places in America that me and you can find people who would burn any flag for a T-Bone steak and a beer!!! The Devil and its illiterate supporters are running this show for the past 30 years. Please understand this unfair game and one sided match now that we are approaching the end.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:40 am |
  19. Justin

    before these last 2 weeks, the image most Americans saw when it came to Iran, where burning US Flags,images of the statue of liberty,with her face replaced with a skull,and chants of "Death To America",if one didnt know any better, and we didnt, you would think the entire nation of Iran was commited to the destruction of America and Isreal,but it turns out,that the country of Iran is just has complex has the United States,in that there are many voices,and you cant judge an entire nation of people,from just one of those voices

    isnt it amazing,in how little time things can change, through there cell phones and cameras,the brave liberty seekers,the people and the movement that the Iranian regime,did not want the world to see,got there message through loud and clear, and images of burning US flags were shattered,and replaced by images of brave and couragous people,risking every single thing they had,in the name of liberty,and that should strike a nerve in most americans,for our founding fathers went through the same thing,in our stand against tyrrany,and our bloody struggle against an overhwelming force for that god given right,for all of humanity,that is sweet liberty, infact I recall an event where British soldiers,shot at a group of Colonial Protesters killing some,and wounding others, and the news of that spread like wildfire among the population, and sharply turned public opinion in the colonies,against the crown,and helped ignite the flames of revolution,sound familiar

    on how to help them, I dont know, if it was a perfect world, there would be large heavily armed NATO and UN Peace keeping force sent in to guard the Iranian people,but thats not going to happen,becuase the only thing the UN can seem to acomplish,is pathetic resolutions that they dont enforce,but it would be a nice idea though,I doubt the Iranian government would want to shoot at that force,and bring most of the worlds armies down on top of there head(thats not a good situation to be in,just ask Hitler)

    I am afraid all we can offer at this point is moral support, but my advice to those brave soldiers of liberty out on the streets of Iran, keep the video coming,do not stop, do not let them silence you, youve already changed so much,do not give up,do not let the blood of youre sisters and brothers be in vein, keep showing the world that you really want change,you have shown youre leaders for the liars
    they are,infront of the entire world,we want you to succeed,we would love to see a strong,democratic Iran ,has a partner in the global community,instead of the enemy its been to us for the past 30 years

    June 23, 2009 at 1:01 am |
  20. Farzad M

    Jackie, please google "operation ajax iran." Knowing just a little about it will open up your eyes and make you understand why the west needs to get involvled. Usually, whenever the US is bit in the a** by the middle east, its due to a regime that came about ORIGINALLY with the help of the US. Saddam was supported duing the Iran/Iraq war; the Taliban was supported to deny Soviet communism from spreading into Afghanistan; the coup that overthrew the first democratically elected president in Iran (operation Ajax) was led by the US....the subsequent monarchy is what led to the eventual formation of the rise of the Mullahs in Iran.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:07 am |
  21. John

    I admire the Iranians who are taking their lives in their hands to stand up for what they know is right. It makes me proud of Iran. This is the same spirit that gave birth to America, and to the freedoms and rule of law that have blessed us here for 239 years now.

    Anything that we Americans can do to help the Iranians who are fighting for democracy in their own country, we should do. So far Obama has deprived the Iranian mullahs of any reason to accuse the U.S. of meddling. Obviously this wave of change is coming from within Iran, not without, and the rulers who claim otherwise just make themselves look more absurd.

    We support you, Iran! We hope and pray that your dreams of a new political system will at last be realized, and that you will be able to fully rejoin the community of nations as free men and women! Keep your courage, and never give up! A new way of thinking is sweeping the world, and a new generation is bringing it to the fore. The Iranians are showing us we don't have to have more mindless subordination to radicalism, but a instead a new, rational and reasonable approach to life where the quality of ideas will win out over dogma and extremism.

    Imagine... Iranians teaching Americans about freedom! Its happening now.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:03 am |
  22. lance

    God Bless the Iranian people, if we had a real government in place here in the US we would be helping them now. Don't ever give up hope, fight for your freedom, human rights and dignity. The world is hearing your voices and praying for you.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:01 am |
  23. pb

    Just like there are some of us out here who, unfortunately, don't have our voice being heard right now (and do not agree with the actions of this Congress and WH occupant), there have to be a lot of Iranians who have not had until now the opportunity to make their voices heard. It appears that most of those people on the streets in Tehran right now were not born or too small to remember when Carter was baffled by the Iranians back in 1979. They remember Reagan, Bush, Clinton and Bush II. They may just want to experience some freedom that they see (although no doubt filtered) in the rest of the free world.

    It really is kind of embarrassing when the French President speaks louder for freedom than the so-called leader of the free world.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:55 pm |
  24. Justin

    To any of the Iranians who may read this.

    America may be lost right now. But know this, it won't be for long.

    You are in my heart, but I can't do anything about the idiot president we have right now who is by default siding with the Ayatollah.

    You will likely be crushed by force while Obama watches hoping not to step on any toes...

    But it took a Carter to give us Reagan.

    America is not just a country, it is an idea of liberty. We have always willingly shared that idea asking nothing in return. It's going to take more than a morally relativistic man child to destroy this country.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  25. Steve

    JackieQ- Brea -Ca,

    Was that supposed to be a joke, or are you really that stupid?? The people that burn American flags ARE THE ONES IN POWER RIGHT NOW. The ones protesting are the secular moderates and liberals. Didn't you read what the guy said – "We don't deny the Holocaust happened and we recognize the rights of Israel"??

    For you to make a nonsensical blanket statement like that is the equivalent of saying that the people on the Jerry Springer show are representative of all Americans. So, quit being a close-minded xenophobe. It's because of ignorant people like you that Americans get stereotyped as dumb and arrogant. Get out of your trailer once in a while, so that you can see what the outside world looks like. GEEZ!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  26. Herbert

    Inaction is an action ,...in and of itself! May NEDA'S "Blood'!!!, be the cement that builds the foundation of freedom for the nation she so loved! If we remain Idle on this then we have shot ourself in the foot again. Come on !! are we the leader of the FREE WORLD or not?????

    June 22, 2009 at 11:34 pm |
  27. AVoice

    Maybe if the United States wasn't so selfish other countries would benefit from "THEIR VICTORIES". when 9/11 happened all of the Iranians grieved with us here in the states. THEY TRIED TO HELP. the people NOT the government. THE PEOPLE want freedom. THE GOVERNMENT burns flags, shouts death to AMERICA. Americans are ignorant people not all but most of them. Learn your facts. Go research the Iranian government which is WAY DIFFERENT than the PEOPLE. Why would CNN pay some guy risking his life trying to convey a message??? just sit behind your computers and tweet because that's all you shallow people can do "to help".

    June 22, 2009 at 11:31 pm |
  28. Cameron

    I am a natural born American but my father is Iranian and I have countless relatives in Iran, and for the the last 10 days or so, all I can think about is how President Bush would invade Iraq (which had nothing to do with September 11), but Obama is yet to do anything for the Iranian citizens that sincerely need our help. Does anyone else remember a speech in where Obama said something to the extent of, if the Iranian community were to reach out, we would do the same?? I can not stomache sitting here while my cousins, who are also 21, are all over the TV getting cheated, lied to, mistreated, injured, and even killed for a basic human right.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:27 pm |
  29. sam

    Jaquie...look, another person showing you some love...you are not alone, the mind of many people is changed as the channels change and you are just another bimbo in the bunch. The people who burned your flags were the one who tried to keep their own people dubm by depriving them of everything that could have raised their level of intellect such as internet and the same people are now killing hundreds of innocent people who are fighting for things such as internet , being able to walk down the street while holding their partners hands without getting tortured and etc. plus you are comparing a falgs to lives???? wow

    June 22, 2009 at 11:23 pm |
  30. Yasmin

    This message is for Jackie from Brea California. Stop being ignorant. It's because of people like you that the Americans are not liked all over the world. Open your heart instead of your mouth

    June 22, 2009 at 11:17 pm |
  31. NCRedhead

    Where did some get the idea that this student asked for us to send soldiers or weapons? He asked for international recognition (and that is happening) and for more meaningful sanctions. I have no idea if he is a legitimate caller or not, but I do think the Obama administration is wise by taking a more thoughtful approach and not just jumping in before we think through long-term repercussions (Bush/Cheney/McCain style). I rarely disagree with David Gergen, but I think we are the WRONG nation to be out front on this. We have no credibility with many of the people who might help the protestors. And we have no leverage with Iran...period. Not only have we long been considered an enemy by key people, including some involved with the revolt, we don't export oil or have any major trade with them due to existing sanctions. It seems naive, however, to think that the US is not assisting nations who do have more leverage. Would it really be a smart move to telegraph such efforts if the goal is to help the protestors rather than quell their efforts?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:11 pm |
  32. Mark

    Mike,

    Where do you live? on the moon?

    End the Taliban's rule in Afganitan? LOL you must be kidding!

    Afganistan is a total failure; Iraq too. Right now, Iraq is another Vietnam and 130.000 forces are withdrawing without having won a war. How did violence solve this? Violence created violence and look what is happening in Iraq and Afganistan now. Millions of people have died for a cause that suits the western hemisphere.

    You are clueless about cultural and religious backgrounds; in your ignorance you want to put a western style of government without considering the context of thousands of years; look what is happening in Iraq now. America was a young country with a different set of values and culture and religion, it was easy to make a civil war and solve the problem. The situation with Arab countries is totally different.

    The violence of a few thousand people who go to the streets to cause problems does not represent the majority of the country, period. These are people like Mohammed who do not know who is behind commanding them. They watch american soap operas and think real life should be like that, LOL. Get a grip. Iran is an ancient land rich in history, culture, religion.

    There are lots of countries in the middle east which are not democratic and rather theocratic, go after them! of course you will not because they serve American interests; lol. how convenient.

    These same kinds of protests happened in Bolivia after the "anti"-American current president won an election by a landslide; at the end, the American-driven affords to destabilize the country failed and the American ambassador got expelled from the country. Now the US does not want to extradite the previous president who was involved in the killing of innocent people.

    The same in Venezuela, after Chavez won elections, the US did not like it and was taken out of office; but the voters put him back to power.

    Of course, this is not the kind of democracy you want. LOL

    Get a grip!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:57 pm |
  33. Larry Kraus

    If they want us to help them then all they have to do is offer us oil contracts. If big oil can make a dime from their oil our boys will be sent there to die at least till the oil is gone or denied.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:55 pm |
  34. Daniel

    Should there be a revolution, a real need of outside help, I will go. I'll do what I can for freedom. It's my obligation as a free man to help those who seek their own freedom, on their own terms, and in their own land.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm |
  35. Josh

    Shelly, awesome comment.

    Jackie q: you are an ignorant idiot.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  36. danno

    Wow, I am surprised the obama administration didn't stop CNN from printing that interview. They should have censored it.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:39 pm |
  37. juanito lim

    this revolution should have happened during the BUSH presidency, too bad the timing is kind of out, don't expect too must from this weak leader obama, all he is doing is making himself look good.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:37 pm |
  38. juanito lim

    this revolution should have happened during the BUSH presidency, too bad the timing is kind of out, don't expect too must from this weak leader obama, all he is doing is make himself look good.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  39. Pete

    American and western propganda written all over it. Most americans are kept so out of touch with what really goes on. Congress actually passed a bill last year to fund an operation to covertely influence politics in Iran and in particular this election. Do some research and you'll find it very easily. The fact that our jewish owned news media doesnt chose to cover these stories simply reaffirms what most in the east already believe about the west and jews "meddling" in local politics.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:26 pm |
  40. Jerry from California, USA

    THE WORLD SHOULD VOTE ON SUPPORTING CHANGE IN IRAN. DO IT! DO IT! What effect would there be if hundreds of millions of messages of support are given to the Iranians, to the United Nations and world leaders in general ON A CONTINUING BASIS? CNN SHOULD SET UP A CENTRAL WEB SITE WHERE PEOPLE CAN VOTE FOR SUPPORTING CHANGE IN IRAN.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  41. Jerry from California, USA

    If there is a genuine shift from a basic revolt in wanting more internal civil rights to a full scale revolution in establishing a democratic country that recognized others including Israel and will refute the development of nuclear weapons, then the WORLD must take more constructive ACTION. Why doesn't CNN establish a world wide web site that counts the number of human beings that support the Iranian peopl in changing their country? Why can't this data be given as constant feedback to the Iranians, the United Nations and world leaders in general? Why doesn't the world's citizens voice their support in this struggle? What effect would their be if hundreds of millions of messages of support are given to the Iranians? The world should vote on supporting change in Iran. DO IT DO IT

    June 22, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  42. getaclue

    For those of you referring to the burning of the American flag - get a clue! You are all ignorant to bring that up! Here is why: (1) the pictures you see of people burning the American flag represent the people that support the fanatical religious tyrants currently in place - the government allows pictures like that to come out of the country, but controls other types of media - haven't you learned that by now?; (2) the people love America and what it stands for but are skeptical of the American government and they have EVERY reason to - did you know that it was the US that brokered the deal for the Ayotallahs to come to power after the revolution in 1979? Did you know that the United States armed Iraq during the Iran Iraq war which killed so many Iranians and many people's family members, including mine? (why do you think we thought Iraq has weapons of mass destruction? Because we gave it to them and couldn't account for them, because Iraq got rid of them to Pakistan). Did you know that the US admits to bombing an Iranian civilian airplane killing almost 200 people? Now imagine if Iran bombed our civilian airplane killing almost 200 people, what would we do? I know what we would do, we would invade their country. So before you speak out of ignorance, check your facts, get informed.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:14 pm |
  43. Kevin

    There are so many different point o views are regarding Iran. I just wanted to point out some facts about Mohammad's request.
    1- We are all human! It doesn't matter who/where, when you see a pregnant woman is being shot to death, when you see a teenager shot to death, when you see helicopter spray acid on man and woman old and young Muslim or Christian or Jewish, regardless of who they are, only because you are human, you should feel pain!
    2- Iranian has been hostage of evil government who is willing to kill it's people over disputed VOTE. Same Government who is mean reason of so many blood all over the world. from Mykonos Hotel to Israel, Lebanon, Somalia and many many countries. Same Gov. burn US,UK,Israel,... flag Should we hold Gov.'s hostages responsible for that action? Those people cannot even get their basic human rights. They burned our flag and we should be mad but we should NOT get mad at WRONG person.
    3- I agree with those who said we should not send army to Iran. We already have enough on our hand to deal with. People of Iran also are not asking fo US Army support rather as Mohammad said: "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." We CAN do that.
    4- Right now Iranian standing for their right and fighting this dictatorship. If they fail, we will end up getting involve specially if things get out of hand between Iran and Israel. So supporting this movement Not only is a support of a human right but also is a fight with our OWN enemy.
    Support this people so we don't end up going back to middle east and fight our possible worst fight ever.
    and believe me no one going to look down at you if they see you help a fallen person who needs your help.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:13 pm |
  44. Terry

    Just because you see some people burning flags in a rally does not mean they actually hate America. As I understand it the Basij milita and other organizations go around and round up people and make them attend many of those ralleys.

    It is very possible that there is a hard core center to the regime there which does hate America, as well as any other country where the rulers are chosen by the people, because such organizations are a threat to their power. That group uses violence and the threat of violence to get the rest, who don't hate America and "the west" to attend ralleys and chant slogans and burn flags.

    Things are never as simple as they seem in the real world, and that goes double in politics.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  45. Kendall

    As a member of the "axis of evil", Iran just showed their hand to the international community. How this brutal regime could ever be relevant in the eyes of the international community from this point forward is inconceivable.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:50 pm |
  46. JD

    It is absolutely sad to read comments suggesting that the Iranians alone should get rid of Ahmadinejad. A people with no weapons and training will somehow go against a repressive army and win. It has never happened in history and will not happen now. If the US does not covertly intervene in this situation an helps the people, then bullets and tanks will be no match for flesh and stones. We will in the end go against the Iranian regime because after putting out the rebellion they will without a doubt speed up their nuclear ambition to ensure its survival and while we may hesitate to act because we are safe thousands of miles away, Israel will not exercise the same restraint (they cannot afford it) and then we will be forced to act.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  47. Robert Gertz

    President Obama is doing exactly the right thing...Taking it slow. Let the Iranian regime reveal itself-Fanatically murderous "Clerics" with Nazi stormtroopers backing them up. As we see proof the Iranian people want our support, he's notched up support for the right to protest without giving the regime a chance to smear us as the instigators. Next step will be for stronger speeches in support and a call for sanctions by a united world community. Lives depend on giving the maniac in Tehran and his lapdog "President" enough rope to hang themselves and it will do no good at all right now to for the President to make grandstanding, thumping speeches that give Khameni exactly what he needs to rally a wavering government and army.

    Keep on fighting Mohammed and don't lose heart. You're winning. The government gets more desperate by the day and if the people continue to back you, strikes and growing support among the army and from the world community will topple these people. Our President must act carefully for your sakes as well as ours but I believe he is acting wisely in your behalf behind the scenes as well. And when you win, you and the world will know who won Iranian freedom and gave the Islamic world an independent democracy to look up to...The Iranian people.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:46 pm |
  48. DRM

    I am very pleased with the way Obama has taken a hands off approach to this situation. It is not America's job to save every country in the world. If the majority of Iranians truly want change they will make it happen. America should not be obligated to send our young men and women to die for someone else's cause. It is time for Iranians to risk their lives and money if they want freedom. If they are not willing to do so, we should not even consider sending $1 to aid their cause.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:44 pm |
  49. Clayton Sims

    It is ashame what I'm reading... The responses my own countrymen and women are saying. We have been blessed with the freedom to think and speak freely. Such a rare gift. Yet, none of you understands what that means. It means that we don't have to act as though our Country is built of fortress walls. It represents freedom. We're a powerful, POWERFUL Country who may not be perfect, but it's still a Country that is ever conscious of our actions.

    If there is a place for us, for our help elsewhere- it is our inherited purpose to do so. Should we own this historical movement in Iran. NO! This is theres and they have shed the blood for it. But there are aspects that we can take part in, we can recognize their voice when their government won't.

    Muhammad is a part of a generation of men and women like myself: We're tired of the lies our fathers and grandfathers tell us. The reasons why we should hate another person... Their reasons aren't good enough and we want to reach out. We want to create something that the older generations don't believe in or stand by. It is the belief that extremists on all sides have no place in. It is the belief that is at the heart of men, women and the very structure of God.... Love. Love without cause or reason, abandoning all borders, all structures and learning to love one another for all our differences and all our simalarities.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm |
  50. penny

    Gag, CNN discovers the human rights aspirations of protesting Iranians, this from the network that did a deal with Saddam to keep their presence there. Or have people forgotten Eason Jordan's statements about their acquiescence.

    CNN was more than willing to play down Saddam's atrocities. Their hypocrisy is stomach churning.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:37 pm |
  51. Chris

    Interesting, though I must confess to feeling manipulated by the media and unmoved because it really does not apply to the US.
    We do not have diplomatic relations with Iran, and we hardly do any business with Iran at all.
    Europe does most of the business with Iran and has diplomatic ties. No business equals no pull.

    IMO
    Unless we are willing to invade (on Mohammed's word ) we should keep our comments as quiet as possible, just as Obama is doing.

    These kinds of news reports: "a" protester pleads for the US to intervene ( "a" that means one person, who is this kid?) becomes a story... it is just riling up emotions, as if the US is "missing it's moment" , I think it's simply irresponsible. We are not "missing our moment to lead". It isn't our moment, it's there's... It's not our business to lead there, and we don't really have the power to lead there anyway.

    There are plenty of government plants among the protesters trying to create a tie between the US and the uprising, and spreading all kinds of misinformation using all the same tech that the protestors are using.

    Europe has more pull than we do here, because they do trade, what are they doing?
    We certainly haven't been selling them oil either.

    Again, unless we are willing to invade ( which would be insanity as far as I'm concerned) then we need to keep our eye on the ball, which is nucular weapons. Feeling good by "putting in words of outrage" should not be our motive .

    Obama is correct to not give the Iranian government a foil.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  52. Meir

    A lot of selfrightouseness on the comments.... but I ask you this. Imagine if France hadn't "meddled" in the Revolutionary war. Or if we hadn't meddled in WWI.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:35 pm |
  53. Frank

    To those without an ounce of humanity,

    I can appreciate what Mike stated above. Politics and religion aside, we are talking about human beings that are being suppressed and persecuted for challenging election results. 2000, presidential elections, Al Gore and many liberal democrats challenged the election results, and the government assigned a committee to count every vote one by one to verify. In Iran they cant even find the peoples vote to count them. Also, when Al Gore challenged the vote, was he arrested and his supporters beaten and gunned down like animals? There is one fact that is not stated in all the comments I have read. The clerics are like a disease that controls all that is going on. Ahmadinejad, is just a show monkey that is displayed in front of the world as a representative of that nation. The scum bag clerics in the parliament are the people that are running Iran. True, we don't want another Iraq, but if all countries come together and impose all sanctions necessary in support of the true freedom fighters and victims, then we can start to achieve some good and welcome Iran into the free world with tyranny eliminated. Look at Neda, a 27yr old girl shot by Basij militia, in front of her father. Watch the video of how this innocent beautiful girl was murdered and then make a comment about the situation in Iran

    June 22, 2009 at 9:20 pm |
  54. Ellen

    Knowledge is Power–this cannot be taken away.

    Maybe its already been done but if not- It would be good if someone [preferably a non-Iranian] started a message string to be circulated and sent [individually] to the email address of Mr. Khamenei… Yes he has a webpage http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/ ; email address; and facebook page…

    Please help free Iran–they are a great people deserving of all our support. Thank you even considering my post.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:01 pm |
  55. boknoy09

    I think America along with the International Community should interfere in this Iran's problem. I really pity those freedom seekers who really fought hard and sacrificed without the support from America and International Community. Are we letting them to be killed and defeated by this evil dictators? Come on America!...you are the father of democracy and freedom....support your children and let them grow as strong, courageous, brave and healthy.

    Let's established PEACE all over the world.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:56 pm |
  56. Doug

    A citizen from Kansas USA has heard you Mohammad. Never give up fighting for freedom!

    June 22, 2009 at 8:48 pm |
  57. crimson

    I understand Obama wishes to stay cautious in order to keep his options of negotiation open. But if the leaders of Iran are willing to lie and deceive their own people in their intent to preserve whatever power they can, by what standard does Obama expect some sort of honest negotiations with them? Why would Ahmadinejad be truthful and honest with Obama when Ahmadinejad will not be honest with his own people?

    June 22, 2009 at 8:45 pm |
  58. Steve

    Obama is Jimmy Carter on steroids.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:44 pm |
  59. Thas Canada

    It is important to everyone in the world community to support the fight of the common people for their rights. Examples fair elections, their democratic rights, human rights etc. Don’t stand as a bystander saying this is not my problem it is Iranians problem. Do something in your power to help the weapon less people even if you have to make a war because when you protect others rights actually, everyone of us protecting our rights. And also we are conveying a message to dictators, corrupt brutal leaders you can’t have your way. We are here to protect the whole world communities.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:42 pm |
  60. leilani

    It is THEIR election . . . Let them solve their own domestic problem. Let their government hear the voices of their own people.
    If we meddle and something worse happens, we get blamed. If something good happen, we don't count. Just look right now, the government is looking for someone else outside of Iran to blame their troubles - their target? Western media.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:41 pm |
  61. mike

    Mark,

    My friend you are a prick. you say violence will solve nothing? How exactly did we earn our freedom as Americans (if you are one) how exactly did we help end Hitlers reign of terror in Europe? How exactly did we end the Taliban rule in Afghanistan? How exactly did we stop slavery in the US? Face it people, in order for PEACE there will always be WAR. And dont look at it as in a different nation, think of it as HUMAN BEINGS that just want freedom

    June 22, 2009 at 8:04 pm |
  62. MBS

    If there is any chance that a new generation of Iranians might be moderate, and truly wish to become an active member of the international community, that should be encouraged, not with sending troops, but through sanctions, as Mohammad suggests. The U.S. should not support Ahmadinejad. It is not right for the U.S. to recognize the illegitimate regime of Ahmadinejad, when these students are dying, trying to get a better life and emerge from the cruelty of the current regime. Yet our government seems to be accepting that Ahmadinejad is the legitimate leader of the country. This is just wrong.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:04 pm |
  63. Sassan

    As an Iranian-American having been in Iran, I am one sick and tired of these so called Iranians living in the U.S. (not the majority of Iranians in the U.S. but far too many) but they b!tch and moan and complain and pretend they speak for the Iranian people. This included many in the media who pretend they know everything but the fact of the matter is Muhammad does represent the viewpoints of the majority of people in Iran and Iranians overseas. I applaud him for standing up courageously to the barbaric and tyranny the "Islamic Republic" stands for. Ahmadenijad, Khamenei, they are more popular on the Arab street than in Iran. This regime has represented Arabs and Arabs interests, not Iranians and for those of you that don't know, Iran stands for "Land of the Aryans". Instead of feeding and taking care of their own people, they support terrorists overseas. I can only envy being there with my courageous brothers and sisters fighting for freedom and human rights.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:00 pm |
  64. Kai Hansen

    What does CNN pay for "Mohammad" to plead to the Americans?
    LOL

    June 22, 2009 at 7:53 pm |
  65. Nunzio

    The time is ripe for the U.S. to give the mullahs a big shove into the hot coals of Hell by actively supporting the protesters; for years the mullahs have been bloody active in terrorist activities thru their proxies including the Marine barracks in Lebanon, with Palestinians in Gaza, and Hezbollah southern Lebanon. Now is the the time to even the score and help the Iranian people at the same time, offer them any support they need and the people will achieve victory. The added bonus will be a closing of the nuclear bomb program.
    If the Iranian people succeed the mullahs will face the same fate as Saddam.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:51 pm |
  66. Mark Jurman

    The Iranian opposition appears to be doing very well without our butting in. If they were to – en masse – plead for the US to help via YouTube, Twitter etc., then it might be time for some kind of intervention.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:46 pm |
  67. ahmad

    Unfortently there are still people who don't understand that the people that scream "Death to US" or burn the flags are the same people beating on Iranian people. There are many young educated people that are looking for freedom and all the international governments and people should help to free Iran from the dictator ( ali khamenayie).

    June 22, 2009 at 7:40 pm |
  68. Greg - Newport, KY

    The Iranian people need us now. This is a nation oppressed for far too long. Like France came to our aid during the Revolutionary War, we now have a chance to do the same. This could be a major blow to Islamic Extremism. That of course is what we have been fighting for 8 years now.
    Let me end with a quote from Sun Tzu.
    "Thus, though we have heard of stupid haste in war, cleverness has never been seen associated with long delays.
    There is no instance of a country having benefited from prolonged warfare."

    June 22, 2009 at 7:37 pm |
  69. David K

    Why should we help the Iranians? If we interfere we'll only gonna make the US look like a bully and further more hatred for the Muslim world, and Al Qaeda will use that as an excuse to recruit more young men to there cause.

    I'm glad Obama will not risk going to war with a insane theocracy and people who hate us. The people of Iran don't deserve our help or any help from the international community, and that include the US of A.

    This is there problem not ours, the Iranians and many other muslims hate our guts, and interfering will not help, and will just make things worse.

    You people are crazy to believe that getting invovled is just gonna make things better, you're WRONG!!

    I stand by Obama's decision, and hopefully he'll not engage Iran for pointless reasons.

    I don't think this country should help out Iran because they view us as the Great Satan and want us dead, and those supporters of Moussavi they support someone who is just like their current president, an anti american, and holocaust deniar.

    Iran, unless changes their ways and there attitudes, will never recieve help from us...NEVER

    June 22, 2009 at 7:32 pm |
  70. Omar

    The terrorist regime in Iran is responsible for a HUGE proportion of the instability in the ME. They fund Hezbollah and its assassination squads in Lebanon. The fund the genocidal Salafist called Hamas in Gaza (never mind they 're Sunni's, when it comes to hating Israel, these groups set aside their differences). Their drive for nuclear weapons – and the fear it is spawnign across the rest of the ME – is starting a very dangerous nuclear arms race in the most brutal and unstable parts of the world and they make common ground with the proliferators in N. Korea. . . . We have a standing army one country away and an arsenal of missiles with pinpoint accuracy at our disposal. Just one Littttle push – the entire equaltion changes in favor of freedom. Too bad Obama is such a panty waist.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:29 pm |
  71. Robert

    CNN is pathetic!!!!. This phone call never existed. Trying to call international long distance fron Iran your call goes trought goverment controls.
    Please CNN, stop being a puppe of your goverment misleading the people.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:24 pm |
  72. Edward

    Mohammad and Hirad:
    Thank you for your comments. Please know that America cares and supports you. Don't listen to the ignorant voices on this blog who cannot see the difference between the Iranian people and a small minority of murderous thugs who hate Americans. All Americans whole-heartedly support you and all the freedom fighters of Iran. We know that the vast majority of the Iranian people are a good and peace loving people and we know how much you have been suffering under this murderous regime that has taken your beautiful country hostage for the past 30 years. Americans are in awe of your courage and determination to fight for your freedom and even die for it. We are all Iranians!

    June 22, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  73. Rachel

    A hug to Rad ☺Thank you!

    June 22, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  74. Reza

    I'm Iranian-American and I think the protesters are in the wrong. They are Islamists and anti-democratists. They forget that two-thirds of the country is patriotic and conservative, and pro-Ahmadinejad.

    Sure, he is thoughtless and prone to gaffes like Bush, but he is the democratically elected president and is popular, as even western polls have indicated.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:08 pm |
  75. Drider

    For years we have waited patiently for the Iranian people to rise up, Get rid of the tyrants and reform a "better" government that would be geared to beginning the Iranian people and the world a better chance at peace in the future.
    Now what do people say, an Iranian pleads for help from the US in not recognizing this illegitimate government and you would think he asked to the second storming of Normandy, when in truth, this Iranian guy inadvertantly has become the new "Joe the Plumber".
    He pleads for assistance and it goes against the tact that Obama has taken in that Obama has said that the Iranians don't want our help, they want our silence.

    Seriously, are we simply suppose to forget everything we have seen, shun every bit of logic we know to be right as far as this being a sham election and embrace this regime as a government of the people of whom it just murdered and beat into submission and "pretend" that we didn't meddle in an election in which the evil side stole due to our...."silence".

    I am not what one would call a "citizen of the World". I am American.

    There are those who refer themselves to be a "Citizen of the World" and you would think that people who hold such a title in high regard, would not be able to watch what is going on in Iran and simply accept the oppressors into the World's fold.

    Nobody including this Iranian kid is asking for troops or weapons, he is asking for the simple decency of believing your eyes and acting accordingly as a Nation in not accepting the evil if they cannot overcome it.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:07 pm |
  76. Rachel

    Do not be fooled... You have to understand when you are seeing people in Iran burning flags & effigies, it is very deliberate propaganda by the Iranian government.The want to make you to believe it's people are standing with them & would stand with them against the world. This is not the view of the Iranian people as a whole, but smaller neiborhoods of people organised & payed from within the current regime. Mostly the poor whom have the least contact with the world outside it's oppressive country lines via internet, satelite, in univercity & such. The persian community is among the most literate in the world & terribly embarassed by it's leaders. The United States & Britian had a hand in bringing these monkeys to power, and when the time is right should be right there to help them .

    June 22, 2009 at 7:04 pm |
  77. Mark

    Bill, Bill, Bill. Have you not learned anything in the past 8 years? Don't you find you refreshing to have a President that thinks before he acts. President Obama has actually talked with Iranians regarding this issue, and overwhelmingly they agree he has responded appropriately.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:54 pm |
  78. James Dowaliby

    First, I am struck by the difference in TONE between most of the Iranian comments and many of the American responses. Where does this ANGER come from?

    The American right has excoriated the Government of Iran for years and indeed, turned around this weekend and virtually called on President OBAMA to forcibly intervene ...

    So why are we ANGRY? Because a new generation of Iranian students has inspired their country to RESIST the regime that has so VILIFIED America? Surely... these NEW VOICES of the NEW IRAN should be WELCOMED by ALL AMERICANS – right and left, Democrats and Republicans, Christians, Muslims and Jews alike...

    It is the smug, simplistic INTOLERANCE of AMERICA – to other peoples, to other ideas, to other colours, to other STRUGGLES...
    that makes us so DIFFICULT TO LIKE, much less to SUPPORT.

    AND STILL – after all the UGLY WORDS and SPRITS in the MANY COMMENTS above.... STILL... IRANIAN PEOPLE reach out to US...
    to AMERICA and AMERICANS – YOU and ME... for help and encouragement.

    AMERICA! NEDA is OUR SISTER and OUR CHILD.
    And she is the YOUNG MOTHER of the NEW IRAN!
    LET US EMBRACE HER.. and what she STANDS FOR....
    Liberty from Tyranny, Freedom of Choice and Speech and Religion....

    THIS TIME AROUND – we have met OUR FRIENDS – and they ARE US. Let us not be their ENEMY – or our OWN.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:53 pm |
  79. j

    We should not interfer all it will do is strenghthen the regimes resolve. To crack down even harder. Knowing that the protesters are backed by foreign govts they will send in tanks.And you will have another black Friday maybe worse the iranian people overthrew one govt they can do it again.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:44 pm |
  80. Rad

    I expect uneducated, closed minded comments by people like Monica0220 or JackieQ- Brea -Ca from the Basiji in Iran and not from my fellow Americans. The path to political growth and democracy was blocked 70 years ago when then, democtraticly elected president was overthrown by the CIA and Shah was put into power by the USA and again 30 years ago when Khomaini was brought out of no where to lead the Iranian nation under Islamic rules. The Iranian people have indeed paid their dues to earn democracy with their blood and years of oppression. The flag burning and "Death to America" chanting people are the same people that are now killing their own brothers and sisters. These are small fraction of the people of Iran and are not a true represetives of this nation but that is all the global media has been potrayed in their broadcasts. The young people dying on the streets of Iran are the same people that held candles and cried for Amreica on 9/11.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  81. Al

    Ive noticed a lot of yes we should help and no we should stay out of this. Personally some of us dont understand the situation enough to make a call and others are too ignorant to say things out of stupidity. To be honest a lot of the people dont know how to help because we dont know or understand the pleads for help. Some say send in troops but that idea is wrong because the US cannot support another war and also because Iran has a long military history that can easily over power even our military. Also sanctions wont work. We tried that in Iraq and look what that caused, a war that is still going on. If the World is willing to help we need to understand that there will be lots of bloodshed due to the protest and that there has to be an uprising from the people of Iran themselves if they want to over throw the regime or if they just want basic civil rights the same has to occur. Personally I stand by the people of Iran for their fight and beliefs and applaud them for the sacrifice that they are doing for their nation. rdh if it means anything you are right

    June 22, 2009 at 6:30 pm |
  82. koolau

    Obviously there are many Americans who retain the images of Iran chanting our deaths, destruction and enslavement to Islam. No matter how much other people say that it isn't reflective of the majority population, it is up to those protesters to dispel that image of hatred with one of loyalty, respect and faithfulness to the USA. They must sacrifice everything to prove to the US that we should help.

    America was willing to incur the wrath of the greatest empire in human history (British Empire), near the height of its power and raised armies of citizen soldiers fighting with personal weapons or captured weapons of the enemy. The sacrifices and victories of American revolutionaries was such that France was convinced that victory is possible with the result of creating a friendly ally that one day would return the favor. When the American Expeditionary Force landed in France, I believe Gen. Pershing (or another officer) remarked, "We have come, Lafayette."

    Iran must prove itself capable of ultimate sacrifice, true friendship and reform towards USA to obtain the USA's support.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  83. parrish duke

    first off, everyone who has the old they burned our flag, negativity stop reading and commenting!!! people and nations are allowed to grow, and have a voice. Obama doesn't make emotional decisions, that might come back to haunt him, he is trying to sort out our own mess (economy, gay rights, war, health plan, etc..) impeach Obama – you sound crazy and stupid, this all transpired over a week ago, you have to monitor the situation, hold a world meeting, then intervene. when you go in and tear down a country(especially one that has been around for over 2500 years, you cannot enforce change, change has to be wanted from the people, not just some of the people. majority of the people. YES I want change for Iran!!! but is change good at this moment, Iran and North Korea are bed buddies, Everyone is afraid of North Korea, gotta be carefull with what you do, you have to let the people start the change(what the are actually doing, then you come in and help implement it as peacefully as possible – look at Iraq – what George Bush did there, its so messed up that you got troops being killed by their own members of their platoon. too many impatient americans out there, when in all actuality we are a teenager country, we have only been around for 200 + years, we are still struggling with our own identity – president Obamas silence is deafening, what do you want John Wayne, we are in an economic hole it costs to send troops and fight, My prayers go out o Mohommad – and brother help will be on its way, do not give up, the whole world is watching, power to the people

    June 22, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  84. Nima

    Let Iranians have their own declaration of independence ...

    http://www.economicsjunkie.com/iran-a-declaration-of-independence/

    June 22, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  85. Michael C. McHugh

    If I thought there were any practical way of helping them, I would, but given the very bad history between our two countries, any direct intervention by us might backfire very badly. And I can't forget those events in 1979-80 when they held the US embassy for 444 days and derailed the presidency of Jimmy Carter. I have known for 30 years that the regime in Iran was a fascist police state, but they were the ones who put it in power, not us, and it's up to them to remove it. We have no embassy in Iran and it is against US law for us to even go there as tourists, so we don't have much influence any more one way or the other.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:17 pm |
  86. RMV

    Where is the UN......?

    Hmmmmmm.........

    June 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
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