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June 23rd, 2009
10:12 AM ET

Fmr. prince: Security forces join protesters in the streets

Former Iranian Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi tells CNN there are reports some security forces have been joining protesters in the streets of Tehran.

Former Iranian Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi tells CNN there are reports some security forces have been joining protesters in the streets of Tehran.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad will be sworn in for a second term sometime between July 26 and August 19, state-run media reported Tuesday. Many Iranians who have disputed the official outcome of the June 12 vote have taken to the streets to protest the results.

Reza Pahlavi, the former crown prince of Iran, says there are reports some security forces have been joining protesters in the streets of Tehran. Pahlavi’s father was the shah of Iran who was deposed in the Iranian Revolution of 1979. He spoke to John Roberts on CNN’s “American Morning” Tuesday.

John Roberts: The Guardian Council has ruled that the election results will stand and if there were irregularities they are not enough to swing the outcome of the election. There will be no new elections. What do you expect the reaction on the ground will be?

Reza Pahlavi: As we have all monitored the evolution of the situation, the supreme leader who has always been the final decider has drawn pretty much the line in the sand last Friday. And as such, I think the campaign that we have seen is now moving towards the direction of defiance and is going to be a resistance that will have to be sustained if indeed there's any hope for democracy in my homeland one day.

Roberts: There's debate as well over how much support the United States should give the protesters and the reform movement there in Iran. The White House is worried that coming out too strong in support could do more harm than good. What do you think?

Pahlavi: Well John, this is beyond a camp or another. This is not a question of election results anymore. This has become a defiance against a regime that has denied every right to its citizenry. When the chants on the streets in Tehran and other major cities in Iran and across the country are turning to “Death to Khamenei,” I don't think it could get as clear as that back home. The regime is now under question. The legitimacy is lost. The legitimacy now stands with the people. But there are also matters of ethics and moral responsibility, if I may say also. Something that the regime is trying to create [is] confusion between what could be considered as interference as opposed to standing for human rights and justice.

Roberts: What do you think the White House should do? What should the White House be saying right now?

Pahlavi: I think my compatriots expect, especially from the President of the United States... I mean, after all, America has been perceived by many around the world as the flag bearer of freedom. And for its light to be the faintest in terms of advocating liberty would be a bit odd. My compatriots understand the sensitivity and the shrewdness of the president and the administration here in terms of not in fact giving an excuse to the regime. And we applaud that and we appreciate that.

However, as I said earlier, it is important for people to feel that nobody shies away when it comes to the matter of defending people's sovereign rights to self-determination and free speech. And I don't think on that account this regime has anything to say about that, not only vis-à-vis the U.S. president but any other person, who after all don’t only represent themselves but their respective nations. And I have never seen in the past 30 years as an Iranian so much solidarity from the average man and woman on the streets of so many countries around the world for our cause.

Roberts: The big question is how much solidarity there is in Iran and will there be a fracture in the security forces. You appeared yesterday at the National Press Club. You made an interesting claim about security forces in Iran. You said:

“We are already seeing signs of solidarity. We have already had stories upon stories of members of the security forces who after their shifts go back home, dress in civilian clothes, and rejoin the people on the street, while five hours ago they were there with their clubs. This is happening under our eyes.

Roberts: So Mr. Pahlavi, you're saying that the security forces are out there cracking people’s heads one moment but then they're going home, getting changed and joining the demonstrators? It's an extraordinary claim. Where's the proof of that?

Pahlavi: Well John, these are the reports that I have been receiving, not just last week alone, but this has been going on for quite a while. Understand one thing, it's not that complicated to understand. Most of the more senior members of the Revolutionary Guard, and I'm not talking about that section which is committed to the regime and benefit from it. I’m not saying everybody’s against the regime. Of course not. But a great number of these Revolutionary Guards – they were my age at the time of the revolution, okay? They went to the war front. They fought a war against an invading enemy in the case of the Iran-Iraq war.

They gave their lives to protect our homeland and our people. They believed in the message of the revolution as everybody was dreaming for betterment of the situation. But when it comes to a point where you treat your own people like this, there are many – there are many among the security forces that say this is not what we wanted. This is not what it was all about. We cannot stand for this anymore. So you can imagine that it becomes a choice between turning the guns on people who could be your own relatives as opposed to following instructions. It’s a matter of time before security forces of any regime that is totalitarian or repressive have a moment of conscience, which has already occurred.


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  1. Michael

    Let's all tread cautiously with respect to Mr. Pahlavi. His father, let's not forget, was a ruthless dictator with a brutally repressive secret police (the SAVAK) behind him.

    It could well be that the days of Iran's theocracy are numbered. I hope that's the case. But Mr. Pahlavi is approaching the issue not from the perspective of the Iranian citizens whose liberty he claims to champion and support, but from that of the son of a deposed dictator reviled by his own people who hasn't set foot in Iran in thirty years.

    I find it highly unlikely that, in the midst of their struggles for genuine freedom, the people of Iran are champing at the bit to replace one form of tyranny with another.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:15 pm |
  2. mikewadestr

    The crown prince of Iran??? This guy is a nazi just like the shaw was before him. Ahmadinejad is rightfully the president of Iran. He has put down a throwover attempt by a bunch of little Eichmans.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  3. Paul Froehlich

    Fair and balanced news reporting. I thought CNN could do far better than Fox in staying neutral and educating people about this situation. Instead, I see the son of the Shah – that the US CIA helped install with the British 50 years ago while WE overthrew a democratically elected prime minister Mohammed Mossadegh. Thjis was done to secure private oil interests and an authoritarian anit-communist stance. Sound familiar? We already have interfered with their elections in the past. And the Iranians remember and resent it.

    Since, by most accounts, the Iranian people like the US people – but not their government, why would we be asked to have our government interfere and give their repressive leadership an excuse that the demonstrators are a US-led conspiracy against Iran? We are not that dumb,are we?

    June 23, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  4. Roger

    Michael Wagner said it all.
    ALSO,The Iranian people welcomed Ayatollah Khomeini with smiles and open arms when he returned from exile in Paris,while chanting
    'death to america,the great satan!This went on for years.We should stay out of it!Sink or swim,you're on your own!

    June 23, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  5. Eileen

    No matter what choice the President makes he will be vilified. All those that have spoken out about his choices will remain woefully silent until he does something. Then they will speak only to condem.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  6. jake

    They need a full blown revolution and overthrow the gov't.

    It's now or never for the world to help out the people of Iran.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:12 pm |
  7. Love Iran

    Please someone tell this Pahlavi guy to go back to his shell that he has been for the past 31 years while people have been suffering in Iran. The great nation of Iran does not need a puppet like him to speak on their behalf. His family hijacked the country for 37 years and they continue to live lavishly abroad with the billions of Iran's oil money that belongs to great nation of Iran. Who is he to tell the world what needs to be done in Iran. He should be ashamed of himself to even show his face on national TV.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:11 pm |
  8. todd

    June 23rd, 2009 11:34 am ET

    Hey you guys , is’nt this the same prince whiose father(shah) slaughtered many thiusands. I seem to recall that he had the most feared secret police(savak) that pulled out toe nails and shot many nedas. I guess this guy was too young to know all that but the CNN interviewers have no such excuse.

    There is no mention of the slaughter and years of slavery the iranians threw off when the shah was dictator, Good job CNN. Bonus are on their way from Tel Aviv
    ********************************************************************************************************************************************************

    Hey Joe what part of Iran are you in now?

    June 23, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  9. Wraith

    Obama cannot come out in favor of the people of Iran because that would point to the fact that President Bush was right, if we can get a couple of countries in the mid-east to become democracies (of sorts) and give some freedom to their people (examples: Iraq and Afghanistan) then the other regimes in the area would soon topple. It will be a long slow process, fraut with mistakes, but the people will gain their freedom. The people of Iran see the advances freedom has given to Iraq and now want to emulate it. I hope the Saudis are next.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  10. Frank

    While I sympathize with the struggles of the Iranian people I also believe that all of this talk about the white house needing to do something needs to stop. We are the bearers of freedom and democracy this is true but that does not mean that we have to place the lives of the American people at stake to solve another countries political issues. I read article after article of how the East cannot stand the West and the ways that we lead our lives and our country, and in the same breath I hear complaints that the west is not helping enough during times of struggles such as this. You cannot have it both ways, either accept western ideals and the right for the west to have their own ideals and accept our democratic system or denounce the west and our system and don't come looking for help for every uprising your country will have. In the end it ends up bad for the west anytime we place our noses into a situation that isn't ours. We need to tend to business at home. Good luck Iranians and god bless.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  11. Joe

    Look I don't want us going into Iran. With that said words can have a profound impact.

    Beneath this mask is not flesh and blood, no beneath this mask is an idea, and ideas are bulletproof.

    If terrorists want this regime gone then they should and probably could systematically blow up government buildings. The people have the power to over throw their government. However that has to come from the people themselves or the new regime is just a puppet.

    A people shouldn't fear their government the government should fear their people. And finally since the Quoran has mentionings of Christianty in it as well as being an Abrahamic religion. If you had the faith of a mustard seed you can move a mountain. The words of 1 man moved the world like no one had seen before or since.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:08 pm |
  12. Ahmad

    Many Iraninan that participated in the 1979 revolution regret it. Majority of Iraninans refer to the Shah's days as their happy phase of their lives. Keep in mind that under the Shah, there was complete social freedom, economic prosperity, great international relations, Iraninan passpord was as good as gold and welcomed and Rial was powerful.
    I have had a few trips to Iran and I was amazed how many people like Prince Reza Pahlavi.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:07 pm |
  13. Frank in Dallas

    Back in 1973 at Okla State student told me about freedojm in Iran, "I cannot talk about that..." I asked why. "Secret police, Savak." he replied. H believed he was being watched even in Oklahoma! I would be very leery of any Pahlavi taking power in Iran again.

    Prince Pahlavi is in the same "outsider" position as Khomeni was in France during the '79 revolution.

    Yes, CNN did miss the real story here.

    And anyone who wants Obama to PUBLICLY support one side or the other is a fool. I suggest using the CIA like we did in Poland. We helped but only BEHIND the scenes and only in logistics.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:06 pm |
  14. Keith

    Iranians will have to figure this one out as they did 30 years ago and further back in their history. Democracy and freedom are earned and not flown in on the backs of those who fought for it and earned it in their own time and historical setting. This is not a mail order diploma. It's not that we are not empathetic with the cause of freedom in Iran. Iranians have set up a system which obviously needs changing and it will have to be the struggle of this generation.

    The Soviet Union – known for its oppressive ways – fell once enough people inside the system were able to demand change. Change did not happen overnight there and will probably not happen overnight in Iran. Maybe Iranians in diaspora can help with this plight on deeper levels than the bureaucratic machines of the "western" nations. Maybe the prince can aid in this movement. The past is the past – what do people want now. It's hard to truly grasp the pulse of all Iranians under such a tight ass regime.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:04 pm |
  15. Freedom Fighter

    If Tyranny and Oppression come to this land, it will be in the guise of fighting a foreign enemy. Do not be fooled, we need another 1776 in our own country.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  16. TruthandConsequence

    If the former Shah was half as bad as people say, he would have stayed in power by brute force as the Ayatollahs do. The Shah's "weakness" was every bit as strong as his desire to rule firmly. The world has changed and the former Crown Prince Reza Pahlavi and the Iranian people have been promoting a better Iran long before Obama left Chicago. Whether there is a place in the future Iran for Reza Pahlavi is up to the Iranian people, but Americans of the left and right should show their solidarity for Iranian democracy, their respect for Persian history and their revulsion of the grim rule of the Ayatollahs.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  17. davidadowding

    The Neocons are raising their severed heads and giving us the imperialism agenda _we know what's good for you- that carried and buried us in Iraq. They and this dictator's son have no
    credibility They belong on Fox news the network that caters to failure in political rhetoric.. Don't be too quick to join the opposition who hate the regime and love to scream Death to America. Obama is so much smarter than the neocon ninconpoops . Wake up and remember the mess that this type of thinking created.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  18. Tom

    Hmmm... Daddy Pahlavi and the CIA got along really well. And his secret police were at least as effective as the current ones. Call it a draw, with the actual people living there losing no matter what.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  19. Dan R

    Iran is a sovereign nation that is to be respected for their beliefs and position. We, who are a free country and believe in freedom of speech and religion should respect their ways and not be myopic about the differences between us.

    We should only take a stand if humanity's rights/life are being threatened. Right now, they are running the country the way they want to, as is their right to. We should not interfere yet.

    If the US is to truly take a step forward as a benevolent country it must not arbitrarily mingle into other countries issues. Patience and wisdom is needed, else all of our good work will be for naught, and tyranny will persist.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  20. betrayed

    Give me a break. CNN hit an all time low in interviews. Did you run out of people to bring on your show and solicit their opinion? After parading every self professed "expert", like a news reader for the international desk (namdar), an author (badri), a fruit salesman (mohamad) in a LA souq, and any on else getting their 15 minutes of fame, you bring out the wimpy, worthless son of a man the parents of these very people overthrew 30 years ago?? Where has he been the last 30 years? I tell you, living it up in the US and Switzerland, having a bunch of American children, marrying a daughter of another wealthy Iranian thief, and now, he cries for our Neda". A bleeping break please!
    crawl back to the cave you have been hiding in, Reza Pahlavi, and stay there spending the billions your family stole from the hands of hard working Iranians. Iran stopped being "your" country when you and your father left it there to rot.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  21. Paul

    This is one case where we -have- to stand back a bit. Iran's government, in part derives it's power from where all power should- it's people. If we step in, we dilute that power and give it's suppressors- the current regime- excuses to do so. Obama's got the right idea- by not putting so much as a finger into the mess, Iran's vote-riggers have no straw man to burn to distract people from what's been done. They stuffed the ballot boxes and rigged the election for the regime's puppet.

    Iran's body politic is discovering their "revolution" is lying to them. They made that government come to pass, and have the strength to unmake it for better IF we trust them to do so. Let them be and know that when the dust settles, it will be their victory and not the manipulation of outsiders.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  22. Paul Froehlich

    I am shocked that CNN would give the son of the former Shah (royalty) that the United States CIA helped install as leader of Iran a prominent place in their coverage. Why?

    Americans with a short memory or a young age should know that the US with the help of the British overthrew a democratically elected prime minister in Iran (Mohammed Mossadegh) 50 years ago to help secure private oil interests and authoritarian anti-communist leanings. We meddled in their elections before and helped create resentment for the Shah and the eventual swing to Khomenei. We have ourselves to thank. And the Iranians remember our intrusion in their affairs.

    Since the Iranians as a people generally like Americans as a people – not our government. Why would we encourage our government to interfere and give the leadership there an excuse to crack down because of an American " conspiracy?" We're not that dumb are we?

    By the way...August 18 marked the 50th anniversary of the U.S.-orchestrated, and very successful, coup against Iran's elected Prime Minister Mohammad Mossadegh. The ouster could be analyzed and judged as the first case of a CIA-crafted, covertly executed "regime change."

    "Operation Ajax" restored the briefly deposed Shah of Iran to the Peacock Throne, where he would reign for more than a quarter-century. It kept oil-rich Iran firmly in the American corner during the Cold War. It paved the way for operations such as the equally successful coup in Guatemala in 1954. And it was also obviously the lineal ancestor of such "successes" with mixed long-term outcomes as the assassination of pro-U.S. but heavy-handed strongmen Trujillo of the Dominican Republican in 1961 and Diem of South Vietnam in 1963.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  23. Ivan Bial

    I find it interesting that Reza Pahlavi the son of a dictator is talking about democracy.
    His father ran a dictatorial monarchy.

    Want going on in Iran is identical to any government the based on a religious tenant.
    A dictator is a dictator regardless if there commissioned by G-D or a monarchy.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:56 pm |
  24. robert

    how can you have a dictators son and wife talk about democracy in iran. the savak where one of the most brutal forces in iran under the shah and over threw the first elected government, than plundered the country on the way out. read "all the shah's men. this family are crimminals and should not be given a place to speak. i do not see one question from you about that history.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  25. Charlene - Atlanta, GA

    President Obama is doing exactly what he needs to do…stand back and let the people of Iran take their country back. How hypocritical of the United States to rush in and condemn Iran for a rigged election when in 2000 (Bush vs. Gore), our President was appointed by the Supreme Court…not elected by the people. And in 2004, the election was stolen (Ohio). We should have had the guts the Iranians have and been in the streets protesting. We are responsible for the mess that the last 8 years have wrought by sitting back and doing absolutely nothing while an illegitimate ruler (Bush) ran this country. Other countries could have refused to recognize the United States as a legitimate government.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:50 pm |
  26. Charlene - Atlanta, GA

    President Obama is doing exactly what he needs to do...stand back and let the people of Iran take their country back. How hypocrital of the United States to rush in and condemn Iran for a rigged election when in 2000 (Bush vs. Gore), our President was appointed by the Supreme Court...not elected by the people. And in 2004, the election was stolen (Ohio). We should have had the guts the Iranians have and been in the streets protesting. We are responsible for the mess that the last 8 years have wrought by sitting back and doing absolutely nothing while an illigitimate ruler (Bush) ran this country. Other countries could have refused to recognize the United States as a legitimate government.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  27. Marc D. Beacom

    The US should not be acting alone but participating in the international community that addresses things like this. If there was a crime, then the UN should address it. If not, we should stay out of it. Our decision to impose our authority over that of Iraq and the UN is what put us in a no win situation in Iraq. Hopefully we will never do that again soon. Let's go get Bin Laden and let the rest of these countries handle their own mess until we are invited by the UN to help.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  28. Ahmad

    US policy is not based on sympathy with Iranian people. It's based on its national interest. Unfortunatly, the current govenment in Iran is good for the interest of US and West. I strongly beleive that US govement does not want to see a regime change in Iran.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  29. bill mickler

    Let us not forget that the power lies with those who hold the big stick.This is a theocracy and until a fracture occurs in this group the people will die in the strreets..

    June 23, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  30. Pete

    Best to let the country decide its own fate. Shoving our noses in will solve nothing, and it will only give the radical leaders a club to hit the people over the head with. The people will lose if they depend on us to do anything more than scold, because we don't want to get militarily involved in another country that doesn't want us there, doesn't need us there, and would only cause more chaos and destruction than is happening already. The end of the regime is in sight; why not let the collapse of the radicals happen and negotiate with whatever takes the current leadership's place. It will likely be military rule, and the people will have to deal with that ultimately before they actually will be able to take over the destiny of Iran, but it will happen. Popular revolts are put down for only a while; then the will of the people will emerge. We don't need to be in any hurry. We have enough on our plate already. Let Iran solve its own problems.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  31. GregS

    The Iranian Government will do many things to maintain control. Many of them quite brutal. It is up to the citizens of any country to remove leadership which they disapprove of. The higher the leaders level, the more violent the removal will be.

    If the citizens, including their own military personnel, truly dislike their current leadership, then this will rapidly evolve into a full blown civil war. The US cannot help their situation.

    It is up to the citizens themselves to reject their leadership. If this once happens, then the new powers that be, can ask for US support, but that will be several bloody months, and possibly years from now.

    I wish the best to the people of Iran. I hope they successfully fight for the freedoms they deserve.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  32. diggy

    didnt the iranians vote overwhelmingly for the current religious authoritarian structure years ago during the revolution? so why are they expecting their voice to be heard now?

    you reap what you sow...

    June 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  33. Oscar D

    I think the reason our President does not speak more forcefully is that he supports theocratic dicatatorships.. Why else would he refer to the Khamenei as the "Supreme Leader", or why bow to the King of Saudi Arabia.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  34. Diane - Dallas, TX

    Riitta Carufel, San Diego,CA June 23rd, 2009 11:30 am ET

    I’m appalled to think that this is the son of a ruthless dictator talking bout freedom and democracy in the country where it didn’t exist even before the revolution.
    The shah ran Iran like his private estate with feared secret police.
    Reza Pahlavi could do better by returning billions of dollars his family kept from the oil revenue to Iran. But then again – why bother – the people get nothing at the end.

    I could not agree more with Riitta Carufel!! My husband is originally from Iran. The Shah was nothing more than a dictator who raped the Iranian people of their country's riches and savagely tortured and killed his countrymen who opposed him. Reza Pahlavi is nothing more than a wannabe and living off the riches his father stole from the Iranian people. To hear him and his mother speak of democracy and human rights is such a joke! Where was his mother's sympathy for her countrymen while she was playing Queen?

    June 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  35. Mike

    The people negatively criticizing Pres Obama for not taking direct action in Iran (which would then make the revolt about the USA, not the Iranian people) need to study their history when Republican Pres Eisenhower decided, with similiar difficulty, not to take direct action in Hungary's revolt in 1956.

    McCain and colleagues blast Obama–but they say nothing of Eisenhower's decision. (Anyway, isn't partisanship supposed to end at our borders so we present a unified foreign policy?)

    I support Obama.

    Mike

    June 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  36. Stephanie Wilson

    Let the people of Iran fight for their own values and leaders. Wehave enough problems without adding theirs to ours. I wish them all luck. Maybe if the people of Iran fought for their own ideals, valus, and leaders, it would mean more to them than having another country coming in to theirs and bailing them out.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  37. A.J.

    The Iranans, in Iran need to resolve their own issue. Any outside interference will will be taken as invasive.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  38. John Simmons

    Pahlavi should shut up, his father and thier poor management planted the seeds for the revolution. Iranians do not want this guy and his thieving cronies around and giving him a forum just helps the mullahs and Ahmadinijad.
    Obama is right, it was George Bushes axis of evil speech and saber rattling which the hard liners exploited to beat Khatami, a reformist president, and Obama has to be carefull not to fuel untrue claims of outside interference.
    CNN is very very irresponsible to give a forum to Pahlavi, who is an irrelavant person who will only serve to help Ahmadinijad.
    Mr. Pahalavi, before you cry for Neda, remeber the 400+ students your father's secret police, the SAVAK, killed when they lit a crowded theatre on fire and blocked the exits back in 79, and how they would torture and murder at will. Remember how your father ordered the execution of your own cousin for plotting aginst him and ordered the execultioner to use three strokes of the blade to kill him.
    The Shah was a dictator, we dont need another dictator.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  39. brnmar

    Statement of Congressman Ron Paul
    United States House of Representatives
    Statement Opposing Resolution on Iran

    June 19, 2009
    I rise in reluctant opposition to H Res 560, which condemns the Iranian government for its recent actions during the unrest in that country. While I never condone violence, much less the violence that governments are only too willing to mete out to their own citizens, I am always very cautious about “condemning” the actions of governments overseas. As an elected member of the United States House of Representatives, I have always questioned our constitutional authority to sit in judgment of the actions of foreign governments of which we are not representatives. I have always hesitated when my colleagues rush to pronounce final judgment on events thousands of miles away about which we know very little. And we know very little beyond limited press reports about what is happening in Iran.

    Of course I do not support attempts by foreign governments to suppress the democratic aspirations of their people, but when is the last time we condemned Saudi Arabia or Egypt or the many other countries where unlike in Iran there is no opportunity to exercise any substantial vote on political leadership? It seems our criticism is selective and applied when there are political points to be made. I have admired President Obama’s cautious approach to the situation in Iran and I would have preferred that we in the House had acted similarly.

    I adhere to the foreign policy of our Founders, who advised that we not interfere in the internal affairs of countries overseas. I believe that is the best policy for the United States, for our national security and for our prosperity. I urge my colleagues to reject this and all similar meddling resolutions. – HOUSE.GOV

    June 23, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  40. Jim in Idaho

    Why is this son of a repressive dictator even relevant? He undoubtedly hasn't set foot in Iran for over thirty years, so his expertise ceoms from where exactly?

    Are we hoping to return this guy to the "throne"or something? Didn't we learn our lessons the first time around?

    June 23, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  41. TIM DEVLIN

    There comes a time in the rule of any SUPREME LEADER when they become totally self serving and out of touch with everthing. Absolute power corrupts...this is why Amadinajan suites the Supreme Leader...he is a fanatic who can take the blame if it all back fires. They've forgotten the reason for the revolution was freedom not opression. Sad...lovely people and they need support.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  42. Paul

    Don't be too hasty to call the Shah a murderer and to think the Qajar dynasty was any better. Not all Iranians that I have spoken with think the Shah was all that bad. History shows that Agha Mohammad Khan brutally murdered the desendant of the Zand dynasty to bring the Qajar dynasty to power. Even had him a pile of 20,000 eyeballs. Murdered all the men in the city of Kerman 1794? The Qajar dynasty was no more legitimate then the present Saudi government.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  43. brnmar

    I see from the many comments here, that too many of us have inherited the mind of the former slave/colonial masters. We think that it is all right for us to dictate to other countries. If we don't like what's going on 'over there,' we should either do something secretly to undermine 'them' or invade with our military. The 'racist' colonialist of the past had a saying 'The white mans' burden.' It meant that they (the so-called 'white man') had been given the right by G-D to dominate the 'dark races' of the earth. They truly believed that G-D had chosen them to be the leaders of the world. They don't say it openly now but the mind is still the same. It is okay for certain nations to posses nuclear capabilities but it is not okay for others. It seems strange that the nations not allowed to have it are the same ones that were part of the so-called 'dark races' in the past. India, Pakistan and China achieved nuclear capability in secret. If the European nations knew they were trying during those times, they would have treated them the same as North Korea, and Iran is being treated now.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  44. woodie

    As an American, I am very limited in the help I can provide. But my opinion is that the election was fraudulent and should be help again. That's apparent just based on the mathematics. And the Supreme Leader needs to account for Neda since her blood is on his hands. The paramilitary needs to account for the blood of Neda. These people are human beings first. When the bloody regime forgot that, they lost themselves.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  45. Phil

    For some reason people think that because we state support of the people of Iran, that means we are sending in the military. If anything, saying the people of America support Iran may inspire the masses to continue with their revolt and possibly toppling the dictatorship they currently have.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  46. Doesn't Matter!

    I can't believe all this coverage is being given to the Iran situation. Yes there are a few thousand people demonstrating, but the day after the election there HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS cheering for their president. Those same CITIZENS are in the Basiji militia that is clearing the streets as we speak. People try to dehumanize them by calling them basiji militiamen, but they are just regular people who believe the election was correct and want to live in peace and order.

    The election was 60% to 30%!!! HOW DO YOU fraud 30% of the votes???? it's impossible. The supreme leader realized it, the election council realized it, and it's time the moussavi supporters realize it.

    President Bush won both elections by less than 3% and there was CLEAR election irregularities in Florida, which decided the election. Hundreds of thousands protested and then stopped because the Supreme court handed down a verdict. 3% vs. 30% which election was more likely rigged?

    And this "prince" is a pathetic wannabe who will never be allowed into Iran lest he be hanged with his first step off the boat, so I don't know why he has any credibility. He is a traitor to Iran and his words are poison.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  47. Ron

    Hey Naz the Iranians, my friend, have to fight their own battles there is no way around it. If another country jumps in to help it will be a very short time and they will be called devils, conquerors, crusaders, western trouble makers, whatever, the assisting country will not be looked upon benevolently. Iranians allowed themselves to be controlled by their religion and controlling mullas who were looking for power and and wanted to be seen as God on earth. They use your religion and your love of God against you by lying openly to you about Gods wishes for you. God needs no one to speak for him. He has already told us what he wants from us thousands of years ago and he does not often repeat himself. Peace, and brotherhood and love your neighbor is what he wants, anything else is man made lies.

    My advise is gather together and fight, convert all those who dislike where they are now and you can prevail, there are no shortcuts it could take years but if you keep it up you will be successful. Once you succeed never again let one man or group of men take your freedoms away. Never trust anyone who promises to take care of you, take care of yourselves and your families, help others help themselves. All politicians, clergymen and governments lie, cheat and steal. Keep the power to make changes with the people and you stand a better chance of getting the life you want. Keep your religion OUT of your Government it will only cause problems there.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:39 pm |
  48. Ken Lewis

    June 23rd, 2009 11:24 am ET

    The iranians need to figure this out. America has problems here at home and need to tend to their own business. Leave Iran alone.
    ********

    Funny how libs want to be isolationists. How in the world would it hurt the United States to walk the walk about human rights? To stand up and say something to the Iranian people. To show our support, even if it is limited. BO's silence is a disgrace and I am ashamed of this country. Regan stood up to Russia for Poland. Look where they are now. What happened to the might of this great country that shined the becon of freedom to the world? Its nothing but a wimpering shell. Oh I forgot... Change we can beleive...

    June 23, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  49. ayman

    MMMM, it has been 30 years since we have heard from the Shahs'. Is he the son of a dictator that not only totured his own freedom-fighters, but had the worst and most brutal secret service in the history of mankind. It is a joke for him to stick his out of the whole and support the kids his father once tortured their parents. Shame on his face to take advantage of such honorable revolution taking place right now in Iran. And this guy(I still don't understand why we call him a prince)
    wants freedom for these people.?/??? Reza, go back to your hole, and shut up. Does he remember the golden faucets, showers, door handles his dad had in his 13 Palaces through out hte country?????, and now he is speaking og main street people , freedom, rights, is he seriuos or is he laughing at us.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:37 pm |
  50. lf

    We have a lot to contend with at home, war on two fronts, and handling the threats from North Korea. Our voice will can only encourage in a small way. The tables may turn if the defiance in Iran become too bold with the leaders really turning to massive violence.

    Our Armed Forces are so stretched now and can no longer respond as adequately as necessary to 'brush fires' around the world. This is an internal matter of Iran and will have to finally be determined by them.

    When things settle, we can keep dialogue and diplomacy alive and hope to progress in a more positive direction.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  51. Mark USA

    Most Americans stand with the protestors in Iran. I think it is important that with let them know how much we support them and their cause through all and any type channel we can. They are risking their lives for democracy in the country they live in. We know how much we appreciate democracy in our country and they should be afforded the same if they desire. People of Iran, we love you and want to be your friends! We stand with you against the the broken system you're fighting against. People of the US, let us fload the channels with our support so that they may be encouraged to fight on.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  52. mike

    How much is "many"?

    June 23, 2009 at 12:32 pm |
  53. James Glass

    why are you interviewing this guy
    The shaw and his family are hated worse than the Ayatollah

    he does not speak for the Iranian people

    June 23, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  54. Bob

    Why is CNN giving any airtime to this son-of-a-dictator? This will be used against the US by Ahmadinejad as an example of how the US is behind this movement. This only helps Ahmadinejad..

    The Shah was a dictator who killed his own people. The Shah was put in power by Eisenhower when we overthrew the elected government in 1953. After this the US allowed him to rule as a dictator. This is the root of the resentment against the US government.

    In 1951 Dr. Mohammed Mossadegh was elected prime minister. As prime minister, Mossadegh became enormously popular in Iran after he nationalized Iran's oil reserves. In response, Britain embargoed Iranian oil and, amidst Cold War fears, invited the United States to join in a plot to depose Mossadegh, and in 1953 President Dwight D. Eisenhower authorized Operation Ajax. The operation was successful, and Mossadegh was arrested on 19 August 1953.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  55. bigdan

    FREEDOM IS NOT FREE, THE PEOPLE OF IRAN MUST STAND UP AND TAKE OVER.... IT IS THERE FREEDOM.
    I FEEL NO MATTER WHICH STAND THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA TAKES WE WILL WIND UP BEING THE BAD GUY'S

    SOMETIMES THE BLOOD OF FREEDOM HAS TO BE SHED. IRANIANS NEED TO SHED THERE OWN BLOOD NOT AMERICANS

    June 23, 2009 at 12:30 pm |
  56. Witz

    Where in the hell is the 'United Nations'?

    June 23, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  57. Carlos

    The Shah was a tyrant ... he also brought Iran into the 20th century. They had more highly educated people than any nation (except Israel) in the Middle East. Their people enjoyed far greater individual freedoms than now. Their economy was more advanced too. Their people travelled all over the world as exchange students (so much for internal security). They were an stable, non-imperialistic neighbor. I guess there always are two sides to every story.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  58. Leila L

    Obama -Support a Free Iran-

    June 23, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  59. Caroline

    Mr. Pahlavi's comments are correct. I am watching the events in Iran in total amazement. The people of Iran are to be commended for their determination to stop the supreme leader and his government from its abuses. Sooner or later the majority of the security forces will throw down their weapons and openly join the people. I wish the Iranian people well and see Iran becoming a stellar model of democracy in the Middle East..

    June 23, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  60. Tara

    I am Reza Pahlavi's age and I do remember when people were in the street shouting "Death to the Shah". America, or Mr. Carter, decided to voice its opinion then and asked Shah to leave the country because "his people didn't want him anymore" when there were just bunch of thugs and clergies were on the streets, by the way, the same people who are now beating these young Iranians to death for doing the same exact thing! And now that people really don't want their leader and in fact, are shouting in what really is an Iraninan people's protest " Death to Khamenei" America decides that it is diplomatic to stay quite and not get involved. I wonder why? What benefit did America have then to take Shah out and what benefit does it have to keep this regime?

    June 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  61. RGB

    There were complaints against the Shah before he was deposed but on assumption of power the Islamic government killed more people among their political opposition just in the first year than the Shah did in all his entire reign of power. While the legitimacy of the Pahlavi family as being Iranian royalty is questionable their regime was not any where as bad as the regimes of Khomeini and Khameini.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  62. Kevin

    President Obama. Please speak up.
    Enough is enough. The time of strategy is over. The time to help is now!!!! Don't let this slip through the cracks of time.
    For 30 years there has never been a better time to ally with Islam. You need the Iraian peoples support. If you do nothing, you risk creating a bigger gap than the one you are trying to narrow.
    The Iranian people need at least the knowledge that you support them. I am not asking you to send in the tanks. I am asking you to unite the worlds support and pressure the regime to stop the violence.
    Let the people know the world supports them to give them the strength to overthrow this reigme. They already have the courage but they cannot do it on their own.
    They are courageous and brave but they need the moral support of knowing the world is behind them.
    The time is now!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    June 23, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  63. Stephen

    I would love nothing more than for Ahmadinejad and the ayatollah to be overthrown, but the U.S. needs to not be involved. One, this would feed the Muslim world's cry that America and Britain "run" the Middle East. Two is obvious: how soon would it take for America to become the "occupiers"? Rather quickly. Once the dictator is removed, we are the big bullies again.

    My hopes and prayers to the Iranian people for what is God-given: free will and self determination. They must make it happen for themselves if they are to make the most of it.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  64. Shawn

    As much as the US would like to help the Iranian people, we can not. There is far too much history of American interference in that country. If the US was to get directly involved, it would shift the focus away from the Iranian people and towards US foreign policy. The opposition would be seen as 'American puppets' and it would give the hard liners in power ammunition to wage a propaganda campaign that would undermine the legitimacy of the protests.

    In short, all the US can and should do is watch, wait and pray.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  65. Petenow

    The son of the shah talking about bringing freedom to Iran? ???????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

    June 23, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  66. Nancy Poe

    I loved this interview and I appreciated the comments by Mr. Pahlavi.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  67. Major

    Prince Raze Pahlavi is the only one who can unite all Iranians with different ethnic groups. He didn't have anything to do with what his father did. He is well educated and knows what Iranians want/need.
    Trust me, with the past experiences he has from the fall of his father and living in exile he would put his life for IRAN and IRANIANS.

    Majority of Iranians believe that he is the only one capable of bringing prosperity and respect back to Iran and revive Persian culture by eliminating barbaric /backward Arabic culture from IRAN.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  68. gramps1941

    Unfortunately Mr Pahlevi is not a believable source. His father's regime, however friendly to the west, was not a light of freedom in the Middle East.
    I suspect the Iranian security forces will, as have all other repressive regimes, eventually overcome the resistance.
    This will be followed by a flood of new refugees to Europe and the U.S. and Canada.
    Meanwhile, Ahmedinejad and his hard liners will continue their pursuit of nuclear weapns.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  69. CincyTom

    I really think the middle east needs a new parking lot. Too bad our president is too soft to do anything about it.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  70. shohreh asghari

    i'm an iranian american and leave in the greatest country u.s. what we expect from Mr. president obama is that to support iranians ....remember iranians biggest enemies are iranian regime and second RUSSIA....U.S. has to come up with the new ideas to create more problems for russia keep the busy, so they don't interfere with this movement.

    please support us

    thanks

    June 23, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  71. Richard

    I am a supporter of the protesters. However, we need to keep in mind of the potential lies from this "prince" Reza Pahlavi.

    Remember Muhamad Chalabi and his cronies? They lied to us and to the Bush administration for their own gains.

    This guy and his supporters may try to fool us "naive" Americans this time. We cannot and should not even give them a platform to spread lies and rumors that would benefit no one but them.

    Regards,

    Richard

    June 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  72. American Dreamer

    I cannot believe that CNN is giving Reza Pahlavi the opportnity to speak.

    His father, the former Shah, claimed to be descended from the original ruler of Iran but in reality the former Shah's father was just an army general without any royal lineage who overthrew the Qajar dynasty that ruled Iran for hundreds of years. They have no royal lineage.

    Worse still, the fomer Shah tortured and killed thousands of his enemies and was a brutal dictator. His memory deserves no honor.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  73. Christen Coulon

    Pahlavi said, "This has become a defiance against a regime that has denied every right to its citizenry."

    So they have become your father's regime then. The Shah was a horrible despotic leader as well. The SAVAK killed and imprisoned thousands under his rule, the only differance is that there is a new horrible despotic leader now.

    Do you think you could do a better job? I hope you don't think that they would be somehow better off with another absoulote monarchy. What Iran (and the U.S.) needs is a true democracy. Where the people can choose their leader. They don't need the son of their disgraced former King to come back and mess things up even more.
    Your family has done more than enough for the people of Iran.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  74. Joe Curcio

    Earlier this morning I sent the following message to President Obama.

    Mr. President,

    Something to consider. Together with many other countries I suggest that we celebrate with the brave people of IRAN their sacrifice to achieve freedom with justice. Furthermore, I suggest that together, all citizens of the world stop whatever they are doing and say a prayer, express their support or join hand with someone else to silently show our solidarity with the people of IRAN.

    Thank you

    June 23, 2009 at 12:07 pm |
  75. shoshana

    god blees them its time for a change i rember when the shah was in power and carter was in the white house i hope it dont turn out to be a blood bath

    June 23, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  76. sharong58

    We have come to the aid of countries in the midst of civil war many times, i.e. Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and it always seems they want our help initially but after awhile, they more or less say "ok, we can take it from here" but we (the U.S.) don't get the hint and leave! And then that country end up disliking us! I think President Obama should let them know we are for their cause and offer them moral support and maybe more, if they so desire. . . but not our men! They seem to be pretty smart people over there, they are way more modern than I thought they were, so we can hand them sophisicated tanks or weaponry and an instruction manual and I'm sure they will figure it out how to use it without us ever being there!

    June 23, 2009 at 12:03 pm |
  77. Rick

    Well If the so called prince joins with the protesters he need to do it over the internet. They Iranian goverment will kill him if he goes to Iran. But he could get them fired up even more with his words for freedom.If they could bring the Iranian Goverment down and get enough turn coats. Ahmadinejad and the supreme leader will be heading to Brazil for safety. That would be funny...

    June 23, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  78. Clark

    It is time for U.S. leadership to fully stand for freedom, ethics, morals, the high road .... if we were in High School would we stand up to the bully when he is picking on weaker individuals? when a thug in New York is mugging a person do we simply walk by?

    Don't just use words like "unjust" which has different definitions in different cultures Mr. President. Make a truly firm statement that says what America stands for and that we expect the Iranian government to live up to those principles and that there will be consequences if they don't .... you don't even need to mention the election results or who you prefer as a winner ... but you do need to stand on your own two feet, square your shoulders toward the bully and challenge him with a statement that points him to higher standards ... and if he punches you in the nose (so to speak) at least he isn't punching our weaker brothers.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  79. Ali Naimi

    As americans we can not stand still and watch inoccent people being beaten and killed. They are crying for help and we are just watching. Please support the people of Iran for their quest in peace and justice.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  80. Malcolm E Reding

    It was the Princes father, The Shah who the US put in power and whose corrupt regime the US supported enslaved his people who is largely responsible for the current situation. He has nothing to say in the matter.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  81. Seattle

    Pahlavi, like his father, has no legitimacy with Iranians. Showcasing him and his opinions will do nothing but harm the reform movement in Iran.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  82. mike

    So a dictators son wants America to defend freedom in his homeland.

    Why did CNN even interview this guy? Does anyone in Iran care what this guy thinks?

    June 23, 2009 at 11:53 am |
  83. V Love Iran

    Oh, please give me a break, Reza Pahlavi’s father was the one who gave up the country to mullahs and he is the reason of all these troubles and problems of Iranian people in Iran right now. This family should never even think to go back to Iran in order to govern Iran again, most of Iranians hate them especially his father. Like son, like father. We Iranian people never go back and never eat what we throw up 30 years ago.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  84. Carl Justus

    Obama cannot be running off at the mouth and then have to deal with Iran concerning the real or imagined nuclear threat from Iran.

    We have not condemned Israel for the human rights abuse of the Palestinians, the taking of their land and building residences on it and even building concrete barriers between the Palestinians homes and their olive orchards.

    We have not condemned Israel for their nuclear capabilities or the blowing up and bulldozing of the headquarters of the Palestinians and many other buildings, even those who are housing refugees.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  85. sully

    Obama is doing exactly what should have been done a century ago STAY OUT OF OTHER COUNTRY BUSINESS

    June 23, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  86. Kamyar Varzi

    For God sake why are you giving this guy a platform? Iranians in Iran dont want him back. You are giving thr regime an excuse to kill more people by blaming him.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  87. Little Red Hen

    This is probably the most reliable and sensible view on the Iranian situation that anyone can expect. From a man who grew up there and has watched the various 'leaders' over the past 30 years or so. The U.S. cannot afford to be silent forever on foreign affairs. It has been proved time and again that isolationism does NOT work.
    Lincoln called this country the "last, best hope for mankind on Earth."

    June 23, 2009 at 11:35 am |
  88. brian

    We do not need the son of the former shah stating his opinion. His father and the CIA are two of the reasons Iran is in this mess. USA needs to stay out of Iran and let the Persians do their own work. They know what they are doing. They have been around a lot longer than us...

    June 23, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  89. joe

    Hey you guys , is'nt this the same prince whiose father(shah) slaughtered many thiusands. I seem to recall that he had the most feared secret police(savak) that pulled out toe nails and shot many nedas. I guess this guy was too young to know all that but the CNN interviewers have no such excuse.

    There is no mention of the slaughter and years of slavery the iranians threw off when the shah was dictator, Good job CNN. Bonus are on their way from Tel Aviv.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  90. sami moadeb

    Why don"t you ask Mr. Jimmy Carter to help, After all it was him who withdrew all backing to the Shah and bring the ayotallah Khomeini to power and this in the name of democracy, and not accepting him as a political refugee in the US. and this after all the help the US got from him.Mr. Carter stop meddling between Israel and Hamas, and try to correct a problem that you created and all the death that resulted from the terrorist regime you help to create.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  91. Al Mellen

    Every human being, wherever in the world is entitled to freedom. The Bush administration removed some of our freedom's in the name of security,,,,,what a joke that is. Hopefully Obama will change those things that Bush took away from us. The price of freedom usually comes at a high price,,,,,,the price usually means death to some unfortunate individuals. The people in Iran deserve much better than what they have now, The rulers of Iran apparently treat their people worse than animals are treated. I would tell the Iranians,,,,,,hang in there. UNITED YOU STAND,,,,DIVIDED YOU FALL. Good luck to all of you brave souls,,,,,you undoubtedly are going to need a lot of good luck.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:32 am |
  92. Monique

    I only wish I could help these people with their fight for freedom ~ Believe in your dreams!

    June 23, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  93. Mike Gendreau

    I did happen to hear Mr. Palhlavi's address yesterday, and I was very impressed. I sympathize with the Iranians as their fight is just beginning. Mr. pahlavi made it very clear that it wasn't about the election that brought about all this protest, it was about a people wanting to be free, longing for a democracy and a country that they be proud of. It helped me realize that they are ordinary folks much like ourselves looking for a better life.
    Mr. Pahlavi was very sincere and very believable, answering all the tough questions that the media asked him. I would certainly like to see President Obama sit down with him and reassure him that we are on his side.
    I was very much encouraged that perhaps someday soon we would see a ne Iran emerge that will contribute to the good of the Middleeast.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  94. Melissa

    Like I've been saying all along. The beginnings of civil war.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:31 am |
  95. Riitta Carufel, San Diego,CA

    I'm appalled to think that this is the son of a ruthless dictator talking bout freedom and democracy in the country where it didn't exist even before the revolution.
    The shah ran Iran like his private estate with feared secret police.
    Reza Pahlavi could do better by returning billions of dollars his family kept from the oil revenue to Iran. But then again – why bother – the people get nothing at the end.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  96. Irani

    That is what they should encourage to be done by security forces. Since past days my friends and I were discussing this matter. People, Army, and security forces should united inorder to get rid of these blood thirsty regim....please support this idea. The regim does whatever it can to stay in power. The prince should be able to do somthing although some people say they don't want monarchs in Iran. But I am sure he is the best now.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  97. Naz

    I remember growing up that people always talked about bringing the Shah's son back to power one day. Since the Iranian people really don 't have a leader yet would it go back to that point where people are going to look for the Shah's son to come back to power or to look for him as a leader.
    In addition, I wanted to also add that if whats going on in Iran dies down and the next elections come up. I don't believe anyone is going to bother to vote especially after this incident. It will no longer be in our hearts anymore and we will feel beaten. At that point the government will be a dictatorship and it will no longer be for the people.
    If anyone or any country wants to act I believe that now is the time.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  98. michael wagner

    The iranians need to figure this out. America has problems here at home and need to tend to their own business. Leave Iran alone.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  99. gar-dog

    The desire for basic personal freedom can move mountains. A human's right to be free is inherent – God given – and it is no surprise that these security forces are turning. This is a very exciting time in Iran's history. Let's hope a free Iran emerges with minimal bloodshed. Unfortunately, freedom isn't always free.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  100. Matt Woodworth

    Q: "The White House is worried that coming out too strong in support could do more harm than good. What do you think?"

    A: Bunch of BS about how the people are legitimate that doesn't answer the question.

    Q: What do you think the White House should do?

    A: Another non-answer.

    Who is this joker? Joe the plumber could have given more specifics than this guy. Does he have any ideas or opinions at all?

    June 23, 2009 at 11:19 am |
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