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June 14th, 2009
12:35 PM ET

Your Comments on the Iranian Election

Mir Hossein Moussavi, the defeated challenger in Friday's controversial presidential election in Iran, is requesting that the government
annul the contested results, according to a letter circulating among his
supporters and posted on his campaign Web site.
Tell us what you think of the results from the election. Post your comments now and we may use them during our 2p and 4p Eastern hours of CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield.


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  1. Susan

    I find it hard to believe that Amadinejad won by such a landslide considering the amount of protests on the streets of Tehran. If he did rig the elections, he wasn't smart enough to at least make it look like a closer race and therefore possibly create some validity to the race. What concerns me now is how does the rest of the world react to this? Amadinejad will argue that his country held a democrat election, yet most of us know that most likely that wasn't the case. He might have still won but the spread wouldn't have been as wide. So do we acknowledge that it was a democratic election or not? How can we say we're a democracy if we don't acknowledge other democracies? The Bush administration made the error of saying that our democracy was the only way whereas the Obama administration seems to have a little more flexibility, but how much more? How do we move forward with Iran knowing that most likely, the elections were rigged?

    June 14, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  2. Kathy Haynie

    I just don't understand how it can be such a close race, and then all of a sudden he wins by a landslide. It does not sound right. I think they need to have a non bias people reading and counting the votes. Make sure every vote is counted. In election the vote of the people must be done in a way that the results can be legitimized. It's just to big of a win, after they said it was a close race. If the results are in question, the president should allow a lawful recount, and if he was legally with a rightous count so be it. The intergretity of the vote must be kept.

    June 14, 2009 at 1:00 pm |
  3. RJ

    until the citizens of Iran rise up and take back there country like we did to the British they will always have rigged elections and corrupted political system, sort of like what we have in the U.S., time for citizens of this country to take back there country as well! We must move from a facist-socalist type of government and move to a democratic-capitolistic type of government! the last time the world saw a major country ran by industry was Hitlers Facist Germany, now we have inherited the same type of government only without the horrors of concentration camps thank God!

    June 14, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  4. knikol sixx

    IRAN'S TOP SHOT CALLERS BEEN DOING IT THEIR WAY FOR A GOOD CHUNK OF THEIR HISTORY, LAST ELECTION WAS'NT WHAT WE WANTED, SO WHY ARE WE SURPRISED THIS ELECTION...OR ARE WE ALSO LIKE THEIR CIVILIANS VICTIMS OF FALSE HOPE, WHAT WOULD MAKE US BELIEVE THEY WOULD MAKE ROOM FOR NEW CHANGE, ANY NEW CHANGE WOULD PUSH BACK THEIR GOAL OF BECOMING NUCLEAR, WHY? IS IT THAT SOME CANT SEE THE CLARITY OF THEIR DIRECTION

    June 14, 2009 at 1:03 pm |
  5. Tom Harper

    It is their election, and considering our past involvement leading back to CIA inspired overthrow of an elected leaser and the installation of the Shah. We need to keep our distance, so we don't appear to be overly involved. Some would say that if we don't do something the Iranians will get a nuclear weapon. Perhaps, but anything that can be done to stop it should be done through the United Nations. In the end if the Iranians are determined enough they will build a nuclear weapon. Should we invade to stop it.? Certainly not unilaterally. If they should obtain nukes, then we need to make it clear that there would be forceful consequences to the use of such weapons for anything other than their national defense.

    Also, we need to make it clear to the Israeli's that if they start a war with Iranians then they are on their own. We should try to support the Israeli's with military aid and intelligence, but no U.S. military involvement on the ground or in the air unless Iran starts it. Israel must be capable of winning the war if they start it.

    We should also encourage Israel to wait for the world on this if they think that they have the time. And I hate to say this, but be willing to take the first strike if they have to. The President will have the U.S. military there for Israel if that happens. I promise concerned Israeli's and American Jews that it is way that the President believes, the Vice President, the Secretary of State, and all our top leaders of the United States believe. Because we know that Israel stood with us afer 9/11 and would be with us again in the event that it is us that sustains an unprovoked attack.

    I don't think that the people that think that countries can be stopped from building nukes by being given incentives(foreign aid) is correct. At least not when it comes to the more aggressive nations. The correct stance is to remain prepared for defense, of both ourselves and our allies, against belligerent nations if they turn from threats to action. Preferably through the United Nations. Also, in the event that the U.N. will not act, to be prepared for offensive action to turn back an opponent. Alone if necessary, or with a handful of willing allies if it can be arranged.

    But if it is a direct attack on th U.S. or an ally. The President does have power to act if he thinks that the fight can be decided quickly or to hold on to an important strategic position. But if he thinks it is going to be protracted war . A war in which countries square off on opposing sides then he should ask the Congress for a Declaration of War. Anyone can ask George W. Bush how hard it is to maintain public confidence in warfare in the event of a long war started at the discretion of the President with the backing of a Congress. When many in Congress say that they were deceived by bogus intelligence. No one misunderstands the intent of a Declaration of War.

    A Declaration of War galvanizes a nation to rally around our flag and encourages young men and women to step forward to defend their nation. If necessary, as the military determines, the country could institute a draft. Industrial resources can be harnessed and the potential of the American people can be tapped. Let's all hope and pray that it doesn't come to that.

    Unfortunately, we are not the industrial nation of 1941 and any world war, in fact any new front period, would be very hard to win. With the military already stretched thin, and North Korea asserting its national desire to weaponise nuclear material, I advise extreme caution going forward with Iran. If the violence settles down, and does not spill over into neighboring nations, then accept the result as legitimate or at least not an excuse for conflict.

    June 14, 2009 at 1:48 pm |
  6. Carl Clark

    Fredricka, I wish objective observers would be given the opportunity to verify the vote with a recount. This should at least add to the legitiamcy of the vote or expose it for the fraud it is being characterized as. Where are the ballots?

    June 14, 2009 at 2:06 pm |
  7. Allen Moore

    Congrats to the Iranian people... they now have something huge in common with the American people... a stolen election!

    June 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  8. Hassan (Toronto)

    Even if we to assume that Mir Hossein Moussavi won the elections, I am not sure about how much "change" there will be. The president of Iran does not necessarily have the absolute power as other nations. I believe the spiritual leaders are the ones in control, isn't that correct?

    June 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  9. Larry

    Obviously the election was rigged. And the fact that Amadinejad refuses security to his opponent emphasizes the fact.

    We can't solve the world's problems. We've tried that time and time again with failure upon failure. We went in to supposedly liberate Iraq from Hussein and poll after poll showed 80% of the Iraquis didn't even want us over there. I could never understand that.

    What goes on in the Middle East is deeply rooted in religion and fanatacism and only they can solve their own problems.

    June 14, 2009 at 2:35 pm |
  10. Anahita

    Ahmadi Najad dodges questions because he doesn't need to answer them. The people of Iran don't matter, their vote doesn't matter. Their lives are of little consequence to Ahmadi Naad and the clergy. This is just another illustration that the government is run by the clergy for the clergy. They are so powerful that they don't even have to address the questions or concerns of the people or the international audience. The only hope is that the people will not allow this brutal regime continue to take everything from them including their voices, which they lost 30 years ago, that they are just starting to share with the world. All the people in Iran who are fighting, who are talking out against this election, all their lives are in danger. When they are taken, they often dont come back.

    June 14, 2009 at 2:40 pm |
  11. Daniel Nelson

    We all should know that the Iranian government is controlled by the supreme leader and the Mullahs and any person that runs for president on the forum of reform would be challenging the people who really control the government. If the supreme leader and Mullahs have shown that they will do anything for the power and control of the Iranian people and stop God's will for the freedom of the Iranian people God will put a heavy hand on them and judge them accordingly!

    June 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  12. darius

    Dear Fredricka, Thanks for ur coverage in these very difficult times for us.
    Please pay close attention to the following facts:

    1- Interior Ministry is in charge of the election, and counting the votes
    the minister is part of Ahmadinejad cabinet, and has a 8 million dollar loan from him

    2- Monitors of all the candidates are assigned to observe the process specially in the crucial final counting

    3- The opposition monitors were kicked out just before the final counting

    4- vote counts were engineered behind Interior ministry's closed doors

    5- Even the engineered results were not declared in the legal ways of the past, 3 days later, so that candidates register their protests, per elaection rules.

    Please fridricka concentrate in all these blatent violations, sure there are no smoking guns, cause it was no gun.

    i hope i could clear the air a bit,
    We love ur coverage fredricka please continue

    June 14, 2009 at 2:47 pm |
  13. Armin

    The election results were totally a result of fraud! The iranian people need our support.

    June 14, 2009 at 2:48 pm |
  14. Obi Modum

    My thoughts on the aftermath of the Iranian Elections:
    I have been gravely disappointed by the media's coverage of the Iranian elections.
    The coverage follows the typical Western rhetoric that any elections that do not favor the Western supported parties MUST have been unfair and rigged. The truth is that there are NO facts (as of now) that show that the elections were anything but fair. The Western rationale is that the results CANNOT be fair, with noone willing to recognise that the phenomenon recorded in Iran running up to the elections could have just being the result of a vocal minority.

    I DID want the reformist candidate (Moussavi) to win, just like I wanted all pragmatic candidates worldwide to win (Livni in Israel 09, Obama in US 08 etc), but I am still willing to acknowledge that Ahmadinijad is a populist candidate and potentially could have won the elections in a landslide because of a less vocal, traditional, conservative majority a la Bush in 04!

    June 14, 2009 at 2:49 pm |
  15. moving on...

    Amadinaejad has done nothing against us. Nothing. The guy has never harassed us. The issue with Amadinaejad is that he does not recognize Israel, which I could care less, and we all as Americans should do the same. The fact that he does not recognize Israel, does not make Amadinaejad an evil man. Look at Israel, they do not recognize Palestine, either??! And as far as the Issue of Iran's " nuclear capability", I think that we need to be less arrogant ,and stop thinking that only the United States and Israel should lead on the issue. Iran need to enrich their capability like any other nation. The people of Iran are demanding more energy like we are in America. They have schools, universities, hospitals, farms, business to run, and they need to catch up!! We need to stop being arrogant and indifference towards Iran. I am sick and tire to hear our government and other interest groups in our nation ,marginalizing the middle east.. This people have done nothing against us. We, Americans, have been hurting this people for toooooooooo.... long. We have killed hundred of thousands of their women, children, providers; destroyed families, culture , history and yet, we just seem not wanting to stop the bleeding...Just leave them alone. They have the right to say whatever they want to say about any nation. If Iran do not want to recognize Israel, they have the right to do so. What has Iran done against Israel so far? Nothing. What Israel has done against his neighbors? Invasion after invasion, war after war, and why are we expecting Iran to feel happy about Israel?

    June 14, 2009 at 2:57 pm |
  16. Daniel Nelson

    moving on I don't know where you got your information but it was Israel that always have been attacked in the past 4000 years!

    June 14, 2009 at 3:14 pm |
  17. RJ

    ........and then we have Israel saying they will negotiate with a "demilitarized" Palastine, and we (USA)wonder why the Muslims hate Israel, the Muslims just didnt think of hating Israel recently, they have had good reason to have conflict with Israel. We have to change our policy towards a more fair and equal playing field to all of the Middle East! I do not condone the extremist but I think under these circumstances were facing the USA, I believe we wouldnt tolerate it either! If Israel wants no guns for the Palastians then they have to agree to de-gun their state as well, think of what they are asking of others while they wont live to that standard!

    June 14, 2009 at 4:08 pm |
  18. CAROL

    June 14th, 2009 4:06 pm ET
    Your comment is awaiting moderation.
    We, Americans, need to learn a lesson from the Iranians who are protesting a stolen election…..just like Bush’s elections in 2000 and 2004. I was shocked that Americans did not take to the streets like we did against the Vietnam War. But NOT AGAIN!!!!! I can not promise that we will be sheep anymore. I know that I won’t. I will pull out an old “love” t-shirt, stretch it over my now fatter body, scream in the streets, and hope that others will follow or even lead. All elections won by Reptilians should be protested until it can be proven that the election was won fairly and legally.

    I see no difference between the religious/conservative right in America and the taliban. I see no difference between Ahmadinejad and Bush

    June 14, 2009 at 4:21 pm |
  19. kamran

    I’m not sure about the iranian election but why would rig a vote in which candidates were already pre-approved? Also wouldn’t be fuuny if we all got it wrong…I mean the incumbent was popular all over Iran except for Tehran, even in Tehran he would have easily garnered 30-35% of the votes. I think we should question the irregularities like the cell phone and text message shut downs but the actual vote count…I’m not sure about. Lastly, this mistaken outrage on the part of the population could lead to a real regime change, now that would historical.…I think this is probably more important than the election itself.

    June 14, 2009 at 5:15 pm |
  20. Ali Farivarrad

    "وقتی که فقاهت در ولایت عبس می شه"
    When the “Feghahat (1) “ becomes nothing in “Velayat (2)”

    وقتی که آزادی
    When the freedom
    در دل قفس می شه
    Is caged in hearts
    عاشق، عاشقی، عاشقی
    Loving, Loving, Loving
    در دل هوس می شه
    Becomes a desire in hearts
    وقتی که همیاری
    When co-operating
    با تن نفس می شه
    Merges to your breath by being a human being
    آغوش سبز بهاری
    The green hog of the spring
    در لاله آتش می شه
    Becomes the fire in a tulip
    وقتی که ازادی
    When freedom
    در روز حبس می شه
    Becomes a jailbird
    وقتیکه فقاهت
    When the “Feghahat (1) “
    در ولایت عبس میشه
    Becomes nothing in “Velayat (2)”
    چاره کار ما چیه
    What we can do now
    جز تو وفا نمی کند
    There is no hope, except you
    جان درآمد از قلم
    My pen is falling because writing
    علی به دامنم کنم
    I (Ali) will hide my face with my clothes

    شاعر: علی فریورراد
    مکان: کالیفرنیا
    حالت روحی: عصبانی، بهت زده، بی پروا، امیدوار
    1- Feghahat: knowledge, knowledge in civil law
    2- Velayat: Province

    June 14, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  21. Daniel Nelson

    I don't think Israel wants a demilitarized Palestine, in fact i would think that they would help the PA or Fatah to fight off the radicals of Hamas which wants the destruction Israel and is one of the main causes that peace will not come to Israel and Palestine. I do think that the Israeli government will give into calls for dismantling settlements if Hamas would put down their arms and realize that Israel will not give into terrorism!

    June 14, 2009 at 6:19 pm |
  22. Gilbert West

    The thing to do from this point is to congratulate President Ahmadinejad and then carry on the business of state. The hoopla over the outcome of the Iranian election is none of our business. Nobody interfered with the election of George Bush and Dick Cheyney under far more questionable circumstances. When are we ever going to learn? We keep asking for people to hate us, begging for it. We should extend to others the same courtesies of freedom we claim to value so much for ourselves. What right have we to do otherwise? Besides... Ahmadinejad doesn't have the power to stop the nuclear program. That program is in force because the real power, the Ayatullah wants it that way.

    June 14, 2009 at 6:55 pm |
  23. Michelle G.

    What Iran truly needs is a SECULAR state. The religious leaders in the past 30 years have only manipulated Islam to justify their wrongful actions. RELIGION IS WORKING AGAINST US. It is keeping women veiled and chained to the degrading way of life that they have been forced accept. Let's escape from this regime. Within the last thirty years, the United States’ relations and foreign policies with Iran transformed from well-developed diplomacy and support to complete opposition.

    We need Iran to be the secular, thriving country it once was under Shah Pahlavi.

    A country that had built strong ties and relationships with the U.S. and other countries. We keep forgetting that the current Iran wasn't always like this.

    Let's bring back Reza Pahlavi!

    June 14, 2009 at 7:05 pm |
  24. Randy Maginn

    Please. Enough of the Iranian election. You guys kill me. Blow it out of proportion, make it bigger than it really is. Typical media trash.

    Nothing will change just because of a few dissidents. Surely you can see that. Iran is controlled with an iron fist. Nothing is going to change. Nothing.

    June 14, 2009 at 7:11 pm |
  25. Jenny Farrell, San Diego CA

    The coverage on Iran needs to be educational. Perhaps integrate an explanation of exactly HOW the voting takes place in Iran and inform the mechanics of their institutions. The political roles of the clerics and the Supreme Leader have some responsibility for Ahmadinajad's reelection and this is why the people protest. Don, please define how Iran is a theocracy, a republic yet not a democracy. Recognizing these crossroads with Iran's world attention is crucial. Especially given the growing number of issues for Obama and his new administration, an objective discussion of Iran's governmental structure can isolate a deeper understanding of our interest in this election without judging cultural distinctions. American intelligence and diplomacy requires information and perspective. This type of coverage is necessary while other related elements evolve. I urge us to connect the dots as to how Iran is the center of gravity amidst other conflicts, look at the Prime Minister of Israel's declaration today? One event snowballs into another. Let's educate ourselves and promote peaceful solutions that can avoid violence and war.

    June 14, 2009 at 7:15 pm |
  26. darmark

    This is not the first or last election to have a suspicous conclusion. Just ask Al Gore and look at the what happened in Florida before the 8 years of you know who........People in Glass houses should not throw stones

    June 14, 2009 at 7:27 pm |
  27. Tom Harper

    Dan:

    If Israel has been attacked for 4000 years, there was almost a 2000 year cease fire.

    June 14, 2009 at 7:50 pm |
  28. Sara

    This is obvious that the numbers were made up. I was following the results as they were being claimed. There are many irregularities in how they announced the number of votes cast for each candidate:

    1- In 2-3 hours they started reporting the results of the first 5 million votes. This took about 8-10 hours for the first results to come out in the previous elections.
    2- As the total number of votes were increasing the number of votes for one of the candidates (Mohsen Rezaei) was once reduced!
    3- Up to about 25 million votes there was not even a single invalid or blank vote!!! There is always half to one percent of invalid votes. As this was being reported in the reformist websites, suddenly in the last step they added some invalid votes!
    4- There was virtually no variation in the percentage of votes for each candidate as the results were being reported. This is despite the fact that the results were supposedly coming from different geographical regions; rural, urban and with different ethnicity.

    They did not even spend some time to come up with more believable way to cheat. They do not care about people. This is a Coup! They think people are idiots like them.

    June 14, 2009 at 7:57 pm |
  29. CAROL

    My message is directed to the media in the U.S. Where in the hell were you in 2000 and 2004? You did not fulfill your role (as envisioned by Thomas Jefferson) for Americans. Yes, you reported! But that was all you did. Shame on you.

    June 14, 2009 at 8:11 pm |
  30. syedh03

    a couple of points:
    -although i don't support ahmadinejad, why is that that world is trying to act like this is some decleration of a third world war? we have the israelis saying that half their population wants iran bombed and we have the U.S and the west saying they are "concerned" about the elections outcome. where was the world when George Bush was stealing the election in the U.S? where was all the outcry?
    -we also have many people trying to pin this as an islamic or muslim problem. keep in mind that mousavi is a muslim himself, and so are millions of iranians who are against ahmadinejad. so don't try and insult our religion and culture and think you are showing sympathy towards us.
    – if the CIA and MI6 never interfered in our elections back when Mosadegh was elected, we would not be here today so you have a hand in this just as much as anyone else.we iranians will solve this ourselve.s

    June 14, 2009 at 8:58 pm |
  31. Adam R

    On tonight's broadcast, Mr. Lemon told viewers how, in response to Iran's dubious election results, CNN's inbox had "literally exploded." I certainly hope everyone at CNN Headquarters is okay.

    June 14, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  32. Pooya

    I completely dispute the election however we need to remember if US has no relation with Iran there is no leverage over Iran in future. If US had relationship with Iran they could be more supportive of Iranian people in these difficult times. Look at the US approach toward China vs N.Korea which is the distinction of engagement and isolation, which one is more successful?

    June 14, 2009 at 10:30 pm |
  33. SA

    I have an outmost respect for Iran and Iranians. However, I am sad to say that the country in which I was born and raised deserves this election results, just the same way it deserved the outcome of 1979 revolution after people voted for an Islamic Republic. Islam is deeply rooted in Iranians lives and their culture. It is impossible to separate Iranian people from their clergymen, and their highly religious leaders; I believe this it the core of the problem in Iran.

    Also, The country has been suffering from unhealthy social problems, and has been dealing with serious cultural issues for hundreds of years, (IMHO, most cultural issues began after the Muslim conquest of Persia, which led to the end of Sassanid Empire and the gradual extirpation of the Zoroastrian religion in Persia/Iran).

    Today in Iran, especially in small towns and villages, people lead their lives with very strong Islamic beliefs. These are the people who have voted for presidents like Ahmadinezhad in the past, and have always been strong supporters of the supreme leader(s). We shall not underestimate the will power of the religious people in Iran. For this very reason, it does not matter who becomes the president in Iran, as long as the country is ruled by Islamic dictatorship, people in Iran will not see the dawn of the democracy.

    Iranians who believe an Islamic Iran, ruled by clergymen and religious politicians, is a utopia in which people can live in peace, think and act freely, and enjoy the benefits of a democratic iran are naïvely wrong. A free, democratic and prosperous Iran will never happen, until people uniformly practice the separation the church and State and practice their religious beliefs privately. Imposing religious practices into day to day lives of Iranians has no better outcome than we have seen in the past few weeks.

    June 14, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  34. We need Red Cross help at Tehran University

    Help request from Iranian Students:
    Urgent Help Needed in Tehran University's Dorm (kooy -e- Daneshgah): Many students with urgent need of medical attention calling out to all ppl who can help don't leave us. Iranian revolutionary guard don't let any iranian doctor help them and also, they don't let any ambulance enter the buildings. Several people are in bad shap and they need medical help to save their lives. They have disconnected their phone and internet lines.
    Please if you have any connection or you can contact to red cross to help them, don't hesitate to do that. Please spread the news to save their lives. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE!

    June 14, 2009 at 10:33 pm |
  35. Clive

    Don't need guests who rant and rave about Bush v Gore when trying to discuss the current Iranian situation.
    Made me switch channels.
    I thought cnn was where we were suppose to get serious discussions.

    June 14, 2009 at 10:48 pm |
  36. RD

    Two things the media are overlooking:

    1. The green flags being waived at the Ahmadinejad "victory rally" are in support of the opposition.

    2. A LOT of "tweets" coming from people in Iran report that the "riot police" speak Arabic and are likely from Lebanon or Syria. It is unprecedented for a country to bring in "authorities" of another to beat their own protesters.

    June 14, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  37. parand

    I am an Iranian who lives in Montreal right now. We were at least 300 students who went to Ottawa to vote in 12th of June and Mir Houssain Mousavi was our candidate in Iran election… The numbers are definitely fake. I can assure you that we all hate this liar. Right now our friends and families in Iran are in danger. My friend told me they don’t care to get killed or shot. I wish I could be there and support our votes as well. At least we ask other governments around the world never consider it as legitimate Iran governments. We simply need to have a fair re election with UN… This government not only can be considered as danger for Iranians but also as a serious hazard for world civilization… Can you all in other countries be confident that a government, who can do this to its people, can be a negotiable government with other countries in any aspect??? I think it is a serious question that every body should think about it right now.

    June 14, 2009 at 11:38 pm |
  38. geowin

    Can’t we, as a global community, regect the election and not egnolage the ruling resine?

    June 15, 2009 at 5:33 am |
  39. cory

    Dear CNN,

    Can you please show more of the iranian election fallout...we don't need info on american celebrities that do nothing to contribute to society when something of great interest to the world as a whole is unfolding as we speak. I think I speak for many americans when I say that I really don't care about Madonna adopting babies, octamom's or george bush skydiving. Can we get back to what is important?!?

    Thanks,

    Cory

    p.s. My mom thinks Tony Harris is hot

    June 15, 2009 at 11:55 am |
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