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June 20th, 2009
10:12 AM ET

Your comments on what's happening in Iran

Iran's Ayatollah warned of a crackdown if protests planned today in Tehran were held. By all indications, that crackdown is happening. With international media coverage virtually blocked, CNN is relying on amateur images through social networking sites and eyewitness reports to tell and show us what's happening in Iran. Today, people trying to get to protest sites have been met by armed security forces. There are reports of tear gas and water cannons being used against protestors. In additional, one person was killed and eight injured in a blast at the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, according to Iran's state-run Press TV.
What do you think of the situation in Iran surrounding the contested election results? Post your comments here and we may use them live on air today in the CNN Newsroom with Fredricka Whitfield, 12p ET to 5p ET.


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  1. sseed13

    Middle eastern people need to hold accountable religious leaders that promote suppression and violence in their countries. sseed13

    June 20, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  2. Gail

    Help the people of Iran! We cannot do nothing when this threatens our own freedom! If they get away with the rigged election, murdering opposition...ie the 'people' of Iran, they will not stop there! It will eventually make it to our borders! Show force/power now and we will not have to later. Besides the injustice that is taking place with their own people is heart breaking. How can we do nothing? The 'people' of Iran are doing their part. What is the world doing?

    June 20, 2009 at 10:26 am |
  3. Vitali L

    Hi, in my opinion the intense situation in Iran is a historical change that reminds me of other big countries who fought for their free speech. The government of Iran is operating in a very smart manner. They cover the tricky areas of the law and change the blame to the opposition. Direct and bold intervention from any government in the world will bring complications as the government in Iran is covering its bases. However, in respect to the people who seek the freedom of speech and the right to be heard, the Iranian population should be supported and allowed to voice their concerns. The world cannot turn their back away because we are afraid to make the wrong move. The protesting communities should have the opportunity to organize their protests and make them legitimate by the current government. This is the place where the world should come in and make sure that those voices that want to be heard will get the authorization from the government to do so. This will prevent the many of incidents we see on TV and even worse complications. The most important, we shall not forget the issues behind the curtain. This country could be or not armed with a potentially very powerful weapon which the whole world knows coming from North Korea. If this controlled chaos continues and becomes uncontrolled, unknown hands can get around the big weapon. Our government must make a move, and not be afraid to make a mistake. Show courage like the Iranian people and stand for freedom.

    June 20, 2009 at 10:42 am |
  4. Seth Pajak

    The people of Iran are making their voices heard. No matter how much the government cracks down on them they will not be able to suppress the desire for freedom that is in their hearts.

    June 20, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  5. Tom Harper

    It looks like Amadinijhad has the upper hand. Khamenei has made it clear who he says won the election. The clerics control the police force and the military. Mousavi is going to have to concede soon or be willing to take this situation from peaceful protest to civil war. If he chooses to keep it peaceful, then Amadinijhad wins by default. Mousavi then becomes marginalized as a ambitious but peaceful eccentric. If Mousavi chooses civil war, then he must be prepared for a protracted conflict with many lives lost. If you strike at a King, you must kill him. I hope for the best for the Iranian people. But I think most of them prefer their Islamic oligarchy with the subordinate dictator. If I am wrong then they must stand up and fight, submit to tyranny, or flee the country. A sad situation all around. I hope that they have peace.

    June 20, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  6. Vic Benedicto

    Obviously there's really 3/4 groups vying for the presidency.But outside forces (w/d help of "western media") prodded/goaded losing parties to protest and cause trouble.=Iranians killing Iranians.
    Western media from the start did not report Ajmedad led by 11million votes ovr mussawi.W.media only reported chaos/protest/election fraud.
    Like what my Eng101 prof told us, "never believe all that is printed.."
    (in this case, include tv,cable,radio,internet,etc)

    June 20, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  7. Maryam

    IRAN HAS NO RIGHT TO SHUT UP ITS CITIZENS!!!! No right!!!! Iran has been doing this for years and it is totally against the basic human rights: the FREEDOM OF SPEECH!!!! The nation of Iran needs to get back its rights!!!

    June 20, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  8. peaceandchange

    This is getting ridiculous. This is pretty much on the brink of revolution and the Ayatollah is not helping. Things are just going to get much much worse before it gets better.

    June 20, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  9. Susan

    Obama is right. Stay cool. The Iranian leaders would love to have an excuse to switch the anger to the USA. The testerone loaded Repubs need to quit blustering. Support the people,but do it wisely

    June 20, 2009 at 11:17 am |
  10. Dan Leahy

    When reporting on the "pressure" on Obama to be more forceful on Iran, you should mention that EVERY expert on Iran, and EVERY credible diplomat right down to Kissinger, has said that Obama's position is spot on. The "pressure" comes from Republican lawmakers who would swear the sky was green if Obama pointed out that it was blue, and the neo-con lunatics whose policies have done so much damage, and have been so discredited, that their appearances on the air should be accompanied by a laughtrack. Don't be so anxious to present negativity towards the president that you display a lack in your own credibility.

    June 20, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  11. Paul Robert Pomies

    I approve the cautiousness of President Obama. That could be a trap in foreign policy.

    – Paul Robert Pomies

    June 20, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  12. Dave

    I'd like to see some coverage of repressive regimes that the US supports: the violence in Guatemala, for example.

    June 20, 2009 at 11:22 am |
  13. Christopher Latham

    Look, this issue is not only lacking worth it is almost ridiculous. The top leaders in the white house and even the President knows that this issue is worthless. Iran, no matter what president it has, is in no way controlled by the people the Supreme Leaders are in charge of all military actions. If the people of Iran want democracy and these freedoms they express they must first begin steps to over throw the right people. Then and only then should the US have any concern about the events in Iran. (This episode is very much like New Yorkers attempting to over turn the local government, would we expect England or France to interfere?)

    June 20, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  14. Chris

    I am glad to see the people of Iran trying to take a stand for what they believe in. They may be in small numbers but its the fact that they are atleast trying that matters. I hope one day they can have the same freedoms that we here in America enjot everyday.

    June 20, 2009 at 11:30 am |
  15. Chris

    Gail we are the strongest nation in the world. Do you think we got that way by backing down anytime "our own freedom" was at stake??

    June 20, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  16. Jim Ranck

    I get how Iran is the bad guy for cracking down on peaceful protesters. In the spirit of fair play and a historic perspective lets compare the pictures coming out of Iran with the picutes from the 'peaceful' demonstration during the 1968 democratic convention in Chicago.

    June 20, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  17. sabamokry

    There is a tweet on twitter that Moosavi is speaking at the Jayhoun
    st. and he is ready to fight to the end. Maximumdxb is the user.
    Please verify. we must help the Iranians with resources to help their voices to be heard.

    June 20, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  18. sabamokry

    This is a major major event not only in history of Iran but in the region
    and the world. Does anyone remember such an uprising in such
    great magnitude in our modern history in a totalitarian society?

    June 20, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  19. Paulette

    I feel for the Iranian people but why are we always the country to try and police other countries? We should not be in Iran telling them what to do, no one told us what to do when Bush stole the 2000 and 2004 elections. As far as the US being irate about the citizens calling for killing the Iranian President, no one said anything about Sarah Palin telling an audience to kill Obama. Why the double standards?

    June 20, 2009 at 12:04 pm |
  20. Dennis from Sudbury

    The world isnt going to change Iran. Iran is changing the world. We are witnessing history in the making. Social networking has just empowered the masses. for the first time. Obamas campaign got the word from the top to men & women on the street. Iran got the word from the street to the men at the top and the entire world. Birmingham on line! A small step for man ............. This is unveillig truths, shattering myths and uniting the good people of the world.
    Cool Eh!

    June 20, 2009 at 12:05 pm |
  21. Kevin

    Iran is proof that no country should ever be lead by a religion. It doesn't matter if it's a Ayatollah or a George Bush, if the leader claims that God talks to him watch out. They always seem to wind up promoting violence or starting wars. This is why I like Obama. He uses science and logic as his compass.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:06 pm |
  22. Anjana S

    Iran claims to be a republic, but the Ayatollah is a complete contradiction to the rights of the people. He is the supreme leader; he can pretty much do anything. If he has enough power to announce and even DISMISS the president, there is definitely no guarantee that he is telling the truth.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:08 pm |
  23. Bernadette Loesch

    I want to say that I have been glued to my TV since 5:30am this morning. The tension is high to say the very least. I feel that Pres. Obama is handling this situation in Iran just right. He shouldn't in any way shape or form play into the Republican game. We have had enough of their warmongering. It is because of them and their leaders that we are involved in the Middle East. The Republicans who do not support the President's position need to back off and let him make the decisions for the United States.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  24. Ian Taylor

    What bothers me is the harsh criticism Obama has received for his "soft" response on the situation in Iran.

    Here's the problem... It is very easy for the dissenters to slam the President on his stance without any repercussions. It seems that the Republican Party is much more concerned with the appearance of being anti-Iran, than trying to achieve actual results. It is easy to dissent when you will not be held responsible for your position, but much harder to carefully calculate a response that has direct implications.

    If Obama produces a very harsh statement against the Iranian authorities, they will turn it around and use it against the protesters on the ground. They have already tried to do this, but with little success because it was clear the President was not "meddling". However, had a more aggressive statement been made, it would have been far easier for it to be used as propaganda.

    Also, some dissenters are claiming that other foreign powers, including France, are making stronger attacks on the Iranian regime and that the United States should follow. The obvious problem here is that it is much harder for the authoritative regime to turn attacks made by the French leadership into propaganda material than those made by the United States. There has not been as much animosity towards these other foreign powers in the region as there has been towards the US. Because of this, we must be much more careful in how we respond to make sure to not aggravate the situation further.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:10 pm |
  25. bahman

    Mousavi is giving a speech in jeyhoon street started by ene-lelah-va-ena-aleyhe-rajeoon meanig we all go back to God

    June 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  26. Eric

    According to Twitter remarks and his facebook, Mousavi is saying "I have prepared for martyrdom" in speech he is giving right now.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  27. T. Khalandi

    In the 21st century, I feel it’s rather obvious that religion cannot be the basis for the government of an entire nation; especially when the majority of the public is longing for religious freedom. Even with the majority of the Middle East practicing Islam, the restrictions and limitations that have been pushed upon the people of Iran has proved to be restless for the people. The courage and bravery of the people is phenomenal and, in my opinion, huge steps towards a rebirth. I don’t mean to overestimate the movements and progress of this past week but by no means should these acts be underestimated.

    Obama’s position on this situation is frustrating. Being an Iranian-American and an Obama advocate has led me to yelling at him through my television at times and arguing his position against my very own father at other times. While I understand his hesitation for the safety and sake of the Iranian citizens, I feel he should broadcast his support and sympathy for the people of Iran in a more prominent way. These people need the support. It needs to be well understood and grasped that these people are on lockdown; their views and knowledge of anything occurring around the world is incredibly minimum if not nonexistent. In some way, shape, or form these people fighting for common freedoms (such as their right of vote, attire, religion, television, internet, music, etc.) need to know that they are being heard and are causing such a huge impact.

    However, I greatly appreciate CNN’s not only consistent but rather educational and incredibly accurate and neutral broadcast. The government system is incredibly infected with fraud because of its ease and the innocence of not only Iranians but the world.

    A change for extended freedoms in Iran is crucial and well overdue.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:13 pm |
  28. Shahrouz

    The truth about these protest is not about the election it is an excuse we us for a revolution. Look how violant the government is already about demonstrations about the election, imagine the demonstrators would say this is a revolution. The government would kill all of them in cold blood. The government of the Islamic Republic of Iran is a very cruel and will defend themselfs even if 20 million people would march. The only solution to this conflict is to use the same means as the government. An eye for an eye. The Iranian people need to use lethal force in order to scare the Basij.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:17 pm |
  29. Isham(Ike) Alexander

    I feel that in regards to the conflict in Iran,President Obama is taking a very mature approach to the situation!
    His :call-no-names-bear-no-blames approach is having an adverse effect on the "sour grapers"!
    Way to go President Obama!!

    June 20, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  30. Michael, London, On

    Fredrick, All news reporters today seem to be stumbling on their words, must be someting in the air. Also having been watch Al-Jazeera on the web, they claim two dead from blast & Mir Hossein Moussavi, states votes were rigged months ago, or planned.

    Michael

    June 20, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  31. rmcdonald

    The best argument I heard for the US to let Iran handle Iran was by an Iranian official... that is by encouraging protesters to put themselves in harm's way, we would be responsible for more bloodshed, and that the US could then be used as a hated driving force in Iran. And this is a losing battle that should be fought another way at a later time. Agreed.

    24 hour coverage in itself is almost an encouragement to the protesters to "act"

    June 20, 2009 at 12:21 pm |
  32. Michael, London, On

    How can the Iranian religious leader, yesterday come out and blame the UK & US for what is going on in Iran now, does he forget that only a few short years ago when an earthquake hit Northern Iran who came to the aid first US & UK. Shame on him.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:24 pm |
  33. Linda S

    The way the Iranian government is acting, you'd think they had been at the U.S. Republican National Convention

    June 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  34. Dusty

    In video of protesters meeting the Basij force you can see a few people shoved in a red van in bottom left of screen.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  35. mary ellen

    reports on twitter that helicopters dropping chemicals on crowds, can this be true!

    June 20, 2009 at 12:26 pm |
  36. Dr. Ira Adams

    What's becoming more clear every minute is that the "news" media are Hell-bent on what they do best – fabricating an event. Clearly the bad guy (actually just the badder guy) won the election in Iran. The minority who voted for the loser are unable to accept that & are willing to provoke the state to use violence to highlight their displeasure. Democracy worked, the majority triumphed, just as when Adolf Hitler was elected in Germany, just as when George W. Bush was re-elected in 2004. Bad guys win if a majority votes them in. That's an inevitable side effect of democracy. There was no fraud, so quit trying to be the tail that wags the dog!

    June 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm |
  37. gfa240

    I think Iranian people need more help from the outside forces. They are clearly dissatisfied with the islamic regime and in desparate need for change. The students are getting slaughtered because they are fighting guns and bullet proof armor with rocks! that's not fair. These guys need more help. If US is so worried about looking like they are "meddling", then they should use the " invisible" forces to help the people out and we all know they exist.
    Its not right that we only meddle when there is somehting in it for us.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  38. Dennis from Sudbury

    I'm a proud Canadian but for the first time in my life I felt compelled to
    add my name to an American political campaign as a Canadian for Obama. I felt it that important to the world. Most of what I gathered I did so on line and through your coverage. I know this is off topic but you should all be proud your groundbreaking work. Schools of journalism will be mentioning your names and teaching of your coverage of this revolution in broadcasting.
    Way to go...............Eh!

    June 20, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  39. Eric

    Mousavi's facebook gives another message:

    ترسی ندارند فرار یگان ویژه در ستارخان و سعادت آباد. میر حسین موسوی در خیابان جیحون در میان مردم اعلام کرد: من غسل شهادت کرده ام، اگر من را دستگیر کردند همه اعتصاب کنید و سر کار نروید

    The comments say this means that the special forces are retreating from the protesters. Now this is breaking news!

    June 20, 2009 at 12:31 pm |
  40. Paula

    There was a twitter post earlier that they are dropping acid from helicopters onto the crowd.I certainly hope that's not true.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  41. P Ingram

    I am watching CNN Newsroom at 11:35 AM CST, and I am very interested in what the young Iranian American woman is saying. She is very astute and knowledgeable about the Iranian situation. One thing that is somewhat upsetting to me is her total identification as Iranian despite the fact that she was born in the US. She referred to "we don't want American imperialism" in Iran. What does it take for an American citizen, born to foreign parents, to become American and be proud of this country? How many years does it take to assimilate and belong to this country? I have a Danish, English, Scottish and Irish ancestry, but I am 100% American and I owe everything I have and everything I am to this country. Those who are born here should feel the same way.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  42. Shahrouz

    Today at 4:00 p.m demonstrations in front of CNN Center in Atlanta.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:41 pm |
  43. Robert Nejad

    Hi,
    I was born and raised in Iran, but left in 1987 at age of 16 to come here to escape the Islamic life forced upon masses.
    I want my fellow Americans and all those who live outside of Iran know that even if Mousavi is brought to power not much will change in Iran, it's the actual institution which must be brought down to witness noticeable change. When you have priests running a country, this is what happens.

    Although I am a huge fan of CNN, I must admit I am appalled that some of the so-called experts being interviewed on tv seem to be the ones responsible for bringing the regime to Iran. However they were conveniently enough able to leave Iran and let the people in Iran deal with 'their' revolution. That Azar lady, obviously, one of them.

    June 20, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  44. Allen straith

    The people of Iran needs to show their leaders that they rule the country. Gives more meaning to V for Vendetta's slogan, "The people shouldn't be afraid of the Government, the Government should be afraid of the people."

    🙂

    June 20, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  45. Dr.Max

    If the U.S does not support verbally the Iranian demonstratores against Iran regime we will pay MUCH MUCH more in next few years against Iran nuclear program. We will lose money , solders, and we will face massive ...

    June 20, 2009 at 1:14 pm |
  46. Susan Deveaux

    Obama and Iran: Please balance your stories about critics that O isn't saying enough. Many highly-regarded citizens and leaders are in full support of how he is responding. Please tell us who they are. Please tell the audience Obama decides on his public statements based on advice of the State Dept., the CIA, the NSA, FBI and the myriad present and past Iran experts. Remind the audience there is so much behind-the-scenes work going on that O can't talk about. It's fine to report conservative Republicans want more, but that's expected. Americans must have balanced information in order to process their reactions to this dramatic (perhaps hopeful) events in Iran. Remind the audience the voters voted against the interfering, bullying, cowboy foreign policies of the past because they didn't work.

    June 20, 2009 at 1:21 pm |
  47. j'smom

    I am not discrediting the importance of what is going on in Iran, it is amazing what the people there are doing. Just curious if there is any more info on what is going on in Kirkuk?

    June 20, 2009 at 1:27 pm |
  48. Nina

    Why Britain? Don't forget that MI6 (aided by the CIA) was the instigator in the coup that overthrew the Iran democracy in 1953 because of the nationalization of the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company. Finally the British/US installed tyrant Mohammad Reza Pahlavi.

    June 20, 2009 at 1:30 pm |
  49. Pete, Boston MA

    And the 'government' is very afraid! This is a fight of David & Goliath... should we leave civilians empty handed to battle against armed fanatics?

    June 20, 2009 at 1:31 pm |
  50. Daniel Victor

    Where are U.S. satellite images of what the streets of Tehran look like right now?

    Yes. It is time for Obama to make a statement rejecting the violent oppression of the Iranian Government.

    June 20, 2009 at 1:32 pm |
  51. Scott Stodden

    Fredricka; First of all I want to congratulate you and all of the CNN news team for your coverage of whats going on in Iran. Iam so saddened over whats been happening in Iran this week, to hurt and kill people based on citizens of Iran expressing there views. I beleive this election was rigged, how can you count millions of votes in only 2hrs. I would urge the Iranians to continue to express how they feel, only when you express how you truly feel can real results happen. I also want to say I support the approach that President Obama has taken, the United States has already been accused of meddling to much. It has to start with the Iranians first and Im so proud of the Iranians for expressing there free speech rights, may God be with them all.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, IL)

    June 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  52. Charles

    The blood lost over the past week is all on Khamenie's hands. He is responsible for what is happening.

    It is obvious the people all across Iran are not satisfied with the results and feel there is fraud.

    A new, monitored election, could have avoided all this. But because they know it is a fraud, and they are not willing to give even a little bit of freedom to the people, he drew a line in the sand.

    June 20, 2009 at 1:37 pm |
  53. Amir

    Those motorcycles are Basiji's. The footage you showed are people against Basij.

    Great job and thanks for the coverage

    June 20, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  54. Leroy

    I would like to share a dream that I had about two weeks before the Iran election.
    In the dream a man took me into a tall tower and told me to look in certain direction, When I looked across a large body of water, I saw a city by the water and there where fireworks going off and high into the air.
    Then I grabbed a pair of binoculars and I could see more clearly. I saw these tanks with young people (male/female) in them and they looked to be smiling. Then I woke up.

    A week before the dream I just mention. I had another dream, a man came to me and he kept talking about the word PYRO. I won’t go into great detail about this dream, just look up the word PYRO and see the words that come from it.

    I wonder if these two dreams are connected and with what is happening In Iran?
    Hmmmmm….maybe Iran will have a new found freedom…just my thoughts. =)

    June 20, 2009 at 1:41 pm |
  55. etemadi

    please help Iranian people they are killing people in streets

    June 20, 2009 at 1:42 pm |
  56. Anne Salami

    John McCain and the other Republicans are saying Pres Obama should speak out and do something. Pres Obama is saying he does not want to get involved in domestic issues. I don't recall any other Nations getting involved during the Civil Rights era and during the killing of black children and hanging, beating and hosing of blacks. I think we should stay out of other countries' domestic affairs.

    June 20, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  57. Shaadi

    You showed a video few minutes ago and weren't sure where it is in Tehran. It was from Hashemi-Jayhoon Street, I grew up there so I recognized it. Also, talking to my brother who lives in Tehran a few blocks away from that area, many people were gathered there, I could hear the helicopters through the phone (I think your video had the helicopters shown). It is highly likely that the video you got is from this evening in Tehran.

    They also told me that they have heard there is a great amount of protest going on at "Kooye Daneshgah" the University of Tehran dormitories, which my brother heard over the phone talking to some people who live around that area.

    June 20, 2009 at 1:50 pm |
  58. Bob

    I talk to friends in Iran on daily basis. They want you all to know this. They simply wanted to remove Ahmadinejat but now with Khamenei's turning his back on people, they ae saying enough with Islam rulling as it has for the past 30 years.

    A few facts for CNN to discuss:

    1- Did you know that Islam was forced on to Iranians by a Saudi Arab named Mohamed, the Profit about 1,800 years ago?

    2- Islam has always been a religeon of force. Creating fear is the key in Islamic religeon to spread it. You should follow and should not ask questions.

    3- Russia has been backing up Ahmadinejat and the steel batons are supposedly donated by Russia.

    4- Most basigies on motorcycles hiting people are Arabs brought in from?!??!

    5- Iranians hope that this will free them from a 30 year imprisonment.

    June 20, 2009 at 1:51 pm |
  59. Marion Cason

    What's going on here? Twice today you have reported criticism of the President's stance on the Iran situation by Pence, Cantor and McCain. You have FAILED to mention APPROVAL of his stance by Lugar, Kissinger and many others who have much more significant knowledge in foreign affairs.

    June 20, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  60. neda

    Please let the people know of usage of ACID and chemicals by helicopters against our people. This is happening right now.
    help

    June 20, 2009 at 1:54 pm |
  61. Aryanna

    Enough is enough.
    I am only 30 years old but I have experienced a revolution, 8 years of war, ruthless dictatorship where my friends and college classmates have been arrested, blinded, and in one instance thrown out of a 23rd floor balcony all in the name of God and with the blessing of the supreme leader.
    I have been arrested for reasons that you won't believe, wearing unislamic gloves! is one. So put together 30 years of idiotic ideology where we have been told (forced) what to do, what to say, what to wear, what to eat, what to think and believe by the hypocrite government and you'll understand where all the anger and frustration comes from. From the top of my lungs I scream down with the dictator, down with khamenei and long live freedom.

    June 20, 2009 at 3:09 pm |
  62. Nicole VanZandt

    My father was born and raised in Iran. He is Iranian-American, as am I. I can't explain the emotions that I have had in the last week or so with the fallout of the election in Iran. I support all the protesters, and mourn with them at the loss of lives due to pure ignorance. In my heart, I know that the election was rigged. I support Mir Hossein Mousavi. I support change. I voted for Barack Obama...for change. I think holding people back, and oppressing their need for change, and freedom will ultimately backfire on their government. Eventually change will come to Iran...and I hope that time is soon. Even though I understand why Barack Obama doesn't want to get too involved, I am frustrated that he isn't saying more. I think he could come right out and say what we all know he wants to say....but I do understand why he hasn't really said much. Americans need to step and and support the change in Iran. Get behind your neighbor and tell him you support his country. That's what makes our country so great. We are able to see past the frustrations between one another in times of need. I support my people, and I am a proud American as well. I stand beside both of my countries with pride and dignity.

    June 20, 2009 at 3:10 pm |
  63. bahar

    we don't want re-vote anymore we want out. out of this cruel dictatorship regime and the firs step is " NO MORE KHAMENEI OR ANY MULHAS" . I shout out loud and clear we want FREE IRAN . FREE IRAN. FREE IRAN. i ask American people please show your support to our kids that are risking their lives, please join us and let our brothers and sisters know we are here for them

    June 20, 2009 at 3:12 pm |
  64. Amir

    I have one question, why aren't there any ambulances or emergency vehicles being sent to the scene? I know from following the Iranian TV that they always complained about Israel not allowing ambulances to get to war torn areas, calling them savages and so on, so why aren't they sending help for their own people? I'm in contact with my friends in Iran and no one has seen a single ambulance!!! SHAME ON THEM! People are carrying their own wounded and dead...

    June 20, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  65. arya pars

    I just want to take this opportunity and thank everyone in CNN on behalf of iranian people in covering this news and show their important role to make a difference, with all the restrictions that the iranian government imposes on iranian people and reporters ,CNN your supports is much appreciated we see you and hear you together for a free democratic world it can definitely create strong ties between two nations.

    June 20, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  66. Irene

    It is terrible what's going on in Iran. It reminds me of the people being beaten in Selma Alabama (USA) I am happy President Obama is not listening to the people that wants him to fail.

    June 20, 2009 at 3:15 pm |
  67. ROSARIO

    Wha happening in IRAN is a revolution of the people and the internet ,if it wasent for the online community we wouldent know what is going on in real time.

    June 20, 2009 at 3:16 pm |
  68. Dodie - Irvine, California

    The beauty of the UN is having some of the world united. As a member of the UN, we should not become involved with Iran’s demonstrations until the UN decides something must be done due to mass deaths, etc. Remember, we had the civil war. I understand this is very difficult and painful to whiteness especially if Iran is your home country.

    ((( If we become involved; then when do we pull out??? )))

    The problem is when the US enters a situation like Iran; the people become dependent on us instead of finding their own strength. This is the partial problem in Iraq.

    Thank you President Obama in remaining calm and not being subdued from the GOP pressure.

    I support we WAIT for the UN decision!!!

    June 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  69. Rosita

    Friday june/19/2009, around 7:00pm, Iranians in Calgary Alberta had a demonstration to support their brothers and sisters in Iran. We believe the election was fraud. We want the Iranian government to stop killing people. Down to Dictator,

    June 20, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  70. hamid borhani

    To the (misguided) Republican Senators McCain, Chambliss, etc: You are clearly either ignorant or more likely in denial of the history of US's interference in Iranian politics (the CIA overthrew their only democtratically elected government in 1953, we fully supported shah the dictator, and we provided information and weapons to Iraq in its long aggression toward Iran).

    So the last thing that Iranian people want is the support of the US government.

    What would be extremely helpful would be active support of the American and other PEOPLE across the world.

    Stop playing games with lives of Iranian people. They are courageous heroes for freedom and they don't deserve to be undermined by the Republican political games.

    June 20, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  71. Dustin Eichelberg

    As I watch what is happening in Iran it makes me think how fortunate we are as Americans. Our fathers have already fought and won our freedom and human rights for us. It is our duty to support the will of the Iranian people so they can also have these basic human rights. It is time for change in Iran. The world should support their protest.

    June 20, 2009 at 5:14 pm |
  72. Les Menges

    We are a freedom loving nation. That's why, I believe it was Teddy R., said, We should walk softly and carry a big stick. We should all want to see all people free, That is the reason, I think our president is right.

    June 20, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  73. Gord

    All i keep hearing is that the world is watching, well, when is the world going to do something? This is getting out of control, how many more people need to die. This is bigger then just having the United States invovled, we need the rest of the WORLD to step up! Come on, its time.

    June 20, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  74. Hal Agre

    Your continual broadcasting of "BREAKING NEWS" concerns me. This event, a public protest by the people of Iran has gone on and most likely will continue, thereby I question the emphasis especially when relying on social networking sites. Hearing over and over about the information coming in which cannot be independently verified or even confirmed is not as newsworthy, should not at all be thrown out at the viewing audience. You run this "news", continued with saying over and over that the American President Obama is not doing what is required, reports blasting him from the Republican side of the aisle. He is right on with keeping the eye on this and I am sure receiving intelligence reports in a real "Situation Room", not from reporters at CNN. The matter at hand is under control and your network is utilizing scare tactics, unverified news to resemble another network which led us into Iraq with news that was not true, not accountable. This reporting is a shamble yet appears as if the day of accurate news reporting is simply slow, keep the network busy and keep looking at the social networks for accuracy. Terrible!

    June 20, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  75. Warren Blaney

    There was once a man named Ayatollah..., ...so God gave the people of Iran Twitter..., ...God bless the brave men and women of Iran. I'm so choked up right now. I've never been so proud of the Iranian people. I've never been so proud of my generation. Generation Text. We The Best!

    June 20, 2009 at 6:35 pm |
  76. bsg14

    i am indeed in awe of what is occuring in Iran ,the people have spoken indeed. Even if we did interfere, what would we do, how would we approach the situation?? We must keep their country in our prayers.

    June 20, 2009 at 7:19 pm |
  77. cutiediva2202

    The people of Iran will win this battle and enjoy what is everybody's right: freedom.

    June 20, 2009 at 7:20 pm |
  78. john

    my people they like to have frredom th are tierd of ahmadinejad
    they have to much stres they need help from president obama

    June 20, 2009 at 7:41 pm |
  79. Hugh Murphree

    I applaud the Iranian people for standing up for their freedom. It is good to see that the people of that country are tired of the tyranical oppression that was imposed on them over 30 years ago by a questionable religious leader. As as an American in the USA, I as well as many Americans support these people in their fight for freedom and I wish them much success. The "New Iran" is in the hands of the the young people of that country who are showing that they no longer want to be alianated from the rest of the world and want their country to head in a different direction, towards freedom. I only wish that our president wasn't such a coward and would do more to condem the beating and killing, OBAMMA NEEDS TO GROW A PAIR!!!!!!!!!

    June 20, 2009 at 7:48 pm |
  80. G. Baldwin

    While watching events in Iran unfold, it suddently occurred to me that the birth of Democracy is usually (always?) preceeded by several periods of body civil strife. Examples abound, begining with our own nation, of course. Other examples include: England, France, Italy, Spain, India, Pakistan, Japan, Russia......just for starters.

    Freedom, it seems, is born screaming.

    This point of view may help us more patiently bear witness to what is happening in Iran now......otherwise, it will be horrible....only horrible.

    June 20, 2009 at 8:43 pm |
  81. Damola

    I'm not sure the whole world watched what i watched the day Khamenei, spoke. I saw a leader who was determined to take a stubborn stand against the west, not because he is 'insane', but he and many who share his views think the rest of the world is insane. I mean just hearing the interpretations of the crowd that was listening to him( and i'm sorry but i can't entirely trust cnn's judgement on the situation ) they were screaming,"Death to america", "Death to the UK"!! Are we not seeing that the elements in power are people whom you can't negotiate with it except you are willing to bend their way? They believe they are right because their convictions are supposedly based on guidance on Allah's principle. They believe in an absolute truth, based on that they relate with the world, based on that, to them, the world without islam is wrong, one with islam is in harmony with Allah's will. This conviction may seem noble but it should bother all men on this planet, because it tells me that something horrible may happen soon and the freedom the world knows now may cease to be.

    June 20, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  82. Tim L

    The government of iran are killing there youth and there future and it's so sad to see.

    June 20, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  83. Justin

    Is it possible that all of this is part of a larger plan by the supreme leader and elitists in Iran. The election being rigged may have been planned to start all this outrage so that in the future Iran can justify removing elections and freedoms from its people and reversing the Islamic revolution of 30 years ago.

    June 20, 2009 at 10:47 pm |
  84. Ed McCarthy

    Please help these poor people who are getting killed...Pray for Neda and the people of Iran...

    June 20, 2009 at 10:53 pm |
  85. Dr Reza

    Stop saying unconfirmed unconfirmed reports. A picture worth a thousands words. Iranian people have been suffering for past 30 years and the world didn't know the true fascist nature of this regime. Now the world should know and stop supporting these fascists.

    June 20, 2009 at 10:54 pm |
  86. Joe from Indiana

    Oh my God... Dom, that video you just showed of the home invasion in Tehran... I never thought I would say this, but I think I'm actually going to have nightmares because of something I saw on CNN. There's a first for everything, I guess.

    June 20, 2009 at 11:07 pm |
  87. Joe in SoCal

    Your Iranian guest is correct. The President is doing right by "standing back." He tried to say (but cut short) what I have been thinking. Americans need to realize that what the citizens of Iran are going through does NOT mean they want to be "Americanized" or associated with America. They just want their own sovereign country.

    What McCain and the Republicans should make an anology to: Have you ever seen what happens when the neighbors call in the police for a domestic dispute? Most often, the abused victim will turn on the police!

    BUT, when the abused gathers their own strenght and SUPPORT of good friends or social workers, the abused person can make their OWN better choices to a better life.

    June 20, 2009 at 11:08 pm |
  88. Raymond

    left Iran in 1986 and lived through the last revolution. I dont agree with the current government but the people that are protesting right now are the same people that elected these people into power. USA was involved in bringing Ayatollah Khomayni to Iran; they should help now in removing his government.

    June 20, 2009 at 11:21 pm |
  89. Dr. Virginia Gilbert

    I am a retired Professor of English and a writer and photographer who worked in Iran from 1976 to 1979. I was there during the "Islamic Revolution," but this was not the revolution the Iranians had hoped for. These people have had nothing but thirty more years of oppression. In one of my poems, I mention

    "The myth
    of the Valley

    of the Assassins
    is that it is

    not far
    from our backs."

    (copyright V Gilbert)

    Iran, the historic home of the originial "assassins," had their push for freedom deceitfully assassinated thirty years ago by the Khomeini Guards. The current rebellion in Iran is their attempt to finally get what was denied to them so long ago. President Obama is taking the right stance at this moment in regards to this crisis in Iran. The United States has been resented in Iran because of our meddling in their governmental affairs in the past, especially in the 1950s when we put the Shah back on the throne. If the Iranians are successful in overthrowing the current religious leadership of their country, there is a good chance that their new officials will be much more willing to work with an United States that has not tried to impose its will on them. I found that Iranians liked individual Americans. I think they can learn to like our government as well.

    Sincerely,

    Dr. Virginia Gilbert

    June 20, 2009 at 11:32 pm |
  90. Nikoo

    Iranian people have been tortured, killed and silenced by any means possible for decades. If Persians knew that the 1979 revolution would result in such regime and dictatorship then I assure you that it would've have happened.
    People of the world need to understand that almost all of the pro-government people are supported by the current system financially and in other ways.
    What's happening in Iran at this point is not about the presidency anymore, it's about a complete change in the government and true democracy.
    Iranian's are proud people but we can not go against machine guns with stone and sticks. World we need your help. USA we need your help. Earth will not be safe with these people in power.

    June 21, 2009 at 12:52 am |
  91. Denise Meridith

    Media coverage is critical and CNN has done an excellent job overall. But my major concern with CNN's coverage is that the level of detail (e.g., maps identifying where YouTube videos are being sent from, close-ups of demonstrators' faces, etc) will facilitate the governments' roundup and crackdown of the opposition. I think the media should take care to proetect demonstrators' identities and not further endanger people's lives or the movement towards democracy.

    June 21, 2009 at 1:24 am |
  92. Aryanna

    Mr. Mousavi's website ghalamnews.ir has been hacked and a message has been posted that urges people to call,fax,e-mail their complaints for further investigation (if they have been beaten, gassed, ...). This posting asks people to include identifying information such as name and contact number. This is very dangerous as this is a gov ploy to find out the identity of the people involved in Tehran's demonstrations. Dear Iranians, please be very careful.

    June 21, 2009 at 1:59 pm |
  93. Dr.Max

    This is My letter to Dictators & Mollas in Iran
    you can hide my vote But not my FREEDOM, not my country COUNTRY

    June 21, 2009 at 3:53 pm |
  94. Charles

    I believe that the Iranian protestors should continue to rise up (ON THEIR OWN) without the help of the United States government. It would only strenthen them in the long run. No one helped the African Americans during the Cilvil Rights Movement, they banded together and struggled through it on their own and it made us stronger as a nation not just as a people.

    June 21, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  95. Timothy Scott French

    Anyone that needs to know why we should never give up the right to bear arms, needs only to look at Iran. People should always be able to defend them selfs from an oppressive government

    June 21, 2009 at 8:20 pm |
  96. Scott

    Once again we find that the Iranians still are not happy with what the majority has chosen as their president. These people are just upset their choice lost. Instead of having peaceful protests we find that the protestors are throwing stones and fire bottles at the police force and the militia. They are grabbing the police force officers off their bikes and beating them. Ya, this is really a peaceful protest isn't it. Also everyone wanted Iran to become a deomocratic country and have elections for the leaders. Well Iran cooperated and look at what is still going on. Upset people because their choice lost.

    June 21, 2009 at 10:27 pm |
  97. Morten

    The international society should stay reluctant to engage in the Iranian conflict at this point.

    As long as the demonstrations are not manifesting a clear public demand for western democracy without a islamic religious underpinnings, the revolt is non of our business.

    This is not a revolution against the Islamic Republic, and thus, the winners are unlikely to be any more friendly towards the US and Europe than in the last 30 years.

    June 21, 2009 at 10:40 pm |
  98. mary faulk

    I think the U.S should stay out of this with Iran

    June 21, 2009 at 11:51 pm |
  99. jarrod1986

    I wish the republicans would just shut up and go away. They dont understand that the struggle in Iran must be fought by Iranians. Obama understands this. This is why the U.S. is soo hated by the world. The U.S. sticks there hands in other countries affairs to take advantage of a situation. Always in the name of "freedom".

    June 22, 2009 at 12:18 am |
  100. Ryan

    CNN should be ashamed of showing the video of Neda on air, or even online. It is shocking that a news agency like CNN would trivialize the death of an innocent Iranian woman. I do not doubt she symbolizes a rebellious youth in a nation divided. But, to show the intense grief and agony of her father as he begs for her life... completely uncalled for.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:54 am |
  101. vixentrouble

    we need to stay out of iran's business just because we think we have it all figured out when it comes to a gov doesn't mean we have any right to get into the affairs of other countries

    June 22, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  102. Ron

    Consideration of what we do in regard to Iran should be based on what we and England did in the past.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  103. Ed Crotts

    The people of Iran are reaching out to the world for support from this terrorist dictater. But since our illustress president is a muslim that believes in terrorism, evedently. He is so busy going around and appoligising to the Mid East for them blowing us up on 911 he cant hear them.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  104. selena

    Ryan, shame on you for talking smack about CNN broadcasting Neda's death. The American people need to see the reality of whats taking place in Iran, while we sit back and enjoy our freedom. That's the problem with so many of us Americans, we have become so numb to reality, and our consciences seared. Remember freedom is not free and Neda's death proved that. Everyone who watched her death should take a good look at it, and stop being so afraid of taking a stand. The bottom line is they are crying out for help, will no one answer the cry?

    June 22, 2009 at 5:38 pm |
  105. Dennis from Sudbury

    Hey Selena!
    I'm Canadian. Through CNN I've seen Iranian youth, who seem to be intelligent, respectable people taking to the streets in a rigtious fight for freedom. I've called my member of Parliament, I've been on line. I've tried to contacted the Iranian student Association hear at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario Canada to lend my support. Very few paid much attention. Then Neda was killed and her death televised around the globe. An horrific event which in MOST circumstances should'nt be used as news.
    Media sensationalism........ maybe. The extent we must go to to wake the world up............ unfortunately, but the making of a martyr to be reveered forever.... I certainly think so. For lack of a better term I found the images ugly and beautiful at the same time. I guess it depends on ones perspective.

    June 24, 2009 at 12:47 pm |
  106. Dennis from Sudbury

    Wow Ed!  The events unfolding right under your nose are changing the course of history as is Obama. Your president is Christian.  His experience with and understanding of Islam is an asset worth more than worth more than weaponry.  The people of Iran aren't reaching out to the world, hat in hand, begging for your assistance. Like I blogged earlier...........The world isn't changing Iran. Iran is changing the world.
    You should be very proud of your current president.

    June 24, 2009 at 2:18 pm |
  107. laurel spilsbury

    I think it is horrifying for these people, being slaughtered,imprisoned etc, for speaking out. It is not only in this country but, I feel like America should do more to help these people.
    Laura

    June 28, 2009 at 9:22 am |
  108. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras widow to Hernandez

    In the Broadcast of CNN the Iranian youth seem to be intelligent, respectable people taking. I believe that it is a righteous fight for freedom but it should be settled by Iranians. I believe that the government in Iran feels that is above the Iranian student. Then death of Neda who was killed and her death televised around the globe has become a horrific event and in MOST circumstances should have not be used as news. Sadly it has become the extent that we must go to wake the world up. We all must be careful how we use these images when the Iran government is trying to pick a fight. The images are ugly. The side of an Iran we would not like to see. How difficult is for the entire community to understand the difference? The Iranian People are good people. They should not become puppets to a sick government.

    June 29, 2009 at 1:34 am |
  109. Dennis from Sudbury

    I find it amazing how quickly peoples interest shifts from one topic to another, following the headlines like a Pavlovian dog to a bell. I'm curious. Are the respondants to blogs such as this viewing news more for entertainment than information? Of those of us who have responded here, how many have gone on to voice oppinions to our elected officials or have reacted in any other tangible way?
    World events seem to be unfolding and then being relagated to history at breakneck speed. The present is nothing more than the devide between the past and future but its relevance seems diminished. The information highway is so fast were glimpsing but missing everything along its route.
    Please dont forget Iran and real human issues.

    July 2, 2009 at 6:04 pm |
  110. Dennis from Sudbury

    Wow, I can't believe this but I've come up with a solution for the poor and oppressed people of the world. Teach them to moonwalk and point them out to the media.
    I watched some of history's best foreign correspondants relentlessly reporting on the most violent situations from deep within the fray. Now your waiting for victims to phone in a report!
    Get someone on the ground in the mix and you might not need to qualify your reports with "unconfirmed". Hmmmm ..... armchair reporting!

    July 4, 2009 at 10:51 am |