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June 22nd, 2009
07:25 AM ET

Iran: What Should the U.S. Do?

On Saturday, Pres. Obama issued this statement: "We call on the Iranian government to stop all violent and unjust actions against its own people." These are his strongest words on Iran so far.
Our question for you - is this statement enough for now...or should the U.S. do more?
Post your comments below.

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  1. Karin Appenzeller, Switzerland

    There's not much he can do. Any military interferance would be completely wrong. We've seen where such behaviour leads...

    June 22, 2009 at 7:28 am |
  2. C Demarest

    Stay out of it and take it off of our news.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:34 am |
  3. Randy S.

    President Obama should continue to stand by and monitor the situation, he should only step in upon proof of genocide on the Iranian people by their current government or lack of.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:40 am |
  4. Zac I.

    Don't do anything. It looks like the Iranian government is going to collapse on its own. Any inteference will undermine the actions of the people in Iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:01 am |
  5. Jim Barclay

    The protesters have the moral high ground in protesting the immoral "theft" of an election. We must not rob them of this high ground by doing something that can be used against them. If we are not very careful we will open the door to charges by this immoral dictator that the protestors are somehow pro-American rather than pro-Iranian!

    June 22, 2009 at 8:02 am |
  6. Kenneth

    I am not shure the US can do anything, exept giving moral support to people who are fighting for democracy.
    But Obama and the EU are silent as a tombstone. Why?

    Even Denmark (where i am from) who did the muhammed cartoons, havent said anything. We have been "fighting" freedom of speech ever since, but now! not a word.

    I am a shame og the west......

    Kenneth
    Denmark

    June 22, 2009 at 8:04 am |
  7. Kovith

    Stayout!!!! now Obama’s foreign policy toward Islam and Muslims is bearing fruits in Iran ...and Lebanon.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:10 am |
  8. Kenneth

    And i also want to say that is is not all about US and Iran. The world have a huge problem if Iran continue with its plans on getting nuclear "power". Think of Israel!

    Something have to be done.
    Its sad that its alwayes US who have to do the "bad" work. EU just want to stand behind you undtil the worst part is over, and then we can take part of it.
    But not without screaming that we did not start the war.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:14 am |
  9. Larry

    Stay out of it. Iran is a sovereign country. President Obama is absolutely doing the right thing. Our forefathers 300 years ago also went through a very violent revolution to secure our freedom. They had no one to turn to.

    It is a disgrace to our country that the Republicans are using the tragedy in Iran for their political ends. This certainly isn't about them, and we had 8 years of their stupidity. It's understandable why the world laughs at us.

    The Republicans need to know they're being given their walking papers. We have a government in place now that is fighting day and night to get this country right again.

    Every time President Obama is criticized by them they seal their own doom. The Reps will be lucky to get back in power by the end of the century.

    How they have their resumes updated!

    June 22, 2009 at 8:29 am |
  10. Angelita

    It is no longer enough just to say that the world is watching because it is not stopping the government of Iran to kill and terrorize their own people. I think President Obama should call for the UN to respond and send their peacekeeping forces to Iran and save lives of Iranian people and force the government to settle this issue peacefully with enough pressure from the international community.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:33 am |
  11. michael armstrong sr.

    Its amazing that people think we should shoot our mouths off at the government of iran it would be like arguing with your wife it will just make matters worse this crises is a historical movement for the irainian people and if we get involved with sanctions its only going to hurt the people the best thing we can do is watch and give our support these are intelligent people and they need to fight fight back when attacked by there police and millitary if they storm there capital and arrest there officials for crimes against there people this conflict will end .

    June 22, 2009 at 8:36 am |
  12. Thomas Aldridge

    Pray and pray hard for the safety of the Iranian people.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  13. Kenneth

    Whatever Obama say, or dont say, the religious regimes in the middle east will hate us for what we stand for anyway.

    I dont thing Obama is going anywhere with his "lets be friends" attitude towards the middle east. For every inch he gives them, they will take 15.

    Its about taking a stand. Do we want to help people who want to fight for democracy and human rights in ther own country, or should we let regimes do whatever they want. Like prepearing nuclear weapons so they can attack another civilian state, Israel......

    By "we" i dont mean US and Obama, but the whole civiliced world.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:52 am |
  14. Tim

    At this point the statement shall be sufficient. In the weeks to come when the governement of Iran collapses the entire world will need to band together to provide, aid and comfort for the people of Iran. If it does not collapse then the world, not just one government will need to decide what comes next. The blood of innocents runs thru the streets of Tehran today.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:58 am |
  15. Charles

    Pres. Obama does not want to put lives in danger so he is doing
    the right thing. If he endorsed Moussavi and he was killed because
    of the endorsement would good would that do. Critics are playing
    political games with real lives. The less said by the US the better.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  16. Diane

    We need to keep our collective mouth's shut. Let the People of Iran decide their own fate or independence. The U.S. has enough to deal with. Stop giving so much air time to Iran. Report on the more immediate issues such as N.Korean Missiles!

    June 22, 2009 at 9:18 am |
  17. william

    I thought america stood for more than this, I am ashamed of our government and the people who stand by while inocent people get killed. How can anyone just turn there head when these people asked for our help. This is about right and wrong. Problem is that people now days dont know where to draw the line anymore. Maybe I can help, Right is right and wrong is wrong an this country was founded on right. What happened? Oh, ya! you know, the gray area that says its ok to be alittle wrong. Well when people stand by and watch your child , husben , wife, father, are mother get killed and do nothing to help; maybe, then you will understaned the diffrance between right and wrong. The truth is simple, If someone gets killed and you could have stoped it, then you are guilty also. We are guilty!

    June 22, 2009 at 9:25 am |
  18. David

    Obama is handling this right. His approach is making the IRanian Regime look like fools when they claim US conspiracies.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:28 am |
  19. roxana

    this protest have started from inside iran by the young people and i think also it should be guiden and taken care of from people inside iran aswell and us shouldn't have anything todo with it.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  20. Wayne

    President Obama is absolutely right in taking the light approach that he is in regards to Iraq. As if we haven't meddled enough. Unfortunately the Republicans seem to want to get us into a lot more trouble than we are already.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:29 am |
  21. Dave Ayers

    US & Other Countries should cut all Gas supplies to Iran. We should also Expell all Iranian Diplomats from the United States & other Countries . If Iran can not run itself, it can not carry on with these Crimes Against Humanity on its own People!

    June 22, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  22. AJ

    Stay out of it, but PLEASE continue covering the story even more. It is beyond expression the moral support the news coverage of brave Iranians who are willing to give their lives for their freedom is giving them.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  23. Lawson

    I think we need to be careful and not get too involved too quick. We have troops in two countries and a possible threat from N. Korea already, any military confrontation with Iran would not be wanted. However, if things get any worse the International community should be involved. The US isn't the only country that can help.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  24. Bahbak Haghighi

    Regarding all the people calling out pres. Obama as being too passive with the situation in Iran. Just as the people of Iran were not fooled by the rediculous result of this election, we will not be fooled by this sudden outburst of Iranian sympathy from the American media. For decades, Iranians have been painted as terrorists and anti-americans, simply due to conflict between the the two governments over oil and foreign policy. Now, when there is a chance for America to gain a high amount of influence in Iran, we care? And the outpour coming from Republicans?! This is laughable. Mr. McCain you should be embarassed calling out the president. Wasn't it you that said "Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran?" supporting an act that would cause the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands, if not 10's of thousands of Iranian civilians. And now all of a sudden you care about the safety of the Iranian people? Please Mr. McCain (and all you other hypocritcal politicians), please stop sharing your opinion on what America needs to do, for we need to do nothing but hope and pray for the people standing up for their rights in Iran, and everywhere for that matter.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  25. Kristi Russell

    The U.S should let the people of Iran handle their own business. The Iranian government loses more power each time they make another martyr. They only infuse their people to be more diligent in their quest for freedom by killing people on the streets. No one meddled in our affairs during our Civil Rights Movement and so should we not assume our help is needed or wanted. All we can do as U.S citizens is offer our prayers at this point. As long as a full scale massacre doesn't ensue, let them sort things out on their own.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:30 am |
  26. Amir L.

    President Obama should monitor the situation and be very tough on any human rights violation by the outgoing regim. We need to let the demonstrators know that the Americans support their cause.

    Amir L., Florida

    June 22, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  27. Zaven Simon

    Watching CNN i joined Twitter with a Broken Heart because of NEDA. I believe our President has taken the right stance. But we as a Nation and with the Help of ALL Nations around the World, can COMDEN Iran's actions by coming together as One Voice for this "Devine Calling" in the lighting of a Green Candle Memorial for NEDA on 6-27-09 at the same Vigil sites held around the World this Week. This way Iran can't point to any one Government. Peace to NEDA'S Family and all who has Fallen...

    June 22, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  28. Shahrouz

    The U.S. goverment and the entire world needs to denounce the government of the Islamic Republic of Iran. President Obama needs to have talks with the people of Iran not the tyrants of Iran.

    I don't think people have understood the importance and dangerous situation that is going on here in Iran. If this revolution cracks down, than there will never be talks with Iran again for another 30 years. This government is going to become so cruel that there will be no room for democratic talks with the U.S. If the U.S. believes in human rights and democracy, that what are we waiting for!!!!!!

    My brothers and sisters are dying here HELP US

    June 22, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  29. CaliGuy

    At this time the U.S. can't do anything. It's a volatile situation there and the U.S. cannot interfere as it has tended to do in the past. We can only sit back and let this take it's course on it's own

    June 22, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  30. Babak Talebi

    The US should follow Obama's WISE and MEASURED response...

    AMerican politicians should be ASHAMED of themselves for trying to turn this humanitarian internal crisis into a political football to score cheap political points here in the US... Sen McCain – SHAME!

    Iranians in Iran and Iranian Americans are 90% unified – they dont want the Iran situations used for partisan political purpose and we will not forget the self-serving cr** that republicans have been saying over the past few days...

    one thing that can be done – officially 'condemn' the brutal response – (but DONT pick sides).

    this is a complex situation – and I am so proud we have a President here in the US who understands and respects complexity enough to learn about the situation before talking...

    THANK YOU OBAMA

    June 22, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  31. Shon

    I think now is the time to take out the nuclear facilities.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  32. Jason

    We should continue to do what we are doing. Providing moral support and sympathy to the situation. The US is not GOD, we are not the alpha/omega, we are not always right. Outsiders that try to interfere on family fueds is a recipe for disaster. Obama has hit the nail on the head with this one, stay out of it.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  33. Damien Goodman

    There is not much to do military force is wrong and besides that there is barely any options except for moral boost to the people. There business is not ours really.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  34. Sean A. (New York)

    I commend CNN for the best coverage of what is happening on the streets in Iran. As an Iranian American with family in Iran we have been glued to the TV and internet. With the large amout of tweets and lack of validation we do not know what is real vs propoganda.

    BBC, Euronews and and other agencies are not doing justice to the sutuation.

    Thank you
    Sean
    New York

    June 22, 2009 at 9:32 am |
  35. tony san antonio

    We americans and the world are talking how to fight terrorism , here we go this the time for etire world the raly behind brave Iranian nation the eleminate the terro for ever and the the head of snake , the iranian regim.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  36. Angelita

    It's easy for people to say shout our mouth and close our eyes and ears to what is happening to Iran, that's because most Americans, cannot even imagine the experience of fighting for your own rights and freedom. I migrated to the US from a country run by a dictator and people lay down their lives, for the sake of liberty and freedom. Just because 300 years ago, the American ancestors went through our own domestic struggle, does not mean we have to be no hear no see no feel.

    Pres Obama does not necessarily have to extend American interference in Iran affairs but he is influential enough to pressure the international community to do something about the Iranian situation, in the name of freedom, democracy and civil rights, for which America should be known and respected for.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  37. Brooklyn JAY

    The President is doing the right thing by doing nothing. Interfering in foreign affairs has cost this country thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars. The only reason the US, UN or NATO should get involved is in the case of Genocide. Its sad that the international community requires a high volume of deaths before they decide to interfere in the dealings of other countries but lines must be drawn.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  38. William

    I think the US measured responses are appropriate. Right now the Iranian's can be proud that they are standing up for what they feel is right without US intervention. We don't want to take this away from them. In time, there may be a point when the US provides intervention. Watching for now and making assessments is the prudent approach at this point for a volitile situation.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  39. Gloria

    President Obama has been doing good up until now. The violence should be condemned but the US should stay out of it. Unless the mullahs launch a genocide then no one can stay quiet.
    The more important question is, How can Obama talk to a regime that does not represent its own population? Soon the opportunity will arise for lsrael to bomb lran's nuke sites and that might help Iran's freedom fighters to take their country back.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  40. George Banks

    Personally, I don't see the need for the United States to become involved at this point in Iran's history...think about it....hasn't almost every democratic nation survived civil unrest in its early stages? They will be OK.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  41. Micheline J.Louis

    The U.S does not needd to get involve at this present time, we have so much going on in our own back yard, we have two wars going, our economic system is in shambles, our image is abroad is already in disgrace, do we need to give the Bin laden's anymore reason to gain support to attacks us. come on this is not our war, let the Iranian people fight they own fight for now!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  42. ADAM

    I THINK WE SHOULD NOT DO ANYTHING AT ALL BECAUSE IT IS NOT OUR BUSINESS.YOU DONT SEE ANYONE ELSE STICKN THEIR NOSE INTO THIS SITUATION.THE U.S. SHOULD JUST WORRY ABOUT THE U.S. AND THE U.S. ONLY.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  43. Ali

    With the protests starting to get quieter, this may prove to be Obama's big strategic mishap. He had a chance to get rid of the Islamic Republic had he invested in a small covert operation of smuggling weapons into the country. Instead, his inaction has resulted in the quashing of protests.

    Now he wants to talk to the same people who killed their own compatriots. Does he also want to shake the hands of the people who have Iranian bloods on their hand?

    He's been a huge failure in this area and unfortunately I voted for him.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  44. Steve in Illinois

    The 2000 and 2004 US elections were questionable, but the electorate did not display unrest. If US citizens took to the streets like the Iranians, the authorities would have been called out. (BUT in 2004 many of them were in Iraq) Lest we forget Kent State and the Chicago Dem Convention. Get the US media to shut up and the US should butt out of Iran's business.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:35 am |
  45. donald vanhoye

    i think we have done enough imagine if you will if another country would have tried to do something when bush won against gore. With half of america voting for each side if either side decided to protest imagine how many millions of people could have demonsrated and protested. it could have got really ugly especiallly if we thought some other country my stepp in and help it could have sparked a civil war.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  46. ModernMonk

    The United States should continue its moral support of Iranian citizens. Though if the Iranian Government becomes more hostile towards its protesters we should definitely do something more. We can not expect unarmed Iranian civilians to continue this alone when they are being gunned down in the streets by their own government.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:36 am |
  47. Bob

    President Obama is handling this perfectly. Unlike what the bandwagon of bobble head republican machine is spewing, Iranians do not want us to do any thing! Wthe mullah's propaganda machine continues to claim that the protests are engineered by the west. and we dont need to play into that.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  48. Anthony Cheritino

    CNN should not be broadcasting these events in Iran. Iran has a real problem and is no different than any other county including the United States. The radicals that are dying over there are no different than the protestors here in the United States and if you think the cops here won't shoot you let me sell you an old bridge in New York City.

    If they obeyed the law and went home they wouldn't be in the mortuary. They have to be pretty stupid to defy the law over there or they just don't care or they just don't know what the laws are. Reminds me of another country that is facing the same problems very soon.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  49. Mike F

    I think CNN is misreporting one of the headlines as it appeared in their Updates scroll text on the television feed. CNN states that "Ballot stuffing" has been reported in Iran. It is true that outlets including the New York Times have reported that the Iranian government conceded that some cities in Iran recorded more votes cast than voters registered. However, to report as fact that this is ballot stuffing is irresponsible. It's critically important that Western media avoid lending credence to the Iranian regime's accusations of collusion. This can only serve to undermine the power of the protesters in the eyes of undecided Iranians.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  50. Juan G.

    We have to as Americans, show restraint and let the whole tape play out. We have 2 ongoing wars and a possible 3rd. with Korea, so I believe our plate is full enough! The people of Iran will topple this regime, with or without our help.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  51. Diane

    Why isn't CNN asking the same question about North Korea? American's want more in your face reporting about that and Less reporting about Iran!

    June 22, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  52. Charlotte Welsher

    I know many Iranians. They all say that the enemy of my enemy is my friend. For America to intervene now will only cause the Iranians to band together ~ against us. LET THEM settle their own problems at this time. It's the only way. Obama is absolutely correct.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  53. little2scoot

    Who is the MKO terrorist group that is accused of the killings by Iran, Why would they be a pupet of the US.
    Obama should first do no harm, then condem any harm being done.
    Call on Iran to listen to its people. maybe its a good thing.
    Just because someone yells, does not mean they have nothing to say.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  54. Chris Corley

    The President is doing exactly what he should be doing, providng a measured response to the scenarios as they develop.

    As long as he doesn't follow any of the knee jerk, sabre rattling suggestions given by a few of those who aparently wish to destroy the imagine of Mr. Obama, and consequently our country AGAIN, the President will present a favorable impression of America to the world.

    Allowing some of the European nations to take the lead in condeming the actions of the Iranian regime also plays favorably to the world. Obama is a shrewd operator, The Republicans probably ought to step back and take note.

    Independents rule

    June 22, 2009 at 9:39 am |
  55. Robert

    Hello all:
    This is not an easy question to answer. However, I feel we should follow past global actions. What I mean is the free and not so free governments around the world did not get involved when the Bush vs. Gore election was rigged. Remember that the Governor of Florida was Jeb Bush, the Presents brother. As corrupt as it was, our highest court certified the outcome. Iran's highest political leader announced it's over and all protesters need to go home. Perhaps President Carter et.al., should assist in Iran's next election, and in the mean time those who are fighting for freedom might consider an underground organization to prevent a future sham. It was successful for the US, as the best president now sits in the Oval Office.
    My heart is with the Iranians, and lots can happen in four years.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  56. Shon

    I think now would be a good time to take out Iran's nuclear facilities.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:41 am |
  57. Aloysius

    What is happening in Iran is monumental, it's another record being printed on an already existing block of human rights, freedom, and liberties in the history of humanity. There is know second guessing here, all human beings have a tendency to be free. The young people especially, who have been exposed to the current waves of freedoms sweeping across all continents are unfortunately are the victims of oppression.
    We support all efforts, you courageous people of Iran who are inspired by the true cry for freedom, and liberties. You will win, you will win.

    Aloysius.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  58. Jeremy Mills

    I have been following the Iran story carefully, and have a copy of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights handy. Reading through this, I found 2 blatant violations of the Declaration, including Freedom of Opinion, as well as Political Activity. For reference, Political Activity is "Governments should be voted in... on a free and equal voting procedures". The U.S. need not do anything, but the UN is what the Iran situation needs.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  59. Angelique

    We as a nation has to say out of this movement this is not our fight.Our fight is here at home we are in pearlious times.We (The U.S)has to work on our movement here so we can be more powerful and stronger.Our economic problems,broken schools systems,our out dated laws ,corupted state and local goverment just naming some we are in a mess ourselves.How can we judge and fight for and with others when we are broken as a nation..

    June 22, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  60. Gail in SC

    President Obama is handling this situation exactly correctly . His speech in Cairo was well received by the young people both in Lebanon and in Iran. It is shameful that the Republicans are playing politics with this issue and therefore with the lives of these people. United States endorsement of Mousavi is like signing a death warrant for him and the brave people of Iran that have decided they want more. I stand with our President and his handling of this situation and I stand with the people of Iran that want to be free.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  61. Alan

    The Obama administration is taking the appropriate steps. This is Iran's struggle. It doesn't mean we as Americans or the American govt. should not be sympathetic to their cause.

    However, the Republicans need to sit down and offer up something a little more constructive than bashing the administration/Obama. The Republicans are so pompous to portray themselves as such great humanitarians. Where were they on the issue of Darfur? Riwanda? Where people were slaughtered by the thousands. For that matter, where are the the Democrats on that issue, too? What makes their plight any less than the Iranians?

    This is not to make slight of the Iranian peoples' situation, but the American govt. , if they act on humanitarian issues, they need to do so unilaterally. It is one thing to provide assistance for humanitarian needs, but it is quite a different matter to forcefully interject one's views into a sovereign country.

    The Republicans didn't appreciate it when the world told America and Bush off for its actions in Iraq. How little they have learned since the American public voted them out of office!

    June 22, 2009 at 9:43 am |
  62. Ali

    At this historical moment in Iranian history, this is the chance not only for iranian but also for international community specially U.S. to be more aggresise this regim and fully support the human rigths in Iran and welcome to new Iran. We can not loss this chance
    Is passed time to be quite for Mr.Obama this is his time to do much more as a leader of free world and not to be intimidated by Iranian goverment.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  63. Bahbak Haghighi

    Regarding all the people calling out pres. Obama as being too passive with the situation in Iran. Just as the people of Iran were not fooled by the rediculous result of this election, we will not be fooled by this sudden outburst of Iranian sympathy from the American media. For decades, Iranians have been painted as terrorists and anti-americans, simply due to conflict between the the two governments over oil and foreign policy. Now, when there is a chance for America to gain a high amount of influence in Iran, we care? And the outpour coming from Republicans?! This is laughable. Mr. McCain you should be embarassed calling out the president. Wasn’t it you that said “Bomb bomb bomb, bomb bomb Iran?” supporting an act that would cause the deaths of hundreds, if not thousands, if not 10’s of thousands of Iranian civilians. And now all of a sudden you care about the safety of the Iranian people? Please Mr. McCain (and all you other hypocritcal politicians), please stop sharing your opinion on what America needs to do, for we need to do nothing but hope and pray for the people standing up for their rights in Iran, and everywhere for that matter.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  64. Milton Better

    Now would be a good time for Sec. Hilton to use her "best available sources" to contact the Iyatolla and offer the good offices of the U.S. to HIM to help, behind the scenes, diffuse the violence in Iran.The proper way to get an accomodation with the Iranian regime is through the Supreme Leader, not the presidential puppet of a president, whoever that might be. Regional peace will only be made through the clerics in the area and not the politicians.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:44 am |
  65. T Egan

    We are surrounding Iran on both sides. We should covertly send in some small arms to the crowds and let them create their own militia. They are already dying over there, they might as well have something to fight back with.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  66. Zane Peterson

    How can the U.S. do more? If the problem in Iran could be resolved with help from the United States this never would have happened. Our world is one big battle between Good and Evil, isn't it? The Good in the Iranian people has surfaced for all the world to see and they are standing up to the evil. The battle must play out between the people and their Government.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  67. Biz99

    Neocon hawks who want the president to take a stronger stance on Iran are smelling oil. 24 hour cable news networks are smelling ratings. Leave Iran to the Iranians. We have enough American issues to discuss, opine and debate.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  68. Kelly

    TJ, I think the greater significance of the video you just showed was lost on you all. When you were talking to Badi and showed the video of all the riot police running, you didnt seem to notice that they were running AWAY from something! You can see they stop, turn around and start throwing rocks in the direction they just came from...the revolutionaries are WINNING!

    June 22, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  69. Don K

    For all those who think they have it bad in this country, take a look at how other people suffer in the world and see how great it is to be free. Our president is doing the right thing. He's not pushing getting involved into Iran's affairs. The one drive for all living soul is freedom and as we see in Iran, the people are voicing their fustrations with the government there. We (Americans) need to stay out of their way and let them change their country to the way they want it. Let the Republicans and their leader, Ayatollah Rush Limby stay in the sideline.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  70. Don Slaughter

    STAY OUT OF IT !!!

    June 22, 2009 at 9:48 am |
  71. Cyrus

    United States shall expressly condemn the Iranian government's brutal repression and violence against civilians who taking part in the peaceful demonstrations.
    Obama and its administration shall realize that they shall stand on the democratic values that United States has been founded based on them.
    Iranian people are hostages in the hands of a cruel regime and they are desperately waiting for support from democratic states and nations, please help them.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  72. Shahrouz

    Thank you Ali, I complete agree with you. This is the time to get rid of the Iranian government, and it only takes supporting the opposition financially and mentally!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  73. Duke Gastiger

    Our offical response to the Iranian civilian unrest has been entirely appropriate. I think back to the "government crackdowns" in Selma, Watts, the '68 Democratic convention or many others in recent history and cannot recall ANY foreign government weighing in with provocative comments. How would we have reacted, to say... the Soviet Union, if they openly supported the "brave protestors or great American freedom fighters" and vowed to aid in their battle against U.S. governmental oppression? We certainly should reinterate our philosophical penchant toward self-dermination of all peoples governing, but beyond that.....I think not.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:51 am |
  74. Dave Ayers

    The Worlds Response to the Travisty is "WEAK" Reminds me Of Tiananmen Square in 89. Were the World stood by and did nothing! To do nothing gives credibility to those who commit these Crimes Against Humanity a basic Approval. As long as Iranian Goverment feels that the World Goverments have no Opinion to its actions it will continue. Finger pointing by Iranian Goverment will come with or without our input, it is in the nature. We should not allow this reteric to influence our Stand in what is happening in Iran. We are a Nation of FREE People and it is our Right and Duty to help anyone who seeks "Freedom". It is our basic principle, it is what this Country is Founded on. No one seems to have a Problem when we stepped in and "FREED" the Jews. Should we as a Nation stood by and not "MEDDled in Germanys affairs?? Should we have just Stood by when Pres. R stated "Tear down these Walls"??

    June 22, 2009 at 9:52 am |
  75. Padideh Farivar

    You have troops in Iraq right now that’s next door to Iran. How difficult is it for you to go to Iran and help the Iranians who are getting killed all over Iran’s streets??? If you put tougher sanctions on Iran, it’s the Iranians who suffer more…. Ahmadinejad doesn’t care about the Iranian people…He made that very clear to the World… Please help Iranians finish the bloodshed and end Ahmadinejad’s regime…PLEASE HELP IRANIANS!!!WE NEED YOUR HELP MORE THAN EVER!!!!
    TOUGHER SANCTIONS IS NOT THE ANSWER!!!!!! Haven’t Iranians suffered enough? 30 years is not enough???
    Your true supporter,
    Padideh Farivar

    June 22, 2009 at 9:56 am |
  76. Dave Ayers

    AND I want all of you to remember one thing! The Youth of Iran today will be the Leaders of Iran in the Future. What relationship will we leave our Children in the Future? What we do now is Security for all of Youth tommorrow!

    June 22, 2009 at 9:57 am |
  77. Mehrdad

    What Pres. Obama is doing is absolutely right. Any direct support will endanger the movement, the people on the streets and the American people will become a target of future terrorism. Nevertheless, Pres, Obama has to use his charm now to encourage his new friends around the world to pressure Islamic Republic and prepare imposing sanction now. Any strong message should be multilaterally with one international voice (preferably by the E.U. countries or Canada). However, people of Iran will not forgive Pres. Obama if he is planning to negotatate with Ahmadinejad, who does really not represent people of Iran. Most importantly, if he wants to solve Arab-Israeli peace he must deal with Islamic Republic NOW.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  78. Anthony Cheritino

    There is a false assumption that the US can solve the world problems. If that is the case how come the US government can't solve our own problems?

    High prices of gasoline again, rising grocery costs, and the same old crap of rising health care, and no one does anything about it! Property values have declined again in the last month and most of that is just propaganda spread throughout the world by CNN and FOXNEWS.

    If the cable news companys would get out of our business then we might be able to restore the economy.

    The United States, by most calculators is BROKE,,and stop an think about it for a minute if China and Saudi Arabia determined that we are the enemy then they can foreclose on the Trillions of dollars they have loaned us. Who would we vote for then?

    With that in mind Iran is not a problem that I care about!

    June 22, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  79. Aloysius

    What we are doing at the moment is the right thing to do; give unconditional support to those courageous Iranians. The president has done what is right, we can not be viewed as the engineers of the uprising. This is absolutely upon the people of Iran, freedom comes with blood, it's just the way it's. The truth behind the spirit of freedom, will eventually overwhelm the evil forces of oppression, the people will win.

    Aloysius New York.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:00 am |
  80. Kurosh Amini

    I am not sure what Obama must do but I am sure all free men and women should stand with Iranians against this dictator regime.
    Howard Baskerville was the first American who fought alongside Iranian freedom fighters of Tabriz against the monarch in 1909.
    Americans can help us a lot. we need to prevent government from hacking the news weblogs and sites. we need to win the cyberwar against them. We need engineers to help with radio transmission. we need public to come out on street and chant "Death to Dictators" here in US or any other free country. Dictatorship is not a local problem anymore. It hurts all the free men and women of the world. French helped Americans in the independent wars. Americans helped Spain freedom fighters against Franco. Forget the government. It is the people who we need their support

    June 22, 2009 at 10:01 am |
  81. Jean

    The American people need to clarify their values. Bush was condemned for entering war and now we are screaming for action in Iran. We cannot afford financially or otherwise to get involved. What do people expect the U.S. to do exactly? Stand in the crossfire? We must maintain diplomacy which means no military action.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  82. Kenneth

    There is one big problem!

    The people demonstrating now are using violence as well as the police/army. Thats a huge problem when i comes to support.

    I support reformation and human rights in Iran, but i can not supoort the violence they seem to be using.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  83. joey

    President Obama is doing the right thing by not getting too involved with Iran right now. The people in Iran are strong and courageous to stand up to the government and my hearts go out to them. But I fear if president Obama gets more involved that those who are loyal to the Iranian government will attack America and our citizens in retaliation. And after 911 Americans are still terrified whenever a plane fly’s over a building I America just can handle another attack on us. Also, the Republican Party should be very careful at the way they handle this situation I believe it’s only political but they might bring harm to America.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  84. Al

    Pres. Obama is doing the right thing and the old guard in this country should stand behind him and stop looking for a way to but in. One question to you folks, How many people died in our move to freedom in the 1770's?

    June 22, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  85. pasha

    Any inteference will undermine the actions of the people in Iran there is nothing more that he can do at this time,the only help we need from the people outside the country is to spread the word and let the world hear our voices and please don't recognize Ahmadinejad as our president!!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  86. Janet W.

    Sure, I'd like my President's admin and Congress to speak up in support of freedom and liberty for Iranians against their oppressive theocratic regime. Who knows when that's going to happen?

    But as long as I have my rights to freedom and can speak up in support of them, I, myself, can do that - I will. Many others are doing the same, assembling, rallying around this country - in cities, places around the world no less - carrying signs, twittering, voicing support for the nascent movement to distance theocratic influences from their politics.

    This is larger now than just dyspeptic response to elections. "What to do" depends on what Iranians want. LIFE, LIBERTY and PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS; Iranian people deserve a real Bill of Rights - protection of their individual rights by their government, not oppression by it.

    What can a U.S. citizen do? Get out to a tea party this, our Independence Day. Carry a sign expressing sympathy and support for the freedom-longing people of iran. This is the time for Americans to remind themselves that they are free, autonomous individuals. No one in this country has the right to stop you from showing peaceful support for individuals anywhere else in the world who long to live free from any form of statism.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  87. Tazeman79

    I belive president obama has said and done the correct statement and the correct actions he should do at this point. We can only make suggestions and let the iran govt that the world is indeed watching

    June 22, 2009 at 10:23 am |
  88. Homeira

    PRAY, FOR FREEDOM!!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:28 am |
  89. AJ

    Please come and help me , instead of sell them IT technology to block and monitoring internet (Simmens , Nokia ) <<< Sold them all this technology , Ereicsson Sold them all equipment for blocking satellite ,
    If you really think about people fist don`t sell this think to Iranian goverment , Second you know what you have to do for removing iranian goverment down . then do it , don`t talk and talk , just dooooo

    June 22, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  90. sergio

    I was 14 years old this rejim came and push pieple to eslam and eslamic goverment.. After 30 years piople has chance to talk abuot freedom.
    we need help to take this goverment a way.Any thing can help ,
    money,gun,food, any thing,suport from us guverment,
    please help.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  91. Mehrdad R.

    Situation in Iran can become a global calamity.
    There are cracks amongst the Iranian army, police, revol. Guards, solidiers and high-ranked officers. They are begining to disobey order. In the meantime Russia is becoming involved in this situation very fast and I hear some of the police in Iran don't speak Persian (perhaps they are the Hezbullahs from Lebenon). As we know Turkey and China are politically and economically backing the undemocratic regime of Iran. This is a global battle between democracy and dictatorship and in the the Iranian people are fighting this battle alone. The defeat of Iranian democracy movement will ultimately have catastrophical outcome in the global scale. e.g. Nuclear ambition, Mid-east peace and international terrorism and more.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:35 am |
  92. Donny

    Unfortunately we do have to be very careful. If it looks like the U.S. is driving the protest then Ayatollah and Achmenijad will have no problem with military force on the protestors. We also can't use military support since it is clear that the Iranians want no military help (yet).

    June 22, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  93. joey

    America can not handle another attack so republicans shut up. what we don't need now is to give those who already hate us more reasons to attack us. Iranian-Americans who live here in peace and have freedom of speech will also be affected if american is attacked because the the republican party decided to step on america for their own political gain. we already have two wars possible third with north korea and our economy is on its knees so getting more involved with iran's situation will seal americas faith.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  94. Tyler

    I don't believe anything should be done by the U.S. in the whole Iran situation. We aren't the world police, we aren't supposed to be saving everyone from any problem that arises within their borders. We have plenty of problems as is; North Korea, previous troop placement, recession. We are in no position to assist anyone at this point. Let's start worrying about ourselves, and THEN worry about others.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  95. Maryam Afshar

    I just noticed the ad you showed about US's stance against Iran's nuclear program. I agree with the concept.... just wondering when CNN will air similar ads for North Korea, Pakistan, and the many other countries who we know HAVE weapons they can use against others..... after all, you always claim that you are a fair network, you do not take sides.... so please explain this targetted ad campaign....

    I would appreciate a response on or off the air.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  96. Kyle Ertl

    Now is not the time to turn away from historical lessons too numerous to count. Let the Iranian people take their own country back and encourage them to do so. We can help most be looking to american history and allowing the George Washington's to emerge in Iran and lead the struggle of democracy through to absolute victory. Onyl through their sacrifices will freedom become precious enough to fight for in the future.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  97. LJ

    I'm sure this won't make it on the air, and maybe not even be posted, but Don Lemon should stop being a puppet for the corporate media. You know goodness well, and have had interviews with experts on this situation, that President Obama is doing the correct thing. So lets say he speaks out as his critics say, and then it turns into exactly what the British are now facing from the Iranian government? Then those same critics will accuse President Obama of being naive. Stop this silly season in journalism!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:46 am |
  98. Justin in NC

    The US doesn't need to do anything else right now. The Iranians are doing a fine job of rising up. If we start to show obvious support then some Iranians who are doing this out of love for Iran might take offense and start to believe the Ayatollah when he says the US and England are at fault.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  99. Emir

    Mind ur own business keep out of it dont start any more wars and the guy under is right get it of the news put something going on in in USA thank you

    June 22, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  100. Jean

    It is so sad to see Iran going through this, my heart really breaks for them, but stepping in and taking care of the problem will only make things worse,and the us will start a babysitting service that will never end.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  101. christa

    I think our president is right to treat Iran with caution. Anybody who wants more then that, is wrong. We do not need another war, like Iraq which we cannot win. Look at Ireland, it is a country in the western world and religion has made it dangerous to live there. We have to many gung ho people in the USA

    June 22, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  102. Eddie Washington

    We should continue the measured approach as exhibited by our president. Unlike John McCain who would not only provoke North Korea but also speak out loudly and irresponsibly against Iran. Thank God for a president who is not a Cowboy

    June 22, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  103. Roberta Wolff

    I agree with the thinking that too much bellicose speech by our president will allow the deflection of responsibility for the uprising to the West, and in particular, the United States. We need to let this uprising happen without our interference, and let it occur in such a way that there can be no doubt that it came from the heart of the people of Iran and not the manipulation of the already demonized Western Powers.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  104. Michael

    Why do the poeple/countries of the world always look to the US to step into their problems, and when we answer they just complain? Either we did too much or didn't do enough...

    I think that the US should just stay out it and deal with our own problems, I am more concerned with if I will have a job tomorrow then I am with if people in this or that country kill each other.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  105. Riley Strehlow

    President Obama is probably right in being cautious – we shouldn't promise something we are not in a position to deliver...we can't forget the overwhelming negative result of when H.W. Bush compelled the Iraqi people to stand up against their violent regime; US-Iraqi relations took a huge hit when U.S. assistance didn't arrive. It is quite obvious the people of the U.S. are supportive of the Iranian people's cause. I believe their revolution, although it will come at a great cost, will be better off belonging solely to the people of Iran – with a great level of Western support, but as little Western influence as possible.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  106. anita

    President Obama is doing the right thing

    June 22, 2009 at 10:48 am |
  107. khalil shahyd

    Why should the US "do" something now? Why is CNN giving so much coverage to this case of government repression and state sanctioned violence against its own people as opposed to others? Why give so much coverage of violence in Western Asia (middle east) but so little coverage of the situation in the Congo and central Africa for example?

    There are dozens of examples every year such as the ongoing struggle in the Niger Delta region of Nigeria. Or the continued killing of labor and human rights activist in Colombia.

    CNN gives very skant coverage of these cases because in many cases the US no matter what administration is actively allied with the current governments or in some way heavily invested as in the Nigeria's oil fields.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  108. Anne Patterson

    Why should the U.S. interfere? The United Nations should be the intermediary.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  109. Dylan Taylor Rogers

    I think that the presence of the United States is critical, but we should be careful to be not over bearing initially and as in cases of natural disasters do what we can to help fix the damage that has been done. In short, no I don’t think any more intervention by the United States is a good idea, it may agitate and worsen the problem.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  110. JOEL FLORENTINO

    I HAVE A SIMPLE COMMENT. WHAT THE UNITED NATION DO, IN SOME CONFLICT LIKE THIS?! I DIDN'T HEAR FROM THEM THAT MUCH. WHAT THEY REPRESENT FOR. THANKS, AND PEACE OUT!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:49 am |
  111. Danny

    I think Pres. Obama is making a good call. As we all know our U.S. is being threatened by North Korea. This is vary hard to swallow but we must be patient and be careful of what we say.
    R.I.P. Neda

    June 22, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  112. Jacki Bretsch

    Leave it rest here in the U.S.A.. Thats their business. Is there any news here in the U.S.A., lets hear it. If the news people and U-Tube would stop talking about Iran so much they would settle down. Iran people here in the U.S.A. need to go to Iran and protest. Remember thats the way those people live.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  113. Riochard

    President Obama is doing just about the right thing as far as the Iran situation is concerned. America has been branded, and rightly so, as a meddler and bully for too many years. It is time for us to back off trying to cure the worlds ills and just let uncomfortable situations take their own course.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:51 am |
  114. Mike

    Stay out of it and let your news media pound Iranian government.
    Sham on you CNN, have you had a fair presentation of news in Iran? Even if 35% supported Ahmadinejad, have you presented this proportion in your news? You have brought mostly those supporters of previous Shah's regime to pound the Islamic government!according to the polling results before election fromUS agencies, Ahmadinejad was the winner.
    Sham on you!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  115. Curtis Murphy

    It is a terrible thing what is going on in Iran. However unfortunately if the US gets involved with every country that has a problem it will become, oh yeah we have always done that and thats why were in the situation that we face now. I think President Obama should make his words very clear to the world. But at this point what can he really do besides talk. We are facing the worst financial crisis in years, coupled with wars and a potential war with North korea. This country has repeatedly over extended itself and now is not as powerful as we once was considered throughout the world. The Iranian people need to fight for what they beleive in and over throw that unjust goverment with the support of the free world.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  116. naz modaressi

    America, land of Freedom, land of Human Rights, land of Humanity, HOW CAN YOU SIT BACK AND WATCH INNECENT PEOPLE GET KILLED!!!! You protect animals, you have hotels and spas for dogs, humans are being killed with empty handed for the name of FREEDOM and you are not protecting them. WHY?!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  117. Mike E

    As an American, I want the US government to publicly support the people of Iran. At the same time, I do not believe that it will help the cause for change the people of Iran are rallying for. The world is a much smaller place with the Internet/Social media outlets. Thankfully, the Iranian people can use this and see all of the support for them, even if the world's government's have to remain politically "silent" because of Iran's current regime.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  118. 2bas1

    UNTIL WE STAND AS ONE WITH OTHER COUNTRIES.STAND BESIDE ONE ANOTHER THROUGH THE WORST OF THE WORST.THERE WILL NEVER BE UNITY IN THE WORLD.GREED IS A DISEASE THAT IS RUINING THE WORLD INCLUDING THE UNITED STATES.THE UNJUST IS NOT ONLY IN IRAN IT IS ALL OVER THE WORLD.WE NEED TO SUPPORT IRANS PEOPLE AND LET THEM KNOW THAT WE HEAR THEIR CRIES.WE FEEL THEIR PAIN AND WE ARE HERE FOR THEM!!!!!!AS THESE YOUNG HEROIC PEOPLE MAY ONE DAY BE THERE FOR US!!!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  119. Dustin

    I agree that the US should not interfere too quickly. The Iranian government will not hesitate to use more overly excessive force. Also I fully believe Old Man Khamenei needs to step down. It is clear he is in over his head by denying any possible corruption in the election. He does not desire what is it best for the people of Iran, only what is best for him. It is always sad to see people's personal agendas costing lives.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:53 am |
  120. Chris Trax

    Iran has been a evil place since the Bible day's, I really hope the US doesnt get into it unless military action is taken against civil people, such as the use of tanks and missles. North Korea posses a bigger threat for the US and everyone within the range of its missles right now. The story in Iran is heart felt but America is still trying to take care of its self right now.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:54 am |
  121. NJ0440

    The US needs to take a more aggressive approach to the situation in Iran. The current Iranian administration continues to show a gross lack of regard for the welfare of its citizens. Such inhumane and disgusting actions on the part of the Iranian government directly contradicts the rights of its citizens as human beings, and it threatens democracy. I fear the potential threat that a country poses if it is willing to gun down its own people.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  122. ayorinde aiyewumi

    the best thing the united states should do is to just lay low and be quiet on the situation. let us all realize that iran and its allies the russian federation is just waiting for a push from the united states and then they go for the blow. that is why they will try as much as possible to make it a western propaganda. they will try to insight russia and possibly china by bringing the west into the situation. I TOTALLY BELIEVE OBAMA IS TAKING THE RIGHT STEP.
    he should maintain is neutral state right now.

    besides we have countries like russia and iran and china who is actually looking for a way to pull of united states from been the world power. russia itself wait for every single opportunity to take a hit the united states. most of the materials and weapons used to build nukes were most supplied by russia. most weapons used in civil wars in most parts of the world right now are russian made so why will they support any UN resolution aimed at stopping dangerous regimes like those of iran and north korea?

    obama should take things slow and steady.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  123. Vadivelu

    . June 22, 2009

    I am not sure CNN is a news media or partially a encourage hate groups against another democractic country. Why I say this? You are able spend tons of time and resources in both on TV and Internet for a news of their own Election in Iran and ruin their their democracy and it is nothing more than Bush's 2000 election against Gore. You were silent at that time as if you didn't even heard. Also when in April and May 09 the brutal, religious biased Sri Lanka Government (supposed to be a democray an dtreat all its citizen equal but continue its genocide on Tamil mainorities in their own ancestral land). killed more than 30,000 Tamils with the help of India Iran, Pakistan, China, Russia, UK and few other EU nations your were silent, not even a word about the killings and the UN inability to intervene you didn't raise any concern to CNN , Still 300, 000 Tamils are under siege in concentration camps by the Sri Lanka army We don't even see any news. If at all some you act as a mouthpiece for the Genocidal government. Why don't CNN get any facebook, Youtube, or so many other webs information to get the action against the brutal government.

    Hope you send the reporters (we know that you will not be allowed by the undemocratic country to reach the camps as an independent media group) still it is your duty to get your way to get the news from Tamil groups (many tons of facts are available in various groups) and publish the daily updates until the Sri Lanka move towards treating every one equal and provide a clear answer for Tamils Self determination.

    Hope you understand what is the main purpose of media – to help to get equality and justice for every human and not get to any with hate in the background.

    Thank you,
    Vadiivelu

    June 22, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  124. Julie

    Obviously what Obama have said is not enough because the Iranian Basij is still cracking down the protesters even more harder. Obama is trying to be " the president of peace" that is why he is undermining the bloodshed in Iran

    June 22, 2009 at 10:57 am |
  125. vida G

    President Obama, DC Politicians, and American Citizens, it is about time to step in and help out Iranians. Getting involved right now will not be considered meddling any more. Iranian people are crying out for their rights and freedom. Can’t you hear their cries? They can’t hide it anymore. Please help! This is not about politics anymore; it is about helping your brothers, and sisters dying on the other side of the world. It is about mothers and fathers just like yourself who are losing their children. How would you feel like if this was to happen to your son or daughter, and the world was watching without doing anything? This is about humanity! How could it be ignored?

    June 22, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  126. Felix

    We Americans really need to just STOP IT! If there were a similar situation here (as it should have been with both Bush victories), we would not stand for another countries rhetoric or interference about it. We'd tell them to stay the hell out of our business. Iran is it's own country and not a Child of the U.S. So, no scolding is necessary . I think the President has been smart on this issue so far. Countries only truly change when the people decide that they really want it and are willing to fight for it and that's what the Iranian people are doing. Our energy and concern should be Iraq and Afganistan. Complete those missions and then concentrate on North Korea. Note to President Obama,: DO not listen to the Republicans that are trying to pull you into a bigger rift with Iran. They do not have this countries best interest at heart. We are thinned out militarily and really need to regroup and reevaluate our troop levels and roles for the future. "Bring Them Home"

    June 22, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  127. ted nelson

    Strategically, the president's response to the unrest in Iran has been flawless. Those who would have him condemn the government don't understand how that government spins world sentiment and events to justify its own actions. It would be like telling a psychopath we disapprove of their behavior. Unless we are prepared to defend the citizens of Iran militarily against their own government, the last thing we want to do is stoke another revolution that will likely end like Poland's prior to the communist smack down. Our interests are far better served, as are the Iranian people's, by looking long-term at how we can continue to expose the lies and hypocrisy that will ultimately weaken the Iranian government's moral authority.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:58 am |
  128. G. May

    As an Iranian/American, whos entire family still lives in Iran, I'd like to thank you for keeping us up to date with the news on Iran. I must say that your reported news and sources are 100% accurate (talking to my family confirms all the news we hear here) Watching the news just a few min. ago, with Miss. Nasr, I must say that I'm greatly disappointed, disheartened, and incredibly shocked that someone with her title (middle east EXPERT) would minimize the tragedy of Neda's death by doubting the authenticity of the video, by doubting that "The "old man" in the picture is in fact the Father witnessing his daughter's last moments! How could she sound so indifferent in describing the scene and her Identity.!!!! the Entire world is Talking about NEDA! and Mis. Nasr talks about her as "no big deal"... What sort of "expert" is she??? What makes her an Expert on Iran anyways? considering that she's not even Iranian!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  129. yousef bassirpour

    This is an oppurtunity in Iran which must be seized &recognized NOW,otherwise it might vanish for decades to come.How long can Iranians take a stand with their bare hands?They need support of the freeworld,Mullah's will use US as a scape goat regardless of our envolvement or not ,from here on if US does not support the people we will be blamed for the blood of Iranian people.
    Please do the right thing & support them ,physically,menthally &spiritually.
    Sincerely
    Yousef Bassirpour

    June 22, 2009 at 10:59 am |
  130. Keith Rohrbacher -

    Ive seen quite a few posts here that, while I can respect the sentiment, smack of short sightedness and/or ignorance. Ignorance in and of its own is nothing to be ashamed of, it just means that we arent informed of this situation, but when I read "Stay out of it and take it off of our news." – (June 22nd, 2009 7:34 am ET) this is willful ignorance and inexcusable for a nation that believes in the right of revolution and that, "...all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights...life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness." While I agree that the President has taken a maybe too soft "lets just wait a bit and see" stance I dont know if it is a bad thing in principle. When the Soviet Union was losing its hold on eastern Europe President G.H.W. Bush took the same stance and was criticized quite harshly. Yet when we look at the world in hindsight he took exactly the right stance. Why should we as Americans support the people of Iran? Whether we agree with the politics or not, its freedom that is under attack today. Reports say that foreign police and soldiers have been brought in to control riots and they are killing people. Snipers are targeting unarmed civilians. People are being pulled from their home and beaten to death. People are being shot in the streets just trying to say "PLEASE...hear my Voice!!" Is there more that America and the World can do? Yes indeed, but when should we do it? How would we Americans feel about our revolution if France had taken it upon themselves to "liberate" us rather than render aid when it was needed and asked for? For those that feel that the US should simply ignore the Iranian cry for liberty, what if France and the world had ignored our cry? The US can be wrong, but let us not be hypocrites. Were a proud nation and peoples, just as are the Iranians. Let them set the pace for the world to follow.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:00 am |
  131. Alex Katechis

    The U.S. and the West should stop creating these "color revolutions" in other countries. We've seen it in Eastern Europe as well. We've already overthrown their government once in the 70s, and we saw what that got us. Several hundred Americans were taken hostage for espionage.

    WHY ON EARTH WOULD WE DO IT AGAIN?!?!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:02 am |
  132. Paul Bonge

    I just overheard the newscaster reading a couple of posts, one very critical of our goverment and the President with a reference to taking more aggressive action as the Iranian people have asked us to do so. First the Iranian people have not requested a more aggressive/interventionist stance from the U.S. and secondly the blogger mentioned and I paraphrase, that how can we stand idly by, looking the other way when such atrocities are being perpetrated against the Iranian people by their own goverment? To this I respond: Where is the outrage and uproar from the masses over the genocide taking place daily in Darfur, what about Rwanda in the 90's?

    We must be careful how large an imprint we cast on the current situation in Iran. Already, when there is no evidence of active intervention, Iranian leaders are ramping up the rhetoric in accusing the U.S. and Britain and Europe of sponsoring and inciting revolt, the media is now being accused of causing the recent troubles. If we intervene more aggressively we play right into their hands and give the present government real and tangible things to counter with.

    Delicate and measured we must be. We must learn that everytime we see things we don't like it does not mean we have carte blanche to impose our exclusive views on another peoples struggles.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:03 am |
  133. Wampy

    The violence is deplorable. What nags at me is trying to understand where the protests are going. It started as a protest of, what they claimed, was a questionable election within a dictatorship. The events in Iran seem to have spiraled all out of proportion to that complaint. It seems as though it has risen to a confrontation between the people and the dictatorship/theocracy itself.

    I just saw an interview on Fox with an Iranian woman here in the US. She seemed very clear that the protests are still all about the "election" not the theocratic dictatorship. The crowds in Tehran shout slogans that seem to belie that idea, but that could simply be semantic differences.

    There has been criticism of the west on all sides on this issue. Not saying or doing enough, saying too much. Aside from condemning the violence, what more is there? What is the goal? Why should we say less, why say more?

    Do they really just want to replace the figurehead president? Do they just want to replace one theocratic dictator with another? Do they really want full democracy in place of the theocracy?

    Unless they want full democracy and the overthrow of the theocracy, I don't see what else there is to do or say. It's their theocracy. Aside from considerations of how one dictator might deal with the west versus another dictator, I see little compelling interest beyond a humanitarian one.

    If they seek full democracy and an overthrow of the theocracy, in my opinion, that is another matter entirely. I believe that requires us to take action, not make resolutions, but I have yet to see that this is the overwhelming desire of the people.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  134. Jaleh

    This struggle is not about Iran's Nuclear Power. This is about the right to freedom and democracy, the right to protest without the reprucussion of death, or home invasions leading to death! I believe it is the responsibility of all countries to involve themselves in this fight for freedom of speech.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  135. Jonny QM

    The US should do nothing because Obama can't. If he steps in, it gives the dictator more Propaganda against the West. If anyone steps in from the West, it would most likely be the UN, but it would not help very much.

    Most likely the protesters will lose in the end because theres no way protesters can win against a military. This is basically another Tienanmen Square because the government is in control of the media and the military. The only way the Protesters would ever win, would be if they could get the dictator to step down, which is not going to happen if he has the military backing him.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  136. grace mcmanus

    No, President Obama is not doing enough. If you look at the European nations, they are coming out against the current regime. There is some evidence that elections have been fixed (i.e. one province showed more than 100% of population showed up to vote.)
    I believe that Obama should stand up to the plate and declare that this is not what America does. We believe in free and fair elections. I think he is showing weakness.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:05 am |
  137. Mike Do 07

    I thought of US staying out of this. But after I saw the Neda video, and a 7 years-old got beaten by the authorities and another Iranian protestor got killed. I think it's time that we should step in, a lot of the European countries called for ending the crackdown on protests. This crackdown may get worse if the Ayatollah decides to commit Mass murder on all protesters. I don't want this to become a genocide. We don't want this to happen. It doesn't matter if Iran blame the protest on the west and foreign news network. They made us get involved with this when they scapegoat the western world. Now, we need to help the protesters, These people wants democracy and ending this regime in their country. Now the people in Iran want their country to be like before the 1979 revolution.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  138. Persika

    Obviously there is not very much US can do; however, there are things US should not do. For example, US should not under any circumstances engage Ahmadinejad and the current regime in any form of dialogue. Partly because of humanitarian reasons and partly because this man and his cronies have shown that, first, they don't have the support of the Iranian people and therefore any form of agreement with them will be tenuous. Second, a self-proclaimed president who murders his own people is not likely to be a reliable partner. For the first time, in three decades the world is finally seeing what the people of Iran have suffered. The world should know that this system will not survive and any time and effort spent in engaging this government will really be time and effort wasted.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:06 am |
  139. Nas

    I can't believe what I'm reading! Every country deserves democracy and freedom of speech. The "people" are being lead under tyrant regime.

    Kenneth, I totally agree with you that EU should step in and get more involved.

    Obama can start by shutting down the Iranian embassies in US. Perhaps that would make the rest of the world to follow. These embassies are runned by terrorist groups.

    Iranian government needs to be WATCHED – those people enjoy killing. They are not caring for their own people. They are giving unlimited money to Lebanon when their own people are starving. They are supporting a war. And in the end we will all be affected if we don't do anything!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:07 am |
  140. Leah

    Doesn't anyone remember the Vietnam war protests?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:09 am |
  141. Julie

    is Obama going to react to North Korean as same as he is reacting to Iranians if NK attack US in 4Th of July? He, staying calm and so cool about these issues makes me worry and wonder that , if NK attack US will he not attack them back and still want to negotiate?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:10 am |
  142. Deighton Morris

    I think President Obama is taking the right course at this time despite opposition from his detractors– mainly the Republicans. I don't believe they have the interest of the Iranian people at heart. I am sure if President Obama had "done more" then John McCain and company would have been singing a different tune. As it stands now they're pushing for more Obama involvement even though Iran has already accused the West of meddling. To create more "fall-out" between the U.S. and Iran by "meddling" would give the Republicans and opportunity to say "I told you so." With all that has happened since the new President was inaugurated and all their negative pronouncements and criticisms of his every move, I wonder how committed to, and how much they really "love" their country. For example, the years of the most recent Republican presidency has seen untold damage done to America's reputation worldwide.The new, enlightened, forward-looking President is try to repair that damage; one would have thought that any one committed and dedicated to his country, would have welcomed any opportunity or effort aimed at getting the U.S. to regain international respect. As I said, I have difficulty in believing them when they say they love their country.
    Finally, isn't there a role for the United Nations? Why does it have to be America, given all the problems the country is facing - Iraq situation - a creation of the recent Republication presidency; Afghanistan, North Korea,and the world financial situation. Certainly, human rights violations will be the major issue in the current Iranian crisis and since the United Nations is all about the respect of human rights, in fact, didn't the Human Rights Charter originate with the U.N.? I think there is a greater role for the United Nations rather than the U.S.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  143. Ryan B

    Senator John Kerry said it best in his NY Times op-ed piece last Wednesday. Any foreign interference would risk turning Ahmadinejad into a Mossadegh-like figure and reminding Iranians of centuries of manipulation by foreign powers. Ahmadinejad has accused the west of "intolerable meddling" but to this point nobody has believed him. Don't give anyone a reason to. This is about Iranians, and Iranians only. We may stand with the protesters, but we must do so silently.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  144. Susan Rappoport

    The violence and repression in Iraq is deplorable. But, to those critics of President Obama, I would say this. How would the U.S. have reacted if Iran tried to involve itself in our internal affairs after the Kent State shootings?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  145. ash

    america has to stay out ...this is the iranians fight and they can make changes on their own. if america knows anything is that we have to fight to get what we want and the iranians are i think are on the right path; sorry some had to die it's a tragedy but it's opening the eyes of the world we can't be blind anymore with all the commucation we have, can't hide anymore...good luck iran peace to all!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:13 am |
  146. Frank App

    The average American does not know that we were responsible for overthrowing a duly elected president of Iran in 1953 and replacing him with our puppet, the Shah. And we now want to weigh in on the fairness of Iran's recent election? Give me a small, tiny break!

    America should lead the free world by good example and not by butting its nose in other country's affairs. We've got enough to worry about and improve here at home. Frankly, I have not seen nor heard of any hard evidence that Iran's recent elections were even fradulent.

    We have met the enemy and it is us. Twenty five years after we put our man, the Shah, on the thrown in Iran, we got it all blown back in our face - the Shah was overthrown and our embassy staff was taken hostage. Dugh!

    Come on America, let's grow up!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:18 am |
  147. Hasan Gorji

    US is making a big mistake to get involved with present uprising in Iran. Iran leader is anxiously waiting for such mistake of US to prove this movement is based oversease and then start the massacre. Any US intervention not only would not help people of Iran, rather undermine the movement.
    Just look at present attempts of Iran's secret services on state TVs to bring some unidentified persons to "confess" that they have been trained by foreigners and lead from oversease to ignite these demonstrations.

    Every other country could take any possible more steps, but US, since of the past history of US intervention in Iran. Being US spy has always been the easy excuse to harras the reformists.

    Regards,
    Hasan Gorji

    June 22, 2009 at 11:20 am |
  148. AS of Van Buren Twp, MI

    The US should do nothing about Iran. The situation in Iran has absolutely nothing to do with us. Why does everyone expect The US to run to every country's rescue everytime there is a conflict between that country and its people. We are currently engaged in two wars and there is talk of North Korea possibly planning an Attack on Hawaii, so knowing all this, why would we take on another problem? Don't get me wrong, the situation in Iran is absolutely horrible I can't even imagine what the people there and their families living abroad are going through, but we need to be cautious with our approach. We need to allow Iran and it's people to work this situation out on their own. The election results seem fishy, but we don't know for sure we are going by what people tell us. Lets not forget that four years ago we suspected the election was stolen from Al Gore, but we did not take to the street violently we worked the situation out peacefully.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:28 am |
  149. Ray Maycock

    As long as our country remains divided politically, red versus blue and with people like John McCain undermining President Obama as well as many others, we cannot become a nation as a whole. Quit the war mongering and let President Obama and his staff figure out what is next. THIS IS WHY WE ELECTED A WHOLE NEW SYSTEM. We cannot fight the entire world. The United Nations has faltered before in their promises to help the U.S.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:34 am |
  150. Felix

    You people on here that say say we should get more involved HAVE OBVIOUSLY NO TERM OF MILITARY SERVICE!!!!! YOU SO EASILY TAKE FOR GRANTED THAT WE SEND OUR SONS AND DAUGHTERS INTO THESE HOSTILE SITUATIONS TO KILL AND BE KILLED.....AND TO THINK YOU SO EASILY WILL SEND MY CHILD INTO A BATTLE FOR YOUR UNQUALIFIED WORLD OPINION IS SELFISH AND RIDICULOUS TO ME.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  151. Hasan Gorji

    What US can do is what is at same direction as what is doing right now; keept the communication channels up and as wide as possible with Iran through people inside.

    CNN had only few reporter in Iran which now were disabled, but now has tens of thousands daring reporters on the front lines and don't have to pay them for their free services. This is the type of things what US can do. This is true and real help for present movement in Iran.
    Do you think NEDA's video could have a slim chance to be caought by a professional reporter?

    I beleive that was a God's blessing to ban all foreign medias. Blessing for people of Iran as well as blessing for international media. Videos and pictures which are sent by amature people in Iran who are actual real participants in the events, would never be caught by a professional reporter which are few and not likely be present at front lines. The whole world would have been missing alot of shocking true stories. The world owes alot to these amature reporters.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  152. MaryAnn J.

    We must understand US cannot interfere with Iran and respect the Iranian protesters in their efforts for freedom – as the protesters are only asking for tech help to get their stories through to the world and to each other. This is their Civil Rights marches that the US had in the 60's. President Obama is right. Our government needs to stay out of their business as the history of US interference with Iran has always been wrong. They must win this struggle for freedom themselves – as this is their fight for success, not others.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:42 am |
  153. David

    How useful to President Obama is the pseudonymous and anonymous advice on this blog?

    Not to contradict Susan Lisovicz, but what we are see is not a continuation of last weeks sell out, I mean sell off, what we are seeing is a resumption of the sell off from the beginning of last week that by Friday had slowed and was almost turning into an upturn. But that’s ok because I know CNN does not acknowledge the positive except when it suits you.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  154. kathleen mcguiness

    I understand the posistion of the government of the U.S. to stand by morally, and not fall into the trap of aggressive behavior...but as an american woman, how can we help the people in Iran with this horrible abuse from their government. Is there a website where we can communicate with the people in Iran?

    June 22, 2009 at 11:47 am |
  155. Dave

    We need to keep our noses out of Iran and let them sort it out. The religious factions have been fighting for 1000's of years, and it will never change. We have no obligation to solve the world's problems. Democracy is not right for every country. Let the UN or some other countries intervene if they want to.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  156. Nancy

    This is a humanitarian movement. The Iranian people need the US to help them. They have no way to defend themselves. If they are going to over throw this regime, give them the tools/weapons to succeed. Please stop this innocent killings. They are only asking for the basics. The death toll is much, much higher than what is being reported. Imagine, if Neda's killing was not shown on video, we would never see the cruel governments actions. There are thousands of killings that we have not seen. Please stop this innocent killings. It is not right for any powerful country to just watch. The US is already in the neighboring countries of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:54 am |
  157. Daniel Nelson

    I think that we as the most powerful nation of the free world should be doing all that we can to help the Iranian people who want the freedoms that we enjoy and because of our fight for independence we should know firsthand what it takes to become a nation that is concerned for all the peoples rights to freedoms of speech and religious beliefs! Freedom does not come easy to a country whose ruling government would do everything they can to retain power! We have 150 thousand troops next door and many naval and air force in the Persian gulf that would be enough to help those in Iran who have no weapons to fight the revolutionary guard and the militias that are trying to quell the protesters who want an end to the religious fanatics power that supports terrorism around the world and is trying to build a nuclear weapon so that they would be the most powerful Islamic nation in the middle east! Obama believes that strong diplomacy and tough sanctions would be able to change the hearts and minds of these religious fanatics to stop their quest for a nuclear bomb and their support for terrorism! He is totally wrong! It will take strong military action to force a change in Iran’s policies! Unlike what has happened in Iraq to bring about freedom and democracy there the people of Iran would be grateful for the change that only the US can do! Lets get it done for the Iranian people and people around the world who would then live in a more peaceful world!

    June 22, 2009 at 11:59 am |
  158. Kurosh Amini

    If US helped dictator Shah against democratic Mosadeqh it was wrong and not helping the democracy movement now is same. US goverment sided with dictator Shah then but US people can side with Iranian people now!
    I don't expect US change its policy but people of US can feel little Iranian and help us in this important historical moment. The first thing will be to come out and show their support of young Iranians dying on the streets of Tehran for freedom.
    the second thing is helping with technological knowledge needed right now. fast internet, braking filtering of internet, protecting important websites from hacking by government and other helps will be appreciated

    June 22, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  159. steve lohbeck

    the president is right we need to stop meddling in other countries election or whatever and the media needs to stop sticking their big noses in other countries business!

    June 22, 2009 at 12:12 pm |
  160. steve lohbeck

    do nothing and fine some other news to tell stop repeating this!

    June 22, 2009 at 12:14 pm |
  161. Kostello

    I think what you guys and other media outlets around the word is doing is the best thing to do. Reporting the events and developments is the best way to influence the outcome. Obama has been doing the right thing in exercising restraint. This is not our fight and we shouldn't be the world police. Throughout history, the pen has proven to be a more reliable catalyst for change than the sword. Keep up the good work.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  162. Harold Pickinpaugh

    It seems to me that the Republicans refuse to accept the main reason that they lost the last election....that being....."We need to mind our own business. These battles are NOT ours. The Iranians know what they want and how to get it. They don't want our help and I don't think they need it. This country is in debt over our heads ... because we get involved where we are NOT wanted. People need to "wake up and smell the coffee!"

    June 22, 2009 at 12:19 pm |
  163. Yves Eric

    I believe President Obama is still on the right track. It reminds me the elections against McCain. He was said to be timid but we knew which camp lost control and consequently the election.
    Don't let republicans emotion mess up the free world leader's stragegy!

    June 22, 2009 at 12:20 pm |
  164. steve lohbeck

    who cares what they do !!!!!! lets mind what goes on in our own country!!!!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 12:23 pm |
  165. Shelly

    I believe our president should speak out on behalf of human rights and liberty. For all the Iranian people.

    Ps.
    I would like to also say, that all true history is an eye witness report.
    So through the ears and eyes of the free world, every man, women and child is innocent untill proven guilty. I believe the reports coming out of Iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:28 pm |
  166. M

    US should not get involved directly. I’d like it to force human right organization to interfere.
    By the way, providing temporary free internet signals for Iranians is good too.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:34 pm |
  167. Donna

    What should we, The USA do? Stay out of Iran! Our Military should NOT deploy onto Iran's soil.
    Have you easily forgotten so soon, how the majority has downed President Bush for "Helping Iraq"?
    We should be thankful that Barrack is not taking Military actions! It is not our right to jump into every country that has uprisings, attempted Government overthrows, etc.etc. Just remember, we went to Iraq "to help." To help what? What was the cost to USA!! Much more than I believe we should have paid for with lives.

    Why doesn't the news give more time reporting on our country that needs help? Sadly, we have helped abroad more than at home. Help our hungry children, our unemployed, our homeless.our uninsured health. We have families losing their homes, no jobs, no money and no food. Who is going to help them? I'd rather see BILLIONS of $$$ go to our Americans, than always going to foreign countries! But if you come to USA, "we" will provide everything you need, a home, a job and even food... And free college.. All the meanwhile, OUR FELLOW AMERICAN'S will continue to lose everything they have worked for!!

    I am sick of seeing our Military being sent "everyplace, for every cause"! I dont like seeing anybody killed for whatever reason. But we have to draw a line at "where, when and why" we send our Military!!!

    June 22, 2009 at 12:36 pm |
  168. Kathleen

    The controversy concerning the recent Iranian election and post-election activity is a rather touchy topic when taking into consideration Tehran-Washington foreign relations. The Obama administration cannot openly embrace such a sympathetic tone for the protestors and the reformist opposition primarily due to the illict implications the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei has established on such post-election activity in Iran. This would undermine the authority of the current regime with which the Obama adminstration wishes to rejuvinate.
    On such an occasion, President Obama has wisely chosen his words very carefully. The next step should be to call upon the UN to address this issue from an international objective. Using the hard line positions already voiced by France and Britian, the United States should lobby other member states of the organisation in order to advocate on behalf of the Persian people living in Iran for a recount of the ballots. If Ahmadinejad won by a 66 percent majority in a four candidate election, he should not be unopposed to a valid recount. Placing the next move in the hands of the international community, defers the pressure from being placed solely on the Obama administration; thus more likely to preserve the US current relations with Iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  169. kourosh

    yes,usa should help iranian people,because iranian rejim is another taliban.this rejim is terrorist and help hamas and hezbollah,it is most dange for all the world,because this rejim is killing its people without true reason.
    unfortunatly obama didn't help iranian people these days.but europe countries helped more.
    we expect of us more and more of this.
    I'm sorry for my english is not very good.
    thank you cnn,we don't forget cnn.only in usa cnn has been important effect these days.
    thank you so much cnn.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:38 pm |
  170. Hamid

    I would say: support freedom movement. That doesn't imply meddling of course. Iranian government savagely is killing innocent people. This is against any law. If the world is supposed to follow international human rights law, then they should condemn and put pressure on whoever breaks it; that is, Iranian government and its supported Militia (Basij and ...)

    June 22, 2009 at 12:40 pm |
  171. Hooman

    I simply don't know! I don't have an answer, just can't see these basiji thugs kiling innocent people in the streets. can't take it anymore!

    June 22, 2009 at 12:43 pm |
  172. manochehr

    Iranians need urgent help for reaching to freedom for ever.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  173. Farzan

    support the Iranian resistance movement, move Mojahedin khalg PMOI from terrorist list

    June 22, 2009 at 12:44 pm |
  174. Cyrus

    We Iranian people just asking US government to formally and expressly condemn Iranian regime for the bloodsheds and brutal repressions they comitted in Iran. Is that too much to ask from a civilized country and peoples.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:45 pm |
  175. Eli

    this is a message from Iran. I don't know what president Obama should do now. But this is what we, Iranian people want from Mr. President: do not negotiate with this fraudulent government. This is not our government. We have not chosen a government of war. We, Iranian people want peace and democracy. We do not want nuclear weapon and the dreams and desires of my nation is completely different from the government. We are tired of lie and betray. You, American people cannot believe how hard it is to live under the influence of lie and dictatorship; it's too hard! If US politicians intend to negotiate with Iran, they must know that they act against the benefits of Iranian people again, just like they did in August 1953.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:46 pm |
  176. JMBarrett in No Prov RI

    What country helped American during its Civil War? And what country stepped in to help during the Russian Revolution? Iran is in the beginnings of a civil revolution that does not need the interference of the American government. While I grieve for the dead protestors, I understand that fundamentally there must be a resolution of the Iranian people to fight to the death if necessary for the change they desire. America fought long and hard for civil rights. Maybe a long, hard fight is the only way to truly bring about lasting change and guarantee fundamental rights to every citizen of a country. America has long served as an example of Freedom and Liberty. But we should remember that we are a beacon of hope, not the club of authority.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:48 pm |
  177. Tony

    All that the U.S can do is Condemn the excessive actions of the Iranian regime.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  178. پسر ایران

    definitely , she should do more.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:51 pm |
  179. Sohrab

    I think not, there is not too much that us can do, because us does not have official relationship with iran and thus can not effect too much. But on the other hand any small support of obama from protestors sould be an excuse for forces to violate even more.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:53 pm |
  180. Alireza

    Please do something. Please. We ever will be happy if US attack to Iran! We help american soldiers to speed up ending this government ASAP. US please attack us! Pres. Obama! Please do something. They 30 years lie the people and now killed them. Please come here.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:54 pm |
  181. Parham

    i am a persian 27years old man, thanks all of you all around the world because of your attention and your support for me and all real iranian people.
    i dont know what other countries should do, but just i know they are killing us in Iran, we are fighiting them with empty hands, but we dont want fighitng, but all of you tell me what will you do when you are walking in silent in streets just to say where is my votes? and you see blood there, what will you do when you see they are killing your sister, your brother, your mother in front of you ?!!
    i know all of you has seen the videio of Neda Agha Soltan , and you know all of us cried for her.
    i dont know what other countries can do for us, but just one thing... how many of us should die because of wanting freedom to make world any move to Rescue us??!!

    June 22, 2009 at 12:58 pm |
  182. Kamyar Khoshdel

    Iranian uprising is no longer about getting rid of one faction of the government or dispute on the election results. They want the Mullahs and Islam to go away, once and for all. Moussavi was only an excuse for their voices to be heard while the international media was present. Once again, Iranian people are left alone as if this is their problem to solve! This problem was created for Iranian people 30 years ago by all European countries including United States by supporting Khomeini. It is quite evident that President Obama is only continuing Jimmy Carter’s footsteps when it comes to deal with Iran. This regime has blood on their hands from the first day that they took over and whoever shakes hand with this regime will have blood on their hands. The blood of the innocent people like Neda.

    June 22, 2009 at 12:59 pm |
  183. Randy

    I think it is the wronf thing to do by telling the Iranian ppl what to do or their gov't what to do even thou there is excessive and un-necessary violence taking place against the itranian ppl. The best thing to do is try in a restrained way to convince the gov't to stop what they are doing as we know this could very well be the beginning to the next World War. This is something that we dop not want but enevitably it will occur. The western countries can not solve the world's problem's and it si the wrong thing to think that the U.S. or Canada can put an end to what is happeniing. Why are we not hearing about other foreign countries stepping up and getting in the middle of the crisis instead of it always being the U.S. When you have situation's happening in S Korea,AFghanistan,Iraq,Pakistan what part of the term WW !!! do we not understand?

    June 22, 2009 at 1:25 pm |
  184. Janet W.

    It's disappointing to see so many posts disparaging "interference". In fact, it's down right embarrassing to think of fellow Americans allowing themselves the luxuries of such confusions. Iran doesn't need "interference" from U.S. - whatever that ambiguous term is supposed to mean.

    Iran needs *moral support* - from other human beings who understand that freedom from tyrannies is a matter of moral sensibilities - a matter of what is right and just for the dignity of the individual and the human condition.

    As one citizen of the world to another, I am proud of any Iranian, especially the women, that stand up politically and assert their individualism; their rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness.

    It's unfortunate that I must say that I admire these women more than a number of American women and men voicing such a cold, detached attitude the oppression the Iranians suffer under their current government.

    It's moral support that Iranians need, Americans. We are getting ready to celebrate our own Independence day 12 days from now. Where is your sense of honor, given your own legacy? Iranians plight signals Americans sould take time for a rethink regarding their sense for the likes of Neda and humanity.

    CNN - don't stop now! You are doing a beautiful job covering history as it is being made. It would be embarrassing to have a legacy of missing such a story.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:39 pm |
  185. Arian

    The Obama administration, has taken the right path on the issue of involvement in Iran, so far. American involvement will simply undermine the work of the protesters and actually grant the oppressive regime the factual basis they would need to pin this long-awaited unrest on the United States. The Iranian government has already been making statements to blame, in part, the UK and the US for the mass protests; the difference is, while PM Brown and his administration have made official statements about the situation in Iran, Pres. Obama has done no such thing, and rightly so. And what is important to note, is that the Iranian regime has named England as "the worst of them all." And, the US seems to be the runner-up; curiously, France, which has been the most out-spoken, has escaped the wrath of that ridiculous regime...probably because of the level of economic trade, which Iran relies on.

    When all of this is over and done with, no matter the outcome, the US will have to come to some terms with Iran, and it will need to have the credibility to do so. Obama cannot condemn the Iranian government in support of the protesters now, and if this murderous regime overcomes, try to negotiate with them then. The President, I believe, is dealing with this in the best possible manner, condemning human rights violations, taking a moral stance, and stopping there. Anything more than that will require the US govt. to take actual action (rather than talk) which will only make things worst, for people in Iran, and for potential negotiations between Iran and the US.

    Congress needs to think a bit harder before passing resolutions and demanding things, particularly if those demands could pose potential national security problems for us. And, Sen. John "Bomb, bomb Iran" McCain, should be the last person to now stand up for the Iranian people. Senator, you cannot want a country bombed with its innocent citizens, and then stand up for those innocent citizens to try to make a point to your election opponent. The other Senators and Congressmen should also think about more pressing issues on this matter (i.e. US national security and diplomatic relations, as well as undermining a growing revolution in Iran), rather than focusing on re-election, as usual, and casting votes that help in no shape or form.

    If the US wants to help, they should as some others have mentioned, keep communication channels open to allow the protesters stay in touch. Twitter and Facebook have played a significant role in this movement.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:47 pm |
  186. Pooneh, Austin TX

    Over Iran’s 2500 years of history, we have had many dictators. But we have been able to achieve our freedom without any foreign interference. The world should pray for Iranian people and give its support by condemn the regime. United States SHOULD NOT interfere directly or the focus of uprising will change. There are some deserters living in US and outside Iran who are pushing for American interference for their own personal gains. They are not the voice of nationalistic/patriotic Iranians who stand together against any foreigners invading their country.

    June 22, 2009 at 1:53 pm |
  187. Chris Trax

    If Iran needs help as bad as everyone makes it seem, why doesnt another country closer to them take action first,. The world wants to throw the US back in so they can say we stick our nose in everything. Its pointless to return to a war you just got out of. Obama needs not to engage in a election war in someones elses country. RIP Neda

    June 22, 2009 at 2:36 pm |
  188. Della

    Just sit back and let them work it out, yes people will die but maybe they will change history for their country.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:13 pm |
  189. Jerry - CO

    It's enough for now.
    Let us not forget that American women & black Americans had to fight & die for our rights. There was just no CNN to let people know.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:19 pm |
  190. carylsfoster

    The Repudiated Republican Party of No is solely focused on hopefully putting President Obama in no-win situations thinking that doing so is a win-win for them when the reality is they self-creating their own lose-lose scenario for the next 16 years.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  191. jeepgirl1113

    The U.S.should stay out of it. It's not our problem.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:30 pm |
  192. Milton Better

    To all those who wrote "get rid of the Iranian Govenment", I ask how these mental midgets would accomplish that without getting us into another "Iraq" mess. The ONLY way to resolve the situation is to find a way to work WITH the legitamate leaders of a country or region.Any other way is just kid's talk.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:36 pm |
  193. Jim Breece

    We should keep a low profile on this one, By most opinion, a despot rules Iran but our intervention in Iraq did little to help and we will be there for years to come.
    Iran likely re-elected their president and Iran does not have a monoply on electing folks not suited for high public office. I agree with our current President's strategy.

    June 22, 2009 at 3:41 pm |
  194. Brian Singer

    Lets look back to the 2000 election Bush vs. Gore, now if Gore went on the street, and say protest this election result. we would have been in the same situation. Riots, and craziness in the streets. Does Iran come over and try to break up the fight?

    A riot can only desolate out over time.

    If the Iranian government overturns there election, think about what would happen...

    June 22, 2009 at 3:42 pm |
  195. Deanne

    I think the Republican's "gift" of selective memory is remarkable! PRESIDENT Obama, which is something all Republicans seem loathe to address him as, is doing exactly as he should. Would they have him invade the country, kill the leader and his relatives and shove our way of governing down Iran's throat like the old U.S.S.R. tried to slice through Europe forcing Communism upon other countries? Oh, that's right, we already did this in Iraq, not working out so well is it? While Americans were horrified by Sadam's actions and are now absolutely appalled by what is happening to the people in Iran, it is not our place to tell other governments how to operate their countries. I think an "International" condemnation of violence against Iran's innocents would be more approriate. One last thought, we weren't exactly a sparkling example back in the sixties at the time of the Kent State murders and who was running the country then-that's right, Republicans!

    June 22, 2009 at 3:49 pm |
  196. Deanne

    MR. MCCAIN AND THE REST OF THE "SOUR GRAPE" PARTY, YOU LOST THE ELECTION, DEAL WITH IT AND LET OUR PRESIDENT DO HIS JOB!

    June 22, 2009 at 3:57 pm |
  197. Sara Pakyari

    I believe this is our very national and social movement. We have suffered for 30 years and have lost so many lives to get to this point. To burst out, this movement surely does not need any foreign force to push it forward. Regardless who is the president, what the USA can do for a country like Iran, is providing a vast and min to min coverage on the press and the media to make our voice heard.

    June 22, 2009 at 4:25 pm |
  198. David M

    This is a revolt against injustice, as most revolts are. The Iranian hard liners are slitting their own political throats by using force against it. An idea can go through 16 inch steel.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:04 pm |
  199. wade

    What should the U.S. do? Sit back and watch! We will witness a turning point in History and the Iran people will (I Think) no longer put up with the Dictators they have had to live under any longer. This is a complete revolution we are witnessing and I think they are a a point where it,s all or nothing! The situation has escalated to a point of no return. Democracy of nothing, My Prayers are with the Iranian People. God Speed.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:20 pm |
  200. Barry Gryb (London, Canada)

    Obama is doing exactly what needs to be done right now. Any more involvement (as McCain is suggesting) would do nothing but give the Iran government all the excuse it needs to escalate the violence. Many thousand brave Iranians will die as a direct result. Let the Iranian people take care of this themselves. They do not need the US.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:26 pm |
  201. Luis-Miami

    President Obama and his advisors are making the right decision to offer moral support to the Iranians at this moment. As it is the Regime is trying to tie the protesters to outside influence. This decision to stand back takes away the excuse of labeling the protesters "mercenaries", "terrorists" or "agitators".
    Study what the Cuban regime has done to their population during the last 40 years and you will see a photocopy of what is happening in Iran at this moment.
    What has started as a Protest has escalated to a Revolt and can easily turn into an outright Revolution. For now the Regime has released their Police forces upon the crowd being careful that they do not use excessive force. They have followed by releasing their civilian militia to commit violence against the masses but at the same time keeping the Regime's hands "clean". It is a matter of time before the call up the military and it will be interesting to see if the military would fire upon their own civilian population.
    I'm sure that all Sons of Liberty around the World are standing with the Iranian Protesters at this moment. G-d strengthen and Protect all of You.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:27 pm |
  202. elizabeth lackey

    As much as I feel for the Iranian people, I do feel that Pres. Obama should be cautious about interferring. My heart goes out to Neda and her family. Even though we are a super power we also have limits and those limits can come with a very high price. I am a friend of Sgt John M. Russell who was involved in the Camp Liberty shootings. He is someone who I care very much for and I'm trying my best to help him by writing to Pres. Obama, Congressman Sylvestre Reyes, Sen Kay Bailey-Hutchison, Congressman Ike Skelton (Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee) and etc. Many of our soldiers are worn down suffering from ptsd, combat stress or whatever you'd like to call it. I am an American and I am proud for what we stand for.

    People in other countries need to take some responsibilities for their action or lack of. They need to think before they vote. I had recently seen a news interview (probably cnn or hln) or maybe even the newspaper. Anyway a Pakistani man was being interviewed about the taliban. It seems at first they welcomed them with open arms and then regretted it after they saw what they were truly like. I've personally seen this in Korea where the younger population would hold protests about American soldiers being there and would flip us off. Let's see how happy they get if North Korea invades them and when they realize that they don't like it-let's how much North Korea respects their freedom on speech. When it comes to terrorism, it's mostly the Sunni who attack us. Bin Laden is a Saudi. Persia was a Zoroastrian country before the muslims took over it. They made them muslim and now they don't approve of the Shiite. You reap what you sow. When it comes to Iraq, the Iraqis should take pride in their country and kick the terrorists out. With Sadam dead, they have a new chance for freedom and democracy. A lot of our soldiers have died and are still dying to protect them and they are doing nothing to help themselves.

    We are not the world police, we do what we can. A lot of the other countries complain about the injustices that are committed and they do help for a while but then they leave us holding the bag.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:45 pm |
  203. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras

    The United States should address local issues in the United States. Health Care Reform should be the priority. The Iranian situation should be solved in Iran. Clearly the government and the religions leaders had call outsiders to do their dirty job in Iran. In my opinion this is the beginning of the end for Iran controlling government and religion. How un-armed women can be attack? The blood of this lady is on the Religious leader from Iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 5:47 pm |
  204. Richard Haight

    Anyone remember Darfur? For years they have been allowing the rape and murder of their people and what good has the rhetoric done? Iran is nothing in comparison and we have no means to back up what we say, so why should Obama rattle sabers everyone knows he doesn't have?

    June 22, 2009 at 6:01 pm |
  205. John Nichols

    THe Obama "honeymoon" still is alive and well outside the U.S.

    He should ratchet up that international goodwill by simply reminding the Iranian leadership that in 1776 Americans appreciated the support from others (beyond its borders) who could understand what democracy is all about, Witthout interfering with domestic Iranian politics, the World, and the United States of America supports decent human beings who crave a voice in the kind of local society they wish to be a member of.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:16 pm |
  206. travis

    To deny the help others need to obtain their freedoms when needed especially when it is in dire need is nothing but pure prejudice and should be questioned. All the people of this world deserve their freedoms. If they can't get it where they live then they should all move to the US. We are a nation founded on Freedoms and Liberties.

    June 22, 2009 at 6:29 pm |
  207. Parham

    It's such a difficult think being an Iranian American. You want to help your people so a side of me says, yes, Help them. But at the same time, I believe the US would only help if it had its own agenda and gains from doing so. This would put me on the side that says the US should mind its own business. What we have to understand is that the system in Iran was set up to make overthrowing the government extremely difficult. Citizens are not allowed to own fire-arms which would help level the playing field. However, the ultimate power is in the hands of the MOB. Power in numbers is extremely valuable. It's a shame that there will definitely be casualties. But if the MOB moves swiftly and as one, they will be able to overthrow the system in a few days. I prey that the casualties to the citizens will be minimal regardless of what happens. Persians are very proud and brave; I believe the government is hurting itself by hurting the citizens. This is adding fuel to a fire that's been burning for many years. The fact that this fire lasted this long shows how strong it is. The government is pretty ignorant to think that adding fuel (killing students, women, etc...) will help control this fire. I think the US should provide moral support and as a last option, lend a hand to the people of IRAN. I say this because, again, The US probably has its own agenda, and want to take over the land. Bottom line, the Iranian people deserve and have a right to a country of their own. Free from Unjust Islamic rule, and from US rule.

    Parham

    June 22, 2009 at 6:51 pm |
  208. Nazy

    I moved from Iran after the first revolution in 1985 and moved to the United States in 1987. I became a citizen in 1993.
    I am very disheartened by the coverage I am seeing on the turmoil in my native land. It seems this country does not care about what happens to the Iranian people...only how it may effect or disrupt their lives. President Obama refuses to take a stand and defend the rights of the Iranian people. I'm listening to all the channels with the news and all the headlines and to me it is just entertainment for everybody.
    I want to remind everyone that it was Jimmy Carter who turned his back on our Beloved Shah and allowed this current regime to take over. America owes it to the Iranian people to correct this injustice. President Obama needs to take advantage of the situation created by this false election and help bring the Mullah to justice and put the rightful Prince Reza Pahlavi back on the throne.

    It saddens me that my husband, who is American born, and our daughter can not visit my homeland and see the beauty of it first hand or visit my family. What is wrong with this world?

    June 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  209. P.McCracken

    We talk about the brutal murders, even more about a recent murder of a young girl in Iran. Any life lost, especially young ones is tragic.
    The U.S. seems show little or no interest the murders in Burma/Myanmar also of young people also by so-called security or police forces. I have seen many images of beatings and bloodied children, women and men.

    We should remember them all... never to forget.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:16 pm |
  210. Mary Pierce

    I strongly believe that at such volatile political/social moments in Iran, it is absolutely crucial that we do voice our support for the courageous young men and women of Iran. However, we cannot fan the flame by politicizing the fate of millions of innocent Iranians. We, as a nation, are among the most steadfast upholders of liberty/democracy, and therefore while exercising prudence in our actions/rhtetoric, we cannot remain the neutral bystander. Why not offer the service of the RED CROSS? There are hundreds of wounded protesters who cannot receive any medical attention for the fear of revealing their identities. The Basiji Militias are checking all the hospitals to take the names of the wounded protesters, and in some cases arresting them right in the hospitals.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:17 pm |
  211. Mary Pierce

    Perhaps we should pause and ask ourselves about the purpose of all the reports/tweeting/emailing that have been coming out of Iran. Have you been reading the protesters' cries of help? They are not to give us more news topics.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:26 pm |
  212. Matt L

    Obama should stand by the revolutionaries. If he tells them that he is behind them, they will feel more empowered. Let's not forget that this country was formed by revolution and that if thid revolution goes right the US could have a bigger connection to Iran.

    June 22, 2009 at 7:32 pm |
  213. Concerned Citizen of the WORLD

    CNN should stop this assault on our senses.Enough enough enough.This charade is not fooling anyone.BBC and the rest of Europe is reporting real news.This is meddling and inciting public unrest.Elections have been stolen here too!!! who are we to moralise??I didnt see any street protests in 2000 and 2004.Iranians should obey their national laws.People unlawfully engaging incivil unrest spurred on by foreign media deserve what they get!!

    June 22, 2009 at 7:44 pm |
  214. Milda

    The US government should help Iranian protesters indirectly by helping them with weapons or intelligent directions on how to defeat the government.
    If money will assist the major companies in Iran to go on strike, then the US government should lend a hand. Otherwise, the situation in Iran is only going to get worse and if people are defeated, the whole world will be in dilemma.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  215. dimitrios

    This is not to belittle the point of a human death in Iran. But why all the attention to Iran. Have we forgotten how many people, teenagers, college students have died in Venezuela protesting the reign of Chavez. What has anyone said about this, Where is all the news attention and or coverage to Chavez dictatorship. What has the United States do to get this "dictator" off of Venezuela. What has the US done to allow a SINCERE voting process and election system in a country that has been ravaged by the hand of Chavez.

    June 22, 2009 at 8:35 pm |
  216. richard berubejr

    my concrns are to the iranian people it is not you we have a problem its the whole political regime that is ruining yyour country the american people care about you more than they let you know god bless you all

    June 22, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  217. Shervin Mehryar

    In terms of statements, I believe there is something that can be said that is the best way to send messages to the government of Iran. The government claims it's Islamic and all they do is based on Islamic values. So why not approach them through this channel, something they claim is the foundation of the country. So this is the best way to approach them; a fact that they cannot run away from.

    The U.S. should try approaching them by saying, you claim you are an Islamic country, we respect Islam. But Islam is about love, freedom, equality, peace, and forgiveness. Act at least on what you say. Don't murder people. Instead of just saying you are violent, stop it, which on the other hand makes them more angry.

    The truth in my opinion:
    -----------
    The Iranian government is using Islam's name to fool people into doing things that they otherwise wouldn't. Any, even a little, religious person (which means most of Iran), if you tell them say "death to America" because that's "God's will", would do it. Even if they don't even know why. And this is something that can be turned around and used on them, because they won't argue it. IRAN IS NOT AN ISLAMIC COUNTRY in my opinion, they are just using the holy name of Islam.

    June 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm |
  218. Mrs. Eileen G. Curras

    After our last mayor situation confrontation in Iran, the best is to leave this decisions to Iranians.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:23 pm |
  219. stone cold

    It is time to end the global terrorism once and for all so we can move forward as the human race. Dont worry about how it is going to be interpreted, help iranians take back their county. Will sort out the details later. The most important objective at thi time is to get rid of the islamic mafia and their access to trillions of dollars which is funding global terrorism world wide. If you dont help them (the iranian people) now, you may never get such an opportunity again.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:41 pm |
  220. Vahid

    Where is the United Nations? HELP these innocent victims. Is Obama waiting for a higher death toll before helping??????

    June 22, 2009 at 10:45 pm |
  221. stone cold

    It is time for a global clean up. All the dirt bag regimes need to fall because the human race needs to move on to bigger and better objectives. President Obama, you could be the president of the world if you just stop listening to your advisors and do what you were destined to do.

    June 22, 2009 at 10:46 pm |
  222. Darsha Doran

    I think Obama has said enough. He expressed the government's opinion clearly, intelligently and thoughtfully. We are in a tenuous position when it comes to interfering in another countries politics. Reviving up the rhetoric can be disasterous for the Iranian protesters. Further American action will force the Iron Guard to pursue increasingly violent tactics to quelch the protesters and silence foreign reporters. Radical elements in an increasing unstable Middle East will find any excuse to attack Americans around the world. We do not need another 911. Restraint is the best policy, rhetoric will only fuel the fire.
    Foreign policy should never become a partisan issue.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:46 pm |
  223. Tara

    the people of iran need our support. everyone around the world now see that the iranian government and the people are very different. for years people have based their prejudices on what they see on the news. Now, more than ever people need to pay attention that the people of Iran are fed up with their government and also want change. For years we've stuck our nose in other countrys' business. To stop now when help is truly needed is wrong.

    June 22, 2009 at 11:59 pm |
  224. Feri smith

    Ayatollah Khamenie complained about the french govt meddling in the internal election of Iran and that it is not their business. Someone should tell him what is Iran's business about Palestine. When did Iran become the police of the middle east. Shouldn't he worry about the economics, lack of job, drugs and addictions. Must he only worry about the palestine?? Now he complains that someone else is watching the govt of Iran being a bully and telling them to stop. They are such hypocrites. Thank you Mr. Sarkazy for speaking out.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:05 am |
  225. Michael

    President Obama did his part when he made the speech in Egypt and the GOP criticized him for that.And now the Republicans are criticizing him for not being more involved in the change that is happening in Iran.Republicans this is why the people in america said enough of this racist and anti american party.President Obama is doing the right thing,let the Iranain people stand and say enough is enough we want change.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:38 am |
  226. si

    What should America do? absolute nothing! I am sick of the criticism from Neocon such as McCain, also sick of our good heart but have little to none knowledge of the region who suggest USA step in. USA is not world police. We can stay up 24/7 if we decide to do so, and by the way, we are very broke right now, I am amazed to see there are still many people quote we are "the most powerful nation" on earth, no, we are not!

    Obama is right for what he is doing. My only worry is he can't hold his stance and bend to these neocons.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:41 am |
  227. The Jerk

    At this point America should do just what its' doing. Watch with a concerned eye. Iran Will ultimately have to prove their inability to govern in a humane way. Thus unmistakably violating the sacred rights of humanity henceforth obligating nations to adress the matter in concert. I hope that the President sees it similar or better than myself.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:21 am |
  228. Zuhayr

    The more outside countries interfere the more it will look like a foreign operation and that's what it looks like with the biased media.

    June 23, 2009 at 5:57 am |
  229. Patrick Roll

    The death of the Iranian student was a crime. But I find the outrage in this country a bit hypocritical. Where was the outrage when Israel crushed an American Protester in the West Bank with a bulldozer? Where is the outrage for Palestinian protesters, most young people, shot almost monthly protesting the Wall and demanding their freedom?

    June 23, 2009 at 9:06 am |
  230. Milo

    Please explain to me why the UN has said virtually nothing on the Iran crisis?

    June 23, 2009 at 9:16 am |
  231. JohnGault575

    The Republicans who want more involvement are Democracy Socialists. Let democracy build from the inside. Obama's response is just right.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  232. DJ

    I just want to know how much CNN is getting paid to pimp Twitter? They've been doing it even since before the Iran crisis.

    Anyway, the US is doing the sensible thing right now by not giving the regime any amunition to turn it into a Islam vs the west situation where they use that to stay in power... which exactly what they did to GET in power back in 1979. Keep the center line and watch from a broad, let the Iranians choose their destiny. When things escalate if Iranians want support from the outside world, they will have it. If anything the Basij are the ones to be condemned at this moment. They are the rogue assasins that killed innocent bistandards in the streets.

    I saw an image played for a commercial buffer during the situation room where the Ayatolla was hugging and kissing Ahmadinejad as though they were either lovers or really intimate father and son. Considering these demonstrations are a result of Ahmadinijad, and the Ayatolla has taken his side with brute force to back it up, I would play those images over and over and over again. Maybe then some light will shine down on the rest of the Iranians and the protestors will gain momentum and ultimately their freedom.

    June 23, 2009 at 9:47 am |
  233. MARCIA L.

    OUR SILENCE IS DEAFENING. It is too late for Obama to save face. Neda's murder this past weekend was as if Iran's leadership thhrew a shoe at his face. He should have been outraged. While he extends an olive branch to this government, they in turn steal an election, deny the Iranians their right to free their shackles of oppression, steal away people in the night and incarcerate them for voicing their opinions. I am a jew, and stand with the Iranians who realize it is their god given right to live in peace and freedom as all men and women should.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:22 am |
  234. Ahmed

    Change can only come from within Iran. That is what is happening, and the US should stay out of it. However, we should give moral support to the protesters seeking democracy and freedom.

    However, all Americans should take note of the fact that the Arab countries are silent on the issue. As supposed "Muslim brothers", they are the hypocrites that they have always been.

    If anyone knows Iranian blogs from inside Iran, please list them here. The protesters need to know the international community is behind their plight for human rights.

    June 23, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  235. Beth

    US needs to leave others alone to fight their own battles. The Iranian people have the power to settle their problems and deal with the pain of revolution and protest. They do not need to be patronized, and this country does not deserve the blame it will earn if it interferes. There are humanitarian issues in the US and no other country is onboard to help solve them, nor should they. If the new world order is of equality, we cannot continue to play the patriarchal role which we are hated for.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:24 am |
  236. Chris Smith

    It's interesting that America still hasn't changed it's know-it-all attitude towards the world. Iran's resentment towards American interference in it's internal affairs is akin to the feeling America would have had if Iran tried to interfere for example when George Bush stole an election with the Florida fiasco.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  237. Dwight Austin,Mn

    Leave it be, we are doing just what we should be. Quietly praising the
    protesters and keeping our traps shut. Real democracy can not be forced or you get what we got in iraq a forced democracy is not stable and will waver with time. A true democracy instigated by the oppresed
    will stand tall and flourish like we once did.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:44 am |
  238. Eduardo Alvarez

    Hello!, this is the reason why Middle East has a wrong image on the West.... We should do nothing for now!!. Unfortunately, this is their business and UN should be the first one that has to intervene in a diplomatic way.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:46 am |
  239. cadenao

    The USA cannot afford to do anything anymore. The way we stand right now, we can't even take care of ourselves

    June 23, 2009 at 11:48 am |
  240. Laura

    Absolutely nothing. Although I find what's going on in Iran very interesting to watch I honestly believe that all of this media attention is essentially encouraging the protests to continue.
    Because the media has been blocked in Iran CNN is now encouraging Ireports and Twitter comments. People WILL risk their lives to say "My picture or video was shown on CNN." regardless of whether or not their names / identities are published. This is evident by the constant reminders of CNN anchors to stay safe while providing Ireports of anything from floods to hurricanes.
    Are we really so desperate for something to report on that we need to not only encourage people to risk their lives but also fan the flames of the conflict by covering it 24/7?
    The US has been considered a bully pretty much constantly for the last 8 years under George Bush. How quickly we forget what interfering in other country's political problems does for the image of the US. Stop interfering, stay out of it and let Iran solve their own problems the way they see fit.

    June 23, 2009 at 11:51 am |
  241. Chris B

    The US finally has a president who realizes he was elected to run the US and NOT THE REST OF THE WORLD. This is a very refreshing thing and he is absolutely doing the right thing by saying that it's up to Iranians to solve their problems. It would've been nice if Bush had thought that about Iraq. I seriously wish the CNN reporters would stop acting as if President Obama were insane for thinking that it's time the US government minded its own business and tended to the needs of the American people instead of interfering elsewhere.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  242. Bill

    12th century clerical thinking is the problem in Iran. The U.S. has done enough damage in recent history which has led to the strife there now. Let us stay out and step in to help on a humanitarian basis when appropriate.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:33 pm |
  243. T-Luv

    I think president obama doing enough, I think the U.S. need to mind there on business.

    June 23, 2009 at 12:42 pm |
  244. John Babitskas

    The drum beat by CNN is getting louder by the minute. All sounds familiar to the drum beat before Iraq. SEND IN THE TROOPS. Is just hours away. America get ready.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:38 pm |
  245. WISDOM KOFI ADUKPO

    I think it still behoves on the U.S to do more. It's up to the US to preach the real rudiments of true and transparent democracy to Iran and to the world at large.

    June 23, 2009 at 1:52 pm |
  246. Steve From Ft Lauderdale Fl

    President Obama is one of the most calm, cool, and collective persons I have ever seen in politics. Why is everybody expecting him to throw a temper tantrum about Iran. Mcain needs to show his age and not his IQ and let Obama handle what needs done.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:02 pm |
  247. Michael

    We are following the correct course. The proof is in the results. Iranian people are embolded to stand for freedom and civil rights without other nations having to result to threats or dirty tricks. We are seeing the results of happens when you practice what you preach.

    June 23, 2009 at 2:50 pm |
  248. Susan

    Today President Obama mentioned in his speech that “There is a peaceful path ... to legitimacy," for Iranian government. Let's all ask him how a government that is not legitimate in the first place, can ever be on a path to legitimacy.

    June 23, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  249. Semo Rantamaki

    It is appalling how the media is exploiting the situation in Iran, especially the death of the young woman on Saturday. Repeatedly, showing her death. I agree with CIA Analyst Michael Scheur when he told Wolf Blitzer on Sunday that if President Obama can keep quiet when close to 1400 people were killed in Gaza, he can and should say as less as possible when it comes to Iran. When you can offer no assistance to back up your words, all you are doing is sending young men and women in Iran to their deaths by egging them on with twitter, flicker, etc. And how much more cynical can the media get ? You could not even utter or talk about the shocking scenes in Gaza, where bodies of dead mothers were found next to their toddlers, but you have no qualms about showing the video of a young woman's death over and over again all day long yesterday, to suit your agenda (Showing Israel in a critical light is not good, but Iran, hey that is a different matter). (There was a media blackout in Gaza too). And you complain about Al Jazeera showing graphic footage.
    It is always easy to egg on young men and women when you are not in harms way, thousands of miles away. And that goes for Media pundits and Politicians alike.
    Funny, how Allahu Akbar (God is Great) and Martyrdom were such taboo words used to demonize and vilify Muslims in the Media, but now somewhat glorified by showing chants in the dark in Iran. Like I said, when it suits your purpose......

    June 23, 2009 at 3:06 pm |
  250. nancy

    VERY INTRSTING!! it seems some people still don't get it? stopping a group to kill another, is not by any mean interfirance with a country's political busness! it is not.. you know why? becaouse if we think that way it means any kind of mass murrder that happen INSIDE a country is that country's busness and all other people of the world should not care!! ALL Iranian NEED know is help to STOP HUMAN WRIGHT VIOLATION, is it too much to ask ?!

    June 23, 2009 at 3:17 pm |
  251. yahya muhammad

    when did we become the world police?

    June 23, 2009 at 3:32 pm |
  252. Parham

    I already posted a comment regarding this. I've been reading what people are saying and just wanted to say How Proud I am of everyone on this blog. It's a good feeling to know that we stand united, not as Persians, not as Americans, but rather as a Human race. Thank you all for your support and comments. Thank you for caring, and most importantly, thank you for being aware.

    God Bless.

    Love and Peace.

    Parham

    June 23, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  253. A Cry From Iran

    FROM AN IRANIAN MARTYR’S SON

    My name is Joseph Hovsepian. I lost my father in Iran when he was also fighting for FREEDOM. He was brutally stabbed to death and killed. I can very well understand Iranian youth who are protesting today. I am in daily contact with friends in Iran.

    After my father was killed, we have founded an organization, advocating for the human rights and freedom of religion. We have also produced a documentary about my father’s life and death.

    June 23, 2009 at 7:02 pm |
  254. Maryam

    Please keep the news from Iran alive. It is very important that the Iranians and other people know that Iran is still on fire. I just talked to my coworker who will be travelling to Tehran at the end of this week. According to what he heard, the Basijis have arrested over 800 people in Tehran. They randomly shoot cars. Nobody is allowed to drive on the streets. The Basijis keep stopping cars and ineterrgogate people. In case, you are not aware of the website below. Here it is.
    http://todayiniran.com/
    Please broadcast Makhmalbaf's message from June 23rd. It is in Persian but I am sure that you have Iranian co-workers who can translate his message. He invites people to stay united. He says that Allah o Akbar is just a slogan that people have found in common. It does not represent any specific group. The color green does not belong to Mousavi, it symbolizes the Iranians' request for freedom.

    June 23, 2009 at 7:51 pm |
  255. Sara

    as a Iranian i would like to thank pres.Obama for keeping away the U.S from Iran... Iranian people do love foreigners but the problem is not with the Iranian people... its with the Iranian government and if the U.S. gets in to help the Iranian people the government will find a way to blame whats on the streets on the U.S. and like i said as much as we love foreigners, we don't want them to get hurt from this.
    also, I've read some of the comments above and the ones who had Iranian names and they seemed to agree that Obama has done enough already, thanks for the support and thanks for not going to Iran, these leaders messed up Iran (as a country) and we don't want America to get in this situation and get hurt .
    p.s. i'm hoping for a new and honest government that doesn't include ahmadinejad nor khameneii

    June 23, 2009 at 9:25 pm |
  256. Kaveh

    Is there any way that the UN can force a refrendum to take place in Iran with UN supervision ?

    What will it take for this to happen ?

    June 24, 2009 at 8:06 am |
  257. marsh

    do what? they under different laws and rules

    June 24, 2009 at 8:49 am |
  258. Leeza in Tucson, AZ

    I believe President Obama is doing the right thing by verbally supporting the rights and freedoms of the Iranians yet not meddling. My heart goes out to the people who are fighting, and dying, for their voices to be heard – fighting for their freedom. I stand behind them<3

    June 24, 2009 at 10:31 am |
  259. Jeff W.

    The U.S. is doing exactly what it should do.....watch to see what the people of Iran do to solve their problem. The U.S. is NOT.....I repeat, NOT the savior of all countries. It's funny how other countries look at us to stop all the wrong doing in the world....why do we have to put our foot in the door first before anyone else does something? People who want the U.S. to go into Iran must not realize that we are already spread extremely thin (Afghanistan/Iraq) and with the mounting annoyance from N. Korea, that's just one more thing the U.S. has to deal with. Question for those people..........would you have wanted another country (let's pick China for an example) to tell us that our election of George W. Bush was a mistake (and it was) b/c of the Florida votes and that they were going to come into our country and "show" us how things "should" be?

    June 24, 2009 at 10:32 am |
  260. David

    It is good that the rallies have slowed after several days of repeated and continuing violent clashes between protesters and police. Will we see more of peaceful protests in the next few days? Has the oppostion struck, figuratively, a blow for increased liberty in Iran? Will Iran open up again to media coverage any time soon?

    June 24, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  261. vallary

    Look, there is unjust right here at home. people out of work, no homes, kids going hungry over the summer because school is out. Get real lets fix what is at home. these people have been fighting since God was a boy and they will continue to. We need to watch N, Korea.

    June 24, 2009 at 11:04 am |
  262. S.mac

    I say we should mind our own business. No one wants to see the scum bag in office but, we have too many issues at home to be worried about Iran. On the other hand I do see a “Saddam Hussein” in the making and any preemptive political moves that can be made to keep this guy out of office would be better in the long run.

    June 24, 2009 at 11:11 am |
  263. Roger Wolschlag

    We just experienced 8 years of preemptive wars and continual sword rattling, which only made us less safe and more despised by the rest of the world. Our president's words will not change the minds of the Iranian dictators, but could give them a scapegoat for their problems. President Obama is making the best of a bad situation, partially caused by his predecessor.

    June 24, 2009 at 11:12 am |
  264. Mahnaz Hemmati

    Thank you for your efforts and detailed reports about Iran so Iranian voices could be heard. We will never forget your efforts and hard work.
    We also thank American Government and American people for taking care of us while we are in exile. With God's blessings, we came to this beautiful and free country where we lived and worked and raised our children in freedom. Thank you for taking us as your own.
    Thank you for your kindness and hospitality.
    Thank you for your friendship and love. We will never forget it as long as we live, here or in Iran.
    We hope that some day we all can go back to a free country where we can help people to catch up with their basic human needs.
    We also hope that some day we can invite you to come and visit us in Iran as our dear guests and long time friend.
    God Bless You.

    June 24, 2009 at 11:41 am |
  265. Ali

    Iran is turning into the North Korea of Middle East. A country that is completely isolated from the rest of the world and a total dictatorship. This was the purpose of the coup and it's been something that Mojtaba Khamenei (the leader's son) and his mentor Ayatollah Masbah Yazdi have been promoting for a while (check out Mesbah Yadi in Wikipedia).

    The major difference is that it is oil rich and therefore can afford to bankroll groups like Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Palestine.

    What does it have to do with us you ask? This means that unless this government is toppled, there will be no peace in the Middle East. As long as this regime exists, there will be chaos in Palestine, Lebanon and Israel. I know I sound like a Neocon, but believe me when I say I voted for Obama during the election. This is not about some uprising in another country. It's about the future if the entire region.

    June 24, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  266. Dan

    I am a huge supporter of President Obama and believe he is taking the right action. One has to imagine as an American, how would you feel if the UN or Iran stepped in to take action in the election of Bush and Obama. Well of course most Americans would not stand it. Now think of the Iran election. Its not other countries' business. It is Iran's alone. Yes, people in general are not in favor of the current government of Iran. Its is up to Iran's people to do something about it. If the US went in by force it would be the most destructive course of action. It would definately show that the US is an empire. Taking Iraq was already a major mistake. The US has no business in other countries affairs in my oppinion. If anything the US should start more diplomatic approaches to world politics, a reason why I am a supporter of Obama and the Democratic Party. Hence why Obama should not take too much of a side in the matter. Its funny how the US believes it owns the world, when in fact the world supplies large amounts of loans for the US. The world actually owns the US...(LOL).

    June 24, 2009 at 12:09 pm |
  267. James

    I think that us as a country why is it that important to control other countries we can't worry about anyone else if we can't take care of our own people. I can see if Iran threatened but at this time there not. north korea is where the is where we should be. one thing at a time we take on to much

    June 24, 2009 at 12:16 pm |
  268. Tim Urban

    June 24th, 2009 12:03 pm ET

    The recent breaking news from Iran is heart breaking. The description of all the beatings and bloodshed the female protester described in the recent breaking news is horrible. It is time for the President to call for a emergency meeting of the U.N. to try and bring world pressure on Iran to stop this blood shed and allow the people to demonstrate peacefully for their freedom and voice their opinion.

    I realize Iran should manage their own affairs but their actions are Horrible. My question is why has the United Nations not taken action?

    June 24, 2009 at 12:52 pm |
  269. KimberlyS

    I don't know what the president should do about this, but I wanted to post this in hopes that somehow it would get to Neda's family. Since 9/11 I have had bad feeling towards the middle east and anyone from there. I assumed they were all the same (terrorists) and brought alot of their problems on themselves. I WAS WRONG. I am so sorry for having felt this way and I hope you can forgive me. After seeing Neda die, I realized the people of Iran and countries like it are no different than we or any other human are. They just want to be free and not be afraid of being killed for that freedom or their beliefs. I have complete and absolute compassion for them and I am so ashamed of the way I have felt up till now. If no other good comes from Neda's death, know that it has taken the hatred out of my heart. She was brave, braver than I am, and I hope her family can somehow know that her death has changed my life.

    June 24, 2009 at 1:13 pm |
  270. lb

    Adhmadinejad is a full blown phsycopath, and dangerious. He is a pawn in a failed government. The Iranis should try him and, find him guilty and dispatch him.

    June 24, 2009 at 1:26 pm |
  271. Arezo

    As an Iranian-American, I am not sure if it is a good idea for Obama to interfere. This will only give the government ammunition against the protestors. With no interference from the West, they are already saying the West is meddling. If Obama DOES interfere, they will simply turn around and say: "We told you so."

    Also, Iran and the US do not have the best history. The '79 revolution was based on the 'interference of the West.' I wish the US could do more, for I have friends and family there who are suffering, but I don't know if it would actually do any good. I would love it if another country took the lead in this situation and the US followed, but unfortunately, I do not see that happening. The US has always been the lead dog and others have followed. I am praying every day for family and loved ones back home. May God be with them.....

    June 24, 2009 at 3:03 pm |
  272. Arezo

    Senator McCain has no room to say anything on the country of Iran and this situation after singing "bomb Iran." He doesn't care about the people of Iran, he cares about politics. If he really cared about the citizens of Iran, he would approach Obama and try to come up with a SOLUTION, rather than just sitting back and saying Obama's not doing enough. He is definitely not helping the situation.

    June 24, 2009 at 3:20 pm |
  273. Cengiz Yetken

    President Obama is doing fine with Iran. Our policy should be "wait and see"

    June 24, 2009 at 6:10 pm |
  274. Atris

    I understand that he is in a difficult situtation, but I believe he should be more aggressive towards this brutal regime. This violent, brutal and oppresive regime is currently blaming this movement anyway on America, Britain and other western countries. So, if he takes sides or not there does not matter a lot. But I know that the people of Iran need this support to fight for their rights and freedom. They have enough of lies and tortures and to have somebody like President Obama behind them makes them feel more powerful. The Iranian people need support. They should not beat this regime on thier own, because it's simply not possible!!!!!

    June 24, 2009 at 9:26 pm |
  275. yousef b

    There are so many reasons about why US should be involved in removing this criminal regime from Iran, which should be obvious for those who know a little about the history of Iran and care about humanity. I will try to mention some:

    1-In 1979 president Carter decided that Shah of Iran must be replaced(because he was not cooperating with American oil companies) & ayatollah khomeini was manufactured out of exile from Iraq. My beloved country was invaded by muslim extremists & fanatics .For the first time the ancient "Persian empire" was governed by bunch of nomad mullahs produced in the dessert of Arabia.

    2-Iranian immigrants to United States are the only ones who did not take a bus from airport to Welfare office asking for section 8 housing, food stamps, medical or any other help.
    We came here with education & money. Some of the best doctors & scientists in the nation, you probably know some of them. We pay a lot of taxes here, from multi million $ property tax in Beverly Hills & Los Angeles to business tax in silicone valley. We come from a strong and proud culture & we expected our new country to respect us &pay attention to our need to save our sisters & brothers back home. We are more than 2 million strong in this country & our vote goes a long way. We expect our president to be sensitive to our cause.

    3-What is the biggest dilemma in Iran? Has it not been the nuclear threat? Does our president think that by speaking the harsh words he is going to disarm these people who kill women & children for breakfast? Whose crimes have echoed all over the planet & yet they have no conscience & killing is their nature?
    How naive must a person be not to recognize the thief who is robbing him again & again.....in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in Pakistan, in Lebanon...just to refresh your memory, Hezbollah ,Al-Qaida, Hamas & the new & improved Basij, who might just come to a theater near you!!!

    4-When was the last time that we had the opportunity to get rid of the Ayatollahs ??? I tell you, never, they are like a cancer. If you catch them, good luck, they will not die. So what are we going to do about it? Well that depends on who you are....There might be more in it for you to do nothing.
    But a decent human being cannot close an eye on these atrocities.
    If we are the leaders of justice, freedom, democracy & humanity, then we must take calculated action, but if our role has changed & I am not aware of it, then please inform me & tell me who we are

    June 25, 2009 at 12:00 am |
  276. Patrick Hill

    I would stay out of Iran situation. We have are own problems. I feel it is wrong for them to treat there people like that, especially when they are suppose to be the one that speaks for the people. That lets you know how corrupt world can be when everybody wants power. Only evil can come from that.

    June 25, 2009 at 12:45 am |
  277. Jim Lynch

    Very well put yousef b.

    The situation in Iran is very interesting to say the least. In one hand there is the nuke threat. On the other hand people there in the opposition want freedoms. Being "non-bias" I'd have to say it is an internal matter and all that can be done is the international community making statements regarding the treatment of the protesting peoples. (this was my non-bias side)

    With this comes a few questions. can mere voices in a country like Iran make change as it would here in the US or other western countries? My honest answer would have to be no. The US went through this leading up to our revolution as did Iran a few times also with the last attempt to make change landed the present regime in power. Perhaps in this attempt for change Iran will get it right?

    Many countries have been involved in this sort of matter. . i.e. France & Spain during our revolution where they actually had ships off our shores waiting. Ben Franklin actually went to France to get help. In the crisis is Iran right now, no doubt that there are many countries off their shores waiting in hope that the current regime is toppled. There is no doubt also that many countries are behind the scenes to help it along although no one is admitting it.

    The fact however is that The Iranian Regime is dis-liked. If Bush was in office, it would have given him enough to send military claiming some fictitious reason for making the move... If a country (no specific names mentioned here and you can all fill in the names) wants to topple the regime in Iran, then now is the time as there is support within Iran to achieve it. The question now is how is it achieved?

    I truly think that mere words and protesting in Iran will give them the freedom that they are seeking. Here in the US voices in numbers works because of our freedom and voices are heard. In Iran the regime just closes it's ears and blames the west and buckles down on the protests as they have been doing. Mere voices will not give them change and after awhile they will be silenced.

    If the people of Iran want freedom they will need to fight for it. The voices are being heard by the international community and people internationally but until there is revolution can their pleas for help be heard. Mere protests is not enough for outside help that they want in order to obtain what they want. For a country to step in is political suicide i.e. BUSH. Although Iraq was unanimous pretty much supported at the time even though based on lies and alter motives. When things went sour it is Bush that got the blame. The situation in Iran is similar but different. The nuclear threat is although very threatening but their threats to Israel makes the regime of Iran more dangerous that Sudam ever was. The fact that Israel has held back this long knowing their past really surprises me but I'm positive that they are like a dog on a leash for the moment.

    I do not believe in war but the fact that change will happen in a country like Iran or many other countries with similar regimes. Freedom in these countries can not be obtained with only words and is a dream.

    So what do we do? I think the question isn't what we should do. The question is what do the people of Iran want. Their fate depends on what they decide to do. It is apparent that many people outside Iran are behind the opposition. Change will not happen though unless the people of Iran force it first.

    On a world view. Iran is a hotspot and it's fundamentalism has caused problems and spread. At the same time Iran has been peaceful to it's neighbors somewhat and thus it stabilizes the region. would a civil war in Iran de-stabilize the region? It's hard to say I guess. I think any stable country in the region is a good thing. The current regime however is an issue. Do the people of Iran have enough backing within Iran that a regime change would be fast if it was to occur? So many questions here. The present events in Iran and what the international community is doing is currently right in my opinion. Watching is all we can do for now. It is up to the people of Iran to make the change from within. Their voices are heard and supported by many but with words alone they can not get the help they desire from the outside. This is also non-bias thinking. Although I would like nothing better than to see a regime change. I will stop and not tell the peoples of Iran to pick up weapons and risk life as it is not my call. In the end, it is up to the people of Iran to obtain that what they want but my heart is with them. The people of Iran are truly an intelligent and intellectual people as seen in the past and it is a shame that the current regime holds them back from the contributions to the global community.

    June 25, 2009 at 1:23 pm |
  278. tcj

    it really disturbs me that the mainsteam media keeps referring to the bad as it reates to Michael Jackson. His debt, his court cases... but of Farrah they do not mention any of the negativity. it is quite disturbing to me... yes he was a bigger star but he has passed and why not remember the good things... why continue to stress the negative – even a special report on his finances.. i have seen anything about Ed McMann or Farrah's finances...why?

    June 26, 2009 at 10:18 am |
  279. hasna

    Michael jackson is the iconic figure of our lifetime. I came to the US from Morocco to live the American dream that Michael Jackson inspired me to dream at about 9 years old, needless to say he changed my life forever.

    Michael embodied the possibility of dreaming and achieving. He was the soundtrack to many lives, his dancing was like a dream and we all felt like we' ve been on the moon dancing.

    Michael Jackson also embodied a generous soul who cared deeply about all of us around the globe. He always wanted to show us hope, love and oneness. We will always keep his legacy alive by dancing to his angelic melodies. Michael, we love you forever.

    June 26, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  280. Leo, Dallas, TX

    Bomb their nuke plants. And say absolutely nothing. That will get their attention.

    June 27, 2009 at 11:39 am |
  281. yousef b

    Knock Knock any body there?this section belongs to IRAN not M.jackson.

    June 27, 2009 at 4:50 pm |
  282. yousef b

    It saddens me to see no comments posted for two days.I guess everyone is having a good time & there is no time to waist on such inferior topics as people getting massacered in IRAN.

    July 1, 2009 at 12:20 am |
  283. yousef b

    Jim Lynch
    Thank you ,God bless you we need more people like you.
    I have sent the president a few emails,I sware if the pictures of Neda were coming from S.America I would do the same .This cannot be happening .....but it is...my conscience does not allow me to watch and do nothing.These were the most horrific visuals I have ever seen&prabably you too ,it is beyond politics it is the crime against the people of our planet EARTH.
    Send your congressman a note & tell him this a shame tell him how feel ,support me.I would be greatefull forever.
    .

    July 1, 2009 at 12:41 am |

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