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July 3rd, 2009
07:18 AM ET

What International Hot Spot Worries You Most?

Just this week…

The U.S. launched a major offensive in Southern Afghanistan to fight the Taliban.
North Korea test fired four short-range missiles.
Honduras’ president was ousted in a military-led coup.
U.S. combat troops withdrew from Iraqi cities; bombings and violence continued.
Three leading Iranian reformists questioned the legitimacy of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s government (which has been under fire since a June 12 election.)

Afghanistan, North Korea, Honduras, Iraq, Iran or someplace else – which international hot spot worries you most right now?

Post your comments below.

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  1. Concerned international

    The United States worries me the most.

    July 3, 2009 at 9:09 am |
  2. Cynthia

    Which hotspot worries me the most? Washington, D.C.
    After that, I'd say Iraq (thanks to the ineptness of the Obama administration).
    I wonder what you, the media, will do when we're out of Iraq and whatever happens in all these other places cannot be blamed on George W. Bush?
    It's Obama's war(s) now.

    July 3, 2009 at 9:10 am |
  3. Eugene V. Fitzpatrick

    Since the strangulation of Gaza by the State of Israel is one of the 21st Century's premier acts of barbarism, I'm perplexed why this most news-worthy event is virtually ignored by CNN. A recent example of this neglect is the complete, or nearly complete, lack of coverage of the piracy of the humanitarian-aid ship "Spirit of Humanity" in international waters off Gaza on June 30, 2009. It would seem that those who criticize the media for covering- up Israel's violations of international law and common decency are perfectly correct in their criticism, with CNN, to its shame, a prime offender.

    July 3, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  4. michael armstrong sr.

    tony the onliest one that we really need to be concerned with is the crazy one North Korea Kim John is verry ill and is seaking moderdom this dudes probley sitting back and drinking morphine cocktails not giving a care if his people die that makes him extreamly dangerous its more like he's trying to push us into a fight .

    July 3, 2009 at 9:31 am |
  5. jeff clark

    Pakistan and North Korea... the common denominator is simple... nuts and nukes...

    the nuts running things in those countries...and the nuclear weapons...

    July 3, 2009 at 9:33 am |
  6. Jerod

    North Korea's increasingly defiant nature and total disregard for the international community is seemingly approaching a break point. Their progression with continued ballistics and nuclear tests goes against both U.N. sanctions as well as heavy international criticism to surrender their program. As North Korea has quickly become a legitimate threat for our Pacific Basin allies such as South Korea and Japan, they have become a small child wielding a gun, unaware of both the power and consequences of their current actions. They continue to disregard anyone's desire to negotiate which leads to believe there won't be a diplomatic solution. Unfortunately, based on the provocative nature of the aforementioned government's words, they are representing a type of insanity I've never seen at this level in my lifetime. Because of this insanity and lack of cooperation, it seems as if some type of military action against them will be inevitable.

    July 3, 2009 at 9:38 am |
  7. peter hudler dohan

    all of them, but our economy and its dependence on foreign oil first. then without question, the two nuclear wannabes who could easily contribute a nuclear weapon to a terrorist organization - n. korea and iran. happy july fourth. phd

    July 3, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  8. Durendal

    North Korea. My dad says he's getting flashbacks of the Cuban missile crisis! I really hope their ICBM technology is not that good.

    July 3, 2009 at 9:46 am |
  9. Bob VA

    Was the action in Honduras really a coup? If you look at the Honduran actions it sure seems like this could be called an impeachment, backed by all Government powers due to Their President's overreach of powers of their constitution. He brought in illegal ballots from another nation for an illegal referendum. Read all the facts and report them completely.

    July 3, 2009 at 9:49 am |
  10. Richey Brock

    The threat we should take very serious is North Korea. They have WMDs and they openly threat the US. And still our government repeats that NK is just running their mouth trying to get attention. Is it going to take a Nuclear missle from NK exploding over the US or one of our Allies before our government take it serious?

    July 3, 2009 at 9:54 am |
  11. Ron Nelson , L.I.New York

    First GOD BLESS AMERICA and ALL!!! Our Troops all over the world protecting our freedoms . I am extremely worried for our troops now entering a new phase of combat in Afghanistan and pray they will get the support from our government so that they can do what they where sent there to do, by our government,also I hope the rest of the world also backs us. My son is currently back in Mosul asisting with the current operations with the US Army and I couldnt be prouder, he comes from a long line of veterans and I was proud to serve as was my dad as was his and so on, my son also is joined by many other men and women who proudly joined to serve this great country so please take a momemt this weekend and remember that in some far away land my son is joined with so many others protecting our freedoms GOD BLESS OUR TROOPS!!! GOD BLESS AMERICA !!!!

    July 3, 2009 at 9:58 am |
  12. Shaun

    I believe the situation in Korea is most worrisome. This country's repeated defiant response as manifested by military action to the rest of the world poses a significant threat in the region. I sincerely hope the US can avoid any potential military response.

    July 3, 2009 at 10:04 am |
  13. Kristen

    I can't say that I'm informed enough to decide that. Nor would I want to call any of those leaders "crazy" as mentioned above. Nor would I call someone's, who is easily one of our most intelligent and diplomatic president, administration inept 6 months into his term.

    However, I am very much interested in what CNN can report on for each of these countries and hope it will spend far, far less time reporting on Michael Jackson.

    July 3, 2009 at 10:05 am |
  14. adam

    north korea and swine flu worries me the most.

    July 3, 2009 at 10:07 am |
  15. kat giessow

    None of it really worries me since it's all out of my control. I can not change anything that will happen and I am not going to worry about things I can not change!

    July 3, 2009 at 10:11 am |
  16. Harold Bascom

    The hotspot that bothers me most, is North Korea. It is obvious that these guys are playing a dangerous bluffing game that can get out of hand. Kim Jung Il needs to be aware that Obama is not a pushover and can be placed in position to prove it.

    July 3, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  17. Jennifer Kinne

    North Korea's missle technology is extremely dangerous. Not because NK might be crazy enough to launch a missle at Japan, South Korea or Hawaii, but because NK would have no compunctions against selling that technology to those who would use a missle against a neighbor.

    July 3, 2009 at 10:12 am |
  18. ERIC

    US offensive in Afghanistan is long over due. I'm glad our guys and gals are taking the fight directly to Taliban territory.
    The North Korean government needs to be eliminated once and for all. REGIME CHANGE!!!
    The leftist president in Honduras deserved to be removed from power because he thought he could rewrite their constitution so he could stay in power longer just like Chavez. Military coup was the best way to go.
    US troops need to leave the cities for sure. We have bled for them long enough and I have no problem staying there for backup and special ops.
    The mullahs of Iran also need to be removed forever. Mock elections that ultimately mean NOTHING don't change anything as long as those crazy zealots rule the country. REGIME CHANGE!!!

    Its a scary world out there but I am confident that the US and her allies can confront them all with vigor and determination.
    The WEST will survive!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 3, 2009 at 10:13 am |
  19. ronald

    What hot spot concerns myself the most is that of the ongoing,never concluding crisis between Isreal and that of Palestine.
    Often,i wonder why main stream media outlets,inclusive CNN prefers to cater its coverage from one side of the issue,versus both sides.
    You seriously think that most Americans are ignorant of the need for conclusion of this event?Well,CNN open your voice to tell us.

    To imagine the hot spot of Isreal and Palestine only becomes hotter due to the neglect of politicans both within the US and abroad.

    We must realize that Hamas never would have even materialized,had the conflict been resolved earlier during the earlier days of Yassar Arafat's PLO epic. You and I do not know what was and what was not promised for peace,but i BET water resources was and still is a major screw up for peace. Nobody talks water, but check out whom possessed the majority of water resources pre-1967 and tell me?

    Had true benefits been provided for both sides of the conflict, Mr. Arafat's modern day Fatah party would only have been the party existent today. The PLO would have become Fatah and Hamas never to become.

    With neglect of resolution for peace,Hamas was born.

    With stubborn politicans, their heads stuck in the sand, their ears clogged of typical B.S. and hearts not compassionate enough to dream for a better tomorrow.Their eyes obstructed of blinders, viewing only what they wish to view, leads one to wonder WHERE ARE THE STATESMEN for tomorrow.
    The past statesmen must have been all killed, cause nobody is running the conclusion for peace,
    Resolution is not determined upon shooting rockets into Isreal,nor American-provided Isreali jets blowing the hell out of society in Palestine too.
    What is crazier is both sides of this conflict,have the same beginning.
    They both praise the connection of peace, religion and never practice what they preach,well nor do we too...

    Isreal has elected its most irresponsible grouping of individuals to seek peace, with its current stubborn stance, only the second coming of God can probally straighten this conflict.
    Where are the Arab nations to support peace? It is one thing to import refugees of the past 1967 war, but to create peace is not been their agenda.It is like every Arab nation is self centered to themselves.
    Every year passes by, another generation of children of both sides, can not embrace a better life for their offspring.
    If I were one of President Obama's advisors, i would tell him, these stupid settlements still being built do NOT create peace,now nor never for a society that wants to embrace peace.

    July 3, 2009 at 10:20 am |
  20. ronald

    another hot spot, is Somalia.
    US supports current weak government in Somalia and advisories are going to spread their effects a far distance too.
    Somalia is a hot spot, cause their society is comprised of clans, each clan politically of its past, favoring their own clan,neglecting its other clans,leads to another failed state.
    This time, shall remain as another failed attempt,correct the core of the problem to correct the effects for the future.

    July 3, 2009 at 10:24 am |
  21. Hal

    Iran worries me the most because of thier hatred of israel.Thier leader seems bent on destroying them which should put us in the middle of it all,cause as a Christian I will support Israel completely.We all need to support and pray for the protester's in Iran.Second is North Korea their leader is a total mad man who if they mess with us we should just destroy and be done with it.Third is our own country more and more our right's seem to be taking away.Economy is bad and company's just seem to run over the employee's it's getting harder and harder for us everyday joe's just to get by.This is not the Country i grew up in but just the same "GOD BLESS AMERICA' HAPPY 4th OF JULY TO ALL AMERICAN'S

    July 3, 2009 at 10:41 am |
  22. Karen

    My son Joe is in the USAF, 19 years old, is stationed in S. Korea but is on home leave in Las Vegas visiting his mother and sick grandmother. I fear for his life due to the fact that when N. Korea says they are going to do something they do!!! What is the US waiting for? N. Korea is a threat to us all and so far nothing is being done to stop him, why? He does whatever he pleases and we just sit back and wait for something to happen, why? Please pray for all our military troops and their families.

    July 3, 2009 at 10:43 am |
  23. PHIL

    Afghanistan and still Iraq are areas that have not been rectified even after all these years of our troops being there. The Taliban are not stupid..they will not take the US might head on. They will disappear for another day into the mountains and wait for the day we leave. I believe it's an unwinnable war as once we go they will come out of hiding and all those years of fighting and troop deaths and injuries will be for naught. Look what happened when we went into Kuwait....they weren't there waiting for us were they...they are not that stupid...they are waitng for their time!

    July 3, 2009 at 10:45 am |
  24. Tracy Solomon

    I address this letter with hopes that it will concern many more people than it seems to be concerning at the moment. I do not say that with disrespect but with a great deal of concern for both my family in Honduras and for true democracy. I have family in Honduras that are Honduran Citizens as my husband was born in Honduras. I also have a family member in Honduras that is a U.S. Citizen. My husband is a Naturalized U.S. citizen whom has served in the U.S. Army and is a Desert Storm Veteran.

    Being involved in both countries with family and having military background in the United States, gives not only a sense of responsibility to stand up and do something on both sides but also a sense of urgency, pride and a need for resolve on many matters that seem to be getting either brushed aside or intentionally overlooked and censored for one sake or another.

    For one, the word democracy has been used a lot in the news but yet the definition of democracy seems to be getting stretched and in the country of Honduras, it is not being represented for the Honduran people themselves when the majority of Hondurans do not want the previous president Manuel Zelaya put back into office. Yet, many countries are trying to force him back into office or cut off trade and assistance to Honduras and its people, a very poor country. This is greatly due to the poor leadership over the last 3 years of Manuel Zelaya while he has been in office. Honduras does not need corruption.

    Democracy: government by the people; a form of government in which the supreme power is vested in the people and exercised directly by them or by their elected agents under a free electoral system.

    Even as everything has become so heated up since Sunday, June 28th, the news has continued to seemingly cover only bits and pieces and mainly be one sided. Also, the US Administration and the OAS as well as UN National Assembly has taken the side of saying that the government of Honduras must take back Manuel Zelaya or face the consequences of “Worldwide Condemnation” (as quoted in an interview by Jennifer McCoy, director of the Carter Center's Americas Program)

    Why is this all just coming into focus and the US, the OAS, the UN National Assembly and media outlets so determined to jump on the side of Manuel Zelaya? This did not just start playing out in Honduras and this did not just start coming to light in the Honduran Media.

    Mr. Zelaya issued his Executive Decree on March 23rd of this year calling for a referendum to extend his presidential term to be held before July. This is not allowed due to clear Articles in the Honduran constitution concerning the presidential term. There are also strict guidelines concerning any kind of a referendum in the constitution. The Honduran Supreme Court, the Administrative courts, the Attorney General, the Commissioner for Human Rights, the Electoral Tribunal, and the National Congress all declared the referendum to be illegal.

    On June 23rd, legislative action was taken by the Honduran National Congress to prevent Mr. Zelaya’s violations of Honduran rule of law and constitutional precepts. The U.S. failed to respond. On Friday, June 26th, Mr. Zelaya issued another decree ordering government employees to participate in the “Public Opinion Poll to convene a National Constitutional Assembly,” which would have again been going against the Honduran constitution requiring he be relieved of his duties and office. The U.S. failed to respond.

    I do not believe the U.S. Government was not aware what was going on. Quite the contrary. There was plenty of information coming out of Honduras about what was going on leading up to this Referendum Mr. Zelaya was planning to have and why it would be illegal. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was in Honduras for a meeting and was made aware of this situation. As this was going on, my opinion as to why the U.S. wasn’t doing anything was possibly due to the same reasons being said for the situation in Iran, the U.S. didn’t want to “meddle”. I did however believe the U.S. would be investigating the issues that were going on with the Honduran President and see a problem with how Manuel Zelaya had gone from a once Conservative President (or at least that is how he campaigned) to changing into a person many of his own party no longer recognized and many citizens felt threatened with him in office. I felt confident knowing the U.S. had sent our Secretary of State down to Honduras even if we weren’t going to make any demands on how their government should run their country, no “meddling”.

    The OAS, UN National Assembly and the U.S. has its resources in Honduras so it is not hard to believe each should be very well informed on how Honduras’s Governmental System and Constitutional Law works. As the deadline was getting closer to the June 28th date and Manuel Zelaya kept saying he would carry through with the Referendum Vote even though the Honduran Supreme Court, the Administrative courts, the Attorney General, the Commissioner for Human Rights, the Electoral Tribunal, and the National Congress all declared the referendum to be illegal. But, Manuel Zelaya was determined to move forward.

    Everyone in the OAS, the UN National Assembly and the U.S. knew what Manuel Zelaya was carrying out carried criminal consequences according the Honduran Constitution and was not acting alone. When his military leader would not carry out his orders to along with him, he fired him. However, he continued to go about getting the ballots and voting boxes together with the help of others and taking them to his Presidential Palace for the vote to take place the next morning. When he did this, he knew there would be some sort of consequence. A president is not above the law. He hadn’t been able to change that, yet.

    Where was everyone when Manuel Zelaya was in the process of defying Honduras’s Supreme Court? Where was everyone when he was trying to use the Honduran Military to break these laws? Where has everyone been while Manuel Zelaya has spent the last 3 years driving Honduras further down instead of helping the people as he promised during his campaigning? Why aren’t the people speaking out in Honduras now being listened to instead of being censored?

    Why is the U.S. Government so ready to “meddle” in the Honduran Government within a week of this happening without so much of an investigation or hearing out the Honduran people and only seeming to listen to Manuel Zelaya who was just put out of office by his own government, military and the people of Honduras? Why is it that as soon as he is put out of his country, the outside countries seem to side up with him and forget about the people of Honduras, the citizens of Honduras that aren’t being listened to? Are they not important to anyone? Is there a reason he is more important to the U.S. than the people of Honduras? Is there a reason he is more important to the OAS than the people of Honduras? Is there a reason he is more important to the UN National Assembly than the people of Honduras?

    Where is the media coverage? Just like it seems human rights seems to be getting overlooked here so is media coverage. It isn’t that the information isn’t getting out. It is. Twitter is full of information. Blogs are getting information straight out from Honduras. There are Newspapers in Honduras posting information, stories and photos. Univision is covering the story and CNN in español is covering the story. That’s what I know about. The part I am talking about is still most people haven’t an idea where Honduras in located on a map. They depend on our Government to let them know what we are concerned about. The media passes that on to the general public.

    Is our government concerned? Is our government going to just try to force Honduras’s hand? If so, are they willing to face the consequences this will most likely cause? Why is it okay to “meddle” here? Is there something for the U.S. to gain? If the U.S. is going to have so much to say in what Honduras MUST do, why is there nothing being said in the news about WHY if this administration is transparent? There has been a lot said in the news throughout lesser involvements with other countries.

    Where is democracy? Is democracy only defended in some countries and not in others? Is democracy only for some citizens and not for others? Does the U.S. get to chose where democracy is appropriate or deserved? The U.S. is supposed to be an example not a roadblock for democracy.

    I have hope this can be worked out somehow by listening to the people in Honduras that are trying to speak out as well as the Government Officials. The people are trying to tell their stories. Since 1982, the people have worked for Democracy.

    I have a lot of confidence in our current administration. I voted for this administration. I believe in communication between other countries and having discussions to solve problems. Since the U.S. has become involved, responsibility ultimately does fall on us in many ways.

    Please hear the will of the Honduran people. Listen to the current Honduran Government. Look into everything that led up to Manuel Zelaya’s exit from office. Please keep the Country of Honduras and its people in your prayers.

    Tracy Solomon

    July 3, 2009 at 10:47 am |
  25. Erik

    I am worried most about N.Korea, it will take only one idiotic move by N.Korea that would force the United States show it's nuclear hand. And from that, there is no return..........

    July 3, 2009 at 10:50 am |
  26. Justin Williams

    The nation we should be most worried about is our own. Budget cutbacks, failing state departments and an unemployment rate nation-wide are the most prevalent and pertinent issues at hand. I believe it was Thomas Jefferson who said focus on concerns domestic and do not interest yourself in foreign affairs; we should adhere more to the thoughts of our founders and a prime example of this working in the real word is most definitely Iran.

    July 3, 2009 at 10:52 am |
  27. Willie (Gretna, Fl)

    North Korea. As defiaiant as he is, their leader will not mind disrupting the U.S. way of life.

    July 3, 2009 at 11:27 am |
  28. Dan Fleury

    I worry that North Korea will be ignored until they decide to kill hundreds of thousands just for fun. If there sights are on Hawaii, what then? Do we have a second Pearl Harbor before we decide to smack them down?

    July 3, 2009 at 11:55 am |
  29. Larry

    N. Korean is the biggest concern. Trying to figure out what Kim Jong is doing and what his plans are. Of course that's trying to make sanity out of insanity.

    We need to keep withdrawing from Iraq and let them have their religious wars that they've been enjoying since the beginning of time without our interference.

    If Iran does develop nuclear capability would they use it against Israel knowing what the consequences would be?

    Everyone should read Tracy Solomon's entry concerning Honduras.

    July 3, 2009 at 12:01 pm |
  30. asdouglass

    Why is it that Michael Jackson is taking up so much air time when there are other serious concerns to the American people?! I would think that North Korea's ambitions would be in the spotlight, not some pop star. On the other hand, this is expected from a nation that has more people vote for the next American Idol over the next President of the United States. Wake up America!

    July 4, 2009 at 12:48 am |
  31. Pearlie Strother-Adams

    Heidi,
    I have to call like it is. It is terrible that those people at that club would hurt those little children the way they did. They need to be fired from that position. It is so unfair that little black children are mistreated in this way. I grew up in the deep South during Jim Crow and my heart is sickened to see that this still exists. How would they feel if soeone did this to their children? pearlie

    July 10, 2009 at 11:26 pm |
  32. JoAnne

    At the Town Hall Meetings, why do the politicians not ask who is happy with their health care insurance. Then disregard Medicare, government , and veterans which are all one payer insurance. Why are theyb always on the defensive instead of the offensive?

    August 10, 2009 at 10:45 pm |

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