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June 20, 2009

TONIGHT ON LKL: Sunday Iran Daywrap

Posted: 07:15 PM ET

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We're live tonight with a special about the ongoing crisis in Iran.

We've got an expert panel to digest it all, including an exclusive with former Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.  Plus we'll have a live report from Tehran.

And we want to hear from you:

What does the future hold for Iran?

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Scott   June 20th, 2009 9:05 pm ET

Why are there any protesting going on anyways? Seems to me it's just a bunch of people upset that the person they voted for lost. What would happen if this happened in the U.S.? What would of happenedif everyone who voted for John McCain would of held protests like the one that are going on in Iran? Would it be any different? All that's going on over there is people for one party trying to get publicity because they can't take it that the person they voted for lost.


Stewart Zamudio   June 20th, 2009 9:06 pm ET

As Americans we have a stake in the fight for freedom in Iran. Where there is injustice, we as Americans must help fight for freedom no matter where in the world this injustice might be. So tonight I am Iranian too, and support the men and women for their fight for freedom. We must take care of our fellow man.


jack   June 20th, 2009 9:12 pm ET

This is why it is so very important to have separation of church and state. They were so excited to overthrow the Shah, now they have these religious despots making their lives miserable. I hope the people can shake off this sickening regime and have a better government in the future. We admire your courage.


cheryll   June 20th, 2009 9:53 pm ET

I turned this program on and thought I had turned on a promo for President Obama. This situation in Iran has nothing to do with Obama campaign speeches and very little to do with what Obama says or doesn't say. The people in Iran are more aware of the freedom that their brothers and sisters in Iraq have. This is of course is due to our brave men and women who liberated Iraq.


Cemal Eryilmaz scapegoat   June 20th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

it is really sad to see those women getting beat up by Iranian's autorties. But i agree w Presedent Obama not to get engage yet. Iranian regime love it for U.S goverment involment/ As matter of fact ,all Middle Earst leaders use U.S as a SCAPEGOAT , I am from that region, i know that, and sadly most of people buy it.


Michael C. McHugh   June 20th, 2009 10:00 pm ET

From the start, I thought there was going to be a revolution in Iran because the election fraud was too huge. They never counted the votes at all. Now it looks as if there is a general uprising all over the country, not only in Tehran or among the students.

I wish them good luck and may God be with them.


Meana   June 20th, 2009 11:50 pm ET

@Scott: It's not about them loosing, it's about Iran's government hold and election and then overwrite the results by their own selection. Moussavi possibly won the election, but his presidency is not good for Khamenei or Ahmadinejad. They (the government)made a big deal out of the election from the beginning, to act like everybody participated and voted for Ahmadinejad. If you follow the news thoroughly you would get this. Everybody around the whole country is protesting against the results, and you know if the government was understandable it would do a re-election and let the international observers to come, and it would prove it to everybody. In regards to having another election would cost a lot of money, that probably is not true anymore, given how much money they are spending to kill all these people. Please follow these news carefully if you want to comment on it, it's very painful for these people getting killed and their rights ignored, and other people in other countries get fooled by Iran's government's lies and talk about the people like you do.


joe calleja, st.paul's bay, malta   June 21st, 2009 7:29 am ET

Hi Larry,

Today I watched Christiana Amanpour substituting you and really
appreceiated her program.

How can I know that my comments are reaching you (because I'm still
computer half-illetrate.

Regards,

Joe


Aley   June 21st, 2009 12:02 pm ET

Larry..please tell the story of NEDA who was gunned down in Tehran and died in the arms of her father on the street.


Dodie ~ California   June 21st, 2009 12:41 pm ET

Politian’s interviewed by CNN state they want to spread democracy around the world. That is OUR agenda not other countries. If we continue obtruding in other countries’ business, we will continue to widen the gap, the Bush era created! How would the USA feel if China continued to intrude in our county’s affairs?

We are NOT a god. We do NOT know what is best for other countries’ people. We must join the UN with their decisions. We are viewed by the world as a loose cannon! Why do you think most of the world hates us!! Trust me, I travel all over the world and I know! Most of the time I am embarrassed to be from the USA due to our dogmatic politics.

Is this difficult to watch? Yes! Are people being killed? Yes!

If we enter Iran, then when do we pull out??? The people MUST find their own strength. ((They will not, with us there!)) That is the problem with Iraq right now!

I COMPLETELY SUPPORT OBAMA’S POSITION!

To stay calm and not make emotional based decisions. Thank Goodness we finally have an intelligent president!


Dodie ~ California   June 21st, 2009 12:50 pm ET

@ Scott

This is about oppression of the people by their government! The election was just the last straw! We went through this when we revolted against England and also during the civil war.

If we had the strength of the Iranian people, we would revolt against corrupt politicians (senate and house) and the large corporations that now control our country. Problem with us...is most are ignorant or do not want to look at our mess.

The huge corporations control the politicians and intimately us! Very Sad!


Dodie ~ California   June 21st, 2009 12:55 pm ET

@ Stewart Zamudio

If you want to fight for freedom, you should start here. The huge corporations control the politicians and ultimately us! Why do you think health care is so very expensive? (( Insurance Companies & drug companies ))!!! We do not even see it! Very Sad


Joe G. (Illinois)   June 21st, 2009 4:05 pm ET

Everyone is so quick to judge.. Ah.. Ah! Too late.. You already decided.. But not Obama.. We all know what is father did to his mother, and then how he left her; how his mother did much of the same to him; And how he advocates for abortion and the perversion/abomination of marriage and family morals.. So just who are those who decided to help the people of Iran become more Americanized? Remember that you decided already!!!


ckelly   June 21st, 2009 5:03 pm ET

Politics is corrupt the world over and from what information I have read and observed, Its a case of the devil ya know versus the devil you don't in Iran.

The political process is always interfered with by the power behind the media..so its not really democracy in a classical sense. Its much like (all modern elections the world over) ...offering the five year old the choices you want as a parent..."will you wear the blue socks or the red ones today"...yeah thats free choice...that's democracy.

Actually as far as democracy goes in the middle east, Iran is light years ahead of a lot of the middle east..lets hope the violence stops and the media stops creating the good side and the bad side. Its politics-its all corruption.


Kyan   June 21st, 2009 5:45 pm ET

CNN should interview Sean Penn and his views on the situation since he has been to Iran personally and has had experience with the people in Iran. I am sure he has lots of opinions in regards to the events that have been happening. I would love to hear his comments.


Ronald   June 21st, 2009 6:08 pm ET

Hard as it maybe with all the violence going on in iran. America has its own problems to worry about. Showing support for the people there is about all we can do. although most of us want to live in a united world, The plain fact is we dont, at least not yet.
but we all need freedom, and wish freedom for all


Roody   June 21st, 2009 7:36 pm ET

As an Iranian student not living in Iran for the moment ,I should say that I have never voted in my life b4 and this was the first time I voted because I thought it's different this time around. with all the debates going on TV and the candidates talking about reforms and telling Ahmadinejad to his face that he is a liar and a total faliaur as a president, that was something new. I mean all of Iranian students outside Iran are here only because of the situation in Iran and to hear of change was like lights at the end of the tunnel.
now I know that they were using us as puppets to show to the western media as patriate citizens who say yes to Islamic Republic. and then they call us "dust n dirt" AKA "khas o khashak". ME and all my generation are disappointed. they took is for Idiots, questioning are IQ!
WE WANT OUR VOTES BACK!


ely   June 21st, 2009 7:42 pm ET

you are biased against ahmadinejad. why dont you ask me who voted for him? there is 20 million basijis in iran that would vote for ahmadinejad, so why is it impossible for him to get his votes? you are helping a plot to over throw him. what democracy?


Vallary   June 21st, 2009 8:01 pm ET

I understand the importants of relationships with other coutries, but I am very concern about what is happening in Korea. they do have the nuclear weapons. and the leader there made people go hungery there. Nobody got n the soap box. Why now. I mean it has rule the news all weekend.we need to open our eyes and watch North korea. They are walking the walk and talking the talk. and they are buying up everything.


Dodie ~ California   June 21st, 2009 9:03 pm ET

@ steve

It DID happen here and no one did anything in 2000


Nick, Toronto   June 21st, 2009 9:04 pm ET

First of kudos to all the people at CNN for giving the Iranian crisis as much attention as you are. At least the efforts of those Iranian citizens risking their lives protesting isn't being done in vain.

I was hoping you and your team could help me figure out the below concerns I have with regards to the (lack of) international response.

Where is the UN presence in all this shouldn't they be conducting some sort of investigation? They don't even mention anything about whats currently happening in Iran on their website.

Also, how come the U.S. gov't hasn't updated their travel advisories on Iran since September 15, 2008? I believe lots of other countries have issued or updated advisories to their citizens to reflect the current crisis.

And, it seems to me that most of the reporting you are getting is from people on the streets from websites such as twitter. Is there anything coming out from other countries Embassy officials? Or is their out going communication being blocked as well as citizens?


Michael C. McHugh   June 21st, 2009 9:09 pm ET

I have never thought that the regime in Iran was anything other than a Nazi police state, and I hope its own people overthrow it. I don't know how to put it any more clearly than that. It's not a regime I want us to negotiate with in any way, unless there is no way to avoid it. If the worst happens and it stays in power, I would cut them no slack at all. Let's pray that we don't have to deal with it at all and that it will be consigned into the garbage can of history,


Dodie ~ California   June 21st, 2009 9:10 pm ET

Please help me out. I am an ignorant person from the US. Is it true that the Supreme Leader, Ali Khamenei, has the final say on all matters!! So is this a revolution towards Ali Khamenei too??


nini   June 21st, 2009 9:18 pm ET

To every member at CNN...Thank you, thank you, thank you for your coverage of the Iranian crisis. Please continue your efforts.


Dodie ~ California   June 21st, 2009 9:21 pm ET

to answer your question, I checked on english/cctv.com/world and this is what they had to say:

(Headline) Iran lashes out at Western interference in election affairs

Iranian officials have lashed out at some Western countries, particularly Britain and the United States, over their "interference" in Iran´s election affairs as the country has been hit by post-vote unrest.


RCT   June 21st, 2009 9:42 pm ET

CNN has allowed Wolfowitz and other apologists of interventionism to frame the Iraq crisis as a test of President Obama's courage and resolve. The Republicans have politicized this crisis for their own ends. Every responsible political analyst, including Henry Kissinger, has supported President Obama's measured, but unambiguously pro-democracy, response. The Republicans' self-serving behvaior is immoral and dangerous.

Moreover, Wolfowitz wsa one of the chief architects of the Iraq invasion. He's irresponsible and delusional. Enough of him.


RCT   June 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Wolfowitz keeps repeating that Obama should support democracy. That's exactly what Obama has done. Can't you people see through this Republican game? Are you that manipulable?


Jerry   June 21st, 2009 9:44 pm ET

Paul Wolfowitz has no business giving anyone advice on how the President (or the U.S.) should react to the events in Iran. Remember all of the made up "proof" that got us into the Iraq war? Should he not get at least as much credit as Dickie on all of the messes Bush's administration has gotten us in? You want to talk about neo-cons? This guy is a goose-stepper...Oh, by the way: he teaches at a well-known university?


Lorry   June 21st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Wolfe, Paul Wolfewitz keeps insisting that the people of the world need to stand up and support the people of Iran. But, I don't see him wearing a green ribbon on his lapel? I went out today and bought yards and yards of green ribbon, and pinned a piece on my blouse, and people throughout the day asked me if they could have one, too, and I gave it to them. There is one simple, silent, peaceful way that we can support the opposition and that is. .. . wear a green ribbon! I'm tired of the talking heads talking a good game, but not taking any simple, yet powerful actions themselves! Wear a green ribbon, everyone, everywhere!


Jacki   June 21st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

My heart goes out to Iran, But the US should stay out of it/ Obama said enough in support of them. Let's not start another war with another country.


Mehdi   June 21st, 2009 9:46 pm ET

Wolf! We iranians understand that president Obama doesn't want to give amunition to iranian regime by supporting Mousavi BUT we certainly expect US to support IRANIAN PEOPLE in a much stronger way. US can make an international coalition in condemning the brutal iranian regime. US can coordinate a much stronger international response. Please my brothers and sisters are dieing in streets of Tehran, Isfahan, Shiraz.....Please help if you can. God bless you and brave people of Iran. Mehdi Los Angeles


RCT   June 21st, 2009 9:47 pm ET

And as for David Gergen's comparison of this situation to the 1981 Israeli invasion of Lebanon: Israel is our ally. It couldn't exist without our political and financial support. Hence, the Israelis had to pay attention to us. The Iranis don't need or want us. There is no comparison.


RCT   June 21st, 2009 9:52 pm ET

Please CNN - I teach critical theory. You are letting the Republican Party create a phony issue so as to politicize this crisis to their advantage. What does "Stand up with the protestors!" mean. It's an empty, emotion-provoking slogan. The Repubs are on talking points and are trying to turn this international crisis to their domestic political advantage. Do not let them reframe the issue in terms of Obama's courage, grit, or whatever. They are trying to roll you.


Dodie ~ California   June 21st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

I would like that for once, this country join the UN with regards to Iran. I suspect the UN has its hands full with the DPRK threatening war. What a mess!

Thank You CNN for the excellent coverage! I really enjoyed Shiva Rose! she is a very wise woman!

Yes, it is just none of our business! I completely agree.


kevin   June 21st, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Wolfowitz seems just as clueless and shortsighted as he was with respect to Iraq. With little knowledge of that country he predicted our soldiers would be welcomed with hugs and chocolates. Now he says "we shouldn't be concerned about future negotiations with Iran" ???? This situation is ABOUT the future.


RCT   June 21st, 2009 9:57 pm ET

Think of it this way. If we do not take sides re the Iran elections and the legitimacy of the Iranian regime, but merely stand up (as Obama has done) for free speech and nonviolent response to protest, then we deprive the Iranian government of a rallying point for what is clearly a divided religious leadership. We want them to remain divided, meaning not united against us. Obama is isolating the conservatives by refusing to take the side of the "liberals." He is depriving them of a scapegoat. Think about it – he's much smarter than Wolfowitz.


Dodie ~ California   June 21st, 2009 9:59 pm ET

RCT

Yes, I completely agree. Large corporate America just can not wait to get their hands on the resources in Iran. That is why the push for our involvement!

Finally, we have an intelligent leader!


RCT   June 21st, 2009 10:02 pm ET

Yes, Dodie, and it's driving me crazy that CNN can't see the point of Obama's strategy and is once again falling for the Republican line. This is exaclty what happened pre-Iraq. I mean, can't CNN and the othr media learn? Even my twenty year-old has figured out what Obama is trying to do. Criminy!


Dodie ~ California   June 21st, 2009 10:10 pm ET

RCT!

I feel it is even uglier than we could even imagine. I have been a government employee since 1985 and I must tell you, that corporate America has seized control of this country. They buy politicians and if they will not accept the money, they threaten them. Even with an intelligent leader as Obama, it definitely is an up-hill battle! We have been brainwashed for 50 some years through media ads to buy, buy, buy. If we are not careful, we will end up a two class system. the 1% filthy rich and the 99% poor. I do not mean to be so negative; however, we had better all wake up soon!

CNN is owned by corporate America. They have their hands tied! They are doing the very best they are allowed to do!


Daniel Lawrence   June 21st, 2009 10:23 pm ET

First, It shocks me that CNN or any self-respecting news outlet would still find anything Paul Wolfowitz has to say about US Foreign Policy at all credible. The lead cheerleader to enter a sovereign nation who had nothing to do with 911 and lied about intelligence to fufill his desires to provoke his twisted ideas of preemptive war. Wolfowitz has never understood the dynamics in the middle east as Saddam Hussein and Al Queda would never have anything to do with one another even if they shared the USA as a common enemy. He is a war-monger who thinks that the USA can instill our- style democracy all over that region. Regarding Iran, President Obama has done the right thing by not allowing this evil regime to demonize the opposition's momentum with rhetoric that the US is involved in any way. There are many people in Iran who would believe this rhetoric even if it were not true. Let this take its course without the USA's fingerprints on it. Condemn the violence, absolutely. And the President has and will continue to. To try to rile up students to be crushed by this regime. Many Iranian people will believe that the USA or Israel are behind this if the regime says it. It is already happening to a degree. Ask anyone who knows. FYI: Paul Wolfowitz is NOT one of those people. May God be with the brave people of Iran.


Daniel Lawrence   June 21st, 2009 10:29 pm ET

RCT is so right. I am independent but there is a bias when it comes to foreign policy media coverage toward nodding to GOP. Gergen worked in Reagan WH and wolfowitz is a neo-con. Why no representation as to why President would take more measured response? Trigger happy war-hawks are still trigger happy-warhawks.


james reed   June 21st, 2009 10:57 pm ET

GO IRANIAN PEOPLE!!!!!, i think that the para-militaries should stop beating people, eventually this will become unbearable even for them


Margie   June 22nd, 2009 2:42 am ET

1 question:

All the Iranian citizens want is a new election. If that were to happen, how would the Iranian Government tally the results the second time around so the citizens felt their votes were not cheated?

1 statement:

I was shocked and proud to see the bravery of women protesting and saddened when they were killed in the streets of Iran, all for equality, particularly in a male governing society (dictatorship). The revolution will not be worth it if the current regime is overthrown but the women remain second-class citizens.


jack   June 22nd, 2009 4:53 am ET

@ Dodie and @ R.T. I think your comments are well thought out and I appreciate your intelligent insights. Obama is doing the right thing , so far, by making a statement encouraging freedom of assembly, while using restraint rather than some heavy-handed approach. The world is seeing the outrages , and they are losing status each day they continue beating and killing their own people. These clerics are showing their true face, and disgusting their decent citizens,


Carlos   June 22nd, 2009 6:23 am ET

The situation in Iran is truly a fight for democracy, specially for an islam country. However, the attention the media is giving to this is becoming awfully sensationalist. And by this, I accusse YOU CNN for displaying images of horror, murder and pain to make your reporting endeavour more provocative to your audience.

CNN you are a shameless news coorporation, Im not muslim...and still I feel outraged that you show (without editing) Neda's video life in your international edition news. What are you trying to achieve with this? give people the option to watch this sort of things instead of "mounting" them to our perception. Yes, its is bad what is happening...everyone gets it...why, why do you have to press on this?..you and your ratings...this is typical american!! no wonder why people around the world hate you...you just do and think as you please without any moral regard to others...speacilly to those that are not white and american.

one other thing: please set an example to get accurate reports, with well founded journalism...instead of relying on freaking twitter and facebook...really, its sad – Half the world is composed of people who have something to say and can't and the other half who have nothing to say and keep on saying it. (Robert Frost)


als   June 22nd, 2009 8:24 am ET

These images coming out of Iran is brings up the history of how Blacks and others have fought for their freedom over here in this country. This is not just about an election they want the freedom to choose and be heard. Pres Obama is doing the right thing by staying out of it. John Mccain and GOP party CNN are putting journalist lives in danger. America should have one voice and one response and thats what President Obama has said stay out of its their fight and their right to have their own Goverment. We cant even handle our own election and were always meddling in other countries affairs thats why we have so many wars we have to fight today. The world is watching and so are other world leaders they have journalist in the field also they have to strike the right tone for this countrie. America is not the only outrage voice that should be heard around the world. Other world leaders need to step up and express their outrage to.


IRANIAN WOMAN   June 22nd, 2009 2:32 pm ET

BEWARE: Trita Parsi is a member of the Islamic Regime and as the President of the National Iranian American Council (NIAC), he is lying for this killer Regime. He claims that the Iranian people aren't against the Regime and that they only want a re-election. KNOW THAT THIS STATEMENT IS A LIE! The electoral fraud in Iran only triggered the people's anger, it is way beyond that! The people do not want the Islamic Regime in their country and they've been sacrificing thousand of lives to get rid of these killers. The world finally seems to hear them: HEAR THEM! THE ISLAMIC REGIME IS NOT WELCOMED IN IRAN. AND PLEASE KNOW THAT MR. TRITA PARSI, PRESIDENT OF THE NATIONAL IRANIAN AMERICAN COUNCIL (NIAC) IS A MEMBER OF THE ISLAMIC REGIME AND SPEAKS ON THEIR BEHALF, THEREFORE HE IS NOT A REFERENCE FOR THE PEOPLE OF IRAN AND SHOULD NOT BE INTERVIEWED AS THE VOICE OF THE PEOPLE.

HE HAS THE BLOOD OF MILLIONS OF IRANIANS ON HIS HANDS. SHAME ON YOU TRITA PARSI!!!


john   June 22nd, 2009 2:45 pm ET

What we see here in Iran not looks very similarto what we saw at Kent state.... the Neda pics have a scary familiarity with the photo from kent state of that girl who was shot. The chicago scene at the Demo. convention and any protest of the Vietnam war in the USA history looks really interchangeable with the scenes in iran.
nn is disappointing many by not running with the simiarity of the events. Americans are not noted for their willingness to be selfst judgmental.


asal   June 22nd, 2009 3:10 pm ET

i live in germany, but now i`m in iran and see this bloody scenes every day. The iranian military is 10 times wilder and more heartless than i see in any news. we fight every day for just a little bit fretedom. but that is too much for this beasty regime. they beat, they kill, they catch us, just for beeing on the streets. i think this is a war between too the regime and the persian civilation. and they haven`t mercy. i hope god help us, because every day that comes they`ll get harder and more and more military will come between us and our right to be free.


Dodie ~ California   June 22nd, 2009 4:15 pm ET

@ jack

Thank you for your kind compliment! Yes, I am happy to see there are more of us out there, willing to back and support an intelligent president along with the awareness of large corporate manipulations of the American people.


Jacki   June 22nd, 2009 4:30 pm ET

Very well said 'als' I can't agree with you more nor could I have said it better.
We don't need another war as Mccain & the GOP party is trying to start.


Luis Bouzon   June 22nd, 2009 5:03 pm ET

What's happening in Iran is the hallmark of any totalitarian government. As the government continues to increase oppressive measures we will see a protest become a revolt, a revolution and quite possibly a civil war if the opposing groups are armed by outside sources. It will be interesting to see if Iranian troops once called up by the Regime will actually shoot at their fellow Iranians.


Terry   June 22nd, 2009 5:27 pm ET

In Iran, rocks versus rifles. What an advertisement for the Second Amendment. A dream come true for the NRA!


Umar Abdullah   June 22nd, 2009 5:57 pm ET

On the issue of what’s happening in Iran – At no point in time should the Muslim world or anyone for that matter allow for the establishment of a democratic and secular government in the Middle East. This is not of our way and we should strive very hard with life and limb to resist it. Let us not be fooled by western rhetoric especially coming from the lips of the American president. What if Mousavi was in government and Ahmadinejad was on the streets protesting the election results and asking for the establishment of an Islamic state would Barack Obama have opted not to interfere? It is clear then that any attempt of an Islamic state to raise its head in any part of the world, would be met by stiff and violent opposition.


Margie   June 22nd, 2009 5:59 pm ET

als,

You are wrong, the Iranian citizens are upset about the election and how the results were manipulated. This election is being challenged and rightly so by the Iranian citizens. They are protesting the election, the election results.

Yes, it is obvious the Iranian citizens are angry, they want freedom, they want to be heard but apparently the election results were allegedly "rigged". All they want is another election with fair election results. They do not want election results determined by the current dictator.

If all the Iranian citizens want is another election then why doesn't their government give it to them? What would they be afraid of except for wrongdoing?

My question is, if their government has another election, how do the citizens become satisfied with the results again? The process of determining the election results, the people running the election system are obviously corrupt since there's a report that surprising just came out from the Iran government-funded press that there were over 3 million extra votes casted then registered voters.

Their election was a sham, the election results fraudulent.

Their government is so corrupt they are even accusing CNN of hacking websites and exaggerating reports of police clashes with protesters.


William Templeton   June 22nd, 2009 6:06 pm ET

To your question, there is no way to know at this point what the future holds, but the response from our President is correct. No intervention, no inflamitory words, no reason to give the political structure a smokescreen. Let the full effect of this event be Iranian, and the full blame be sqaurely on the heads of the Iranian government. We can not fix this, we (America) can not dissuade, or positively influence this event. Our course should be exactly what it is, observe and permit the Iranian people the opportunity to make their own history.
May God Bless and guide our Mr. President


LacrosseMom   June 22nd, 2009 8:13 pm ET

@ Jack....... Agree with 100%. President Obama knows that we, the U.S., can not start to demand or accuse from over here. Too many American presidents & others have been disrespectful to foreign nations, by demanding that they follow our system or behave as we would.

One of the reasons that we, Americans, are not liked nor trusted in the Middle East is that we have a tendency to want to ram our system of government and our values down another country's "throat". Best to support the Iranians from a distance and pray for those souls out in the streets demonstrating and wanting CHANGE!


LacrosseMom   June 22nd, 2009 8:14 pm ET

@ Dodie......... SO TRUE!


bc-man   June 22nd, 2009 9:40 pm ET

I can not believe what CNN is feeding to the world.

You are supposed to hold the flag of freedom and democracy.

I am very disappointed and I am just a true Iranian with no affiliation to any political movement.

you can not blame others for your lack of care and competence.

I have sent several messages to CNN, but nobody is interested, As it is against your money money making attitude.

If you, really, care about Iran and Iranians, then let me know and I will tell you how wrong you are.

bc_man


mike   June 22nd, 2009 9:43 pm ET

Iran people are either victim of rootless goverment or Brithis,French,
israel,USA. If is not popet goverment it is fenatic goverment,no matter
who rules Iran, oil,gas,..etc, keeps greedy forign goverments try
to abuse Iran for their own benefit othere than people's benefit.
until Forign policies dont change,until fenatic Gov ,Are in iran,
world would get toward darker age,and iran is important key.


Gregg Teslovich   June 22nd, 2009 9:54 pm ET

When CNN and other news media show video such that of Tehran's Neda's death and fade out the reality of her final moments does the media dishonor her and make her death nearly pointless and make similar killings more likely to occur in the future. It is only in having our sterile lives face the truth of such horrific events that we are moved to act as courageously as those who give their lives.


Maurice   June 22nd, 2009 9:56 pm ET

Larry, why is a acceptable in the US to show tragic events in such detail (i.e a young lady dying on the streets) when it is on foreign soil but when tragic events happen in the US the media doesn't show as much detail? I believe that if we can show such grueling details on foreign soil we should do the same for tragic events in the US.


Hossein   June 22nd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Your guests from the Time, and Leno are praising Iran for having the most middle class in the Middle East, have the most educated, especially women.... well this is a generation made by the revolution since 1979 .... I think your guests should be fair and give some credit to the system who provided these opportunities for its people.


Mojdeh   June 22nd, 2009 9:58 pm ET

Hi Larry, Klein is absolutely right. He has a very profound understanding of Iranians, and what they need. And what they don't need is for them to be supported by USA in any way. What Obama has done or said so far is the only thing that the protesters should get from the US' government.


Morteza   June 22nd, 2009 10:07 pm ET

Larry,

Your current program with Mevis Leno shows a misconception of the women in Iran.

Women in Iran cannot be compared with any other country in the region, therefore should not have their role in this recent uprising emphasized on too much and over estimated. This is how the women of Iran naturally are in their families and in society. They have always taken care of them selves well. People shouldn't judge Iranian women by their cover.

Mevis is over doing it which I believe comes from her feministic approach. It's not realistic to think that men should have only been on the streets in Tehran, and now give extra credit to the presence of women. Iran is NOT comparble to Afghanistan or Iraq or even Turkey in regards to women being exposed to all aspects of social life.

Regards,

Morteza


Ramin   June 22nd, 2009 10:19 pm ET

Scott,

I'm afraid you do not know the structure of power in Iran. Ahmadinejad is the forehead of a cult lead by Haj sheikh, Khamenei and Mesbah Yazdi with the support of the Revolutionary Guard. They are sort of the same cult who hijacked the '79 revolution by Nationalists and Marksist against the Shah and named it Islamic Revolution. Search any one of these names and you will get your answers.

On the other hand there is too much evidence supporting the cheating even from people within the Interior Ministry of Iran that leaves no doubt about the votes being rigged. The rural votes have ended up being more than the rural population, and many more examples.


Ramin   June 22nd, 2009 10:20 pm ET

I agree with Mojdeh,

Klein has a good understanding of Iran.


Ramin   June 22nd, 2009 10:41 pm ET

Nevertheless, the Reagan administration was in favor and supported the Islamists hijacking the '79 revolution simply to prevent further Soviet influence in Iran. The Republicans (R. Reagan campaign) later made a deal with the hostage takers of the American embassy in Iran in '80 to hold them till elections which caused Jimmy Carter to lose.

We've seen much more of the Republicans dirty money making strategies during the IRan-Iraq war of the 80's and recently in Iraq.


Ramin   June 22nd, 2009 10:52 pm ET

Hossein,

The Islamic system pounded the people and yet the people found their way of thriving. You cannot give credit to the Islamic regime for providing opportunities. What opportunities are you exactly talking about. The revolution was not Islamic until it was officially hijacked by Khomeini as people watched in disbelief during th early 80's.

These children were raised by parents who thrived culturaly before the revolution and continued raising their children decently despite the opression out on the streets. Culture is not something you create over night. I'm sorry this culture was not made by the revolution. Just because you have cell phones in your villages today doesn't mean that the revolution has contributed to that.


afsaneh azarvash   June 22nd, 2009 10:55 pm ET

Not for a moment i believe Mccain cares about iranian poeple!

Hi larry
I, as an iranian who has been in iran, in 1979 revolution and now live in canada, tell Mccain we do not trust you and we have seen what u think about iraq and iran and middle east and we want you to be quiet
american policy has always suppressed iraninan democratic movement,iranian people do not feel good about america and would give up if they feel there is any treat coming from america (tough talks or treats as mccain is supporting), theyou would stop what they are trying to do inside and all will think they should defend their country from american treat
i hope i was clear
one of yours fans who alwayou watches you and admires your unbias discussion if issues


Ramin   June 22nd, 2009 11:02 pm ET

Hossein,

Don't forget the "Islamic" part of the revolution killed a good chunk of the Iranian intellectual elite just because of their way of thinking. Many pan-Iranists, Nationalists, Marksist, Pro-Shah, you name it, were imprisoned and killed just because they didn't think like the clergy and wished to protest that.

Later another good chunk were killed in the war with Iraq which was extended to the will of the Islamic regime just to gain more economic and political power by dealing arms and smuggling oil and creating a theology under the "holy war".

These are examples of the revolutions contributions to Iranian people. Just because people, later didn't dare to speak out, it doesn't mean that everything was fine and dandy.


Alexander   June 23rd, 2009 12:51 am ET

Thank you to Mr Klein for stating what seems to have been a taboo thing to say: that the US has had a checkered past when it comes to relations with Iran. We supported Saddam Hussein and the Shah and Iranians have reasons not to trust us. We MUST recognize that fact in dealing with Iran. President Obama is right and his critics should refrain from irresponsible verbiage.


homeyra   June 23rd, 2009 1:48 am ET

As an Iranian American, I would like to echo Mr. Klein's brilliant comment to Senator McCain: "BE QUIET".

I do not care for the opinion of someone who sang a song about bombing Iran just last year. Am I supposed to believe that suddenly you care about my beloved Iran? I suggest, Mr McCain, that you support President Obama's stratedgy. Your party needs to study the very complicated history of Iran-US relations in order to comprehend President Obama's sophisticated approach.

I am so very happy to have voted for a sensible president. I could not even imagine the disaster that "President" McCain would have caused. Furthermore, I am grateful to live in a country where people's votes actually count ...well, most of the times, anyway.


Ali   June 23rd, 2009 3:09 am ET

Regarding Tuesday night show (June/22/09). As an Iranian who lives in United State, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to CNN reporters and journalist for their full coverage of the events that are happening in Iran. Although, what has happened in Iran can raise concern for any human being, we see some media agencies and political parties are trying to use these protests for their own benefits. I hereby thank US governments for their current political action toward Iran for these events that have taken place in past two weeks. On behalf of many other Iranians, I would like to ask Senator McCain to not use Iranian protest for his own political party’s interest and therefore respect the Iranian’s independency. Our request from you is that while you are covering news from Iran, condemn the violence and please, do not intervene in Iran's internal problems. I am sure just how our history has proved in the past, we are the people who decide for ourselves and our independency has been our main goal throughout the history of Iran. I am sure our people will attain the ultimate freedom without any help from other countries and without being dependent on anyone else but just Iranians. Iranian culture is much more complicated and in depth than you can think of.


Mohammad Tabesh   June 23rd, 2009 3:44 am ET

As an Iranian , I would like to echo Mr. Klein’s brilliant comment to Senator McCain: “BE QUIET”.
I do not care for the opinion of someone who sang a song about bombing Iran just last year. Am I supposed to believe that suddenly you care about my beloved Iran? I suggest, Mr McCain, that you support President Obama’s stratedgy. Your party needs to study the very complicated history of Iran-US relations in order to comprehend President Obama’s sophisticated approach.


Alireza Karimi   June 23rd, 2009 3:47 am ET

Regarding Tuesday night show (June/22/09) . As an Iranian who lives in United State, I would like to express my sincere appreciation to CNN reporters and journalist for their full coverage of the events that are happening in Iran. Although, what has happened in Iran can raise concern for any human being, we see some media agencies and political parties are trying to use these protests for their own benefits. I hereby thank US governments for their current political action toward Iran for these events that have taken place in past two weeks. On behalf of many other Iranians, I would like to ask Senator McCain to not use Iranian protest for his own political party’s interest and therefore respect the Iranian’s independency. Our request from you is that while you are covering news from Iran, condemn the violence and please, do not intervene in Iran's internal problems. I am sure just how our history has proved in the past, we are the people who decide for ourselves and our independency has been our main goal throughout the history of Iran. I am sure our people will attain the ultimate freedom without any help from other countries and without being dependent on anyone else but just Iranians. Iranian culture is much more complicated and in depth than you can think of.


Mohammad   June 23rd, 2009 4:48 am ET

As an Iranian, I would like to echo Mr. Klein’s brilliant comment to Senator McCain: “BE QUIET”.
I do not care for the opinion of someone who sang a song about bombing Iran just last year. Am I supposed to believe that suddenly you care about my beloved Iran? I suggest, Mr McCain, that you support President Obama’s stratedgy. Your party needs to study the very complicated history of Iran-US relations in order to comprehend President Obama’s sophisticated approach.


lostemperor   June 23rd, 2009 6:18 am ET

The great people of Iran will sooner or later deal with whatever dictator like they did in the past with the Shah and Saddam Hussein, both backed by the US. They will do so without or despite western meddling.


an Iranian   June 23rd, 2009 6:45 am ET

As far as I know my government, they will say that US is supporting the protesters and they will kill more people saying "the protesters are in favor of US"


Rose   June 23rd, 2009 11:59 am ET

Obama is correct in his approach toward Iran at this time. The US stopped democracy from flourishing in Iran in 1953 when it got rid of the democratically elected, western educated Dr. Mossadegh as Prime Minister in favor of the Shah and his brutal regime (whom the Iranians ousted in 1951). Iranians have never forgotten this and it eventually led to the American hostage crisis and revolution in 1979 when the Shah was finally kicked out. Any interference from the US will not be looked upon favorably and will lead to other problems, especially in light of the nuclear issue at hand.

Ahmadinejad is supported by the majority of the poor in Iran as he has provided them with many resources. The educated middle class want more freedom and is pro-Moussavi. The rich in Iran always benefitted under the Shah and many are in exile now in the US.

It was hypocritical of the late Shah's son Reza Pahlavi to cry on camera recently concerning the present situation. He should stop and consider the great number of deaths caused by his father and his secret police Savak against Iranians for decades. The Shah never tolerated any defiance of his power. Students and civilians were gunned down in the streets. The US – as a supporter of the Shah – was viewed in a negative manner by Iranians.

Joe Klein's remarks that McCain should "be quiet" is CORRECT. Past trigger-happy policies of the Republicans usually result in disaster. The US is in a very delicate balance with Iran. Each action or inaction must be thought out carefully due to our very bad past history with Iran. There is a large margin for abuse and propaganda by the current government in Iran if the US gets involved. That will lead to greater problems for the US and in the region.


Shabnam koosha   June 23rd, 2009 1:55 pm ET

Please do not interfere in Iran internal situation. Your interfere can make Iran situation worse. And the government in Iran will take advantage to deceive people more. Please let the Iranian alone. Let them do their works. NOW just United Nation and people all around the world can help us, not the government that used to be our enemy.


Rose   June 23rd, 2009 2:36 pm ET

Iranians have not forgotten that the US backed Saddam in the Iraq-Iran war during the 1980's. The war lasted 8 years and killed over 1,000,000 Iranian men. This forced many women in Iran to head households due to the loss of their male family members – causing much economic hardship.

They have also witnessed the carnage in Iraq caused by the US invasion/war and subsequent destruction of Iraq. The country is close to civil war between Sunni's and Shia's. The US is not looked upon as liberators but killers. There is the tragedy of the millions of Iraqis displaced as refugees. The Iranians are not blind to any of this.

The US must be very careful in how it handles the crisis in Iran. McCain's criticism of Obama concerning how to handle Iran confirms McCain's lack of understanding of this serious issue.


Jacki   June 23rd, 2009 3:33 pm ET

Hey ROSE, sounds like what the US (Bush) did to the women here. We are now HEAD OF HOUSEHOLD.


Rose   June 23rd, 2009 3:33 pm ET

It's ironic that the first Shah outlawed the "chador" or full veil in Iran in 1935. His police literally pulled them "OFF" of women in the streets. Women were not given a choice. This resulted in educated, modernized women putting "ON" the chador in 1979 to protest the Shah and his regime. The chador was a sign of defiance.

Now, 30 years later, the women in Iran are forced to be covered in public and are contesting their rights and freedom. Iran is complex with a complex recent history. The context of situations must be understood and not just looked at face-value. The US definitely should not interfere in Iran's internal matters.


Rose   June 23rd, 2009 5:31 pm ET

A good majority of the Iranian demonstrators are young, middle class, educated and urban. They are the ones who have access to all of the internet tools now being used. As one Iranian analyst here in the US noted, there is a lack of support for the protests from the poor, more rural, conservative Iranian population (a very large number of people). They tend to support Ahmadinejad.

This is important to note as the last revolution in 1979 had virtually all members of Iranian society participating. Young, old, educated, poor, urban and rural – all participated to oust the Shah. The main exception were the rich who benefitted greatly from the Shah's regime. While this doe not lessen the existing grievances there – it does show that Iran itself is split over the election outcome.


mike loves god then iran   June 24th, 2009 2:55 am ET

Brithish,israel,french,Russian,USA Goverments, are only after
their own benefit, after supporting Sadam,killing millions
in Iraq,Iran,..Palastine..etc, dont you think people in iran
are smarter to know who is their friend? not mollas?
nor western nor eastern Gov. when did media covered
so much abograbe prison,when did cnn covered so much
killing of inocent in Iraq, or iraq / iran war?palastine?
now it is politian / usa / israiel / birthish benefit,
so Cnn is being so nice to Iran..HA,HA.., I wounder?
Where were you Christian Amanpor? when USA
Was giving missle to sadam to kill iranian?
where were you CNN when israelies killed / took over
inocent people land. keep your report for your self, iranian
dont need your bias support, we will get rid of the mullas our self.


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