September 22, 2010

Sneak Peek: Ahmadinejad

Posted: 02:42 PM ET
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micah Maani   September 22nd, 2010 3:45 pm ET

please leave the bahais alone

Smith in Oregon   September 22nd, 2010 3:50 pm ET

The hikers were absolute idiots crossing the highly disputed border from the Kurdish region in Iraq into Iran. For decades that same border area has been used by heavily armed and CIA trained Kurdish fighters to slaughter Iranian civilians and solders. As a result a great many Iranian soldiers are alert and actively watching that border area.

It is completely unthinkable the hikers were not aware they were in a war zone and traveling across a highly disputed border region into Iran. Even if they were higher than a kite from the Turkish hashish, common in that region, they still wouldn't go on a nature hike without realizing how utterly dangerous that region and border area is.

These hikers give all American tourists a bad name, they should rot in one of the American taxpayer provided Iranian prisons built under the dictatorship of the Shah of Iran for several years until they realize how utterly stupid their crass actions were.

Steven   September 22nd, 2010 4:38 pm ET

Lets look at words versus deeds. How many countries have Iran invaded ? None in the past 100 years at least. Let's see. Israel has crushed the Palestinians, invaded Lebanon (1983), occupied Lebanon, bombed Lebanon recently (killing over a thousand Lebanese), blockaded Gaza, then bombed Gaza in 2009 killing around 1400 Palestinians (hasn't let much supplies in since then, let alone letting them rebuild. Two weeks ago, Former President Carter said that Gazans were being treated like animals).
If we want the Middle East to be free of nuclear weapons, we should start with Israel.

John   September 22nd, 2010 4:40 pm ET

Iran has signed the NPT (Nuclear Non proliferation Treaty). Anybody read the NPT ? What does it say in Article 4 ? Basically it says the signatory can Enrich Uranium for Civilan Nuclear Energy purposes. The US (with the UN) wants to take away that right for Iran. As an analogy, you can pump oil, but you have to rely on others to refine it for you. You can not set up your own refinery. So, a country which wants to be independent on fuel has to rely on others to enrich it for them ? Why not start the discussion on who decides if a country is trustworthy enough to follow the NPT (and not negate a right it signed up for) - the unelected few in the UN security council or the General Assembly ?

Kiarash   September 22nd, 2010 5:39 pm ET

I really hope that this time, you do not provide Ahmadinejad with a massive audience so that he can make the world to listen to his lies and untrue claims. It is not bad to remind him and the whole world that he is facing a lot of opposition inside the country and the government's legitimacy is being questioned since the June 2009 elections.

Lorean Siller   September 22nd, 2010 6:43 pm ET

Ask M Ahmadinejad about Benazir Bhutto and who he thinks is responsible for her death (inside the government?) or was it one of the groups she spoke of during her interview with David Frost. Her speech following the first attempt by suicide bombers (which did kill 20 or so) she said "No muslim did this" (implying that ...a "true" muslim doesn't kill innocent people). I think your viewers all wonder his opinion on this wonderful lady who died for democracy and for the people to have freedom from such groups.

rashah   September 22nd, 2010 7:44 pm ET

Please could you incorporate the following questions into your line of questioning questioning.

1-Ahmadinajad claims that Iran is the most democratic country in the world, then why they refuse to give permission for one day demonstration in Iran against his government?
2-would he prepared to announce and give a date for a free demonstration?

3-Ahmadinajad claims that he has been elected by nearly 24000,000 votes then why his government protect Sopah Pasdarans business interest over the small producers, ( Iran is the worlds 4th largest Apples producer and his government given a free hand to Pasdaran in importing of all kinds of product including Apples. I am a small producer and can not compete with cheep imports with the current exchange rate. fixed some 8 years ago in an economy which had on average of about 16-17% inflation each year based on their statistics. I have not picked apples last year and I may not to do so this year as well). the same thing done with the rice producer, tea producers and many more.
bankruptcy among the small producer at a level that not seen in the past.
why Sopah Pasdaran import Apples Rice and ...... right after harvest if the country has shortage of rice then what about apples? why Pasdaran has been given a free hand to import anything and every thing and why the exchange rate kept at a level to maximise their benefits. if Ahmadinajad is elected by people then he should serve them rather then the pasdarand so either implement the inflation into the exchange rate or protect the Iranian small producers as economic rationality suggests why he has failed to make a balance in the past 6 years he has been in Office?
Kind regards

Adam   September 22nd, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Let him speak, there is some truth about demonstrations, arrests and police violence here in THIS country.
Remember KENT State? Hasn't changed much.

gerard pickett   September 22nd, 2010 10:12 pm ET

bahais are peace loving people they are no threat to you or your people. stop percercuting them , there are no threat to you.

John H   September 22nd, 2010 10:19 pm ET

An interesting interview. Ahmadinejad makes some good points and Larry appeared to have some difficulty with a couple of them. Mr. Ahmadinejad will never be able to explain away how his government treated the Iranian Protestors last year following the elections. No demoncracy can treat it's people in that manner and call itself a demoncracy. Rashah above ask some excellent questions and it is good that persons of his caliber are able to come to this site to express their concerns. I just hope he does not find himself in some trouble for pointing out his issues today. As for Adam's point above, there is a world of difference between what happened following the Iranian Elections and the violence at Kent State. The students at Kent State were doing all they could do to threaten the National Guard Troops sent there to prevent disruption of classes on campus. No one in their right mind would throw rocks and other objects at people armed with high powered weapons and threaten them with violence. The Nationa Guard was made up of poorly trained and disciplined part time soldiers and in this event, these soldiers felt themselves threatened to such an extent that a few of them opened fire causing the others to join in killing some students. There were no innocent students at that scene. If they were there, they knew there was a potential for violence and if they were not involved, they should have left the area immediately. I have no sympathy for the students. This kind of violent challenge to authority was going on throughout the nation and it was just a matter of time before something terrible happened. If the students hadn't become violent, there would not have been a National Guard presence on campus. They are usually called when the civilian police authorities lose control and request help.

Rod   September 22nd, 2010 10:28 pm ET


Why didn't you answer the Native American comment? Very disappointing! Does the U.S. really recognize "reservations" as sovereign nations like they do Israel? Answer the questions.

Behnaz   September 22nd, 2010 10:45 pm ET

I don't understand why Ahmadi nejad tries to answer the questions based on something that may go wrong in US. If something wrong is happening in US, would that be an acceptable excuse to do something wrong in Iran?? Somebody kill some people, is that a good excuse for me to kill the people????

If he wants to rule Iran such as US, why they don't let us to have a silent protest based on Iran rules??? This is something under his control.

Another point, he tried to say every fault that happens in Iran is not related to him??? so the next question is who is responsible for those actions? Is he going to say Khameneie is responsible? If so, as a president, he is responsible to report these kind of actions to the parliament, has he done anything yet???

Abdul   September 22nd, 2010 10:49 pm ET

i think president Ahmadinejad was very harsh and well spoken. he is brave and smart, if we need to be nuclear free we should begin with the west including israel.

Marcelo C Grillo   September 23rd, 2010 12:13 am ET

What a waste of time. He never answer anything. He doesn't care about freedon of speach in his own country, about Israelis and holocaust, etc. Insteady, keep acusing americans and Jews of all problens in the world.
Very smart but absolutely a shame for his on people.

Smith in Oregon   September 23rd, 2010 12:19 am ET

Britain and America hosed both Iraq and Iran long before the Iranian revolt resulting in the 444 days of American's held hostage.

Many American's remember the 444 days of America's CIA and US State Dept. Embassy workers held hostage then released at the beginning of the Reagan Presidency. Unfortunately very few American's remember the totally corrupt manner in which Big Oil corporations refused to pay Iran fair market prices for Iran's Oil field leases and instead pressed the CIA to topple Iran's democratic government, install the dictator Shah and steal those Iranian Oil field leases for pennies.

Many American's remember the world's largest land battle pitting Iranian forces against Iraqi soldiers resulting in the largest tank battle in earth's history. America called Saddam and Iraq an ally and Saddam quickly found how expensive a large all out war is on the national cash reserves. Kuwait allegedly paid Saddam the sum of 5 Billion dollars to also provide protection against Iran. Saddam repeatedly attempted to settle a economic dispute with Kuwait in the World's Court system, however either America, the UK or some other agency appears to have obstructed those charges from being tried.

Many American's are largely lacking in knowing the extensive history of interference with Iraq and Kuwait by Britain, even the removal of Iraq's main Persian Gulf access was redrawn by British officers with very questionable legal authority. It is the very old story of British and American colonization sweeping into what is seen as a third world country and robbing them of their natural resources like locusts.

Amazingly, the residents of Iran, Iraq and Kuwait actually like the American people however they are rightfully angry at how the American and British Governments have treated their country for many years.

When British Troops burned America's Nation's Capitol, fired their cannons and artillery at American forts and homes along America's eastern coastline, the British Government wasn't very popular in America either, but British civilians weren't outright condemned. Less than 200 years later, America came to aid the British Government and extend a hand of help to the British and French people as World War 2 began and previously extended a hand of help to the French and British 6 months before WW1 ended.

The Point is, the push back by Iran is very understandable and if given peace instead of threats, Iran is just as likely to respond in a positive fashion benefiting all nations of the Middle East.

mmjme   September 23rd, 2010 6:02 am ET

Just finished watching your show with Ahmadinejad. It was boring! What is the use of hearing his lies year after year on your show?

Rabsha   September 23rd, 2010 7:03 am ET

Nijadi shows that there are more prisoners in Usa than in Iran, what a shame that 1% of Usa are in prisons?
All interviews he made are about Israel and Jews, Usa citizens are not concern?

menik   September 23rd, 2010 9:33 am ET

Dear Larry King, I watch your show daily and love it. My favourite being Bill Maher. I was wondering why you have NEVER featured Noam Chomsky, who is known to be one of the greatest political and social thinkers of our time. I for one have read most of his books and find the information absolutely fascinating and enlightening. He has put out so many books, but never been interveiwed by you to a little preveiw so people will go out and buy it. As I watched Ahmadinejad today, I realized how little americans know about their country. If they are exposed to the reality of how the US works,using countries and their people to protect US interests, they might seewhy there is a terrorist movement out to destroy them,and actually understand it,which might lead to a new way of thinking,leading to saner times.

lostemperor   September 23rd, 2010 10:17 am ET

How many countries has Iran invaded? Indeed none. On the contrary Iran was invaded by Saddam Hussein's Iraq backed by the US! That war cost a million lives! We, particulary the US, are in no position to judge Iran.

Here from wiki:

Support from the U.S. for Iraq was not a secret and was frequently discussed in open session of the Senate and House of Representatives, although the public and news media paid little attention ... and "Reagan/Bush administrations permitted—and frequently encouraged—the flow of money, agricultural credits, dual-use technology, chemicals, and weapons to Iraq."

"the international community remained silent as Iraq used weapons of mass destruction against Iranian as well as Iraqi Kurds" and it is believed that "United States prevented the UN from condemning Iraq"


Jerjol   September 23rd, 2010 7:19 pm ET

I have no sympathy whatsoever for the hikers.

Only a foolish moron would venture in a place that is as evil as Ahmadinejads Iran is.


There are literally thousand of mountains in South America, North America, and Europe where folks can hike safely without the threat of being jailed for being there

Their entire IDIOCY made absulotely no sense was ill concieved, and the U.S. government has more pressing things to pay attention to, than three MORONS hiking where they wqere not supposed to be.

Question is "WHY"

Mohammad   September 23rd, 2010 8:30 pm ET

Ahmadi has a simple 3 part strategy:
1. admit to nothing
2. make accusations
3. Answer every question with a question
As an Iranian I am ashamed to be represented by this unattractive, uneducated man with a fake degree and many lies. I am beginning to hate Islam all together because of idiots like Ahmadi and the clergy around him. You guys should know every day is haloween in Iran. Thieves dressed in priest cloths parading. Don't be fooled by talk

Ask him what he did with $ 300 billion oil money during his first term. How many jobs he created, what has he done for eduction, how many hospitals he built, why 20% of oil rich Iran population is living in extreme poverty. Why Iranians That is the role of government not

salerno   September 24th, 2010 1:56 am ET

I agree with Ahmadinejad. Iran never attacke ither nations recently like US did. US and Israel have nuclear weapon. Iran cannot proove a negative, cannot proove not having nuclear weapons as I personally like everybody cannot proove too. I cannot proove I did not kill President Kennedy. Saddam could not proove not having WMD, but still was invaded. If you want a war you can always find excuses.

Reza(Iranian Principle)   October 1st, 2010 5:52 pm ET

Hey Mohammad you don't want ashamed and you are not an Iranian

you say(Mohammad):You guys should know every day is haloween in Iran
we see your diction is not good => halooween->note:double LL not one(this was for Laughter Do not be upset)

I say:Hey guys should know every day is paradise in Iran because I live in Islamic Republic Of IRAN ( you can travel to IRAN for trust of my says)

I know all of America News Network are not Truthful in all their said of Iran and say Lie behind the lie

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