September 22, 2010

Tonight on Larry King Live!

Posted: 07:00 PM ET

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad

One of the world’s most controversial

leaders on the fate of the Americans jailed

in Iran, and his nation’s nuclear program.

Ahmadinejad’s final full-hour interview

on Larry King Live!

TAKE OUR POLL:  Should the U.S. trade Iranian prisoners in exchange for releasing U.S. hikers held in Iran?

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max rafii   September 22nd, 2010 7:17 pm ET

This regime is becoming the hostage takers of the world.
Ask him what is it he likes about Iran,,if everything based on the documents of history proves the destruction they have in minf for Iran,That's their faith.
Nobody else is close enough for them to force their barbaric faith on them.
And why do they like pain and blood and agony all the times.
What kind of 21 century idealogy is that??
And please don't keep giving him creit and calling him Mr,president and all that insult to Iranians and humanity.
And don't take away the focus by hijacking the interview,by just talking about the two americans in Iran.
They are in prison of Iran for no reason,,just like the Iranian people.

Not another bend over dissident   September 23rd, 2010 12:15 am ET

Yeah, if we just combine ours with theirs we'd have a prison population larger than the African American 'prison population' . That'd be awesome! But really, now that Israel has appointed a jinormous amount of propaganda funding (in the millions$) for Internet wars/blogging.... Huh, didn't hear about that one, thanks to your media sources.

Smith in Oregon   September 22nd, 2010 7:29 pm ET

The Lesson Israel does not want America to learn:

One hundred fourteen years ago, a 22-year old British Subaltern (Second Lieutenant), served on the Northwest Indian border, today, Pakistan. He was attached to the Indian Infantry 31st Punjabis, because most of their officers had been killed and they lacked leaders. After fighting in ferocious battles in Afghanistan, he wrote a best-selling book, "The Story of the Malakand Field Force." After numerous bloody engagements, he was decorated and for his courage, mentioned in dispatches.

In his book he said, "The tribesmen torture our wounded and mutilate our dead. The field hospitals and the wounded convoys are the special target of the tribesmen. We employ against them a new weapon, the dum-dum bullet, the shattering effects of which are simply appalling.

"I know the ground, the men, the country and the facts. I have earned my medal and clasp. The picture here is a terrible one. I wish I could come to the conclusion that all this barbarity, all these losses, all this expenditure, can result in a permanent settlement being obtained. I do not think however there is anything that has been done, that will not have to be done again."

His letters to the London Daily Telegraph, for which he was paid, were published without his name, for he said some unpleasant things. "Beyond each hill or mountain is a different tribe, each with a different version of their religion. The friend we have today is our ruthless enemy tomorrow. The folly of our Government's policy is to allow the tribesmen to control the buffer zone between British India (Pakistan) and Afghanistan. Until this buffer zone is annexed and controlled, the raids back and forth will continue before things can start to mend. These buffer state policies are only a temporary affair, and if we cannot control them, we ought to leave and not come back, because we can only die here and cannot win."

They tried three different times. Their losses were terrible. Eventually they left for good and did not return. Alexander The Great couldn't win there; half his huge army is still buried in Afghanistan. Neither could the Soviet Union: Their losses were an entire army and all its equipment, including aircraft.

The subaltern, who was half-American and one-eighth Iroquois Indian, went on to have a distinguished and dramatic career, in the British Army and in politics, eventually becoming Prime Minister of England, twice. For his historical memoirs, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature. Many countries have recognized him as the greatest man of the 20th Century. In my town, Kansas City, we have erected a statue of him at the Country Club Plaza. He was Winston Churchill.

More than one hundred years ago a young Winston Churchill taught us that Lesson of History: We can only die there and cannot win.

Smith in Oregon   September 22nd, 2010 7:34 pm ET

Peace comes from the courage and determination of nation leaders to resolve a problem with outstanding efforts which far surpass the blood, lives, sweat and tears of that called upon by the soldiers ordered to go in and supply what that nation's leaders are entirely missing themselves.

Such long running blood feuds across the Middle East are multi-generational, a vast majority of surviving family's in Afghanistan, Israel, Gaza, West Bank, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Yemen and Turkey have lost one or more family members to war and revenge killing sprees. Such does not disappear overnight and only after a great deal of effort has been put into negotiating the settlement of the conflict from both sides in a unrelenting effort.

The US Military Complex would face certain large budget cut-backs if that succeeded, as would the enormous Shadow Branch of American Government DHS. Obviously, they don't want a peace treaty which is fair, balanced and lasting to be obtained.

The IDF (Israeli Defense Force) and primarily the Mossad also do not want a peace treaty which is fair, balanced and lasting to be obtained. War in the Middle East is a huge money maker to Israel and the entire US Military Complex as well as the DHS. No War's and that nation and agency's would face severe lay-off's and budget cut-backs, they certainly know this and thus the inherent danger of 'potential laid off Firemen purposely creating Fires'. Historically, that has sadly occurred by the very departments and agency's sworn to protect the American people, just to continue their bloated existence.

If a Nation's leaders in a War Zone or region of dispute has peace negotiators who are not themselves putting in long hours and sweating blood to craft a honest, balanced and lasting peace treaty, those same leaders are themselves cowards, entirely unworthy of the sacrifices they are ordering it's soldiers and citizens to make themselves.

amarjitsehmi   September 22nd, 2010 7:42 pm ET

There is no harm to trade exchange of prisoners with Iran. Why torture American citizens for nothing in gain. This tactics are followed by all Muslim countries including Pakistan with India. India returned 92,000 POW in 1965 after Bangladesh war. Pakistan still has many in their custody denying their existance after changing their names & disfiguring which is a Muslim culture as understood by all Indians.

John   September 22nd, 2010 8:02 pm ET

It seems that Ahmadinejad is one of the most rational and logical public figure in the recent times. His stand is logical and reasonable

hevidar   September 22nd, 2010 8:04 pm ET

Dr. Mohammad Sadeq Sharafkandi was the General Secretary of the Democratic Party of the Iranian Kurdistan

In the Mykonos restaurant assassinations of 17 September 1992, Iranian-Kurdish opposition leaders and their translator were assassinated in Berlin.

In 1997 ruling, the court issued an international arrest warrant for Iranian intelligence minister A. Fallahian after declaring that the assassination had been ordered by him with
knowledge of supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei and President Rafsanjani. This led to a diplomatic crisis between the governments of Iran and several European countries, which lasted until November 1997.

In the Mykonos trial, the courts found Kazem Darabi, an Iranian who worked as a grocer in Berlin, and Lebanese Abbas Rhayel, guilty of murder and sentenced them to life in prison. Two other Lebanese, Youssef Amin and Mohamed Atris, were convicted of being accessories to murder.

Kazem Darabi who was sentenced to life imprisonment by a German court was released on Monday 10 December after serving 15 years in jail. He had been convicted of involvement in the murder of three leaders of Iranian Kurdish Democratic Party (KDP), Sadegh Sharafkandi, Fattah Abdoli, Homayoun Ardalan and their translator Nouri Dehkord in Berlin. They were dining in the Mykonos restaurant and were in Berlin for a convention of the Socialist International.

The assassin was welcomed home to Iran by the Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Ali Baqeri.

pleas ask mr.ahmadeinejad about the crime that he and his Government been doing in kurdish region since 1979

Not another bend over dissident   September 22nd, 2010 11:48 pm ET

Did you mention that Iran has plenty of oil and MKO supporters alive and well? There's no reason to bend over and receive pleasure from your resources being depleted by unworthy populations. These people you spoke of were obviously against Iran interests. US interest in the region is only consumption oriented. People like to be abused- as they say. Let's welcome in the rapists and plunderers with your repetitiveness of history. We get nowhere that way. Divide and conquer. Ahmedinejad was only in the military around that time, but you have no evidence that shouts his guiltiness in the assasination of the party in Berlin.

Ray   September 22nd, 2010 8:17 pm ET

Please ask him about the possible exeucution of blogger Hosein Derakhshan.

Not another bend over dissident   September 23rd, 2010 12:20 am ET

I'd do the same if I had that much oil and strategic location, great looking women, strong culture, what's up benedicht arnold?

Arian ahmadpour   September 22nd, 2010 8:20 pm ET

Ask Ahmadinejad what will he do after his term is over

John   September 22nd, 2010 8:57 pm ET

It's a tough question, but if America doesn't believe that trading the Iranians for the Americans is fair then it's giving more value to the Iranians, than the American's freedom.

gav   September 22nd, 2010 8:58 pm ET

is the nominee of god should be iranian? if not , why khobregan consul of iran are just nominee of iranians and just choose one iranian. is it not possible that god choose his nominee from other nation like iraq like Mr. systani?

Lakhi   September 22nd, 2010 9:01 pm ET

Kindly, Ask the President Of Iran M, Ahmadinejad. If he was on the termac when TWA airline was grounded. As stated by the earlier report from the media.

Fred   September 22nd, 2010 9:02 pm ET

Please ask him about the horrible situation of Baha'is in Iran. According to Islamic Rebublic they are spies. How on the world a whole community can be spies without even one of the them having access to classified doccuments or having a govermental position for more than thirty years?

Nina   September 22nd, 2010 9:12 pm ET

What is President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's goal for Iran? What would he like to change in Iran?

Charles: Mesa, Az   September 22nd, 2010 9:17 pm ET

It's such a waste of time interviewing Ahmadinejad, Pres of Iran. This is a man that says the Holocast never happened, this is a man that says that there are no homosexuals in Iran. This is not a man whos word can be taken seriously. These comments of his can't be attributed to a lack of education, because he has a degree in Engineering. Perhaps this explains why the majority of the Iranian people, who are educated as well, don't want him as their President.

anjum   September 22nd, 2010 9:17 pm ET

come on larry is he responsible for every american absconding...should they be there in the first place knowiing the countries are not eactly best buddies?

Bettybop49   September 22nd, 2010 9:18 pm ET

I would like to ask the president of Iran Do you at all love people? And if so please give example of that, what you have done that shows this?

Not another bend over dissident   September 23rd, 2010 12:03 am ET

They have the highest rate of college women PhD. grads in that part of the world and even surpasses France, wanting nuclear power is good for people (med. & energy), appointing women to higher positions of Governance/Judicial /Health Care, first before Obama to write letter about a meeting date. Shouldn't we focus on our economy? This is drama queen crap. Put your heart into managing other cultures if you wish, but us Hispanics as a growing votership know the tendencies of arrogance.

Mary   September 22nd, 2010 9:19 pm ET

When Ahmadinejad told told King that America has 2.5 million prisoners he forgets to bring up that the majority of Iranian prisoners are in prison for reasons tied to political freedom and speech.

bishtaraz25   September 22nd, 2010 9:20 pm ET

how about BAHAIs in iran
pleas ask

Jim   September 22nd, 2010 9:22 pm ET

Tell Pres. Ahmadinejad how fast the USA returns Mexicans to Mexico when they intentionally cross our borders. It does not take month/years.

aliou, jacksonville fl   September 22nd, 2010 9:23 pm ET

Why are we keeping prisoners, especially those we can exchange? Send them back to their country!!!

Jess   September 22nd, 2010 9:25 pm ET

It's sad that they can't release these two hikers, when just over 5 months ago my boat crew and I saved 6 Iranian people who were stranded out at sea for over 5 days with no food, no water, no way of generating power or anything. Some of these people were seriously injured from a fire onboard their ship. I guess that's just the difference between our two countries. One's willing to help others without regard, and the other just seems to try and keep leverage by means of holding these two Americans. It's upsetting.

Not another bend over dissident   September 23rd, 2010 12:08 am ET

Take the hero stride good buddy ol' pal. It would of been a YouTube faveorite.

AD   September 22nd, 2010 9:26 pm ET

Ha! I am loving this interview with Ahmadinejad. He's right about Netanyahu, why should he kowtow to a murderer? He should be held accountable. I don't see Iran/Netanyahu doing nearly the damage to others as Netanyahu, the Butcher has done is doing and will continue to do. I'm tired of his murderous control of Israel. I think it's time someone stop Netanyahu.

Kevin   September 22nd, 2010 9:29 pm ET

A lot of reporter ( I am sorry for my lake of word)
are in the prison please he doesn't won't to interview with any Iranian intervewer, please ask him about the people are in the prison after his second election.
About why Mortazavy is still has position in your government after kilikng people kids on the kahryzak prizon.
Please don't let hime answer your questionh question.

aliou, jacksonville fl   September 22nd, 2010 9:30 pm ET

@ Betty: Exchange means that we are keeping Iranians here, and those are the people Larry's question is considering for exchange.

So if we are keeping their people, why are we surprised that they are keeping ours? Do you know how many people are in jail in this country for crossing borders? Those are the people we call illigal immigrants for your information. Once you cross someone else's borders, they have the right like we do, to do what their government want to do with you. THere are many thousands in our jails.

We are lucky Iranians don't take the law in their hands as we do here in The United States.

Are you not aware of the civilians who patrol the borders tracking illegals in this country, without government authorization?

Are you aware of the Arizona laws that the gov. just edicted?

Why are we playing holier than though?

Don't cast stones if you live in a glass house.

anjum   September 22nd, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Larry why do u think it is only the American perogative to have nuclear weapons when America is the only one who has used it. The Iranians only have nuclear energy for fuel. America sells fear to keep its people small so that the one percent may rule the 90 percent. This propoganda is the same as Sadam having weapons of mass destruction – mute argument

Sasha   September 22nd, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Ask about the fate of the unjustly imprisoned Baha'is in Iran and why he thinks the worlds leaders are condemning Iran for it's actions. Let him know thousands of people around the world are asking for their immediate release.

hakeem   September 22nd, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Good questions coming up

Max   September 22nd, 2010 9:31 pm ET

Why are you so scared from your people? if you earned %62 of votes why every where you go there are demonstration argents you rather welcoming you? Why you took helicopter to get in the Parliament for your ceremony in Tehran? Why you carry so much guard around yourself even no one attend to kill you even with a fire cracker.

doncolecartoons   September 22nd, 2010 9:33 pm ET

Regarding nuclear weapons, Ahmadinejad says "All must disarm." How can he ever be trusted?

"Freedom from obligation (is proclaimed) from Allah and His messenger
toward those of the idolaters with whom ye made a treaty" (Qur'an 9:1).

hakeem   September 22nd, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Ask him about the elections in Iran

Kevin   September 22nd, 2010 9:34 pm ET

Please, ask him why you never interview with any iraian interviewer.

nugsters   September 22nd, 2010 9:34 pm ET

He seems to make sense, normal and logical. He does not claim that his country is the best in the world. (like the US).

bishtaraz25   September 22nd, 2010 9:35 pm ET

could you ask about Bahaies situation in iran

Sam   September 22nd, 2010 9:37 pm ET

Please, please, please. Ask him About the 7 bahai leaders who had already spent around 2 years in jail with no trials and a couple of weeks ago they were charged for 10 years each just because of leading the community of the bahais of iran, who no right for living in their own mother land. ALL THE BESTS, LARRY.

aliou, jacksonville fl   September 22nd, 2010 9:43 pm ET

Sometimes when I listen to fellow Americans, I am dumfounded with their level of self righteousness.

We make our laws and we expect other countries to respect them. So too, they make theirs and we must respect them.

Now we can fight within the context of international laws to which they are signatories, to hold them accountable, and to comply. However, those international laws are regularly violated by Isreal, and even the USA as we did regularly under Bush and Cheney.

So if we sometimes attack countries that didn't attack us, bomb their countries back to stone age, take over their oil, central bank, steal everything we can lay our hands on, and sell it on ebay, then we should be able to imagine that happening to us as well, if , God forbid, another country ever gets as trigger happy and as greedy as we are.

AD   September 22nd, 2010 9:45 pm ET

One thing about Iran; they in no way are dependent upon the West. They are self-suficient like America used to be. What about that? Kind of hurts, doesn't it?

Jack   September 22nd, 2010 9:45 pm ET

Larry, One of your best shows, ever. This is what made you great. Because you are so straight forward, you can get these interviews.
I'll miss you!

Charles Schellpeper   September 22nd, 2010 9:45 pm ET

This is absolutely ridiculous. President Ahmadinejad cant answer one question without pointing fingers at the United States or the "Zionist" regime in Israel. If Iran is so innocent and is not seeking nuclear weapons why will they not allow IAEA inspectors into their country. Countries with nothing to hide show that through their actions. South Africa in 1989 is a perfect example. I could go on and on. With leaders like President Ahmadinejad in power, the path to good relations between Iran and the United States is virtually impossible.

mARG   September 22nd, 2010 9:46 pm ET


doncolecartoons   September 22nd, 2010 9:48 pm ET

About accepting a Jewish State:

"Make war on them (Christians and Jews) until idolatry is no more and Allah's religion reigns supreme." ((The Spoils 8:37-41).

Andy from Miami   September 22nd, 2010 9:48 pm ET

Larry ask him if he fears an American invasion or military strike

Candi Wills   September 22nd, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Wow, President Ahmadinejad made a very good point about free speech in America as compared to free speech in Iran. Yes, on paper in America we are allowed to protest and speak out against our government and leaders, but in reality that freedom has been taken away on many occasions. During wars we as Americans were not allowed to say negative things about our government or the leaders and he is certainly right about the G-20 protesters. As a resident of the City of Pittsburgh, I got to see first hand the stripping of my "freedom" in America with regards to "free speech." Students at the University of Pittsburgh who were merely spectators got arrested on their campus for watching protesters. Police gassed and terrorized protesters, arresting them left and right, for doing what is encouraged in our Constitution. There was the threat of destruction of city property however, this wasn't always the case when people were just voicing their views and opinions LEGALLY. The President of Iran made a great point in saying that we claim to have free speech, yet we restrict those who actually want to practice their free speech right. We cannot criticize his country for silencing free speech or punishing those who express their views and opinions, because we have a long history up into the present for doing the same thing.

Mo   September 22nd, 2010 9:49 pm ET


Todd Fleming   September 22nd, 2010 9:49 pm ET

Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a very smart man and it does not look good for the Larry King show to have to go to break when the man is speaking – it may have people think that CNN does not want the man to be heard and that he may be making some valid points.

I like the part when he said – there are plenty of prisoners here in the US and that they all have mothers pleading for thier release as well. As well as when he said all countries have punishments for boarder violations don't they.

I'm just sayin...the man is on point – if he were and American I'd vote for his wit.

1. the keen perception and cleverly apt expression of those connections between ideas that awaken amusement and pleasure.
2. speech or writing showing such perception and expression.
3. a person having or noted for such perception and expression.
4. understanding, intelligence, or sagacity; astuteness.
5. Usually, wits.
a. powers of intelligent observation, keen perception, ingenious contrivance, or the like; mental acuity, composure, and resourcefulness: using one's wits to get ahead.

Enrique   September 22nd, 2010 9:49 pm ET

At least he's got to courage to face the "liberal" media... which more than what we can say about O'Donnell...

Dennis   September 22nd, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Larry on Human Rights ask him about the dead students at Kent State

aliou, jacksonville fl   September 22nd, 2010 9:51 pm ET

Pres. Obama won the election here in USA with an unprecedented 54%. Why are we still out there tea partying to prevent him from ruling?

Why criticize other countries cultures and political system when ours is so broke?

The tea party has practically derailled the wish of the 54% who voted for Pres. Obama. That movement is funded by the 1 or 2% of americans who are wealthy and want to keep their priviledges and exploitation of the 98% who are not in power and whose votes the tea party as just cast asside.

Why is that may in our country want to diabolize other countries when our country is less than perfect?

I am concerned about leadership here: We should show examples, not give the rest of the world the impression that our democracy is not the rule of the majority from universal suffrage.

AD   September 22nd, 2010 9:53 pm ET

Eight million Jews killled. More than eight million Americans have been killed because of these wars in Afghanistan and Iraq to include right on our own grounds, to include more dead Afghanistanis and Iraqis. So where is the justice for the Americans and these people? Who is responsible for their deaths?

Kevin   September 22nd, 2010 9:53 pm ET

Bring him back in Iran problem. PLEASE

MJ   September 22nd, 2010 9:54 pm ET

Have you ever though what the Americans were doing in the Iranian border? Were they really hiking in a county under war?

You may not know that Iraq is not hiking place. You Americans should not believe what you hear fro your Media. I am pretty sure if you arrest some Iranian tourists in your border, you will send them directly to jail.

john   September 22nd, 2010 9:56 pm ET

I tuned in late to your show, so I am not sure that I understand what I just heard. You ask the guest if stoning was accepted punishment in Iran, and the response was something regarding 100,000 people and the G20 conference. I think we need a new translator. After that, I was completely lost.. Good luck next time.

Tom   September 22nd, 2010 9:56 pm ET

America could learn how to protect our borders from Pres. Ahmadinejad.

Ellen   September 22nd, 2010 9:57 pm ET

At 9:11 during your broadcast tonight, he wanted to know why. Why is there a difference. Then you cut to a commercial. The answer is we trust Israel – just enough. In contrast, he has done nothing to promote trust. If told that simple truth, many times, he might be able to hear it eventually. Keep it simple and direct, and keep repeating it. The people have turned. He is so very close, The ruling party is a mess. Keep talking.

aliou, jacksonville fl   September 22nd, 2010 10:00 pm ET

Amadinejad knows who we are. He should point out that the owners of prisons are some of the richest in the USA. Prison is big business and therefore, Blacks in particular, fill them up so white owners can make money. Show me one owner of prisons who is not rich from your tax dollar to his contract to jail our own people.

Sebastian   September 22nd, 2010 10:02 pm ET

In reference to the interview with the Iranian president, what I don't understand is that when he was trying to answer to a question of yours, your comment was always" We are running out of time" Even though the guy is a wacko, you should make him finish his sentence. That is not right and going the fudamentals of freedom of speech. Again I do not believe in what he is saying, but by being right you become automatically wrong.
Just a humble suggestion.


Sebastian Uzielli De Mari
Roselle, IL

doncolecartoons   September 22nd, 2010 10:08 pm ET

If we really want answers, we need to study the holy books themselves. What we are seeing here from Ahmadinejad is just a lot of fluff. Read the things written down by Muhammad, as a supposed messenger of the one true God (Allah). And, then compare that to the gospel of Jesus Christ.

i.e.: "It is not for any prophet to have captives until he hath made slaughter in the land" (Qur'an 8:67).

"Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse...Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody...Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good" (Romans 12:14, 17, 21).

Linda   September 22nd, 2010 10:09 pm ET

I am very disappointed you gave Mahmoud Ahmadinejad an opportunity and the platform on your show to promote his views! This is a man that says the Holocast never happened, and a man that is not accepting of views that do not coincide with his own. He's also supporting unrest in the middle east by supplying weapons to those who would do innocent people harm. My opinion – he's a man that cannot be taken seriously or be trusted!

Canadian Phil   September 22nd, 2010 10:14 pm ET

CNN allowing the president of Iran a platform to ridicule, and flaunt anti-americanism /Israel is a mistake.
He refuses to answer any question and only smuggly diverts the conversation. So why bother.
Stop empowering him by offering him this attention.

nancy   September 22nd, 2010 10:24 pm ET

I don't understand what is the point of interviewing this guy every year. It is a waste of time, energy, and money. He is a dictator and under his order and his suprem leader's, Khamenei, thousand of people, who sought freedom in the Summer of 2009, were jailed and tortured. Have you forgotten Neda Agh Sultan who gave her life for freedom? Was she offensive to any Iranian police? No, she was a brave young girl who demonstrated peacefully on the street as many others did. However, the Iranian regime answered her and many others with fire arms. Shame on Ahmadinezhad for all his denials. I think the US government and media should put pressure on Iran on the issue of Human Rights and that' s it! By inviting or interviewing him, or any Iranian government,they would think they are important figures, and the US is afraid of them.

Michiganian   September 22nd, 2010 10:34 pm ET

Politically, this president is a force of Nature. Now everyone know that these hikers made a mistake and crossed the Iranian borders. Before no one wanted to admits but now everyone knows that.. Secondly, after the chaos about the nuclear program now everyone realizes that it is a peaceful program. and the U.S. is changing the tone towards Iran and its nuclear program. SO All the accusations were nothing but propaganda to serve Israel's interests in the region. Long Live Ahmadinejad and whoever disagrees, I am sorry 🙂

Jordan P   September 22nd, 2010 10:37 pm ET

Why does everyone believe that he doesn't want whats best for everyone around him and him? We instantly think he's a liar. Not fair. You would have to be completely incapable of learning or the truth to not side with President Ahmadinejad.

How can we watch people being massacred just like the holocaust, but then say we allow these people to live here because of the holocaust? It makes no sense, and elected officials should be trying to really do what's right in that area.

Nancy of NY   September 22nd, 2010 11:05 pm ET

US government loves puppet and corrupt governments like Iraq, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Jordon, Pakistan, Afghanistan and so forth Iran is one of the few governments the size of a mouse can pull the lions tail. Ahmadinejad is one of the few leaders who is not corrupt and in truth is paranoid of Israel and rightfully so. Israel has nuclear WMD. Iraq did attack Irain with aided by US and Western government that waged war with Iran by killing over two million innocent Iran's young population mainly men. Israel has invaded Palestine killing millions with the help of UK & US. Our government is as evil and wicked as any other country in the world we just have the best minds and great media cover up. Free media for a better world please. Our country is hurting because of lies.

hasan   September 22nd, 2010 11:06 pm ET

There are two ways to get him say the truth:
1- Have a collection of videos, documents, etc ready so when he denies something, you show it to him right away and ask for his response. Ex: denial of holocaust (show vidoeso of him denying holucaust right after his denial), stoning (he denied it a few days ago but the court order's original document is on the net has been released proving that the ruling has happened), denying any assaults to Mousavi and Karoubi (there are videos showing the Basiji militia attacking Karoubi apartment last week and there are videos of the bullets; while no one has tried to stop them. This is really a good point since when the opposition party has a gathering, they all get arrested while these guys were not stopped by the police and they said they were fans of Khamenei); Denying rape in prisons/ torture (show videos of those who said they were tortured, raped, etc) and many more. You should be ready for every single scenerio of denial. He will deny everything and say it is a lie. You cant argue back unless you have a proof that his denial is not valid.
2- Be ready to repeat your question as many times as needed. Ahmadinejad never answers a question. He either answers by asking you a question or saying "this is not important; what's more important is ..." you should say "sure mr. president, but I would like to repeat my question"
You just need to put him in a position where he sees he is got caught with his lies. If you could do that well, you can make history, just like when another journalist made history with Nikson.

babak   September 22nd, 2010 11:21 pm ET

Dear larry, please ask him if he actually believes in Imam Mahdi living in "Jamkaran weil" & he's gonna come out someday and save the world from imperialism?!!

Nana Brown   September 22nd, 2010 11:21 pm ET

About six million Jewish people were killed during the Holocaust by Hitler. Hitler was a German Christian. Not an Muslim or an Iranian.
1,200,000 Palestinians in the Mandate were killed by the Jewish occupation , 725,000 or more are driven out of their homeland and by 1950, over one million Palestinians refugee moved to Gaza, Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt.

U.S. 58,000 troops were killed fighting an illegal war in Vietnam
1.1 million Vietnamese were killed by our solders
1,170,000 people were injured in Vietnam.

Over two million Iraqis civilians have been killed in Iraqi since Bush started 2003.
Over 5000 of our US solders have been killed looking for WMD.
Over 500 of our service men and women have committed suicide.

Is any one keeping a body count of our solders who were killed in Afghanistan ? Does any one care we are killing innocent people ? All Larry King has been asked to do is to try to make a fool of the Iran president .We have some issues in our country. We are supporting Israel that is a threat to Iran not the other way round.
Israel has the nuclear bomb Iran has not. Ahmadinejad is doing nothing more than taking a nib and pulling the lions tail. We in the US need to wake up. US wants corrupt leaders in the Middle East. Leaders like Toni Blair of England and Mubarak of Egypt not to forget the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia where 19 terrorist came from.
The Holocaust took place in Germany this is in Europe not Middle East.
Getting facts right will be a good thing.

Ati   September 23rd, 2010 12:00 am ET

Ask him just why journalists are in prison for reporting the truth?
Ask him why any forign journalist can't talk to those who missed their relatives in Iran rallys against him?
Ask him why the murder of these inocent people who killed by his men are not still introduced?

ask him why there are many newpapers closed if there is liberty in Iran?

Ask him why he think Sara (the US women who released recently) is now free and the others not? Is she really spy? if yes why they release her if not so why they still kept those guys?

Ask him who is responsible for killing inocent people in the street last year?

At the end, tell him if you are that much serious about your vote so why don't you let your opositions have a meeting? let them to gather and then every body will see they're few!!!!

abubakr Omar Mohamed   September 23rd, 2010 12:02 am ET

Alsalam upon who follow the way of Allah
Mr.Mahmud Ahmed Nejad, you have the full of my respecting . you are talking in the name of 1.5 Billion person in this world. all of what you said is 100% right. even though I believe that your nuclear program is 100% peaceful, I hope it is not. it is your right to have a defense nuclear ability for military action especially that the aggressive enemies around you are a lot starting with the zionist regime , US, and some an idiot Arab kings . hopefully Mr president , you will reach the point to wipe up that thing called Israel out of our map. Alsalam Aluik

Nina   September 23rd, 2010 12:26 am ET

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is a very shrewd and intelligent man. He answers a question with a question. He knows the interviewer's weakness and targets that area. He throws out a lot of information in order to distract and or confuse the interviewer.

MZM   September 23rd, 2010 12:27 am ET

Listen to what the President of Iran is saying about Netyanahu..It is so true!!! Why does the US spend so much money on Israel? Israel is an illegal state! taken from the Palestinians in a brutal manner....stop sending so much money to Israel and start spending it here at home!!!!!!

Harvard   September 23rd, 2010 12:46 am ET

The similarities between the psychology of Idi Amin in the seventies Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Dada today is striking

NAD   September 23rd, 2010 12:54 am ET

you should ask him why shiites hate sunna ? and ask him about the farisi road map and what is in his mind ? the iranian regime is based on the takiya it is an arabic expression means that shiites hide things and never say the truth.

Thy   September 23rd, 2010 12:57 am ET

Out of time when its the US turn to face one of its crimes against humanity!!!

Jeannie   September 23rd, 2010 12:59 am ET

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad should NOT be given a platform to air the vile hatred of the Iranian government.

I hope that the Iranian people – especially the youth – will overcome the tyranny of their "leaders" (and all the hell and torture that they have endured at the hands of this brutal force) and find the freedom that they are seeking within the time frame of their own generation and as a result, make this a safer world for all.

Peace to all our brothers and sisters

Houshang   September 23rd, 2010 1:02 am ET

plz plz plz plz ask him :
Why iran is the only country in the whole world that use language of another country in it's Flag !!!! ????

Mike   September 23rd, 2010 1:07 am ET

Well the problem is Israel here..even the UN report has pointed at the guilty in killing of unarmed activists, they have been convicted of killing children and raping women during there last offensive over palestine, israel has nuclear weapons but they wont sign....thankfully its Obama who is in pwer as if we were republicans whos houses run there children feed on money earned from wars this great country has been pushed into we would have been again searching for WMD's in iran like iraq .... Ok there was a Holocaust but does that give them a right to kill innocents....and as a point made earlier...hitler was a christian not a muslim so why are they revenging on innocents there.............

Freedom of speech if we talk, Israel they dont have any there as far as we are concerned we know what happened at Pittsburg, We are seeing what is happening in NYC when they are trying to built a mosque there......common you cant blame the whole for few fanatics...bcoz if go by that then we dont how many priests have slept with children and building a church in community is dangerous to our children future............

All in all we should stop being policeman of the world manage our own country...bring jobs back here, tackle rising poverty and education issues and yes please stop these witchcraft practicing people from going to senate.....we already have loads of crazies there who want a war every decade......

Erik   September 23rd, 2010 1:10 am ET

That he kept asking the reporter a question every time the reporter would ask him to answer a question was ridiculous and defeats the entire purpose of an interview. President of Iran is unreasonable.

adela   September 23rd, 2010 1:10 am ET

Free the Palestinians -then u can talk about the Iranians

LYNN   September 23rd, 2010 1:12 am ET

I think that Ahmadinejad isn't a passionate Islamic follower

maka   September 23rd, 2010 1:15 am ET

at first do not ask question, let him speak about freedom in iran and the police that catch young girls and boys because of bad dressing and hair and give fine from them.

Mary   September 23rd, 2010 1:22 am ET

Personally,after listening to this President speak, I feel Americans need to take a step back from this bully like mentality we have uptained inorder to gain a multi-national perspective.
Iran, apparently, is not worried about the US, due in large part to being a "self sustained nation after 30 years." I fear that certain people will respond to this in the same manner as this president was greeted with a couple of years ago, with middle school type jokes made at his expense. This sort of banter really just fulls our ignorance, instead of grasping at a humanitrain view point, touched on by the Iranian President.
I mean, The same war that affects our soliders, our families, our misery when seeing loved ones burried is the same war that affects the otherside, the difference resides in the name of the land we stand for. What an thing it would be, if we pushed aside politics, pushed aside the stride for peace, pushed aside the economy, our philosophies, our policies, maybe we could all see that, at the very least biologically, we are all merely humans.

mohammad   September 23rd, 2010 7:28 am ET

Please ask him ,If you're claiming that Iran is the freest country, or is free, why all the opposition newspapers have closed ? Nobody has the right to criticize your ?

CitizenJP   September 23rd, 2010 7:38 am ET

Ahmadinijad's "point your finger when you are perfect" stance clearly does not show an attitude for negotiation on the nuclear front or for that matter on any other front such as the the Israel-Palestine or human rights.

The current sanctions will not be enough to crumble Iran as long as the Iranian authorities can brainwash most of the Iranians with their "death to America" style nationalism. [This is akin to the "guns and religion" mechanism used by the Republicans to brainwash the middle class and the poor in America. The Tea Party's brainwashing style is even worse and similar to one used by Hitler in Germany].

Since I am not a fan of war anywhere, and America cannot afford another, I propose to temporarily befriend a couple of important allies of Iran and make the sanctions tougher. Sooner of later its own people will throw these guys out of power.

Mehran Borzooian   September 23rd, 2010 7:46 am ET

Dear larry ,

I have two questions for Ahmadinejad .
1. How many peaple really went on demonstration last year in Tehran after the supreme leader gave altimatum.?
2. What are the the names of the peaple that have been kept in detention after elections.?

Thanky you .

me   September 23rd, 2010 8:40 am ET

ask him why he never speaks with a persian language channel in out of iran? like bbc persian or voa persian and more.
what they say ,is exactly what other channels say but in persian.

Mitra   September 23rd, 2010 8:40 am ET

Ahmadinejad Use this fact that all problems are world wide but their severety are different, which is not measurable easily, try to find a way to escape from this kind of falsification!

andrew Mac   September 23rd, 2010 9:13 am ET

We as Americans are just not objective at all. The Iranian President makes some very valid points indeed. There are 2 American hikers in jail in Iran for border violation. How many Iranians are in jail in the US amongst its 2.5m prisoners ? Iraq violates the UN so we march in, Israel violates the UN so we give them aid. How can we expect to be seen as just ? We represent only 5% of the world's population, we are not the world's police, most of us have never been overseas, we are isolated. We think we know best because we are Americans, we don't. There is no recession in Iran !!! no unemployment, no housing crash, almost no crime and no drug problem, no racism, no poverty etc etc. We need to be objective here, maybe we need a regime change !!

lostemperor   September 23rd, 2010 9:18 am ET

Stangely enough Iran has more potential to become a true democracy in the not too distant future than than most US backed regimes like Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Iraq and Egypt to name a few if we keep our noses out for once 🙁

Nick George   September 23rd, 2010 9:18 am ET

Iran is Persia, a country with over 2000 years of historyand a rich culture. Iran is looking our for its interests and region. Does not the US do the same? The US is trying to disrupt the middle east, divde and weaken, and steal their oil. Guess what.... the oil will not be allowed to be stolen. The people of these regions will not accept foreigners occupying their lands trying to set policy. What else is there to understand here? The posted commens say nothing insightful, interesting or remotely accurate about Iran!

IRANIAN   September 23rd, 2010 9:29 am ET

Ahmadinejad said the biggest lie in the history !
he said the protesters attacked the police !? ,world knows that all protesters were peacefull and there are many witnesses ,there are everywhere pictures,videos and....... ,one more thing this ugly guy is not IRANIAN 😉

Jean, Toronto   September 23rd, 2010 9:31 am ET

@ doncolecartoons

That will be the day when this so-called Allah will exist over Israel, the Jews and Christians. The Jews and Christians have a genuine, godly faith. Their faith is in "Our Almighty God and Father" who made Heaven and Earth, The Creator and Ruler of the world and who taught us: "Love God with all your heart and soul and love one another as you love yourselves" and "Thou shalt not kill." It is blasphemous to Him to kill anyone and to refer to Him as such.
God does not recognize any faith/religion which kills people, saying Allah is great. On the contrary, He looks with disdain on such people.
Who is this Allah which teaches its people to hate others and to kill them, to plot and to bomb their countries, killing numerous people. This Allah is surely not the God of the Christians and Jewish people.
As Our Lord Jesus Christ said: "Hear and understand. Who has ears ought to hear." God rules and will always have the last say. It may be that He is silent for now because He is a patient God allowing those dictator regimes and suppressors to further incriminate themselves and place heaping eternal burning coals on their heads.
However, Israel has a right to exist and will exist until the end of time as God has ordained. Likewise Christianity. All other religions will fail and cease to exist. This may happen prior to the end of the world.
I support Israel and will continue to do so. Israel has been persecuted and for too long. Israel has a right to defend Itself against its enemies. I think beyond.

Nina   September 23rd, 2010 11:15 am ET

@ aliou, jacksonville fl September 22nd, 2010 9:30 pm ET

Excellent Blog!

I might add that as long as Americans are divided, misdirected and under stress due to job loss, there is no attention being made on the pilfering of our Treasury or the over 700+ bases we maintain in other countries at an incredible cost of apx 400 Billion dollars a year! America can no longer continue with our military complex!

Libby   September 23rd, 2010 3:19 pm ET

I wasn't too impressed with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad , I feel he is very cold and i truely don't think he spoke the truth and sugar coated everything when he was asks a questions! All he wanted to do was bash other countries..It's makes you wonder how happy other's are around the world when they are living under a dictatorship. and how safe are the rest of us ..

Behnaz   September 23rd, 2010 4:13 pm ET

President Ahmadinejad has invited his U.S. President Barack Obama for man-to-man talks ahead of the UN General Assembly. Mr. Ahmadinezhad is not the Leader of Iran but Mr. Obama is the U.S. Leader. If Mr. Obama accept Mr. Ahmadinezhad invitation he will already accepted that the U.S. Leader position is equal to second position of Iran,and before any talking Ahmadinezhad will be the winner.

AD   September 23rd, 2010 6:46 pm ET

Well, seems that there is a momentum for America to get out of Israel's affairs, to stop senidng money to them and to make them sign a non-proliferation agreement...first making them admit they even have nucs. I feel a revolution coming. Americans are angry. Americans are tired. Americans are working their asses off for other nations, rogue nations that for some reason, America won't recognize as being rogue. Is it that America is rogue? Well, it kills many innocents, it gives money to ruthless leaders, it doens't protect its own people. Jobs for oil. Jobs for drugs. We have not exports. We gae away all of our factorie and yet we allow others to come here and take all our jobs, service oriented and professional. Why are our kids going to school if the jobs are given to foreigners? Why is corporate America getting away with murder by sending their money and jbos overseas? Why is it that the there are a great majority of billlionaires in this country while there is a another growing majority of the poor? I would thiink "someone" is designing a third-world nation right here in America!

LacrosseMom(the real one)   September 23rd, 2010 7:42 pm ET

@ A. Smith in Oregon: Well said, as always!

We must speak with our enemies, seek to understand. People seem to forget that just about the whole World is armed with nukes. And our children's lives are in danger every single day.

We must find a way to use diplomacy to calm down the volcano that is the Middle East.

War is not the answer............ peace is!

Jerjol   September 23rd, 2010 8:15 pm ET

When will the world understand that people like Ahmadinejad are nothing more than pawns who are directed by the ISLAMIC CLERICS to do their bidding.

This little insignificant man Ahmadinejad does npt have the intellectual fortitude to deal with the complexity of the issues he is faced with on a daily basis

He is nothing more than an insignificant puppet on the strings of the PUPPET MASTERS the MOULAHS, IMAMS and high level clerics whose only wishes are to have ISLAM dominate the people of the world.

Even the interpreter he travels with does not always interpret what Ahmadinejad is saying, more to the fact he is answering in the way the ISLAMIC CLERICS would wish him to do.

After an intensive research into the education and credentials Ahmedinejad has he could not pass an entrance exam into one of our colleges let alone a high level University, where the course of study was in political science or economics.

The man is what he is, A PAWN, A PUPPET, and certainly not what could be called intellectual.

Sadly the world thinks he is the ultimate power in Iran, and he is in fact a long way from being that.

Any honest, and educated Iranian would confirm what I have said.

Jean, Toronto   September 23rd, 2010 9:52 pm ET

@ jerjol:

Great statement. You said it all. All this man could do is to attack the U.S. Can one visualize that a man of supposedly his stature did not deliver an intellectual speech but mainly attacked the U.S. and its principles, past and present?
He is incapable of solving or assisting to solve the world's problems. I view his visit to be a futile one.
It is only a matter of time and soon enough, that he will be dethroned from his position. Time will tell and when we least expect it.

Daniel   September 24th, 2010 6:33 pm ET

Larry your questions addressed to Ahmadinajad were were quite tamed and mild while most of his answers were evasive and abrupt.
Regarding Iran's attitude and policies against Israel you should have asked:
1/ What does he mean when he says that Israel will be wiped off the map or when his followers chant slogans like:death to America and death to Israel.What would be the consequences of policies which would derive from such public incitements on the civilian population,ordinary men women and children living in Israel for instance?
2/ Assuming that such public incitements are caused by the solidarity of the Iranians with the Palestinian people why doesn't he and his people show more interest and in the plight of the Bosnian Muslims of whom 8000 where slaughtered by the Christian Serbs,the Muslim Chechens in Russia,the Muslim Uygurs in China etc ?.We never hear him saying that Serbia or Russia should be wiped off the map !!

Rostam Farokhzad   September 26th, 2010 4:39 am ET

Dear Larry,
I couldn't find my comment that i wrote here in opposition to Ahmadinejad.
Which type of democracy is here?
Why a dictator has right to talk in most popular media and anywhere he has tribune to announce his dirty opinion and propaganda, but me as an Iranian citizen hasn't right to even comment about what he said?

Probably all other comments should be lie like what Ahmadinejad said in order to be published here, it seems like you are found of lie.

If you have any answer please send it to my email. otherwise you can delete my comment the same as you did before.

Jerjol   September 26th, 2010 11:33 am ET

@ Jean Toronto.

I agree with your comment on his being dethroned.

Just one problem with that.

He does control a group of zealots dedicated to keeping him in power.

But in the end, the IMAMS and CLERICS will win out.

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