June 23, 2009
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Vic Benedicto   June 23rd, 2009 5:36 pm ET

Obama is in a tight fix.He has to issue stronger stance vs Iran to placate ram/jewish lobby/congress, but not look like he's their puppet.
but he has no choice. that's reality. it's payback time.
maybe, he's doing it so he can push through with his goals for the USA.
without their support/money/connections, he can't do much.
"shikata ga nai, ne"

Vic Benedicto   June 23rd, 2009 5:39 pm ET

Pres Obama is on a tight rope.He has to issue stronger stance vs Iran to placate ram/jewish lobby/congress, but at the same time, he doesn't want to look like he's under their control. but that is reality. it's payback time.

Dani   June 23rd, 2009 6:01 pm ET

Hi Hala,

I do support his policy of not interfering in the internal affair of Iran, and I respect it. But I think he can push Iranian government indirectly through American allies all over the world or even through UN and Security Council.
He needs to bear in mind, that the Iranian people are watching him carefully and he can take this opportunity to compensate for what CIA did to Iranian nation when they commit coup d'état against Dr. Mosadeq in 1950s.
In fact the Islamic revolution happened in Iran because of the coup d'état that over throw Dr. Mosadeq from power, and all of the problem in the Middle East today is somehow connected to the Islamic Republic of Iran.


Ali Azizi   June 23rd, 2009 6:03 pm ET


Today, Iranian people need you and the rest of the world to push hard on Iran's government because the more the world push on Iran the more mistake they make and they finally will let the cat out of the bag.. This is the first time they are facing such a turmoil and they've already made a bunch of mistakes..

william bill from lagos,nigeria   June 23rd, 2009 7:14 pm ET

president obama,did exactly what we had expected him to do,its commendable

rosie   June 23rd, 2009 7:19 pm ET

Not only do I approve of Obama's handling of the Iran crisis, I am extremely relieved he is taking (or not taking) the measures he is(n't). It's a dangerous situation that needs no more aggrevation, and we should definitely stay out of other country's elections. Or maybe Iran should have got involved in 2000's Florida elections?

Kiala   June 23rd, 2009 7:28 pm ET

Hello Hala!

I am writing from Angola, I think we need to express our solidarity to our brothers and sisters who are suffering in Iran. I do agree that every country must be free to undertake its decisions and the manner to govern but I really think the Iranian election comission should re-count the votes where the oposition is claming.

The recent President Obama speaches were inteligent because he cannot interfier and decide over Iran but leave them selves to solve their problems, helping the country to strenght their democracy.

The Angolans are with the Iranians and let the Iranian decide over their future.

J. Smith   June 23rd, 2009 7:34 pm ET

I am actually surprised of Obama’s indifference toward Iran, towards the killings and towards the injustices taking place in Iran, in fact I almost found his jesters indicating that he was in the favour of the Iranians not becoming free and that he was in favour of the current regime and killings. I on behalf of all humans would urge USA and UK to put a stop and help Persia and Iranians to gain their freedom. It does not even take a politician to know how to achieve this directly or indirectly and for the best interest of the bigger powers.

marc Levin   June 23rd, 2009 8:06 pm ET

Obama, probably more than any other active head of state at this time, demonstrates not only the need and aspiration but also the achievement of personal dignity and dedication to social justice.

Gabriela Mira   June 24th, 2009 12:04 am ET

No dictator in history has come to a good end, and their family names live only in infamy. In Iran, the decision of the Ayatollah Khamenei to quell protest by sending this ugly old messenger - the force of arms cloaked in holy robes - proves the folly of free elections there. Nothing matters to him but holding onto power. Turning the gun on his own people also makes him a murderer. Since when does Islam as a holy religion kill its own? My prayer, unholy as it sounds, is that one day the Iranian people have the power to hold him and all memory of him accountable. That power is within their grasp, and the whole world is watching.

Choosing to confront peaceful protest with deadly force, the Ayatollah is not giving Iran's youth much of a choice, perhaps sealing the fate of his regime. Military service is mandatory in Iran, so the youth can now choose between fighting for or against their dictator. Living in a country that is widely judged to sponsor terrorism and have an ambition to threaten nuclear explosions on its enemies makes their lives under his regime uncertain to begin with.

The puppet Mr. Ahmadinejad should open his eyes to reality. He repeatedly blames the media and the USA for the problems in Iran. He says he loves the Iranian people while those who protest a mere election are beaten and shot in the streets.

I have worked in elections at the ballot box level. I had several bosses inspecting my work and if I had a single vote lost or an extra ballot unaccountable by record-keeping I would have been held by the bosses until forever if needed, to investigate and trace back what went wrong. If the holy leaders of Iran accept irregularities in their elections and do nothing about it, they are at fault, not the citizens who protest. But Iran is a country that executes minors and people who committed crimes as minors (more than any other country in the world, according to Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International). What right have we to expect civilized behaviour there, even though the region is practically the birthplace of civilization?

Mr. Ahmadinejad, you need better excuses than to blame the outside world, which stands by your people, whose very army you turn against them, to kill them if your dictator's ego is not obeyed. Look to your own children and think hard, for they will have to endure through history the shame of your action. This hurt will hunt them down for the rest of their lives. Is what you do for your own children what you wish to put forth as the evidence of your love for Iran and its people?

Brigadier V Mahalingam (Retired) Indian Army   June 24th, 2009 1:18 am ET

President Obama needs to be congratulated for his balanced, mature and correct approach to the present crisis in Iran. Those who criticize him are either playing politics or cannot perceive how the rest of the world views interference in their national issues especially by the western world. A nation becomes the world leader by being considerate to other’s sensitivities while leading them towards a world order if necessary through contradictions and different points of view and not by being aggressive and appearing to be intrusive in their affairs.

Dan   June 24th, 2009 2:21 am ET

Well President Obama did what I expected him to do. Nothing. Something he is very good at doing. I respect his reasons for not wanting to look bad in the eyes of the Iranian govt, since his plan is to continue the direct talks with Ahmadinejad. But if he is doing it at the expense of Iranian protestors, then history will remember Obama not for his apparent" wisdom" but for his obvious cowardliness!

Fawad   June 24th, 2009 4:12 am ET

Damned if he does, damned if he doesn't. One of the reason people voted for him was that he will make America look less like a World police. What if this revolution will fail, will Americans have nerve to go back on the table facing people who will then consider the US as a meddler?

Diana Taremwa   June 24th, 2009 4:21 am ET

Obama is right not to interfere in Iranian pols,its God for us all.

ARIO   June 24th, 2009 7:04 am ET

His policy about Iran is not hard, He must deal with Iranian's supreme leader and president ahmadinejad .
In this condition we need Bush, He was a political man and could attack to Iran to preserve people.

BaHaar   June 24th, 2009 4:30 pm ET

I think Obama is in delicate and difficult situation. On one hand he wants and believes in dialogue and policy and on other hand under current events Iranian regime is less like than ever in eyes of its own people . I voted for mosavi only in hope of some change and I never been pro American interference in Iran and happy of obama policy of engaging Iran BUT now I believe that Obama should isolate current government and even encourage European to not deal with it . Ahmadenejad is not ligament president of Iranians and Khamenie ordered to kill people In day light in street of capital Tehran. . I hope Obama administration and policy thinkers be able to find a way out for him. Because more than ever America and worlds know that Iranians and their government are not in same cup and their destiny is not same. This government will go, even if not now the end is near , maybe after 10 years but this Nation of Iran will remain .

Global Thinker   June 24th, 2009 5:04 pm ET

I like Obama's "wait and see how things play out " approach. It helps us gather more information about what is going on, gain a deeper understanding and perspective and learn about tendencies and wiser ways to deal with them.

Jumping into things without a clear picture of what is going on and without understanding wise ways to deal with problems is hazardous.

That's why we need to improve our listening and investigation skills, develop patience and love for facts as well as discipline to work with facts and information well.

Jayne   June 24th, 2009 5:06 pm ET

The situation in Iran is dire & so very sad. Irania officials have been quite clear about what would happen to the protesters. If they continue violence will increase – what price freedom!!

Sana   June 24th, 2009 5:24 pm ET

Hi Hala,

I am an Iranian living in Dubai. I want to say that I am not shocked that president Obama doesn't wan to infere in Iran's issues but how about UN. Whole world is witnessing how Iranian governement is supressing Iranian people and depriving them of any kind of human rights. Is it correct that every body says ok this is their internal issues and we should not interfere. By human rights has been written for all world and Iran also is part of that.
In the latest news from Iran I heard that Militia and police are checking people's mobile phones in the suares and streets to make sure nobody has videos or photos of demonstrations! Is that correct that United Nations let Iranian governement to close all doors to beat and kill and torture the people? Nobody should be silent today because this is an issue on humanity.

Md. Aseer Jubair Khan Majlish.   June 24th, 2009 5:28 pm ET

I think in Iran issue Obama is alright. Because Iran is not his own native land. What else he might have had done. But, I don’t understand what has been going on Iran. According to the opinion of the Iran’s Supreme leaders The election is fair. But still there is Unrest in Iran. Then either the supreme leaders are lying or the people of the country are creating a chaos. What Obama might have done is asking for an International Enquiry of the matter in Iran.

Global Thinker   June 25th, 2009 4:16 pm ET

It's important to be realistic about what we can change and what we can't. Often it is wise to do less. When people strive to do more without thought out strategies based on enough knowledge – chaos often results.

If the iran President says no to discussions – he and those connected to him are to be directly reponsible for the consequences.

kaveh   June 25th, 2009 7:19 pm ET

Hi Hala,

I was in Tehran until 3 days ago. I realized that they only reason people in their right mind demonstrate on the streets of Iran today is FEAR: the fear of life under the Islamic Republic which is much greater than the fear of being beaten by clubs and getting shot.

Sohela Clarke   June 29th, 2009 10:01 am ET

As a supporter of President Obama, must say, found his handeling of
Iranian situation very disappointing. You don't shake the hand that has blood of it's people on it. America has moral obligation to help the majority of Iranian people that wants their freedom. If it was not for US
mistakes in their foreign policies even at Shah's time, Iranian people would not have suffered for all these years.

USA, will be accused by the current corrupt Iranian regime of meddelng
anyway as that is the only option they have. So let's at least help the people and be on the right side of the history.

Phil Afonoghara   June 30th, 2009 7:52 pm ET

I wish american could be left alone, or how on earth are people pushing the president again to act. if american act in defence of humanity and and democracy, some many shout will be heard, now he tries to lay low and watch, and people have started yelling. come on!!!!

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